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Bit-Tech: ECS Hydra Watercooled 9800 GTX+ SLI pack Review

Harry Butler writes:

"We're sorry to say it, but the ECS 9800 GTX+ Hydra SLI kit is a bit of a disappointment. The build quality of the GPU cooling and waterblocks is probably the most galling of faults – we almost couldn't believe it when we saw the shoddily fitted waterblocks when we took the cards out of the box, and the situation only got worse when the PWM coolers literally fell apart once we'd started testing. The baffling inclusion of the blue LED lit paddle fan adds to the list of flaws – they have absolutely no influence on card's operating temperatures and are so woefully underpowered that they couldn't ever hope to keep the cards cool on thier own in the case of a watercooling system failure. It's as if ECS just wanted something to stick some blue LEDs onto so screwed a load of useless plastic onto the cards."

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