EVGA has recently announced its “all in one” liquid cooling graphics card, the GTX 970 Hybrid Gaming. The graphics card is built with a CLC – Closed Loop Liquid Cooling System – which is becoming quite trendy recently. However, EVGA’s GTX 970 Hybrid Gaming has something different to offer.
When building a PC, especially for those that haven’t done it before, liquid-cooled graphics cards are generally avoided for their complex installation procedure. EVGA has come up with a solution that will benefit new as well as experienced PC builders. The GTX 970 Hybrid Gaming is manufactured with the water cooler placed inside the graphics card itself along with a radiator fan to keep the card cool. What this means is that PC builders can basically just plug in the graphics card like normal without the need for custom tubing and regular maintenance.
In addition, the GTX 970 Hybrid Gaming is powered with Nvidia’s latest Maxwell architecture which is sure to deliver a satisfying performance. It is worth noting that due to its dimensions, the graphics card still needs two 6-pin PCIe slots to fit in a case, even though it has a relatively narrow build. The GTX 970 Gaming Hybrid brings with it two DVI ports, One HDMI port and a DisplayPort.
Interestingly, the graphics card has a base frequency of 1140 MHz and 1279 MHz when boosted. When compared against the reference GTX 970, EVGA’s new graphics card outperforms the reference card in terms of performance as well as overall temperature output. EVGA claims that its GTX 970 Gaming Hybrid is able to run at almost 40 degrees Celsius lower than the reference GTX 970.
EVGA hasn’t provide a price and release date for the graphics card yet, but it should be retailing in Malaysia soon enough. Recently, Asetek’s sent a cease and desist order to AMD, Gigabyte and Cooler Master over an alleged patent infringement of a CLC by Asetek. EVGA said that it is directly working with Asetek on the GTX 970 CLC, which should eliminate the chances of it having the same misfortune as the other three.