MSI and Corsair Launch Liquid Cooled GTX 980 Ti SEA HAWK

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 17, 2015 - 09:14 AM |
Tagged: nvidia, msi, liquid cooled, GTX980Ti SEA HAWK, GTX 980 Ti, graphics card, corsair

We reported last night on Corsair's new Hydro GFX, a liquid-cooled GTX 980 Ti powered by an MSI GPU, and MSI has their own new product based on this concept as well.

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"The MSI GTX 980Ti SEA HAWK utilizes the popular Corsair H55 closed loop liquid-cooling solution. The micro-fin copper base takes care of an efficient heat transfer to the high-speed circulation pump. The low-profile aluminum radiator is easy to install and equipped with a super silent 120 mm fan with variable speeds based on the GPU temperature. However, to get the best performance, the memory and VRM need top-notch cooling as well. Therefore, the GTX 980Ti SEA HAWK is armed with a ball-bearing radial fan and a custom shroud design to ensure the best cooling performance for all components."

The MSI GTX 980 Ti Sea Hawk actually appears identical to the Corsair Hydro GFX, and a looking through the specs confirms the similarities:

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti GPU
  • 2816 Processor Units
  • 1291 MHz/1190 MHz Boost/Base Core Clock
  • 6 GB 384-bit GDDR5 Memory
  • 7096 MHz Memory Clock
  • Dimensions: Card - 270x111x40 mm; Cooler - 151x118x52 mm
  • Weight: 1286 g
  • With a 1190 MHz Base and 1291 MHz Boost clock the SEA HAWK has the same factory overclock speeds as the Corsair-branded unit, and MSI is also advertising the card's potential to go further:

    "Even though the GTX 980Ti SEA HAWK boasts some serious clock speeds out-of-the-box, the MSI Afterburner overclocking utility allows users to go even further. Explore the limits with Triple Overvoltage, custom profiles and real-time hardware monitoring."

    I imagine the availability of this MSI branded product will be greater than the Corsair branded equivalent, but in either case you get a GTX 980 Ti with the potential to run as fast and cool as a custom cooled solution, without any of the extra work. Pricing wasn't immediately available this morning but expect something close to the $739 MSRP we saw with Corsair.

    Source: MSI

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    September 17, 2015 | 09:48 AM - Posted by Mooseknuckle (not verified)

    Welp, it looks like ass. But I guess performance is the story here.

    September 17, 2015 | 10:29 AM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

    AssTick GARBAGE.

    September 17, 2015 | 10:55 AM - Posted by Danielmeier (not verified)

    So before it was AssTake now its AssTick. You need to make up your mind when trolling these articles.

    September 17, 2015 | 09:17 PM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

    I ain't trolling nothing and no one. I'm just stating a factual truth about this GABRAGE being TRASH. If you have a problem with me calling your beloved AssTick TRASH an actual TRASH, then just stuff it, because I for one would never stop calling a PIECE OF TRASH an actual TRASH that IT IS.

    September 17, 2015 | 12:15 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

    You clearly think that there's something insightful and clever about this "AssTick" thing. I'm looking and looking and for the life of me, I don't see what it is. Please explain.

    September 17, 2015 | 04:21 PM - Posted by Sebastian Peak

    A reference to Asetek, the OEM for the Corsair H55. I haven't had any issues with their coolers myself.

    September 17, 2015 | 09:08 PM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

    It might be "just fine" for some, but during these 22 years of me being a sophisticated system builder and hardcore PC enthusiast I had my share of FCWCLs and AIOs, and I've laid my hands on pretty much almost every AIO unit that's being sold out there on the worldwide hardware market right now. And AssTick is one of the worst. Not only does it shove it's proprietary crap in everyone's throats (just like EK does with its GARBAGE "water blocks") and patent trolls everyone who dares to oppose them, but AIOs based on it's design are simply crap by absolute majority of it in general. Highly overpriced, utterly unreliable, very underwhelming both sheer quality of the build and performance-wise. Literal garbage for people who really don't know much about the situation on the AIO segment of the hardware market. I pity those people who deliberately chose to go with AssTake's GARBAGE, especially in such cases when there are several different designs from several different manufacturers are available (deliberately going AssTick when there is Swiftech available, is simply an outright RETARDED thing to do, for example).

    September 17, 2015 | 09:01 PM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

    It's ass, and it bites you in the ass like a tick when you're actually in all seriousness deciding to buy this TRASH.

    September 17, 2015 | 09:10 PM - Posted by gtxer (not verified)

    oh lookie lookie, correct nvidia gpu label-names' position and color. well done.

    September 17, 2015 | 09:15 PM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

    Too bad all of the pluses are absolutely destroyed by the mere presence of this UTTER TRASH of an "AIO" from AssTick.

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