Corsair and MSI Introduce Hydro GFX Liquid Cooled GeForce GTX 980 Ti

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 16, 2015 - 09:00 PM |
Tagged: nvidia, msi, liquid cooler, GTX 980 Ti, geforce, corsair, AIO

A GPU with attached closed-loop liquid cooler is a little more mainstream these days with AMD's Fury X a high-profile example, and now a partnership between Corsair and MSI is bringing a very powerful NVIDIA option to the market.

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The new product is called the Hydro GFX, with NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 980 Ti supplying the GPU horsepower. Of course the advantage of a closed-loop cooler would be higher (sustained) clocks and lower temps/noise, which in turns means much better performance. Corsair explains:

"Hydro GFX consists of a MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti card with an integrated aluminum bracket cooled by a Corsair Hydro Series H55 liquid cooler.

Liquid cooling keeps the card’s hottest, most critical components - the GPU, memory, and power circuitry - 30% cooler than standard cards while running at higher clock speeds with no throttling, boosting the GPU clock 20% and graphics performance up to 15%.

The Hydro Series H55 micro-fin copper cooling block and 120mm radiator expels the heat from the PC reducing overall system temperature and noise. The result is faster, smoother frame rates at resolutions of 4K and beyond at whisper quiet levels."

The factory overclock this 980 Ti is pretty substantial out of the box with a 1190 MHz Base (stock 1000 MHz) and 1291 MHz Boost clock (stock 1075 MHz). Memory is not overclocked (running at the default 7096 MHz), so there should still be some headroom for overclocking thanks to the air cooling for the RAM/VRM.

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A look at the box - and the Corsair branding

Specs from Corsair:

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti GPU with Maxwell 2.0 microarchitecture
  • 1190/1291 MHz base/boost clock
  • Clocked 20% faster than standard GeForce GTX 980 Ti cards for up to a 15% performance boost.
  • Integrated liquid cooling technology keeps GPU, video RAM, and voltage regulator 30% cooler than standard cards
  • Corsair Hydro Series H55 liquid cooler with micro-fin copper block, 120mm radiator/fan
  • Memory: 6GB GDDR5, 7096 MHz, 384-bit interface
  • Outputs: 3x DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0, and Dual Link DVI
  • Power: 250 watts (600 watt PSU required)
  • Requirements: PCI Express 3.0 16x dual-width slot, 8+6-pin power connector, 600 watt PSU
  • Dimensions: 10.5 x 4.376 inches
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • MSRP: $739.99

As far as pricing/availability goes Corsair says the new card will debut in October in the U.S. with an MSRP of $739.99.

Source: Corsair

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September 16, 2015 | 10:10 PM - Posted by gtxer (not verified)

i thought it's mandatory for every manufacturers of Nvidia graphics card to 1) put the gpu name labels in certain position and 2) have that in white fg and green bg color. i can see the no.1 is checked but not no.2.

September 16, 2015 | 10:50 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Yeah, I notice there doesn't appear to be an Nvidia logo anywhere on the box. Maybe its just a promo image?

September 17, 2015 | 01:05 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Look closely, it's a render. Not a photo.

September 17, 2015 | 01:36 AM - Posted by YoyoChan (not verified)

the side position a little bit off. should be a bit higher. sebastian, can you put another nvidia box next to this one and confirm the height of the gpu name label of the side boxes? huuuh?! who cares!!

September 17, 2015 | 01:40 AM - Posted by Jack of all trades (not verified)

Subtlety, uniformity, etc. Small things we unconsciously notice and mentally affect choices. Marketing genius. ;)

September 16, 2015 | 11:50 PM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

Corsair AIO = Asstake GARBAGE. Thanks, but no thanks.
I'd rather go with that super-sweet water block for R9 Nano.

September 17, 2015 | 12:46 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

what does AIO mean?

September 17, 2015 | 12:58 AM - Posted by Desert Nocturne (not verified)

I believe that is an acronym for all-in-one coolers.

September 17, 2015 | 10:16 AM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

All-In-One. This is a term applied to fully closed and factory pre-assembled water cooling units ("AIO units").
There are three types of water cooling: FCWCL ("Full Custom Water Cooling Loop". This a water cooling system built completely from scratch by user him/herself, from separate parts), simple AIO (fully closed and fully factory pre-assembled unit without any ability to be customized/upgraded/refilled), custom AIO (it's an AIO too, but unlike simple AIO units, which are 100% fully closed and can't be meddled with in any way whatsoever, custom AIO is an AIO that's basically a factory pre-assembled kit of custom FCWCL parts at it's core, with partial or full customization ability). Prime example of FCWCL is when a cooling system is built with different parts from several manufacturers (tubing from Aquatuning, radiator from Alphacool, fittings from BitsPower or Xilence, water block/reservoir/pump from Swiftech, and etc). This is hardest type of cooling to do, but it's most effective and with enough knowledge and skill you can actually cool ALL of your system's components from a single loop, which can't be do with any AIOs. Example of simple AIOs would be units like NZXT Kraken X40 and etc. As for Custom AIOs...Swiftech's H240-X would be the best example - it uses FCWCL parts while costing less money than if you'd bought these same parts separately and built a FCWCL from them by yourself (don't ask me how Swiftech does this voodoo magic...nobody knows), it's also fully pre-assembled and doesn't require any maintenance for full three years straight. Aside from those three main water cooling styles, there are also the obvious air cooling (not necessarily the loudest. There are some quirks too with this. Like fan size, fan quality, fan bearing types and other, manufacturer-proprietary, technologies), passive cooling (only radiator is used. This is the most silent type of cooling, but it's not very effective, so it's mainly used only in extremely low-power/low heat-producing SFF systems and HTPCs), and a pretty rare (and extremely expensive, but super-effective) Peltier method.

September 17, 2015 | 01:32 AM - Posted by Han Dynasty Slave (not verified)

were you trying to say what AIO stands for? i guess not, there's no 'i' and 'o'. what's an asstake?

September 17, 2015 | 10:23 AM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

AssTick is AssTake. Simply one of the (if not THE) most shittiest AIO manufacturers out there in the world. They're also absolutely inept patent trolls (go Google up "AssTick VS Swiftech" or "Swiftech withdraws from US market" cases). They're outright TRASH and literal CANCER of the worldwide PC enthusiast society, especially of that part of our commune which are water cooling users (regardless if FCWCL builders or AIO buyers). The only other company on the water cooling segment of the worldwide hardware market that's even worse than AssTake, is EK.

September 17, 2015 | 01:06 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

He is talking about Asetek (the company, not the island.)

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