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Corsair Hydro GFX GTX 1080 Ti Liquid Cooled Video Card

We’ve got an exciting new video card for you today, the Corsair Hydro GFX GTX 1080 Ti Liquid Cooled Graphics Card with a Corsair Hydro Series AIO liquid cooling package on board. We find out how well this video card performs, how cool it runs, and how well it will overclock at 4K and 1440p.

Introduction

It is not enough nowadays for enthusiasts just to have the fastest video card for gaming. Those that seek fast performance, also seek aesthetics, style, precision, efficiency, heat-management, near-silent top-end video card performance along with elegance. Enter in a collaboration between Corsair and MSI to create the perfect video card fulfilling these enthusiast gaming wishes with the new Corsair Hydro GFX GTX 1080 Ti Liquid Cooled Graphics Card. It’s fast, it’s cool, it’s quiet, and it’s our first Corsair video card review ever. We are however very familiar with the quality of MSI video cards as our reviews for those products span 17 years, many of those being award winning hardware.

The video card is currently $799.99 at Corsair. Corsair offers a three-year warranty on this video card.

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Corsair Hydro GFX GTX 1080 Ti Liquid Cooled Graphics Card

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The concept is simple, a video card sporting an all-in-one liquid cooling package on a video card. What makes this configuration interesting is that this is a collaboration between MSI and Corsair for Corsair to deliver a Corsair cooled video card solution. When Corsair goes all out, they go all out! This time Corsair is delivering this package on the fastest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GPU. By Corsair assembling this video card this ensures tight control and the best quality and cooling dissipation.

This video card is in fact more than just a GPU cooled AIO liquid cooling package. It’s a hybrid design because the video card itself also has its own fan to keep the VRMs and memory cool on the printed-circuit-board. In this way, all components are cooled well on this video card. Don’t worry though, the fan on the video card itself spins slowly to ensure silent operation and ramps up to only 33% maximum rotation during gaming.

Before we talk about the materials and construction let’s go over the specifications. This is afterall an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GPU on an MSI PCB. The video card is overclocked out-of-the-box in "Gaming" mode. The base clock is 1544MHz and the boost clock is 1657MHz. This compares to the reference specs of 1480 MHz base clock and 1582 MHz boost clock. The memory runs at 11GHz in "Gaming" mode.

There are two additional software controlled clock profiles via MSI Afterburner software. There is a "Silent" mode which just changes the clock speeds to reference clock speed. Then there is an "OC" mode which raises the base clock to 1569MHz and boost clock of 1683MHz. Naturally, this video card does support overclocking via MSI Afterburner with GPU voltage control. This will be the best method of obtaining the highest overclock.

This video card has three DisplayPorts version 1.4 and one HDMI 2.0 and one DL-DVI-D port. This video card does require an 8-pin and 6-pin power connector.

The recommended PSU is 600W. Power consumption is rated at 250W.

The video cards length is 10.5" inches. The video card weight is three pounds. The tube length is 13" inches long. The radiator is a 120mm radiator with 120mm fan.

The All-In-One liquid cooling package is Corsair’s own HYDRO Series H55. This hardware alone carries a $70 pricetag. The entire package is pre-assembled.

Instead of the typical fan included with HYDRO Series H55, Corsair is using its Corsair ML120 PRO LED (white) magnetic levitation fan on the radiator. This fan has a 2,000 RPM PWM control range. It can operate at low noise, or ramp up for adequate high static pressure performance. The fan size is 120mm.

To power the fan simply plug the PWM controlled power plug into one of your system fan chassis power connectors as we have done. You can then use software such as Aida64 to monitor RPM of the fan, and make adjustments in your motherboard BIOS. For example, you can set the fan to be on at all times at maximum rotation, but the more common setting is to leave it on automatic and let it ramp up and down based on temperature. We left it at auto for our testing. At idle it was quiet, and while gaming, when it needed to it spun up faster and faster to cool well, but still remained fairly quiet. We will post RPM results later on in the review.

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