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EVGA Gives Nvidia GTX 980, 980 Ti, Titan X Hybrid Graphics Cards Free Facelift

If you happen to be the privileged owner of an EVGA GeForce Hybrid graphics card, EVGA has a treat for you – a new shroud. Punnily, EVGA has called the shroud swap the "Hybrid Faceoff Program."

The new shroud has a slightly different design than the one your card came with, and it does nothing but change the appearance of the graphics card, with an LED on the side (which can be controlled the same way you control the GeForce text on the side of standard Nvidia GTX graphics cards with stock coolers).

The three cards that qualify for the shroud are the GTX 980 Hybrid, GTX 980 Ti Hybrid, and GTX Titan X Hybrid.

EVGA's Hybrid series of graphics cards are essentially reference cards from Nvidia, with the stock cooler removed and replaced with an all-in-one water cooling unit. A special bracket keeps the drum-fan from the stock cooler installed. The all-in-one water cooler ensures that the GPU stays chilled, while the drum fan pushes air through the card to cool the memory and VRM circuitry.

The best part is, the new shroud is free. If you can prove to EVGA that you own the card (you'll have to go through a qualification process), EVGA will ask you to pay only for shipping and handling. You can sign up to receive yours here.

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  • ssdpro
    Always liked EVGA; great products and real people you can actually talk to. They have made mistakes but who hasn't. This story led me to their site. Looks to me like something new is coming as they are really moving out all the GTX 960 4GB variants - couple weeks ago they had 5 SKUs with 4GB and now only 2 and one has a rebate. Looks like they are trying to get the 960 back to mostly 2GB as designed as something will be sliding in between the 970 and 960 that has 4GB. Perhaps that 960Ti that never came?
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  • ssdpro
    Sure seems like they need something if Pascal is really another year out.
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  • Gam3r01
    EVGA at it once again, why? Because they value their customers.
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  • soccerplayer88
    EVGA has usually been my go to for NVIDIA products. Just before I switched to Team Green Sapphire was usually my choice for Radeon. Sapphire still around?
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  • QSV
    EVGA at it once again, why? Because they value their customers.

    Yeah thats why they messed up their ACX 2.0, making it even louder than reference design and when the oh so valued customers found out, they just had stupid excuses and no solution.
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  • mapesdhs
    Strange, I'm perfectly happy with my 980 ACX 2s, or is this an issue with some other card?
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  • Gam3r01
    16746348 said:
    EVGA at it once again, why? Because they value their customers.

    Yeah thats why they messed up their ACX 2.0, making it even louder than reference design and when the oh so valued customers found out, they just had stupid excuses and no solution.

    ACX 2.0 may not be the quietest cooler around, such as the Frozr V or Strix cooler, but it is nearly half as loud at load compared to reference: https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/EVGA/GTX_980_Ti_SC_Plus/29.html
    *Every 10dBA is double the noise
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  • turkey3_scratch
    Seems good to me. Obviously from a business perspective, they want to keep their customers satisfied so they buy more EVGA products. next time they go graphics card shopping, "Hey, remember how good EVGA was by giving our card a new design for free? Let's get another EVGA, that was good."
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  • Reaper_7799
    Just put in request for mine...looks better than the one now and has LEDS again like reference. Thanks EVGA.
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  • fuzzion
    The best thing about those that bought the 780ti 2 years ago will now get the best deal when they wait for the pascal card. Those that bought the 980 should ask for a refund.
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