EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Hybrid to Get Animal Watercooling

EVGA has rivaled up to AMD by creating a dedicated water-cooling system directly to the GPU and with the ability to be able to continue to overclock too!
by Andy Cresswell -
EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Hybrid to Get Animal Watercooling

With its own water cooling system, AMD’s Radeon R9 295 X2 proved to be a legitimate overclock-able GPU, and now, EVGA has rivalled up with its new GTX 980 Hybrid. The new EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Hybrid is now cooler than ever with its ‘all-in-one’ water cooling solution.

With a 4GB GDDR5 VRAM, a Base Clock at 1126 MHz, Boost Clock at 1216 MHz, and CUDA Cores at 2048, GeForce GTX 980 is already a beast in its own being, but EVGA thought otherwise thinking it could be better.

It is better due to its own new water cooling solution, the new GTX 980 Hybrid is now at a Base Clock of 1291 MHz, and a Boost Clock at 1393 MHz. With the enhanced cooling system, the GPU can still be overclocked!

evga gtx 980 hybrid

The EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Hybrid Features

This GPU comes with its own Hybrid Water Cooler that has a built-in 120mm radiator and fan. The add-on cooling solution is also said to not require any filling, no custom tubing and no maintenance, making it a simple plug and play.

It also comes with EVGA’s PrecisionX 16 that is redesigned to fine tune your graphics card namely GPU Clock Offsets, Memory Clock Offsets, voltage, Fan Speed and more. You can check out their official site for more details and features here.


  • Cuda Cores: 2048
  • Base Clock: 1291 MHz
  • Boost Clock: 1393 MHz
  • Bus: PCI-E 3.0
  • Memory: 4GB GDDR5
  • Memory Bit Width: 256-Bit
  • Memory Speed: 0.28 ns
  • Memory Bandwidth: 224.3 GB/s

The Hybrid Water Cooler For Your GTX 980

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If you already have a GTX 980 and would like this hybrid upgrade, a separate water cooling solution is made available just for you. With a price of $99.99, you can probably boost your clock speed with little to no hassle. It is also said to be compatible with all GeForce GTX 980 reference cards.

Is It Really Worth Getting This New GPU?

With Nvidia’s new GTX Titan X already out and the AMD R9 390x up and coming, it’s kind of a bit foolish to get this new water-cooled GTX 980x. In its defence, it does look a bit more awesome than it did before, because there are more cooling for more overclocking capabilities. The price is at a reasonable $650, unlike the GTX Titan X that is at $1,000. Although AMD R9 390x pricing is yet to be revealed, I suggest you hold on to your wallets as it may be just around $500-$800 that could match or even surpass the power the GTX Titan X offers.

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Andy Cresswell

PerformancePSU Editor

Andy is the Founder & Editor of PerformancePSU with over 25 years of experience building custom PCs, watercooling and overclocking. When his thirst for more speed is under control, he is a programmer and father of one.
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