Corsair GTX980 Ti Hydro GFX Graphics Card Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Corsair Hydro GFX Review

Introduction

The way that the nVidia GPU Boost 2.0 technology works is largely about overclocking the GPU all the while there is some thermal headroom left with which to do so. On that basis, if cooling is good, more cooling is better, then surely water cooling is comprehensively better.

With the swift rise of all-in-one water cooling offerings it was only a matter of time before someone melded the desire for extra headroom with the easy installation of an AIO solution. We've seen a handful of cards that have tried this before but now we have the dons of the AIO world bringing their knowledge to the table in the form of the Hydro GFX. Strangely only available from the Corsair webstore.

The Hydro GFX is very much the answer to the question "what would you get if you bolted a Corsair H55 to an MSI GTX980Ti?". Except this is a factory mod and so comes with all the warranty support and build quality you can desire.

Technical Specifications

By virtue of being almost literally a cross between a MSI GTX980Ti and a Corsair H55 cooler, there is little to shout about in the specifications. There isn't any carefully crafted heatsink or unexpected foray's into the PCB world from Corsair. It's take one, stick it with another, jobs a goodun. Let's see what she looks like.

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Most Recent Comments

15-11-2015, 16:54:06

RisaFujiyama
I wonder if the warranty is voided if we take off the cooler and customise the top of the pump, I kinda curious.Quote

15-11-2015, 17:15:24

BigDaddyKong
That shroud looks like a piece of Lego kit. I don't care for the clear, I would rather have seen a nice Corsair logo on the back plate along with an MSI logo.Quote

16-11-2015, 10:50:29

demonking
Is there anything (other than warranty) to stop you attaching any Corsair AIO?
Or in fact any other brand? I'm guessing you weren't allowed to take the thing apart Tom? but did you notice anything that made the pump or mount look Original or modified to specifically fit this GPU?Quote

16-11-2015, 11:00:12

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by demonking View Post
Is there anything (other than warranty) to stop you attaching any Corsair AIO?
Or in fact any other brand? I'm guessing you weren't allowed to take the thing apart Tom? but did you notice anything that made the pump or mount look Original or modified to specifically fit this GPU?
The do sell the N980 block anyways so I would assume that it is loosely based on thatQuote

20-11-2015, 08:13:12

Aftershock
Looks like an awesome card. I was considering the EVGA 980Ti Hybrid which I do prefer the look of, but this one seems to achieve better clocks.

Its just a pitty no-one has seen fit to do these Hybrid cards with 2*8pin power supplies and a dual bios.Quote
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