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GPU-only loop vs. Aftermarket air cooling?

Poll Results: GPU loop or Aftermarket air?

 
  • 38% (5)
    Go for a GPU-only loop!
  • 61% (8)
    Stick with air!
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post #1 of 5
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I've been entertaining the idea of water cooling my sig rig GPU lately, since I'd like to keep the noise and temps from my GTX 570 down (it folds around 18-20 hours daily). I don't plan on adding the CPU to a loop since this particular chip doesn't scale too well with voltage, and it won't be heavily OC'ed. The Hyper 212 is getting the job done just fine.

So for someone who's looking for a cooling solution that's quiet and cool, how practical is it to go for a GPU-only loop when coolers like the Arctic Cooling AXP and Thermalright Shaman exist?

Just wanted to hear some thoughts and opinions. Any input is appreciated!
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post #2 of 5
No such thing as an ***- only loop.
Once you have everything up. After a while, first thing will come to your mind is "I ONLY NEED A BLOCK TO ADD TO THIS".
Dont add an adiction to an addiction youve already got..
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post #3 of 5
Personally, I wouldn't do a WC loop for the GPU only. You minds well spend the 50 more bucks to buy a CPU block and cool that sucker, but to each his own.

To be honest, i'm not really sure how practical this would be. Even if you ran a 120mm rad, you're still looking at about ~145 USD. I would try experimenting with custom fan profiles to see if you can get noise down while retaining good temperatures. If you still were not happy, maybe something like the AC Twin Turbo would suit you.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835186046
post #4 of 5
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Thanks for the perspectives, guys. Guess I'm sticking with air until I find a CPU that needs the extra cooling
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post #5 of 5
I don't know how good the after market air coolers are, but with a 120mm rad / GPU you can easily have a GPU working at around 40-50°C at full load with low speed fans, throw in a 240mm rad and that can become 35-40°C. A GPU only loop will be fairly cheap to build if you use a universal GPU block and might even save you money in the long run.

As you reduce the temperature that electrical equipment runs at you reduce the internal resistance, and therefore the power requirements. If you are folding a lot then reducing the temperature is going to drop your power bills a fair bit. Over time it will probably pay back the cost of the loop.

Plus WC'ing is great fun.
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