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I'm planning on rebuilding sig rig real soon and I'm looking to buy a water block for my GPU. Only problem is, I can't find any information on which blocks fit and it's all gotten a bit overwhelming. I have the Sapphire HD6950 (100312-2SR). I've determined that it's not a reference design but upon further investigation I've learned that the Radeon 6950 has a new PCB design. The last thing I want is to have my rig torn apart to realize the water block doesn't fit. So I'm asking if you have have any buying guides to determine if a water block will fit the card or is it just trial and error?
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post #2 of 10
it is really hard to tell without word from somebody with a full cover block on your card.

would this work do you think?
http://www.tcmagazine.com/tcm/news/h...69506970-cards
post #3 of 10
You can get a full cover block for non-reference 6950s like this. Or you can go the universal GPU block route with heatsinks on the VRMs and memory chips.
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+1 on what Seeing red mentioned.

The EK 6970 v2* full cover water block or universal gpu.
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post #5 of 10
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Thanks for the advice, guys! +Rep as usual. I was planning on picking up the V2 by EK but what had me worried was the non-reference design of the stock cooler. Will this be a problem?

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post #6 of 10
It's not the cooler design you have to worry about, it's the PCB.

Not all non reference coolers have non reference PCBs under them.
    
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post #7 of 10
It really depends on the PCB layout and you have to remove the cooler to see. EK has a configurator on their site, but with non-reference cards, its hard to tell. If you're going to watercool a card, try to stick to the reference cards only.
     
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post #9 of 10
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You can get a full cover block for non-reference 6950s like this. Or you can go the universal GPU block route with heatsinks on the VRMs and memory chips.
I doubt that block will work. Looking carefully at the back of the pcb on newegg, it doesn't not appear to line up with the hole pattern of the block. Also, some components seem to be out of place with the patters of the block. Unless you can find proof of someone fitting the block on, I'd be wary of it.

If the pcb revisions are similar to the 5800s then just because it is non reference doesn't mean all non references are the same.
    
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post #10 of 10
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Thanks for the replies! I just found some info posted by Swiftech earlier last month about a new block being released for the 6970 platform for the new PCB. I guess my best option now is to wait and see what other companies are going to release since my card was recently released. I really appreciate the help, guys!
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