Corsair's versatile new Hydro Series brackets allow for CPU and GPU cooling

AVA Direct Corsair X99
Bill Roberson/Digital Trends
On its website, Corsair announced that it would be releasing today a new pair of water blocks capable of converting any Corsair Hyrdro Series CPU cooler into a convenient GPU cooler, supporting Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 980 Ti, Titan X, GTX 980, and GTX 970, among others.

Dubbed the HG10 N980 and HG10 N970, these new cooling brackets can work in conjunction with any liquid CPU cooler in the Corsair Hydro series. How it works is pretty simple: it converts the closed-loop system into a thermal GPU solution. As a result, if you’re into overclocking, this should presumably help you do so with ease.

Regardless of which bracket you choose, both come packed with a 70mm low-noise blower fan built in. The shroud on the N980 in particular is compatible with the stock PCB layouts of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 980 Ti, 980, and Titan X cards. A multi-tasker, the cooling bracket is designed to refrigerate both the memory and voltage regulator modules (VRMs) of the graphics unit. The equally affordable N970, on the other hand, only chills the VRMs and is compatible exclusively with Nvidia’s GTX 970-flavored cards.

Corsair has composed a complete list of graphics cards that can be used with the N980 and N870 liquid cooling brackets. In the tech specs section of each respective product page, Corsair ensures to mention popular GPU brands like MSI, Gigabyte, Galax, EVGA, Zotac, and PNY, along with specific model numbers for each brand. The N980, for instance, is compatible with four different models of the GTX 970, while the N970 can be used to cool several different models of the GTX 760, 670, and 660 Ti GPUs.

You can purchase both the Corsair Hydro HG10 N980 and the N970 from the company’s select set of authorized retailers or, alternatively, directly from its website. Both cooling brackets are priced moderately at $50 while a compatible CPU cooler can be purchased separately.

Product Review

LG Gram 14 proves 2-in-1 laptops don’t need to sacrifice battery for light weight

The LG Gram 14 2-in-1 aims to be very light for a laptop that converts to a tablet. And it is. But it doesn’t skimp on the battery, and so it lasts a very long time on a charge.

Xbox One X vs. PS4 Pro: Which console is more powerful?

Far from cooling down, the console wars are only getting more intense. We compare Microsoft's Xbox One X to Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro to help you decide which premium console is right for you.

From Chromebooks to MacBooks, here are the best laptop deals for January 2019

Whether you need a new laptop for school or work or you're just doing some post-holiday shopping, we've got you covered: These are the best laptop deals going right now, from discounted MacBooks to on-the-go gaming PCs.
Emerging Tech

Why wait? Here are some CES 2019 gadgets you can buy right now

Companies come to CES to wow us with their cutting edge technology, but only a few products are slated to hit the market right away. Here is our list of the best CES 2019 tech you can buy right now.

Looking to upgrade? These are the best iPhone deals for January 2019

Apple devices can get expensive, but if you just can't live without iOS, don't despair: We've curated an up-to-date list of all of the absolute best iPhone deals available for January 2019.

Take a trip to a new virtual world with one of these awesome HTC Vive games

So you’re considering an HTC Vive, but don't know which games to get? Our list of 25 of the best HTC Vive games will help you out, whether you're into rhythm-based gaming, interstellar dogfights, or something else entirely.

AMD Radeon VII will support DLSS-like upscaling developed by Microsoft

AMD's Radeon VII has shown promise with early tests of an open DLSS-like technology developed by Microsoft called DirectML. It would provide similar upscale features, but none of the locks on hardware choice.

The Asus ZenBook 13 offers more value and performance than Apple's MacBook Air

The Asus ZenBook 13 UX333 is the latest in that company's excellent "budget" laptop line, and it looks and feels better than ever. How does it compare to Apple's latest MacBook Air?

You could be gaming on AMD’s Navi graphics card before the end of the summer

If you're waiting for a new graphics card from AMD that doesn't cost $700, you may have to wait for Navi. But that card may not be far away, with new rumors suggesting we could see a July launch.

Is AMD's Navi back on track for 2019? Here's everything you need to know

With a reported launch in 2019, AMD is focusing on the mid-range market with its next-generation Navi GPU. Billed as a successor to Polaris, Navi promises to deliver better performance to consoles, like Sony's PlayStation 5.

Cortana wants to be friends with Alexa and Google Assistant

Microsoft no longer wants to compete against Amazon's Alexa and Google's Assistant in the digital assistant space. Instead, it wants to transform Cortana into a skill that can be integrated into other digital assistants.

Microsoft leans on A.I. to resume safe delivery of Windows 10 Update

Microsoft is leaning on artificial intelligence as it resumes the automatic rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update. You should start seeing the update soon now that Microsoft has resolved problems with the initial software.

Stop dragging windows on your Mac. Here's how to use Split View to multitask

The latest iterations of MacOS offer a native Split View feature that can automatically divide screen space between two applications. Here's how to use Split View on a Mac, adjust it as needed, and how it can help out.

It's not all free money. Here's what to know before you try to mine Bitcoin

Mining Bitcoin today is harder than it used to be, but if you have enough time, money, and cheap electricity, you can still turn a profit. Here's how to get started mining Bitcoin at home and in the cloud.