Graphics cards with closed-loop liquid coolers on board are becoming quite the phenomenon lately. Those cards have generally occupied the top rung of the price and performance ladders, though. EVGA has brought the cost of entry down a rung with the GeForce GTX 970 Hybrid Gaming. The company walks through its liquid cooler in this YouTube video.
The GeForce GTX 970 Hybrid Gaming cooler uses a pair of fans to keep the card chilled—a blower-style spinner under the shroud, and a 120-mm fan attached to the radiator. Because of its exotic cooling solution, this card measures a relatively short 9.5" long. It still needs two slots to fit its girth into a case, though. A pair of DVI ports, an HDMI port, and a DisplayPort, er, port can drive up to four monitors.
This hot-clocked graphics card runs its GM204 GPU at a base frequency of 1140 MHz and a boost speed of 1279 MHz. Those aren't the highest clocks that EVGA offers on a GTX 970, but they still represent a healthy boost over Nvidia's reference speeds. 4 GB of GDDR5 memory runs at a reference 7 GT/s, good for 224 GB/s of bandwidth. The Hybrid needs just a pair of 6-pin PCIe connectors, too.
Astute readers will remember that Asetek sent cease-and-desist letters to AMD over its Radeon R9 Fury X and to Gigabyte over its GeForces, all of which use Cooler Master closed-loop coolers. EVGA tells us that it worked with Asetek directly for the coolers on all of its Hybrid series of graphics cards, though, so these cards shouldn't run afoul of legal trouble.