EVGA has announced a variant of its Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 design featuring a bundled all-in-one liquid cooler, with the claim that it can shave a significant chunk off the card's temperatures.
Dubbed the EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Hybrid, the new design packs a GeForce GTX 980 graphics card with boosted clocks - 1,291MHz base and 1,393MHz boost, 7,010MHz effective memory - along with a sealed-loop all-in-one liquid cooler. While the card still features a spinning fan, this is used to provide cooling to the voltage regulation modules (VRM) and memory only with the coldplate of the 120mm AIO liquid cooler taking care of the GPU itself.
According to EVGA's own testing, the dual-cooling system lowers the running temperature of the Maxwell GPU by around 25 degrees Celsius compared to a standard air-cooled variant - which ties in nicely with the company's overclocking software, allowing the card to reach higher speeds without difficulty. For those hoping for a reduction in noise, however, the retention of the existing cooling fan means that sound levels - not provided by EVGA in its announcement - will likely increase over the stock variant, potentially offset by the ability to run the fans slower compared to a purely air-cooled version.
EVGA has also confirmed that it will be selling the cooling system used in the Hybrid as a stand-alone conversion kit, compatible with all reference-design GTX 980 cards. Installation is claimed to be as simple as removal of the existing heatsink assembly and replacement with the all-in-one cooler and custom shroud, with the original fan being placed back on the card to complete the conversion.
EVGA has confirmed European pricing for the GeForce GTX 980 Hybrid at €779 and for the conversion kit at €119.90 (around £574 and £88 respectively.) More information is available on the official website