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

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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.