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Report: EVGA's GTX 980 Classified, HydroCopper Show Up

When the GTX 980 and GTX 970 launched, EVGA had a whole heap of cards in its lineup, but there were two cards that we didn't see: the GTX 980 Classified and the GTX 980 HydroCopper. Now, a report on VideoCardz.com has shined some light on the duo.

The Classified and HydroCopper cards from EVGA are the most prestigious graphics cards that the company makes. "Classified"-labelled cards come with huge air coolers, a custom PCB design, cherry-picked GPUs and massive factory overclocks. Despite the huge cooler, though, EVGA builds the Classified cards for hardcore overclocking with liquid nitrogen.

The HydroCopper cards are reference models that come with a water block made by EKWB. Despite the fact that it will still overclock very well under liquid nitrogen, if you're buying a HydroCopper graphics card, it's because you want to water-cool it without voiding your warranty by mounting a water block to it by yourself.

The cards that VideoCardz.com has shown off make no exception to the Classified and HydroCopper designs. The GTX 980 Classified comes with a massive factory overclock, bringing the base frequency up to 1291 MHz, and it should boost all the way up to around 1405 MHz. The memory clock is, unfortunately, expected to remain at the reference speed of 7.0 GHz effective. An HDMI port, two DVI ports and a single DisplayPort handle display connectivity, and the card is powered by two 8-pin PCI-Express power connectors.

The HydroCopper card is pictured, but the report makes no mention of its clock speeds. Thanks to the reference PCB design, it retains the standard display outputs, giving you one DVI, one HDMI and three DisplayPort interfaces.

Pricing and availability remain unknown, but stay tuned for the actual announcements.

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  • jase240
    Any word on unlocked voltage? These cards are still never temperature limited in overclocks, only voltage and TDP limited.

    Watercooling without unlocked voltage seems really dumb on this card, no real benefit at all.
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  • DarkSable
    If they had made the Hydrocopper version a single-slot card, I probably would have bought it. As it is, I don't particularly care about it. Especially since it's just a reference card, which I could slap a waterblock on myself.

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  • Ruben Browning
    Classified are the safest choice for NVIDIA, right?
    I mean, they are supposed to be cherry picked and it might be hard to find warranty where I'll take it
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  • Stevemeister
    The only real advantage with a Hydrocopper is that the GPU's are handpicked and you will get a decent overclock which is where the value is. If you know what you're doing its not that difficult to slap an EK waterblock on a GPU and save a bit of $. For me watercooling is more to do with keeping a system quiet rather than overclocking excessively although it does give you a lot more headroom. I have a watercooled 4770K but despite the cooling it doesn't overclock that well - luck of the draw I guess
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  • Pikker
    Any word on unlocked voltage? These cards are still never temperature limited in overclocks, only voltage and TDP limited.

    Watercooling without unlocked voltage seems really dumb on this card, no real benefit at all.

    I'm certain nvidia is saving that functionality in case AMD rolls out a competitive card, before it was limited processing, now it's limited power.
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  • clonazepam
    Man I've been trying so hard to fight the urge to grab a 980. They make so much sense right now. I can ditch sli 580s, save power, reduce noise, and come out ahead in performance. The power savings over time from going to a 980 will pay for the card by the time it needs replacing. What am I waiting for?!?
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  • blppt
    "What am I waiting for?!?"

    I would wait...for the 8gb model (maybe around Christmas time). It seems like overkill until you realize that today's release Mordor will require a 6GB card @ 1080p for the top texture setting. I dont like doing upgrades for components that are already outclassed by the latest AAA titles.
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