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Just wondering what the best waterblock would be for my 580. I can't find any solid reviews so I'm pretty much stuck.

Options so far:

Koolance
Heatkiller
EK

Also, does the EK still have the nickel plating issue?

Edit: I would prefer less restrictive if possible and I will be running 1/2"ID tubing.
Edited by NewAtOCing - 9/21/11 at 6:37pm
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Supposedly they fixed the nickel issues, however we just recently had a user report of flaking with the new design. So best to hold off on EK until we hear back from them or find out more.

In replace of EK (which I usually suggest), I'd say go for the Heatkiller; they make some quality blocks.
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Mmk, thanks for the suggestion. I was thinking of ignoring EK regardless, so I'm glad you agree.

Does the "hole" edition get better temps or what is the deal with that. 2nd and 3rd results.

http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/gpbl.html
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Yeah, get a block with solid cover so you will never will see what it looks like inside, after running it.
Just like the radiator. Where all the nasty things are well hidden.
I wonder if anyone has the guts to tear apart a radiator after running if with distilled and some nasty biocide only.

Ignorance is a bliss

FYI Koolance is one of most restrictive.
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Originally Posted by NewAtOCing View Post
Mmk, thanks for the suggestion. I was thinking of ignoring EK regardless, so I'm glad you agree.

Does the "hole" edition get better temps or what is the deal with that. 2nd and 3rd results.

http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/gpbl.html
I do not know for sure. But, I do not think so, it looks like its just a cosmetic design on the outside. If SWC's pictures are correct the inside hasn't changed so performance will be the same.

I like the hole edition better personally.
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Originally Posted by wermad View Post
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Are there any trustworthy reviews of these blocks at all somewhere online?
And I am not talking about unboxing of block.

Always when I hear Heatkiller it sounds to me like talking about Flying Dutchman.
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Originally Posted by DirectOverkill View Post
Are there any trustworthy reviews of these blocks at all somewhere online?
And I am not talking about unboxing of block.

Always when I hear Heatkiller it sounds to me like talking about Flying Dutchman.
closest thing:

http://skinneelabs.com/gtx480-full-cover-block-roundup/
post #9 of 60
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Originally Posted by NewAtOCing View Post
Just wondering what the best waterblock would be for my 580. I can't find any solid reviews so I'm pretty much stuck.

Options so far:

Koolance
Heatkiller
EK

Also, does the EK still have the nickel plating issue?

Edit: I would prefer less restrictive if possible and I will be running 1/2"ID tubing.
Hi,

I don't see in your post where you say what your current 580 is. If for instance it is a non reference asus dcii then you are restricted to the EK block that is specifically designed for that card.

If your 580 is verified to be nvidia reference design then there is the full range of options.

One note is that some of the EVGA 580 cards don't come with the heat spreaders on the gpu so many blocks designed for the nvidia reference spec won't work with it as there will be a gap between the gpu and the block.

Please let us know what 580 version you are planning on adding a water block to.
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post #10 of 60
@wermad
So, it is rather a mediocre performing block?
VRM temps seem awfully high.

@tuthsok
true that!
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