EVGA Releases GTX 970 With Hybrid Cooling Solution

Water cooling has been gaining a lot of traction in the enthusiast PC market over the course of the last couple years. The advent of the closed loop water cooler really changed the game, and now we’re seeing the technology applied to more and more products. Less than a year ago it was only the most expensive GPUs that were equipped with liquid cooling solutions, but it appears that is no longer the case. Although not the first to offer liquid cooling on a lower-tier product than the flagship, EVGA just broke the mold with the announcement of the GeForce GTX 970 Hybrid Gaming.

EVGA’s GeForce GTX 970 Hybrid is a liquid-cooled version of the company’s GeForce GTX 970 SC with the blower cooler. EVGA offers a wide range of different GTX 970 cards with varying clock speeds, but curiously, it opted to use its lowest-clocked offering as the base for the liquid-cooled rendition despite clearly having the thermal headroom for much more aggressive settings. EVGA claimed the Hybrid cooler keeps the GPU 40 degrees Celsius cooler than the standard blower cooler.

EVGA GeForce GTX 970 HYBRID GAMING
Part Number04G-P4-1976-KR
Base Clock:1140 MHz 
Boost Clock: 1279 MHz
Texture Fill Rate:GT/s
Memory:4096 MB
Memory Clock:7010 MHz
Memory Bandwidth:224.3 GB/s
Warranty:3 Years

The Hybrid liquid cooling solution, with its prefilled loop and 120 mm radiator, has been used on a number of EVGA’s previous products before, but it’s never been offered on a product at this price point. EVGA’s website has the GTX 970 Hybrid Gaking in stock and available for $399.99, which is only a $60 premium over the card equipped with the blower fan.

EVGA GTX 970 Hybrid

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  • Gam3r01
    I still dont really like hybrid cards.
    Sure they may run cooler, but these days temps are not what restrict OCs on GPUs. I also dont like the extra room they take up.
  • kcarbotte
    1057592 said:
    I still dont really like hybrid cards. Sure they may run cooler, but these days temps are not what restrict OCs on GPUs. I also dont like the extra room they take up.


    I'm with you there. I've never been a fan of closed loop coolers. They are clunky, and not particularly attractive.

    to me if you're going to go water, don't go half way with it. Full custom loop all the way!
  • turkey3_scratch
    It's comparing the card to the standard GTX 970 card, so obviously temps are half. But if you compare the hybrid to the SSC ACX 2.0 cooler by EVGA, the graphs will probably be similar. Let's face, a single 120mm radiator is really not much for cooling. All these premade GPU water coolers as well as the CPU ones seem like gimmicks to me. If someone is serious about really cooling a card or CPU well, they would built a $300 custom loop done properly. Air coolers compete too well with liquid in most common applications for 99% of users.