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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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