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Hey guys, haven't really updated my core system in a few years and it's getting to that point where it's a good idea. My style of WC'ing in the past has been buying a universal core GPU WB and then buying a ton of sinks for the memory etc.

Back when I built my rig and even before then, this was easy to do. Now, however, I'm not sure if it's as prevalent. I'm looking at getting either the 560 ti or 6950 (I usually buy in the $250 price point). Are there any universal blocks that fit these guys? I'm loathe to buy a card-specific block because they're fairly expensive and when you upgrade you have to start all over. So what's out there?

Thanks all!
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post #2 of 12
Yeh you can get universal for them and full covers for the reference and a select few none reference.

Universal - http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12...kelAcetal.html

6950/6970 full cover - http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12...EN_Nickel.html

560ti full cover - http://www.frozencpu.com/products/13...EN_Nickel.html (not thats it's not for 560 non TI cards.)
Edited by andrewmchugh - 10/2/11 at 3:17pm
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post #3 of 12
The Swiftech MCW 82 Universal water block is right up your alley. It supports both the GTX 560, and 6950.
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post #4 of 12
I second the mcw82 with a heatsink from Swiftech that goes along with it. Much nicer looking and easier then a ton of little sinks. Plus it screws on insteads of just sticking on.

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post #5 of 12
If you still have that MCW60, keep it. It's about as good thermally as the MCW82 from swiftech, and significantly less restrictive.

Many video cards use multi-piece heatsinks. The VRM and memory is often cooled separately from the GPU itself. So you can keep the stock VRM and memory heatsinks when using a universal GPU waterblock.
post #6 of 12
You also have other options than just EK.

Heatkiller, DangerDen comes to mind for the 560.

If I'm not mistaken a 6950 is the same as a 6970... no?
If so Koolance, Heatkiller are also viable options. I'd prefer Koolance to EK anyday.
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Using the mcw82 + heatsink from Swiftech, do you have much ram overclocking room? I get that a full cover is probably better, but if you can save $40+ on each card, would going with a uni and a full cover heatsink still be able to net you good temps and possibly a good overclock?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Th3Gatekeep3r View Post
Using the mcw82 + heatsink from Swiftech, do you have much ram overclocking room? I get that a full cover is probably better, but if you can save $40+ on each card, would going with a uni and a full cover heatsink still be able to net you good temps and possibly a good overclock?
You will get better temps on the core with a uni block as its designed just for the core. So you can get a great OC. But you never really know about the vrms unless you have a temp sensor.

That said the swiftech heatsinks are great, they cover the card just like a water block. I had them but decided to get a FC block. I want to be able to OC as I wish and know all the components are cooled equally.
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I second the mcw82 with a heatsink from Swiftech that goes along with it. Much nicer looking and easier then a ton of little sinks. Plus it screws on insteads of just sticking on.

Same path I am going.. Right now I have 2x6870BEs, but by end of year, I'll be upgrading to the 6970s.. All I have to do is spend about $60 for new heat sinks for the 6970s and I'm ready to go without selling off and sinking more $$ in another full block..

I looked at some of the full blocks and I was never quite sure if the flow of water passed over the memory (it seems the GPU is the only area that has heat pins) or if the memory is simply using the copper as a heat sink..

Also, with the swiftech heatsink, you can drop on an optional 60mm by 10mm fan directly over the VRMs to help cool them down.
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My heatkiller 69xx block not only has the looks but dropped my temps to a small 20c delta over ambient. That's with the CPU on the same loop both with a 20%/35% overclock respectively.
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