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Soooooooo. I just got this puppy in the mail earlier today along with the MCW82 waterblock. The reason I purchased this little guy is because I own a Asus DCII 580, and I want to watercool it (to you nay sayers, I didn't feel like going through the trouble of selling my DCII just to buy a refernce or hydro copper, and I want to put this in my mATX lanbox once I upgrade my sigrig to Kepler at launch, and a WC'd GPU is just more practical in my case).

Well, like I said, Swiftech specifically states that the HS is compatible with the DCII PCB. HOWEVER!!! Comma, pause for effect...after I remove the fan and stock heatsink on the DCII, and the heatsink on the (I believe its them...) MOSFETS, I go to place the heatsink on the PCB and wouldn't you know...it doesn't fit. Not even close. About 2 screw holes line up throughout the whole heatsink!

After a Double-U Tee Eff email to Swiftech, I got this reply.

"There is no alternative method of installation than that provided on the installation guide. If you wish to obtain support, please visit this link for further information: http://www.swiftech.com/techsupport.aspx"
If you wish to return your heatsinks, its fine. You may setup an RMA."
If the information that we provided is erroneous, we will be happy to wave the 15% restocking fee, and setup return shipping at no cost."

Now, the waterblock I got does in fact fit, with no problem from what I've seen. So, after looking at the purchased heatsink and the layout of the PCB, and looking at the stock heatsink of the MOSFETs, I will be modding the swiftech heatsink in order to make this work/fit. I am thinking of going ahead and chopping off the 3rd PCI bracket as well, not to worried about it at the moment though so.

Right now, I got the heatsink masked off and ready to get chopped up in the morning when it is light out and people arent sleeping! Pictures to come of course biggrin.gif.
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If they can refund you without taking a loss, get this instead: http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=24661
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If they can refund you without taking a loss, get this instead: http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=24661

Hmmm, I'm picturing the way it will look in my head, and I dunno. I'm going to try this out first. If it doesn't work, I wont be to upset because the heatsink wasn't pricey, ran for like $30 I believe, not too bad at all.
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That sucks that the DCII doesn't use an integrated but separate heatsink for the vrm and memory like the TF2/3/Lightnings.
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Hmmm, I'm picturing the way it will look in my head, and I dunno. I'm going to try this out first. If it doesn't work, I wont be to upset because the heatsink wasn't pricey, ran for like $30 I believe, not too bad at all.

If it don't fit, there's a chance that Asus might have changed the pcb design. Manufacturers will do that without notifying the public rolleyes.gif. The scythe kit is one many universal heatsink kits available for vga. Swiftech also makes some hs for vram and vrm (mosfets). I'd say save your money, get refund and try some of these vga hs kits. Good luck thumb.gif
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But the DCII already has an integrated albeit freakishly small vrm sink. It's eqaully freaky that the DCII doesn't actively cool the ram! What the?
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If it don't fit, there's a chance that Asus might have changed the pcb design. Manufacturers will do that without notifying the public rolleyes.gif.

Well, I bout the DCII when it first came out, and the compatability list that Swiftech provided was up to date as of the end May, well after I had mine. So thinking common sense, it should have been taken into account.

I already have my heart set on this now lol. Give me an excuse to cut me some metal biggrin.gif lol. Only thing I'm not sure of, is how to get the metal parts that will have been cut, to look black again...without having to anodize the heatsinks again lol. I don't have the materials/knowhow to do it. Black sharpie for the silver shiney metal perhaps? haha.
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Well, I bout the DCII when it first came out, and the compatability list that Swiftech provided was up to date as of the end May, well after I had mine. So thinking common sense, it should have been taken into account.

I already have my heart set on this now lol. Give me an excuse to cut me some metal biggrin.gif lol. Only thing I'm not sure of, is how to get the metal parts that will have been cut, to look black again...without having to anodize the heatsinks again lol. I don't have the materials/knowhow to do it. Black sharpie for the silver shiney metal perhaps? haha.

lol, totally understand. I ended up hacking the vrm heatsink on an ek 4870 block to fit a non reference card. I used Arctic Silver adhesive and it worked great!
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A thin coat of flat black krylon man, easy.
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A thin coat of flat black krylon man, easy.

Was thinking of that too. But doesn't that affect the heat dissapation for the heatsink? Or since it is such a small area, will have little to no affect?
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