ECS GeForce 9800 GTX+ Hydra SLI
Posted by Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 09/08/2008 01:00 PM [ 0 comment(s) ]
Photo gallery - The Card
On the next few pages we'll show you some photos. The images were taken at 4272 x 2848 pixels and then scaled down. The camera used was a Canon 450D - 12 MegaPixel.
Here we have the Hydra kit. it's huge people. But everything you'll need to get SLI and water-cooling going is inside that package.
As you can see, carefully packaged the two cards, water-cooling unit, tubing, coolant, clamps and other necessities. packaging is good, there's hardly any risk of damage whatsoever.
Before we have a peek at the installation, let's have a look at one of the GeForce 9800 GTX+ cards in general. In terms of design it's not the slightest bit different from the regular GeForce 9800 GTX, besides the custom cooler that is. Mind you that the cooler despite being water-cooled also needs to be hooked up to the Molex power supply connector for the silent LED lit blue fan.
To your top left, 1+1=3. Two SLI fingers NVIDIA allows you to hook up and go for three-way SLI. That's a good threesome in this price segment. Today we're going for two-way SLI though.
To your upper right you can spot two 6-pin connectors. Molex converters are included. yet that is a lot of wiring. I suggest a PSU with dedicated 12V rails, and 4 6-pin connectors to keep it clean wiring wise.
One out of two. That's just a great looking graphics card aesthetically. Very pleasing with the entire black design. The card is a bit lengthy though at 27cm / 10.6". The CPU block is made from copper. Should for whatever reason water-cooling fail, there's a low profile fan on there as well, keeping the card at high yet safe temperatures. A nice fail-safe.
The GeForce GTX 560 we'll review in this article comes from ECS, out of the three products GTX 560 tested today here on Guru3D.com this one is reference clocked, has a reference design and a reference cooler. So this product will be the baseline performance product. Now that does not mean a sober product contrary, baseline performance is pretty good for the money. And next to that, we all know you'll gain the most from the less expensive products one you go and tweak them.
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ECS GeForce 9800 GTX+ Hydra SLI
A review on the ECS GeForce 9800 GTX+ Hydra SLI. Basically you'll receive two pre-modified GeForce 9800 GTX+ products and a water-cooling kit that is supplied by Thermaltake. It's in fact the Thermaltake big water series that you can slide into you 5.25"drive bay easily. Pretty much the only thing you need to do is connect four tubing connections, fill her up, connect some wiring ... and you are good to go. That's 15 minutes tops to get a gaming performance level better than the GeForce GTX 280.