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So i just got a second 570... and i'm going to water cool them both. The hookups from the loop are all set, i just need some suggestions on the blocks and sli bridge. Basically this is a "what block should i get" thread. A couple questions:

Do all blocks for a 580 (or 590) fit on a 570? I'm getting mixed results of "yes it will fit" and "no it will not fit" so i'm thinking ... maybe it depends?

Here's the EVGA cards I have, are these reference layouts http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130593

And in terms of "what block is the best" ... It seems like most people suggest EK blocks. I'm a bit leery of that because there was that whole nickel corrosion thing a few months back... Has that all been sorted out or should I still avoid EK nickel blocks? Also, I'm seeing some people suggest that Koolance makes better blocks for Nvidia cards. Is there any truth to that? And if so does the EK SLI bridge work with the Koolance blocks, or would I need to use the Koolance connector? Slight preference to the EK bridge setup, I like it.

Any thoughts are appreciated... TIA
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If you really want to go EK you dont HAVE to get the nickle plated ones. You can get copper ones. And GTX570 and GTX580 blocks should be the same..NOT GTX590s though. That is a completely different PCB.
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post #3 of 14
If that GTX 570 is your exact card(s), there are currently no full cover EK water blocks compatible with that model.

As for the worry over corrosion, EK blocks now come with electroless nickel plated (EN) electrolytic copper to solve that problem.
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i'm pretty sure that's not correct... this is not the gtx 570 HD ... just the regular 570. ?
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Yes, you have a reference design 570 (same PCB as the reference 580, but not 590). Here is a screenshot of the EK Cooling Configurator for your card (The -ER suffix is for warranty purposes, so don't worry about that being different):

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I'm not sure if the nickel flaking issue has been resolved, but I hope so because I want to buy a couple of these blocks for myself soon smile.gif.
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That particular card did not show up on that compatibility list.

EVGA has had a history of changing components on the card, despite keeping the reference design, conflicting with compatibility with certain GPU water blocks. I bought an EK block that didn't fit my 570 because EVGA happened to use taller inductor coils on newer cards.
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That particular card did not show up on that compatibility list.

Yes it did. 012-P3-1570-XX is the model of his card and that's the model I took a screenshot of in my previous post.
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EVGA has had a history of changing components on the card, despite keeping the reference design, conflicting with compatibility with certain GPU water blocks. I bought an EK block that didn't fit my 570 because EVGA happened to use taller inductor coils on newer cards.

I was not aware of this, though. Good to know.
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yeah i'm also confused. its interesting you mention EVGA's habits of changing things on the same line item. I have two "identical" gtx570s here. same line item from newegg.

the second one, purchased about a year later, the red "GTX 570" text is a much brighter red than the older one. It's too bright to have just faded out... if they changed the red text, what else did they sneak in on me... ? I'll probably just consult EVGA & EK directly on this - that way if things don't work i can push back on them "see .. you said this would work, refund"
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yeah i'm also confused. its interesting you mention EVGA's habits of changing things on the same line item. I have two "identical" gtx570s here. same line item from newegg.
the second one, purchased about a year later, the red "GTX 570" text is a much brighter red than the older one. It's too bright to have just faded out... if they changed the red text, what else did they sneak in on me... ? I'll probably just consult EVGA & EK directly on this - that way if things don't work i can push back on them "see .. you said this would work, refund"

Yeah that's probably your best bet. While we're on the subject though, I recently bought two same-model 570s as well, probably about 3 months apart. The text on the box for the first one was red while the text on the box for the second one was white (I may have mixed that up). Also, one of them says 1280MB on the box and the other one says 1.2GB on the box. Same specs, but it is interesting. I wonder if there are different components on mine blinksmiley.gif.
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^ exactly ... we have the same sets of cards. i'll probably be running my welfare ATI card for a week or so while I have the air coolers ripped off. if there's any differences in the circuitry i will surely post and open an issue with EVGA.
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