MSI and Corsair have announced a partnership on a new Nvidia GeForce graphics card design boasting both air- and liquid-cooling systems: the MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Sea Hawk.
Taking the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 as its base design, the Sea Hawk bundles a pre-installed Corsair H55 sealed-loop liquid cooling system, already attached to the card's GPU through a micro-fin copper coldplate. Linked to a 120mm radiator with variable-speed fan, that takes care of cooling the GPU leaving the voltage regulation modules (VRMs) and memory modules to a ball-bearing radial fan installed in a custom shroud design - offering, in theory at least, the best of both air and liquid cooling.
The result, MSI explains, is a cooler-running card able to run at higher-than-usual frequencies. Putting its money where its mouth is, the company is shipping the card with a 1,190MHz core and 1,291MHz boost clock, and with the on-board 6GB GDDR5 VRAM running at an effective 7,096MHz. Naturally, the card also offers features common to Nvidia's GeForce 980 Ti design, including G-Sync support.
While the cooling system may help the card reach new performance heights, it hasn't helped make the design any more suitable for compact cases. MSI has measured the dual-slot card at 270mm long, while the radiator requires a 120mm fan or radiator mount with 151mm clearance in one direction and at least 52mm depth clearance. Overall, the bundle adds 1,286g of weight to a case.
Available now in the US and soon in the UK, MSI has set a recommended retail price of $739.99 for the GeForce GTX 980 Ti Sea Hawk. More information is available on the company's product page