When a new graphics card comes out – even one as fantastically world-beating as the Nvidia GTX 1080 – there are always going to be people who want to work it harder, push it further, and get as much performance as possible out of their expensive new silicon playthings. When something’s already so good to start with, you need to tackle things a little differently. Enter the all-in-one, pre-configured, water-cooled GTX 1080: the Corsair Hydro GFX GTX 1080.
What’s included in the Corsair Hydro GFX GTX 1080? That’s a good question. First of all, you’ve got an MSI-designed GTX 1080 graphics card combined with a pre-configured, ready-connected and mess-free Corsair Hydro H55 water-cooling block. This is connected directly to the Pascal GPU by a micro-fin copper plate, which is in turn connected to a half-size radiator with a quiet 120mm along a pair of low permeability rubber tubes.
That in turn means you’ll be able to push higher clock speeds when overclocking and achieve better performance than an air-cooled solution. Or you could just enjoy the fact that it’s some degree cooler and quieter than the stock version, if you’re after a pleasant experience over eyeball-tickling overclocking shenanigans. To each their own.
They even have graphs to back up these assertions:
Which is nice. We do like a good graph.
Corsair Hydro GFX GTX 1080 – Technical specifications:
- GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080
- CUDA Cores: 2560
- Interface: PCI Express x16 3.0
- Boost / Base Core Clock:
- 1847 MHz / 1708 MHz (OC Mode)
- 1822 MHz / 1683 MHz (Gaming Mode)
- 1733 MHz / 1607 MHz (Silent Mode)
- Memory Clock:
- 10108 MHz (OC Mode)
- 10010 MHZ (Gaming Mode)
- 10010 MHz (Silent Mode)
- Memory Size: 8192MB
- Memory Type: 8GB GDDR5x
- Memory Bus: 256-bit
- DisplayPort x 3 (Version 1.4)
- HDMI (Version 2.0) / DL-DVI-D
- Power Connector: 8-pin x 1
- Power Consumption: 180W
- Dimension / Weight:
- Card: 270 x 111 x 40 mm / 1249 g
- Cooler: 151 x 118 x 52 mm/ 1286 g
All in all, the Corsair Hydro GFX GTX 1080 allows you to install a water-cooled GTX 1080 without having to wield a screwdriver. More importantly, that means you can enjoy the benefits of improved cooling performance without that nervous moment where you fill your liquid-cooled setup the first time, and without having to worry that if you haven’t got the hoses and clamps on correctly you’re about to soak and ruin your expensive new rig.
We’ve asked Corsair if there will be GTX 1060 and 1070 versions of this product to follow, but have received no word back as of yet.