Anyone added an EVGA hybrid cooler to their 1080 Ti?

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  1. PTRMAN

    PTRMAN Limp Gawd

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    Looking at a used EVGA 1080 Ti FE with an EVGA water block hybrid cooler added on. Bit of a jury-rigged Ti Hybrid, with nearly 2 years warranty left on it.

    Appears to be these two items together:
    https://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce...1-1-spell&keywords=EVGA+GeForce+GTX+1080+TiFE

    https://www.amazon.com/EVGA-400-HY-...226&sr=1-29&keywords=EVGA+GeForce+GTX+1080+Ti

    Anyone ever bolted on a cooler like this or used this kind of setup? Just wondering if it will perform as well as an factory-made hybrid...

    And the significant time lag between the original 1080 FE and other flavors makes me cringe a bit every time I see the words "founders edition"...
     
  2. doubletake

    doubletake Limp Gawd

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    How exactly is it set up? Since the baseplate that comes with the FTW3 cooler isn't compatible with a Founder's PCB layout, I'm guessing they either modified the plate, or simply omitted it and only mounted the CLC cooler? Either way, it really doesn't matter; cooling performance will be excellent compared to the blower cooler. I did a similar thing myself using two 1080 coolers on my Titan Xs, removed the original vapor chamber heatsink and installed the CLC cooler with most of the stock cooler parts still on there.
     
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  3. PTRMAN

    PTRMAN Limp Gawd

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    Sorry - my bad. The only stand-alone 1080 Ti water-cooler I could find listed on Amazon was that one. I didn't look closely enough at description to catch the FTW designation.

    The original card IS a 1080 Ti FE, but I'm not exactly sure of the model number on the blower. All seller says is "EVGA GTX 1080 Ti Hybrid liquid cooler".

    EVGA confirmed that if both are their products (and they are), then they'll cover under warranty as long as a) original card is not B-stock and b) original cooler is put on. Seller says will include original cooler, so as long as card is not B-stock it looks good.

    Cooler reportedly has been on for a little over one year (probably done pretty much at purchase time) with no problems in performance. I just hadn't seen this before and wanted to get some opinions from the forum...
     
  4. ssnyder28

    ssnyder28 2[H]4U

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    If its the standard hybrid cooler it is relatively easy to remove and replace. It should work way better at keeping the 1080ti cooler than the stock FE heatsink.
     
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  5. IdiotInCharge

    IdiotInCharge Not the Idiot YOU are Looking for

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    I'll say that the finished product is brilliant; if the integration was well done, I'd take it. I love mine.
     
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  6. EvilViking

    EvilViking I Drank All Your Beer

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    Love mine too. It's the only way I'll go now.

    I put an evga hybrid cooler on my FE 980ti. Working great. Huge drop in temps and noise. No offense to evga but I wanted to be in control of what tim was used and how meticulous the install was. So I purchased them separate to build my own.

    Plus at the time I heard of pumps failing or rattling (due to voltage mainly) I didn't want to have to ship my entire card if the pump did something. I could warranty them separate.
     
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  7. Armenius

    Armenius [H]ardForum Junkie

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    It's not "jury-rigged." The hybrid cooler from EVGA was made as a direct replacement and fits as well as an OEM cooler. I have one on my Titan X and you wouldn't be able to tell that it didn't come that way. It runs between 40C and 50C while gaming, overclocked to just under 2 GHz. A stark improvement to constantly having to deal with thermal throttling issues using the blower.
     
  8. kasakka

    kasakka Gawd

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    Not an EVGA cooler, but I put a Corsair H55 on my 980 Ti with the Kraken G10 bracket. The primary issue with mounting an AIO water cooler is going to be cooling the VRM and memory. My MSI 980 Ti has separate heatsinks for those that stay put even if the stock cooler is removed so it was a good candidate for the mod. The card has run fine for a few years and is silent.

    IMO the cards that come with an AIO water cooler are often a bit half-assed, including the EVGA units. They still use the crappy blower fan and don't add a bigger heatsink for the VRM. At the prices it would be nice to have a proper waterblock that cools the whole card instead of just the GPU. They work fine but could be better.
     
  9. Nexus6

    Nexus6 Limp Gawd

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    The EVGA unit includes a huge heatsink for the VRMs and a copper plate that connects the RAM to the GPU AIO block. It's not really halfassed in any way. The VRM fan doesn't even come on until 50c, is dead silent and easily keeps the VRMs under 70c.
     
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  10. LigTasm

    LigTasm [H]ardness Supreme

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    I had two 1080ti founders cards with the EVGA hybrids on them, worked great, looked fine.
     
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  11. kasakka

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    Seems they have a few different models now. The FTW is as you described and then they had another one that was essentially just the reference blower with the heatsink replaced with the AIO water cooler.
     
  12. IdiotInCharge

    IdiotInCharge Not the Idiot YOU are Looking for

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    I really have no idea what my MSI 1080Ti SeaHawk has underneath. I'll just say that it maintains 2,000MHz on the core and that it's silent. The H115i on the 8700k (280mm, single fan stack) is louder under load, and it ain't that loud.

    And I got that at $699 last fall, I believe.
     
  13. vjhawk

    vjhawk n00bie

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    The built in AIO cooler on my GTX 1080 FTW Hybrid works a treat. Very quiet and keeps temps well under 60c for me during gaming. Assuming that the standalone unit is basically the same hardware I would say it's a winner. I also saw a video that showed by just upgrading the fan on that thing you could get it an additional 10c cooler. 50c max under load, wow!
     
  14. Astral Abyss

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    Just wanted to 2nd this statement.

    The EVGA Hybrid cooler took my Titan X Pascal from a noisy, thermal throttled, toaster to a quiet, cool running beast. Runs mid 40 to 50C while being overclocked. I can maintain 2012MHz on the GPU indefinitely. Before, it used to bounce all over place as it would hit 90C and throttle down, fan then freaking out and running at full tilt 100%. This was while usually peaking at 1800MHz for a bit before dropping down to upper 1600s. I was shocked at the difference. I'm current (power) limited now vs thermally limited.
     
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  15. PTRMAN

    PTRMAN Limp Gawd

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    Thanks for the comments, all. I'm better educated now. Waiting to see newest cards will look like come Monday's Nvidia announcement.
     
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