Corsair Releases Hydro GFX GTX 1080 Liquid-Cooled Graphics Card

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 12, 2016 - 10:59 AM |
Tagged: overclock, nvidia, msi, liquid cooled, hydro H55, hydro gfx, GTX 1080, graphics card, gaming, corsair

Corsair and MSI have teamed up once again to produce a liquid-cooled edition of the latest NVIDIA GPU, with the GTX 1080 receiving the same treatment these two gave to the Hydro GFX version of GTX 980 Ti last year.

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“The CORSAIR Hydro GFX GTX 1080 brings all the benefits of liquid cooling to the GeForce GTX 1080, boasting an integrated CORSAIR Hydro Series H55 cooler that draws heat from the GPU via a micro-fin copper base cold plate and dissipates it efficiently using a 120mm high-surface area radiator. A pre-installed low-noise LED-lit 120mm fan ensures steady, reliable air-flow, keeping GPU temperatures down and clock speeds high.

With a low-profile PCB and pre-fitted, fully-sealed liquid cooler, the Hydro GFX GTX 1080 is simple and easy to install. Just fit the card into a PCI-E 3.0 x16 slot, mount the radiator and enjoy low maintenance liquid cooling for the lifetime of the card.”

Naturally, with an integrated closed-loop liquid cooler this GTX 1080 won't be relegated to stock speeds out of the box, though Corsair leaves this up to the user. The card offers three performance modes which allow users to choose between lower noise and higher performance. Silent Mode leaves the GTX 1080 at stock settings (1733 MHz Boost), Gaming Mode increases the Boost clock to 1822 MHz, and OC Mode increases this slightly to 1847 MHz (while increasing memory speed in this mode as well).

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This liquid-cooled version will provide higher sustained clocks

Here are the full specs from Corsair:

  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080
  • CUDA Cores: 2,560
  • Interface: PCI Express 3.0 x16
  • Boost / Base Core Clock:
    • 1,847 MHz / 1,708 MHz (OC Mode)
    • 1,822 MHz / 1,683 MHz (Gaming Mode)
    • 1,733 MHz / 1,607 MHz (Silent Mode)
  • Memory Clock:
    • 10,108 MHz (OC Mode)
    • 10,010 MHZ (Gaming Mode)
    • 10,010 MHz (Silent Mode)
  • Memory Size: 8192MB
  • Memory Type: 8GB GDDR5X
  • Memory Bus: 256-bit
  • Outputs:
    • 3x DisplayPort (Version 1.4)
    • 1x HDMI (Version 2.0)
    • 1x DL-DVI-D
  • Power Connector: 8-pin x 1
  • Power Consumption: 180W
  • Dimension / Weight:Card: 270 x 111 x 40 mm / 1249 g
  • Cooler: 151 x 118 x 52 mm/ 1286 g
  • SKU: CB-9060010-WW

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The Corsair Hydro GFX GTX 1080 is available now, exclusively on Corsair's official online store, and priced at $749.99.

Source: Corsair

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August 12, 2016 | 11:10 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Wow that's expensive!

And STILL uses a fan? Lazy, take notes from the Fury X. They did that part right.

August 13, 2016 | 09:32 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Agreed, it's a bad setup compared.

August 12, 2016 | 11:20 AM - Posted by Butthurt Beluga

$749 for a mid-range chip. I can only imagine what the price of a 1080 Ti will be - $999 Flounders Edition and an $899 MSRP (that no card will ever sell at, mind you)?

August 12, 2016 | 12:27 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

AMD needs to release their high-end chips soon and they need to be good and cheap if we have any hope of seeing sane GPU pricing ever again.

August 12, 2016 | 02:15 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Nah, AMD are out to lunch and longer a contender. Expect prices nvidia to increase dramatically next high-end generation.

August 12, 2016 | 02:23 PM - Posted by Butthurt Beluga

Very highly unlikely.
All Polaris GPUs have been released, and Vega has a Q1 2017 release date - but actual availability might not be until Q2 2017.
If Vega is only going to be a 1070 & 1080 competitor (RX 490 and RX 490X respectively) then that is very bad news for consumers because the 1080 Ti is likely ready and waiting, and the Titan XP is going to run away with the enthusiast market and all the subliminal advertising that goes along w/ having YouTube tech channels on lockdown.

August 12, 2016 | 04:33 PM - Posted by BleedingEdgeYes...

If the 1080 is a mid-range chip, AMD is under stuck in a trench under water.

August 12, 2016 | 04:49 PM - Posted by Anonymous Nvidia User (not verified)

Would you rather have 2 liquid cooled Rx 480s for around $800?$250 retail+ around $150 for custom liquid cooling = $400 per card.

Seems like a bargain when you consider you need 2 of AMDs top middle range to be in the same performance range of Nvidia's "mid" 1080.

Support for 2 cards is spotty even in dx11 and more scarce in dx12. Not to mention you'll use 75% less wattage or more using the single card 1080 vs two Rx 480s. But only those who care about such things.

August 12, 2016 | 10:57 PM - Posted by AlbertaMalventano (not verified)

Stop spouting nonsense! Just because it is possible doesn't mean it should be done! The vast majority of people looking to buy a card in the sub $250 range are on a smaller budget!

If someone really had $400 - 800 to spend on a new gfx card, they sure as he'll wouldn't waste it on getting custom water cooling on low end cards, think about what you want to say, read it through a few times before making flat out dumb remarks.

August 13, 2016 | 11:11 AM - Posted by Anonymous Nvidia User (not verified)

But they do sell water cooling for rx 480. Kit guru hooked it up to hybrid cooling to see how it does. Is it any more dumb to add water cooling to Nvidia's mid range as well. AMD fanboys been saying that two Rx 480s will wreck a 1080. I'm making a statement as to AMD fanboys saying it's too expensive.

I think water cooling will be a good seller for rx 480. Companies don't put out a product unless they perceive a need or demand for it.

Besides that card is your top of the line right now and may be it will be for quite some time. Depends which rumor for Vega launch is true. A few months from now or March of 2017. Some people just can't wait.

August 13, 2016 | 12:07 PM - Posted by Anonymous Nvidia User (not verified)

A lot of miners will probably buy these kits to tame the noise and heat of the Rx 480. Also think of it as extra protection for your investment. If it makes your card last say 5 years it only comes out to $25 a year. Cheap insurance compared to extended warranties.

August 13, 2016 | 12:35 PM - Posted by Anonymous Nvidia User (not verified)

Sorry it was Gamer's Nexus not Kit guru.

Consider this article as well.

There are benefits to adding water cooling (even a budget card like the rx 480). It is up to each person to determine worthiness or not.

August 12, 2016 | 12:00 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

So it's a msi seahawk hawk minus the msi

August 12, 2016 | 12:01 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Minus the sea hawk rather

August 12, 2016 | 05:15 PM - Posted by BleedingEdgeYes...

I like EVGAs offering better. Their's retails for $729.99 ($30 over cost of founder's edition), uses the same custom PCB as their FTW series, has a better (read easily replaceable) fan solution, uses an extruded copper base plate, has 2 x 8 pin PCIe power for extra voltage overhead and uses a 10+2 power phase. Corsair did very well with the SeaHawk series of 980s, but it appears they may have skimped on the 1080 series.

August 12, 2016 | 03:20 PM - Posted by dkamm65 (not verified)

I'm holding out for an EVGA variant. I have their 980 Ti Hybrid, and I love it.

August 12, 2016 | 03:49 PM - Posted by BleedingEdgeYes...

If you go to the EVGA website, you can click the auto-notify button, input your email address, and when more come available for pre-order, you will be notified. No lines, no seller upcharges, just have to sign for the package upon delivery. I pre-ordered mine earlier this week.

August 12, 2016 | 06:52 PM - Posted by dkamm65 (not verified)

I more meant the 1080 Ti Hybrid.

August 12, 2016 | 06:52 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Stuck evga 1080 hybrid kits on my FE world difference cards run so much better when kept really cool higher stable boost and higher OC

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