Just yesterday we shared the news that Zotac built a GTX Titan X graphics card that has a cooler that can be hooked up to a custom liquid loop. Today, another manufacturer joined the fun in deviating from the standard reference cooler design. EVGA just announced the GTX Titan X Hybrid, which essentially comes with a similar kind of cooler as the AMD Radeon R9 295X2, featuring a closed loop.
The cooler takes the standard drum-type fan from the reference cooler on the Titan X and replaces the shroud with another model that has cutouts where the tubes for the water cooling can come out. These tubes lead to a 120 mm radiator that exclusively cools the GPU. The drum-type fan cools the memory and VRM circuitry.
Because of the way this card is built, installing it should be a snap. The loop is pre-filled and doesn't need any maintenance. It allows the GPU to run at an impressive 1152 MHz, with typical boost speeds of 1241 MHz. The 12 GB of GDDR5 memory remains untouched, running at 7.0 GHz.
The most surprising part, though, aside from the fact that Nvidia appears to have loosened up with cooling solutions for AIB Titan X cards (in the past, vendors were not allowed to alter the PCB design or cooling solution on Titan-series cards), is that the price isn't all that much higher than a standard Titan X, costing $1,099.
Of course, it's still a hefty price to pay, but a $100 premium for adding a liquid cooler and overclocking it from the factory is actually not bad at all. You can buy the card immediately here from EVGA directly.