Pros: Works well, stylish
Cons: Fussy fitting procedure
To be quite clear, this is a good product. If properly installed it cools the Palit or Gainward 460 GTX well. The idle temperature of 33C with stock cooling gave way to an idle temperature of 28C. (Ambient temperatures during testing were low twenties.) Load temperatures of 83C gave way to temperatures around 36C. That is a big improvement. The water block certainly looks the part too. I had no leaks either.
This was fitted as a separate loop using a Laing DDC 18W Pump, XSPC Laing DDC BayRes Two, XSPC RX360 radiator, and Tygon tubing. (Thanks Kel)
I had no performance issues with the product at all. My only difficulty was with the assembly/installation of the product.
When EK say “Safe, noob-proof mounting system with Standoffs”, there’s another way of taking that. The mounting system as described is a very fussy procedure with a lot of built-in frustration for the inexperienced.
The thermal pad material provided needs to be individually cut to suit each location. They will not cover all as-is.
The installation instructions don’t tell you that there are two different size standoffs. They do tell you there are two different sized screws though, so perhaps I should have expected it.
I tried the installation as described in the instructions, but my MX3 wasn’t as sticky as the instructions suggested. After failing to get standoffs to stay where they belonged with the standard procedure, “I did it my way.”
A piece of foam out of an old mobo box was needed. All the screws and washers were placed in position back of the stripped 460, and then the mobo foam was laid on top of them, before turning the whole thing over. The foam stopped the screws falling out. The standoffs were placed over the appropriate screws, using the smaller standoffs from the separate packet on the two outer smaller screws. The water block was put on top of this, and then the whole lot was turned over again. The foam was removed and all the screws were done up.
I found that easier. I don’t know if other water blocks are any easier to mount or not, and as said already, no issues with performance or quality. Top notch really.
I have had no corrosion problems.
An excellent product that's a bit fussy in the fitting.