MSI’s New N580GTX HydroGen

For the water cooling fans, MSI dropped the reference air cooling on a stock GTX 580 and replaced it with their proprietary HydroGen, full-copper waterblock. They claim that users can see a temperature drop of up to 24 degrees Celsius, and the block itself spans across a large area of the card covering both the GPU and memory as well. MSI also devised their own “Micro-Channel” technology of having small 0.45mm wide water channels over the GPU area, as this is to increase water flow resulting in better heat transfer. Of course, as with almost every MSI video card, they encourage the use of their Afterburner overclocking suite. At the time of writing, there was no word on pricing or when this will ship. FYI: An EVGA GTX 580 FTW Hydro Copper 2 (similar to this) costs about $700, so hopefully we can see MSI’s offering for the same or maybe less.


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