Originally Posted by xMopx
Ahh I'll keep that in mind.
Last question, I believe: Do full coverage gpu blocks offer any advantage over the chip-only ones?
I like the look (and price) of the chip only sort. I have a 5870, FYI. That block lists 4870 as compatible but nothing newer, but the mounts are identical IIRC?
Cools VRM + RAM
Easier to plumb in multiple cards
Adds at least 1" of e-peen per block
Only fits one design of card
Limited compatibility (usually reference design cards only)
Heavy (can cause support issues on longer cards)
(Slightly) cooler GPU core temp
Universal - can fit many cards and not just reference designs
Need to cool VRM + RAM separately
Harder to plumb in multiple cards
The mounts should be very similar, something like 45mm hole spacing, so that block should fit. Have a look at Skinnee's universal GPU block roundup
for some info on which is best. I realise that it is again for a GTX480, but it still gives a comparison.
If you want a full cover block, have a look at the XSPC Razor
, PPCs has them on special at the moment for $60, don't know how that will work out when you factor in shipping though. Just be sure that you have a reference design 5870, look for the AMD logo near the PCI-E connection and the fan at the back end of the card, not in the middle.
If it is non-reference then you will probably have to get a universal block anyway.Edited by GingerJohn - 6/15/11 at 3:37pm