AMD's Radeon R9 295 X2 was the first card to demonstrate that hybrid coolers atop graphics cards can offer the best cooling performance this side of a custom liquid-cooling loop. Along those lines, EVGA just announced the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 Gaming Hybrid. This card combines a 120-mm closed-loop liquid cooler with a small axial fan to produce what EVGA says is its coolest and quietest GeForce GTX 1080 Ti yet.
EVGA says the card will stay cool under pressure despite speccing it for a base GPU clock of 1556 MHz and a nominal boost clock of 1670 MHz—a substantial increase from the reference speeds of 1480 MHz base and 1582 MHz boost. The company claims the card will keep its GP102 GPU below 50° C under load, an impressive figure indeed. We'd expect it to boost quite a bit higher than 1670 MHz, too, given the thermal headroom apparently available.
EVGA designed the cooler for this card with a unique plate that provides contact between the liquid cooler's all-copper block and the card's 11 GB of GDDR5X memory. The GTX 1080 Ti SC2 Hybrid is also equipped with EVGA's iCX thermal monitoring suite, which uses nine thermal sensors spread across the board to make sure components are staying frosty.
EVGA is asking $810 for the GTX 1080 Ti SC2 Gaming Hybrid. If this is the GeForce GTX1080 Ti you've been waiting for, you can sign up for availability notifications on the company's website. EVGA is also giving one away through a social media contest. This page has all the details.