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Saw this online.
http://www.ekwaterblocks.com/shop/ek...-nickel-1.html
It says that its meant for non-reference cards. So would it fit a ASUS DCII? I love how my DCII runs right now, and I am an ASUS fanboy, but I wouldn't mind trimming down that best of a card in my tower to make some room for a 2nd so I could run some SLI (well, I could do it without WBs in my sigrig, but there would be horrible airflow and barely any room left to boot).
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post #2 of 7
That's a really good question, I'd like to know as well.
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I'm not positive that it would not work but I believe that waterblock was designed for the Gainward/Palit cards as evidenced by the GW in it's name.

EDIT: Looking more closely at the respective PCBs and I now can say that that waterblock will not fit on the Asus PCB, the chokes are in a different location, different orientation and number as well. I think the best you could hope for with the DCII is a GPU only block that could possibly cover the memory as well but would still leave the VRMs air cooled, which if they had good airflow would not be a bad option in my opinion.




Edited by juano - 5/4/11 at 7:47am
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post #4 of 7
This block is for the 3GB version cards.
So it won't fit the DCII.
You can check it here. Its their compatibility list.
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I looked at your board layout and I own the same case, and I'm not seeing a problem.

You have a free slot between the top card and the bottom, and the equivalent of another free slot of space between the bottom card and the PSU, assuming you owned two of those video cards.

That's enough space.

Basically the Asus is a card you buy knowing in advance that you can't put a full GPU block on it. That saves you $100 per card since the price ($500) isn't anymore expensive than any other GTX 580.

If you really want to water cool, trade it for a reference part or see if you can use the MCW-80 block with a G80 adapter kit or something. You'll need a lot of little RAM sinks with some kind of active airflow, though.
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Are you certain you can't fit two on your board? Use slots 1 and 3 and then use the first black pci-x slot for your sound card?
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As Robilar says, you can totally fit two triple-slot coolers like DCII on a Rampage III Extreme, with a slot for the PCI-Ex soundcard in the middle.

You may have to make some addt'l accommodations for extra airflow, but I think you can keep temps reasonably in check. It's not even like there's no gap between bottom and top card ... you'll have a free slot (unless you put sound card there).

Just seems kinda silly to buy a DCII card and not use the cooler
    
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