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I was thinking about getting into water cooling, but my main concern is keeping my GPU cool. I have the MSI GTX 560 Ti Hawk, which has no full-cover water block and likely will never have one. Is a universal water block going to give me good temperature readings and performance? Not sure if it's worth taking the plunge, especially if I can't cool my VRMs. :\\

Any help would be appreciated, thanks.
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A gpu only block will suffice for a 560 easily. If you were still worried about the rest you could always get some stick on mem sinks. But like I said you will be fine with just the gpu only being cooled on that 560. Now if you had a 580... not so much lol. Full cover blocks are always preferable. But iv used a gpu block only before and the gpu was fine. As long as your case has good airflow.

EDIT: Here is an example of the ram sinks.
Edited by Timlander - 5/26/11 at 12:53pm
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Hawk series tends to have a heatsink under the GPU cooler right? Sort of like this?



Anyway, a full cover block actually performs equally verses a universal block on GPU temperatures, only thing is that you don't cool VREGs and RAM chips (GDDR5 makes VERY little heat). I wouldn't worry too much about it if you already have a heatsink under your hawk, a universal waterblock would just give you lower temperatures. I'm sure the Hawk's VREG heatsinks should suffice?
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Hawk series tends to have a heatsink under the GPU cooler right? Sort of like this?



Anyway, a full cover block actually performs equally verses a universal block on GPU temperatures, only thing is that you don't cool VREGs and RAM chips (GDDR5 makes VERY little heat). I wouldn't worry too much about it if you already have a heatsink under your hawk, a universal waterblock would just give you lower temperatures. I'm sure the Hawk's VREG heatsinks should suffice?
Pretty nice feature there. Go with the uni block and have fun under water.
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Go for it just make sure you still have airflow over the card. I had problems with my 460's where I would crash at higher overclocks because the vrm's would overheat despite having a heatsink much larger than what you have on that card. Adding airflow solved it
     
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Looks to me like the 560 got rid of that feature, but they may have taken off that heatsink for the purposes of this photo. I don't have my card right in front of me so I'm not sure if it exists. If it does, though, this could be a great option. Thank you all for the input.
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If you have any old blocks laying around, then maybe you should take a look at what I did in my cpu to gpu mod might give you some inspiration My results speak for themselves, it beat a dedicated gpu block by around 9c
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Buska103 View Post
Hawk series tends to have a heatsink under the GPU cooler right? Sort of like this?



Anyway, a full cover block actually performs equally verses a universal block on GPU temperatures, only thing is that you don't cool VREGs and RAM chips (GDDR5 makes VERY little heat). I wouldn't worry too much about it if you already have a heatsink under your hawk, a universal waterblock would just give you lower temperatures. I'm sure the Hawk's VREG heatsinks should suffice?
For one..that's an AMD card.

OP, this is what I am going to do, and I suggest you do the same:
-Universal GPU block
-RAM heatsinks
-VRM heatsinks
-Thermal pads

Oh and make sure there is some incidental airflow for those RAM/VRM sinks.
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