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EVGA GTX 1080 Ti SC2 Hybrid Tear-Down

Posted on May 20, 2017

With days to go before we fly out to Taipei, Taiwan for this year's Computex show, EVGA's new 1080 Ti SC2 Hybrid card arrived for tear-down and analysis. We might not have time to get the review dialed-in on this one before the show, but we figured the least we could do is our inaugural disassembly of the card.

EVGA's 1080 Ti SC2 Hybrid makes a few changes over previous Hybrid cards, as it seems the liquid+air amalgams have grown in popularity over the past few generations. Immediately of note, the shroud now carries some 'tessellation' paint embellishments, an illuminated name plate, and a cable tether for the radiator fan. Small increments.


Internally, the video card leverages the same VRAM copper cooling plate that EVGA used on its GTX 1080 FTW Hybrid card. We previously ran A/B tests on these plates (over here). The plates “increase” GPU diode temperature (by nature of sharing the liquid cooling solution between the GPU and VRAM), but help cool video card memory in addition to the GPU. That VRAM plate sinks into the protruded copper plate used on the CLC via thick thermal compound.

The VRM components (E6932 FETs core VRM, E6930 memory VRM) are cooled by a separate aluminum heatsink, using normal fins for heatspreading with a mounted fan for dissipation.

The rest is pretty straight-forward, really, and is all shown in our tear-down video above.

Tear-Down: Steve Burke
Video: Andrew Coleman