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post #1 of 27
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Hello forum members,


Would you kindly share your views on fanless water cooling system like one Zalman provides (RESERATOR 1 V2)
Is this particular machine capable of cooling two EVGA 570 HD plus CPU ?
Or fan assisted systems are much more capable of carrying that load of heat away ?
Also last quick question: GPU water blocks that doesn't cover memory etc are they much worse off that full blocks ? If you don't go crazy on over clocking do they really overheat badly ?

Thank you so much for help.
post #2 of 27
The zalman product you mentioned would definitely not cool 2 GPUs and a CPU.

Actively cooled rads are many times more effective at removing heat from the loop.

Video memory really should have some form of cooling on it (which can be passive) - unfortunately when ram reaches it's max thermal spec it just damages itself instead of throttling down as GPUs/CPUs do.
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post #3 of 27
The Zalman Reserator is not a very good cooling solution. Not for more than just a CPU block.

As for GPU RAM cooling you can buy copper ramsinks that stick on with double sided thermal tape. It works very well unless you plan to do any big overclocks on your RAM.

I used to use a Swiftech MCW80 water block on my GPU core and and those copper ramsinks. My temps were very low on the core - in the 46°C range at full load compared to hitting 70°C.
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post #4 of 27
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Any recommendations on good external cooling system to cool two EVGA HD 570 and I7 processor ?
post #5 of 27
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Originally Posted by Dark-union View Post
Any recommendations on good external cooling system to cool two EVGA HD 570 and I7 processor ?
Buy or build a rad enclosure. Something like this: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12...?tl=g30c83s138
Gutting a cheap mid tower would probably work just as well.

Or you can just mount the rad(s) to the outside of your case.
post #6 of 27
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What about this one ? Sounds cool and price decent, seems like it's powerful enough fornthe job :-/

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12...0c83s138#blank
post #7 of 27
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LOL you found exactly same I did
So with that unit all I need to do is install two GPU blocks and CPU connect tubes to that utin and I'm ready to go ?
post #8 of 27
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Originally Posted by Dark-union View Post
What about this one ? Sounds cool and price decent, seems like it's powerful enough fornthe job :-/

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12...0c83s138#blank
Well, it is JUST an enclosure...so it's not really that cheap.

3x360s rads is a bit extreme
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Originally Posted by Dark-union View Post
What about this one ? Sounds cool and price decent, seems like it's powerful enough fornthe job :-/

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12...0c83s138#blank
Note that is just a box with fastener holes...no rads/pumps/reservoirs etc included. It is a nice box, but you don't need to go that high scale in price. Depends on your budget.
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post #10 of 27
That's what I just linked, hehe. Bear in mind that's only the enclosure, none of the parts you see in those pics are included. You still need to buy the full WC setup.

Edit- Skripka and fluxlite beat me to it. Realistically for the price I would gut and custom mod a cheap case for the same or better results. The only real advantage of that unit is all the work is done for you. Nothing some power tools won't take care of.
Edited by Metaldude - 10/16/11 at 8:07am
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