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Time to decide on a block for 69XX

post #1 of 12
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Hello everyone, recently picked up an rs360 kit and ive decided to go ahead and add my GPU to the loop. Since the EK is out of the picture ive narrowed it down to a couple choices.
The Heatkiller GPU-X http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12...ock_15010.html
Or the Koolance VID-AR697 http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12..._Fittings.html

Or possibly an XSPC Razor, however im having trouble find them in stock. If anyone knows of a reputable shop that stocks them let me know.

Are there any major pros or cons of the blocks or are their performance all very similar?
The card is a 6950 2gb Sapphire reference.

Thanks alot folks!
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post #2 of 12
Razor:

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...ducts_id=30053

http://www.jab-tech.com/XSPC-Razor-6970-pr-4802.html

Both are in stock, though P-P says that there is only one available. I love mine, though some people say that they're not as good as the other blocks you're looking at.

Performance is all very similar..
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
Ah thank you, ill get in contact with those suppliers to verify they do indeed have them in stock.
How was the install on your Razor, well documented in the instructions?
This will be my first GPU block install
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HAF932 CM Storm Zornet 
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post #4 of 12
HK 69X0 blocks look smexy and they have a bridge to connect crossfire blocks.
post #5 of 12
Heatkillers rock! I run 2 with the rs360 kit and they max out at 42 in kumbuster...cpu depending on how hard I'm pushing it around 47...I added 2 extra fans for push/pull
Edited by mrinnocent - 6/12/11 at 12:37am
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Aqua Computer has a 6970 block, their GTX480 block performed well.
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post #7 of 12
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Just pulled the trigger on the XSPC Razor from Jab, this is going to be a long wait for it to arrive
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post #8 of 12
Sorry I didn't get back to your post sooner

The XSPC block install was simple, and instructions were simple and direct. The only problem I had was that I forgot (out of ignorance) to install the last screws on the board, so my VRam3 temps are always 10c higher than the rest of my card. I thought that I had put in all the screws and there were just spares My-B. I've got them now, but still haven't put them in yet. The block still keeps the temps nice and cool.

Installation is simple, follow the instructions. The only part that might be difficult/emotionally straining is once all the screws are off, you've got to kind of just pull apart the cooler from the PCB. That's the tough part because there is always suction/adherence from the Thermal Interface Material ( or thermal paste / TIM) between the GPU itself and the cooler.

Also, putting the thermal tape on the VRAM/VREG/Shaders is a bit tedious, but really simple to do. If you want to be a nut about it like some people are, you can upgrade to higher-end tape, or you can even cut the tape to perfect proportions of the chips and mount them. They're a pain because they're double-sided sticky, so you've got to install it exactly how the directions lay out. I didn't, because I thought I knew better, but I was wrong it was more difficult, but still possible to install, just more of a pain.

It'll probably be some trial-and-error before the install is complete, but just chill, take a deep breath, sometimes walk away if you get frustrated and come back again cooler-headed. Just remember that if you get pissed and just want to throw it together, you'll end up taking it apart again down the road and doing it right, so might as well spend the time the first time and do it right.

Also, one other problem I had due to inexperience was a leak the second time I installed a card, where the barb screws into the block. I didn't cinch down the barb enough (never actually cinch, ease it in, watch the o-rings on the barbs, put pressure on them but don't squeeze them to death) and formed a leak. It was easy to spot during filling, and easy to fix, but it was there.

So far I'm in about 2 months on the first block and a month on the second block, and can't complain.
post #9 of 12
You can get the koolance at performance pcs for cheaper : http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...ducts_id=29999

The only ek blocks that are bad are the nickel plated ones, the copper ones are fine.

You can also get the heatkiller gpu blocks cheaper at performance pcs. http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...ducts_id=30416
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post #10 of 12
There's also danger den blocks which are good. They're pricier, but from what I've heard, dd has incredible customer service. http://www.dangerden.com/store/dd-69...-block-v2.html
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