Corsair Hydro GFX GTX 1080 Ti smokes the competition


— 11:30 AM on April 20, 2017

We were quite impressed with the performance of Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, but the card left us wondering if better cooling might help the mighty GP102 push pixels even faster. Corsair must have been thinking the same, seeing as the company developed the Hydro GFX GTX 1080 Ti graphics card. To make the Hydro, Corsair tapped a graphics board from MSI and put one its own water blocks on the GP102 graphics chip. A system of heatsinks and a centrifugal fan keep the memory and power delivery circuitry cool.

The copper water block on the graphics chips is plumbed to a 120-mm radiator with flexible tubing in the style of AIO coolers for CPUs. A Corsair ML120 Pro LED fan blows air over that radiator. The manufacturer says the fan uses a magnetic levitation bearing for reduced noise and increased longevity. The card measures 10.6" x 4.4" x 1.5" (27 cm x 11 cm x 3.5 cm) and the radiator 5.9" x 4.7" x 2.0" (15 cm x 12 cm x 5.2 cm).

The Hydro packs the standard GeForce GTX 1080 Ti loadout of 11 GB of 11 GT/s GDDR5X memory, though the card's OC mode kicks up the memory speed by another 0.1 GT/s. The card has silent, game, and OC modes, with base clocks ranging from 1480 to 1506 MHz and boost clocks from 1582 to 1620 MHz. For those who don't have the numbers tattooed on their forearm, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition's base clock is 1480 MHz and it has a specified boost range of around 1531 MHz. The port cluster adds a DVI-D connector to the FE layout of three DisplayPorts and one HDMI connector.

Buyers looking for a pumped-up pixel-pusher can get the Corsair Hydro GFX GTX 1080 Ti right now for $800.

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