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ECS GeForce 9800 GTX+ Hydra Pack simplifies water-cooled SLI

by Parm Mann on 28 July 2008, 16:17

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SLI remains a very niche product, but it isn't through lack of trying. Everyone who's anyone in the NVIDIA camp has been pushing SLI as the ultimate must-have for the gaming enthusiast, but it just hasn't proven to be feasible.

However, what if we had a single bundle that provided two NVIDIA 9800 GTX+ graphics cards and a liquid-cooling system? That, in our opinion, would make SLI a touch more attractive and that's exactly what ECS has on offer in the form of its GeForce 9800 GTX+ Hydra Pack.

The SLI-ready Hydra Pack, pictured above, features two N9800GTX+-512MX-W graphics cards and ECS' Hydra Cooling System. The cards clock in with a 738MHz core and provide 512MiB of GDDR3 memory clocked at 2,200MHz.

ECS' cooling solution has been developed in conjunction with Thermaltake and uses a design taken from the BigWater 760i system. ECS states the Hydra Pack will lower temperatures by nearly 19 per cent, whilst keeping a whole lot quieter than traditional air-cooling.

The complete package also features Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2, which is a pretty nice addition. It's all looking like a very tasty bundle, but we're still waiting on the key piece of information; pricing.



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Looks pretty nice. Reduces the hassle of setting both SLI and Watercooling up - but it all depends on the cost. Money money money!!!!!!
Give me something like this with the 4870s and you've got me interested. With the 9800 GTX+? Not bothered.
koocha
Give me something like this with the 4870s and you've got me interested. With the 9800 GTX+? Not bothered.

Same here… couldn't be bothered with this last horah of 2-3 year old tech. Just nVidia trying to ring as much money out of their previous work as possible since there latest release was a flop with those ludicrous prices.

Its ATI all the way for me this time round :)
Reduce temps by only 19 degrees…. Really, why not buy a couple of silent coolers to achieve this for no doubt more than half the price..

Stupid expensive exercise.
Brewster0101
Reduce temps by only 19 degrees…. Really, why not buy a couple of silent coolers to achieve this for no doubt more than half the price..

Not even 19°. 19 PERCENT! Even at load of 80°C+ you wont see a 19° drop.

Still, might be tough slapping a couple of big silent air-coolers on two of these in SLI.