While this approach to cooling is not new and has been seen on the Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card, as well as some other graphics cards, it is the first GTX 980 graphics card with such system. The liquid cooling part of it takes care of the GPU, while the blower-style air cooler takes care of the memory and VRM part of the graphics card.
With such cooling system that promises up to 25°C lower temperatures compared to the reference cooled GTX 980, it's no surprise that EVGA decided to include a hefty factory-overclock on the new GTX 980 Hybrid. The GPU works at 1291MHz base and 1393MHz GPU Boost clocks which are the same clocks seen on the EVGA GTX 980 Classified graphics card. The 4GB of GDDR5 memory paired up with a 256-bit memory interface ended up at reference 7010MHz. Of course, there will most likely be plenty of additional overclocking headroom left.
In case you missed it earlier, the GTX 980 is based on Nvidia's GM204 Maxwell GPU with 2048 CUDA cores and packs 4GB of GDDR5 memory paired up with a 256-bit memory interface.
The new EVGA GTX 980 Hybrid is currently listed, and not available, only at EVGA's own store with a price set at US $649.99/€779,00. EVGA also offers the same Hybrid cooler for a price of US $99.99.