Corsair GTX980 Ti Hydro GFX Graphics Card Review

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The Hydro GFX seems to be part of the Corsair Gaming range with its black and yellow packaging. It looks classy, taking the minimalist approach to proceedings with the Corsair logo writ large across the front and the reverse emphasising the benefits of the Corsair Hydro cooling system.

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The card itself is somewhat less visually impressive. Although clearly it isn't the case, it does nonetheless look like someone who had a MSI card, a Corsair H55, a Dremel and ten minutes to kill had a brainwave. Necessity is the mother of invention and so the Hydro GFX does need a shroud and fan to keep the memory and VRMs cool, but it isn't exactly a card you'd purchase for its high-end looks.

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Corsair Hydro GFX Review     Corsair Hydro GFX Review  

Beyond the obvious radiator and tubing hanging out the top, the Hydro GFX is a standard looking GTX980Ti. 8+6pin PCIe power inputs, watermill style fan and black shroud only broken up by the yellow MSI logo. This isn't a card built for looks though, it's one built for low temperatures and screaming performance, so it's time to find out how it does in those areas.

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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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