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Well the verdict is in - and I have good news and bad news... Good news is the kuhler 920 fit on my card and my 6970 lighting is now "water cooled". The bad news is that my USB wifi dongle thingy died.. So you'll have to wait to see a build log bc I'm not typing it all on my phone and there would be no pictures! thumb.gif
    
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wow man that is amazing and may be a somewhat cheaper way to water cool or to wc multiple models of cards without buying a new waterblock every time! great job this is so damn interesting! amazing
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Congratulations man!!!! very brave of you!!. ENJOY!!!
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i had read through this thread and already got some very nice idea on what should i do about modding my card.. my matrix will come 12 days from now from ebay.. ill be gutting the hell out of that little monster like a fresh fish when it arrives. ill be making a log for it as well cuz i am really inspired by sir cravin here. wish me luck!! ill keep you guys updated about its progress.
 
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post #65 of 97
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That is awsome, these matrix cards really are amazing gpus', beings that you can now watercool them means you can push this card even harder. BTW, is your matrix a "platinum" edition?

There are a few others who have watercooled the Matrix and each has used a different method. I will post links to both to help you in your quest.

Williampv (OCN), Matrix done with corsair Hxx cooler


http://www.overclock.net/t/1149312/matrix-gtx-580-watercooled

And a completely different method, more along the lines of real watercooling. I added this one as the person has also used a method to retain the original fans. Ive posted and asked but the OP is not responding to his thread anymore. It may help you though so ill add it just the same.


http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?6219-I-water-cooled-My-Asus-GTX580-Matrix-Platinum-Pics.&p=64790#post64790

I think there is one other who has modded the matrix but not completely certain. These cards are fairly rare so not many have been modded in this fashion.

Thanks for reading my thread, glad you liked it and hope that it helps when you do yours. If you have any questions just pm me and i can help you out. My method to retain the shroud is more difficult but williampv had a prettys simple solution wrapping a zipstrap around the entire card to keep it snug. Not sure how the other person did his, its difficult to tell with the pics that they uploaded. If he answers his thread questions then hopfully theres another easier method than mine.

Good luck and cant wait to see it. This mod really helps with the heat and sound on these cards biggrin.gif
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And a completely different method, more along the lines of real watercooling. I added this one as the person has also used a method to retain the original fans. Ive posted and asked but the OP is not responding to his thread anymore. It may help you though so ill add it just the same.

http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?6219-I-water-cooled-My-Asus-GTX580-Matrix-Platinum-Pics.&p=64790#post64790

I think there is one other who has modded the matrix but not completely certain. These cards are fairly rare so not many have been modded in this fashion.

That build using a Phobya cpu waterblock is very similar to having a watercooled system using a Swiftech MCW82 universal gpu block:

www.swiftech.com/mcw82vgawaterblock.aspx

I don't know if it's compatible with the ASUS GTX580 Matrix Platinum though.
A bit shocked to see the term he used in his comment about using the stock fan for the vrm's, maybe my head was in the gutter:D

How is that Matrix doing? Of all the 580's I've been tempted to upgrade to, that one was the toughest to pass up. ASUS really did a great job on that card, your gpu cooler and IHS mods took it to another level entirely.
Edited by DerComissar - 1/17/12 at 7:05pm
    
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post #67 of 97
I can attest for both the IHS removal and the Self contained Liquid cooler strapped to a GPU. My log is not finished yet as the shop i use for fab work is out of commission until tomorrow. Ill be having my shroud cleaned up as well as cleaning up the cutout i made in the pcb heatspreader to fit the Kuhler block directly onto the GPU of my 470.

My load temps overclocked to 840MHz are now 55C.
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I can attest for both the IHS removal and the Self contained Liquid cooler strapped to a GPU. My log is not finished yet as the shop i use for fab work is out of commission until tomorrow. Ill be having my shroud cleaned up as well as cleaning up the cutout i made in the pcb heatspreader to fit the Kuhler block directly onto the GPU of my 470.

My load temps overclocked to 840MHz are now 55C.

Removing the IHS just plain makes sense. It was one of the best things I've done for my 480's, but it can be tricky with aftermarket air coolers.
That's the beauty of using a gpu kit like the Antec or Corsair versions, they can be fitted right to the gpu chip using only straps, and provide excellent results.
So you've cut-out the stock heatspreader plate to fit the block?
That's what I'm planning on doing as well, the bracing of the card and vrm/ram coverage is far superior to any stick-on sinks.
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post #69 of 97
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No, pretty sure its the way it was written lol, anyways glad i reread that thread as i totally missed the part where he mentions how he attaches his "shroud" to the pcb yessir.gif , i even asked in the thread if he could explain it tongue.gif Oh well teach me to read better the next time.

Ya, the matrix really is a nice card..... im going to miss her when the new line up comes out, hope she goes to a good home and not a box out in my shed like the Zotac 560ti. Poor thing probably thinks its something its done wrong to deserve that fate biggrin.gif Its really sad about these types of cards, they come out so long into the life cycle in a gpu series. Not worth the top dollar anymore as AMD has taken the crown from nvidia and a new lineup just around the corner for nvidia. I may sell mine if i can (tuff to sell a highly modded card) and use the money for a new 780. I dont have a sli mobo and i find a single 580 just cant cut it for 3d gaming at 1080p. IF the 780 is twice as fast as the 580 it just may solve my problem....and give me my next project thumb.gif
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@DerComissar

No, pretty sure its the way it was written lol, anyways glad i reread that thread as i totally missed the part where he mentions how he attaches his "shroud" to the pcb yessir.gif , i even asked in the thread if he could explain it tongue.gif Oh well teach me to read better the next time.

Ya, the matrix really is a nice card..... im going to miss her when the new line up comes out, hope she goes to a good home and not a box out in my shed like the Zotac 560ti. Poor thing probably thinks its something its done wrong to deserve that fate biggrin.gif Its really sad about these types of cards, they come out so long into the life cycle in a gpu series. Not worth the top dollar anymore as AMD has taken the crown from nvidia and a new lineup just around the corner for nvidia. I may sell mine if i can (tuff to sell a highly modded card) and use the money for a new 780. I dont have a sli mobo and i find a single 580 just cant cut it for 3d gaming at 1080p. IF the 780 is twice as fast as the 580 it just may solve my problem....and give me my next project thumb.gif

Poor Zotac:p
That 560ti does deserve a good home. Maybe as an upgrade for a friend, that's what I usually do with my former "current" parts.
I'm still clinging to the 480's, which is not like me, as I would normally upgrade my cards with every new release. The 7970 isn't going to sway me, as for nvidia's next big thing, we'll see.
I think that modding these cards keeps me interested in them, making them run cooler and quieter, while still getting clock speed gains, is keeping them out of that box, for now:p

If the 780 is that fast, it would make one card sufficient. I've seen that happen before, my first single 480 was eventually almost twice as fast as my former 280, etc.
I'm sure you'd find a way to improve the cooling on a 780:D

You're right about a highly modded card being tough to sell, especially when we cut off the IHS, there goes any warranty. I was concerned about that when I did mine, but figured ah, what the heck, just go for it!
It may be a limited market for the 580, but someone would be getting a good card. (hmmn:thinking:)

Funny thing about winter, (I'm in Penticton, not that far from your area) it's been cold this week, but with my wife keeping the heat blaring in the house, it's like I'm getting a preview of summer temps.!
Cracking open the window takes care of that if I want a blast of cool air for the cards.

Anyhow it's a while yet before the next-gen nvidia cards.
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