EVGA's Water Cooled GTX 1080 FTW Hybrid Runs Cool and Quiet

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 23, 2016 - 04:18 PM |
Tagged: water cooling, pascal, hybrid cooler, GTX 1080, evga

EVGA recently launched a water cooled graphics card that pairs the GTX 1080 processor with the company's FTW PCB and a closed loop (AIO) water cooler to deliver a heavily overclockable card that will set you back $730.

The GTX 1080 FTW Hybrid is interesting because the company has opted to use the same custom PCB design as its FTW cards rather than a reference board. This FTW board features improved power delivery with a 10+2 power phase, two 8-pin PCI-E power connectors, Dual BIOS, and adjustable RGB LEDs. The cooler is shrouded with backlit EVGA logos and has a fan to air cool the memory and VRMs that is reportedly quiet and uses a reverse swept blade design (like their ACX air coolers) rather than a traditional blower style fan. The graphics processor is cooled by a water loop.

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The water block and pump sit on top of the GPU with tubes running out to the 120mm radiator. Luckily the fan on the radiator can be easily disconnected, allowing users to use their own fan if they wish. According to Youtuber Jayztwocents, the Precision XOC software controls the fan speed of the fan on the card itself but users can not adjust the radiator fan speed themselves. You can connect your own fan to your motherboard and control it that way, however.

Display outputs include one DVI-D, one HDMI, and three DisplayPort outputs (any four of the five can be used simultaneously).

Out of the box this 215W TDP graphics card has a factory overclock of 1721 MHz base and 1860 MHz boost. Thanks to the water cooler, the GPU stays at a frosty 42°C under load. When switched to the slave BIOS (which has a higher power limit and more aggressive fan curve), the card GPU Boosted to 2025 and hit 51°C (he managed to keep that to 44°C by swapping his own EK-Vardar fan onto the radiator). Not bad, especially considering the Founder's Edition hit 85°C on air in our testing! Unfortunately, EVGA did not touch the memory and left the 8GB of GDDR5X at the stock 10 GHz.

  GTX 1080 GTX 1080 FTW Hybrid GTX 1080 FTW Hybrid Slave BIOS
GPU GP104 GP104 GP104
GPU Cores 2560 2560 2560
Rated Clock 1607 MHz 1721 MHz 1721 MHz
Boost Clock 1733 MHz 1860 MHz 2025 MHz
Texture Units 160 160 160
ROP Units 64 64 64
Memory 8GB 8GB 8GB
Memory Clock 10000 MHz 10000 MHz 10000 MHz
TDP 180 watts 215 watts ? watts
Max Tempurature 85°C 42°C 51°C
MSRP (current) $599 ($699 FE) $730 $730

The water cooler should help users hit even higher overclocks and/or maintain a consistent GPU Boost clock at much lower temperatures than on air. The GTX 1080 FTW Hybrid graphics card does come at a bit of a premium at $730 (versus $699 for Founders or ~$650+ for custom models), but if you have the room in your case for the radiator this might be a nice option! (Of course custom water cooling is more fun, but it's also more expensive, time consuming, and addictive. hehe)

What do you think about these "hybrid" graphics cards?

Source: EVGA

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August 23, 2016 | 06:34 PM - Posted by Lance Ripplinger (not verified)

JayZTwoCents on YouTube tested this card, and found that replacing the fan on this (which is very easy to do), gave way better temps.

August 24, 2016 | 11:45 AM - Posted by quest4glory

I believe that was the radiator fan, not the fan on the GPU cooling the VRMs.

August 25, 2016 | 10:34 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

Yep, I think I mentioned that in the article (or maybe i only had it in my notes and that got cut from the article idk), he got something like 41C instead of 52 by swapping out the radiator fan with an EK-Vardar connected to the motherboard.

August 23, 2016 | 09:01 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Only $30 more than FE its a great deal

August 24, 2016 | 12:27 AM - Posted by Kung-Fu (not verified)

After owning a hybrid 980ti, I just can't see going to a regular air cooled again, not after seeing just how much of a difference it makes. I realize it's a 980ti, but without doing anything to it, it stays at 1366MHz and at ~50c or lower(depending if the wife decides to crank up hte AC or not)and lower noise.
I know the price on these things are rather high, but if you have the money to get a highend card, might as well get one of these.

August 24, 2016 | 01:55 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

You should be able to do way better than that. Mine does 1510core/3900mem at 49c with fan at 100% - it is still very quiet even at full fan speed.

August 24, 2016 | 07:21 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Still has a fan on the card? Pass...

August 24, 2016 | 09:29 AM - Posted by Daniel Masterson (not verified)

Guess you dont know what hybrid means.

August 24, 2016 | 08:28 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Hybrid... half-baked...

Got it.

January 27, 2017 | 07:58 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I know it's an old post, but putting a fan on the card can actually REDUCE NOISE by splitting up the heat and focus the cooling of the AIO to the GPU alone with the card fan blowing the non-GPU heat outside the case as well.

Less FAN NOISE and lower PUMP noise both.

I don't know about THIS card as some were UNNECESSARILY too loud.

Not only that, but a CUSTOM water-block adds to the cost with the ONLY gain being a slimmer card which few people care about enough to pay more money for.

(Most AIO liquid coolers have roughly a 5-year life due to tube permeation of the liquid. The only solution would be a rubber/plastic tube that won't become permeated, or AIO that can have liquid added

I'd also love to see an AIO that can turn the pump off. Impossibluh you says? Nope. The GPU obviously can't have a direct heatsink but one as part of the same metal, next to the thermal paste or possibly on the REAR of the GPU.. you laugh? It's actually been done already for different chips.

There are also better PUMP designs. Not sure if the SPINDLE SCREW PUMP is used for desktop PC's but I doubt it.)

August 24, 2016 | 09:18 AM - Posted by satsun (not verified)

I'd like to see this put against Gigabyte's AIO water card or even a roundup of AIO cards benchmarked; I have the Gigabyte and it seems to hold up well and keep cool, but I wonder how much the additional fan helps. I've not yet tweaked the Gigabyte card, but it boosts to 2063 by itself and sits in the 50's under full load while gaming.

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