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Why didn't anybody mention the EK supreme LTX? It's almost twice as cheap as the HF and performs pretty well if I remember correctly so I would think it's pretty good in the bang for your bucks category even though it's not the best.
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Originally Posted by chorner View Post

That being said, most of the blocks do perform fairly similar in a CPU only loop within 4-5 degrees from top to bottom at the extreme.It's generally when you add in other blocks that you notice the difference when everything is pumping large heatloads into your loop.

i have 7 waterblocks in 1 loop. that hardware monitor shows prime 95 temps also. and the cpu is a 3930K. sig rig, sig build log.
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Uh...you must be looking at a different graph.
"cheap asian made block" LOL. They are all made in Asia.rolleyes.gif

lol

where is ek hf made?
aqua computer kryos?
heatkiller 3.0?
dangerden?

and i dislike rasa for the same reason. i would get a pom top hk3.0 for like 65 before i got that block.

and that list is so incomplete and irelivent to this thread im still not sure why its even posted here.
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Too bad the Raystorm and the Apogee HD are at the top of the CPU block game at the moment rolleyes.gif
Please see here and here. This one is pretty interesting also.
You'll notice the Koolance is not too bad either. The 'flat slab of copper with just a bunch of straight cuts' was simply designed with cost in mind. That's good engineering if you ask me. This is compensated with heavy and complex machining of the Acetal block that comes on top of it, which is much easier and quicker to machine than copper. Simply a different strategy, and the numbers will tell you it works

lol uhhh, those reviews aren't showing the Apogee HD or Rasa to be any better. Also, you can't compare across test beds. The construction quality alone should 99% of the time tell you which block is better.

Also, TSM106 - duh. The less material between the heatsource, and the coolant the better the heat transfer. You don't need a PHD to figure that one out. This also proves my point - the copper slugs and machining on the Rasa and Apogee aren't as good; they are sloppy and also leave more copper where you need less of it according to this theory. Either way, as mentioned before - there's not a huge difference in blocks but the build quality makes a big difference for me when it comes to long-term use. Just saying.... there's a reason why some blocks cost more than others, just like everything else you can purchase in life pretty much wink.gif
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lol uhhh, those reviews aren't showing the Apogee HD or Rasa to be any better. Also, you can't compare across test beds. The construction quality alone should 99% of the time tell you which block is better.

Oh you silly poke.gif. I am afraid you skipped these graphs then:
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Then, if you read the article a little bit, it says the temps obtained for the Apogee HD, under the same bench (well almost, time an place being different).

Also, I wouln't qualify the machining as "sloppy". High tolerances cost money, so if they are not needed, then there is no point in having them as long as it does not hinder the functionality of the product. Here we can clearly see it does not. Let me also mention that the author of the Apogee HD test states how its mounting system is really good.

That being said, I do agree the difference between all these blocks is quite small at some point. Such a diversity can only exist because an equal demand exists. As long as we all find what we're looking for, I guess it's all good.
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