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I personally don't like those GPU only blocks because it's only half watercooling you're card. Yes you can get passive heat sinks for the VRMs but if you do that they usually don't come off very easily and you risk ripping the VRM off while trying to get the heat sink off (seen that here on OCN). This only really comes into effect if you are going to RMA it or sell it because with the aftermarket heat sinks you probably won't be able to fit the original shroud and heat sink on it. Because of that I recommend shelling out the extra money and getting an actual full cover block. The XSPC one you linked is a great deal but I would love to see some pictures of the inside and how the channels flow to the VRMs/Mosfets that are off to the side.

Gotcha, but I bet most of them either used superglue or something, sekesui thermal tape does the job very very well.

Mind you I am using a cpu block on one of my cards and it totally kills the dedicated mcw60 right of the bat, idling at 3/4c lower and 8/9c lower under full load eek.gif

1st card Swiftech MCW60 idles - 27/26c

2nd card Apogee GT idles - 22/23c


Here are my temps with OCCT for a couple mins:
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9c difference between the two blocks biggrin.gif


On that note, I really don't think it's wise buying a new block for these cards, maybe look into getting a used full cover or even a gpu only block.
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While you're GPU temps are great that screenshot doesn't show how your VRMs are doing or anything else that a true full cover block cools.
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While you're GPU temps are great that screenshot doesn't show how your VRMs are doing or anything else that a true full cover block cools.
Very true, but 460s don't have thermal reading for the VRMs so I presume there's no way to obtain such info.

I think it would be best to get a used gpu only block rather than buying a full cover block, with the money he spends on that he could have bought a better GPU in the first place. Just my 2 cents.
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Very true, but 460s don't have thermal reading for the VRMs so I presume there's no way to obtain such info.

I think it would be best to get a used gpu only block rather than buying a full cover block, with the money he spends on that he could have bought a better GPU in the first place. Just my 2 cents.
I agree in that it's not really worth it to watercool SLI 460s. I would sell them for a better single card and watercool that.
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XPSC razor gtx 460 block.
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I agree in that it's not really worth it to watercool SLI 460s. I would sell them for a better single card and watercool that.
I have to defend my little beauties and say, it can be beneficial to watercool them, unlock femi voltage and overclock them like crazy, on that note I was so close to hitting 1ghz on mine, crapped out at 970. I never bought new blocks for my cards, just reused my old one and modded a cpu block for the other.

I certainly woudn't buy new blocks for the card, like you said it would be better to buy a better single card and watercool that

Just head over to the F/S section and see what you find.
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Cross off the Bitspower from your list. They tend to trail the pack and really are more for show. Any of the other makers is pretty much even. If money is tight, get the xspc.
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Any block that cost $100 to watercool a 460 is not worth it. The only one on the list that is reasonable is the cheapest. I was actually thinking about getting the razor for my hawks cause they would work if I removed the vrm section, but it's still to much. Better to spend the money on a card that would actually benefit from water cooling.

Even at 900 core my hawks don't go past 70c full load with my fans at 60%.
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