Reviews and Problems with Cooler Master Hydra 8800 (RL-VNA-DO11-GP)
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Coolermaster Hydra 8800 and Glacier 600 GPU water cooling review
20 April 2008
Conclusion: As we can see from the results, both of the coolers are quite capable of cooling their respective cards. They do it in complete silence, provided you have a quiet watercooling system. ATI’s model looks a little more like a watercooling block, but NVIDIA’s also provides very silent and cool operation. There is also a new Glacier 9200 that supports the G92 8800 series card, so if you are going for a solution as you buy the card that’s the way to go.
Conclusion: My first impressions were way off. I looked at this thing as a demented sibling of the reference design. To be honest, I was expecting WORSE air temperatures than stock in the air cooling tests due to the unusual shape of the LED fan and the removal of some of the air cooling fins. The Hydra in its air cooled form -although not dramatically better than the reference cooler- did outperform the reference cooler by a few degrees.