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Hi,

Are there any no-maintenance GPU water cooling solutions? I'm looking for something that I could hook up to a PowerColor LCS 6970 (if it's still being sold somewhere. First it was, now it seems not.) so i understand it can't be self-contained like some CPU products, but I'm hoping there's something that won't require ongoing maintenance. To keep it simple, I'll air-cool the CPU; I'm looking for something for the GPU and, if anything gets added later, it would only be another LCS.

Is there some way of doing this? It seems that with GPUs, you always have to do a custom loop, which requires ongoing maintenance. My first priorities are reliability and quietness, and one 6970 with the best aftermarket air-cooling, Thermalright Shaman as best as I can tell, would take up 4 slots, and I would never be able to add a second 6970.
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Originally Posted by anonapon;13462737 
Hi,

Are there any no-maintenance GPU water cooling solutions? I'm looking for something that I could hook up to a PowerColor LCS 6970 (if it's still being sold somewhere. First it was, now it seems not.) so i understand it can't be self-contained like some CPU products, but I'm hoping there's something that won't require ongoing maintenance. To keep it simple, I'll air-cool the CPU; I'm looking for something for the GPU and, if anything gets added later, it would only be another LCS.

Is there some way of doing this? It seems that with GPUs, you always have to do a custom loop, which requires ongoing maintenance. My first priorities are reliability and quietness, and one 6970 with the best aftermarket air-cooling, Thermalright Shaman as best as I can tell, would take up 4 slots, and I would never be able to add a second 6970.

Water cooling doesn't need that much matenience. about the same as air cooling.

Clean the dust out every 6 months, change the water every 6 months if your not using distilled, even longer if you washed the blocks when you set it up.
post #3 of 5
I am not aware of any pre-built self-containing watercooling unit that is ready off-the-shelf to allow you to directly connect to a Powercolor HD6970.

For CPU, there is the Corsair H50/60/70 and Coolit's ECO. But for GPU, it was only Coolit which was releasing their OMNI system but then back away when they went into partnership with Corsair. That product will not be released to the retail market now.

Only feasible option is to use a Nvidia card, eg Inno3D iChill GTX580/GTX570.

Link:http://www.inno3d.com/products/graphic_card/ichill/ichill_index_500.html
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Thank you for the link, I hadn't found that on my searches. It looks exactly like what I'm looking for (I might only replace the fan), but unfortunately it's only for Nvidia cards, and I think I need Eyefinity. I'd prefer the power of a 580 over a 6970, but I'm hoping to pair my current 23" 1920 x 1200 with a new 30" 2560 x 1600, and with an Nvidia, I'd have to run the 30" at the resolution of the 23", or chuck the 23".

Unless there's something else out there, I guess I'll try an air cooled 6970, and if that proves to be too underpowered, I'll get a second and switch to water cooling.
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lol you know what i would do? be different from everyone else and bootstrap a Corsair H50 to it XD seriously, that would get some massive kicks on OCN =P
    
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