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Does anyone know where one might acquire the VRM heatsink that comes on an Asus GTX 970 Strix?
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The VRMs are placed in the exact same spot as on my G1 GTX 970, and I think that heatsink would work amazingly with my Kraken G10. I've looked everywhere I can think of, I cannot find it for sale...

Contact ASUS and see if they can either provide one for you, or give you the ability to purchase it. The other option would be to find someone who put waterblocks on their Strix cards, and get their heatsinks. thumb.gif
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Does anyone know where one might acquire the VRM heatsink that comes on an Asus GTX 970 Strix?
Shown Here:


The VRMs are placed in the exact same spot as on my G1 GTX 970, and I think that heatsink would work amazingly with my Kraken G10. I've looked everywhere I can think of, I cannot find it for sale...

You might try e-bay. If you can find a broken version of that card that still has the heatsink, you could scrap the card and take the sink. That might be a bit pricey, though...
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The mod works fine with the corsair h80i right?
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The mod works fine with the corsair h80i right?

You'll have to either get creative with the mounting, or go for one of the mounting solutions like the Kraken G10, or the HG10. thumb.gif
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Lol, I know exactly how you feel. My last GPU was a 4GB EVGA GTX 770 SC ACX 2.0, and there were no LEDs, amazingly. Before that I had an AMD HD 6950, no LEDs. (plenty more before that but I don't think they were putting LEDs on anything midranged that long ago) So when I bought my Gigabyte G1 GTX 970, I was really psyched to finally have the LEDs. It sucked so hard pulling the cooler off, I have seen people that have modded their Kraken G10 by having a word cut out in it somehow, and placing LEDs behind it, which would be so cool, but I don't have tools for that and I don't even know who would do that locally so I've all but given up on having LEDs on my GPU.... frown.gif

They were really cool for a week or so before I installed my Kraken. The "breathing" setting was sweet.

 

Well, the cooler and thus the LED lights have to get their power from somewhere: my guess is it's a connection on the card itself. LED lights use like what? 1W or 2W of energy at most for the such a "small" application? 

 

Cutting into something like the Kraken is relatively easy by the looks of it. It doesn't appear to be made of strong aluminum metal like, for example, the FT03 case (and why I didn't want to cut into it).

 

I've cut into some pretty hard plastics in my time and I found that you could really just use some sort of drill with a drill bit suited for the task (as well as clamps and some other things to keep it stabilized). It's precision work however, that's for sure. It's pretty easy to model the Kraken in 3DS Max but since you don't need to 3D print something you have that's rather irrelevant. 

 

I'm not sure really how to approach it. I know that given the cooler had LED lights, the power for them originated from the cards. Probably some sort of small wire bundle. 

 

Hmm, I might look into doing some for LEDs though I don't think I can apply them to my GPU project but perhaps internally on the FT03 case I could place some bright ones. When I was a lot younger (like late 90s and very early 2000s) I used to look at these computer magazines that showed off really amazing lighting systems in computers like Alienware (this was before they were bought out by Dell - now I will forever stay away from them) and thus I've always wanted LED lights. I don't know why I never ordered strips or anything to this day.

 

Is there a "hey, I have LEDs In My Case Owners Club?" The only LEDs I have are the ones that light up Maingear's logo on the front face of the FT03. They look pretty easy to connect.

    
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The mod works fine with the corsair h80i right?
GPU Cool Universal. It will work with any all in one smile.gif
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Well, the cooler and thus the LED lights have to get their power from somewhere: my guess is it's a connection on the card itself. LED lights use like what? 1W or 2W of energy at most for the such a "small" application? 

Cutting into something like the Kraken is relatively easy by the looks of it. It doesn't appear to be made of strong aluminum metal like, for example, the FT03 case (and why I didn't want to cut into it).

I've cut into some pretty hard plastics in my time and I found that you could really just use some sort of drill with a drill bit suited for the task (as well as clamps and some other things to keep it stabilized). It's precision work however, that's for sure. It's pretty easy to model the Kraken in 3DS Max but since you don't need to 3D print something you have that's rather irrelevant. 

I'm not sure really how to approach it. I know that given the cooler had LED lights, the power for them originated from the cards. Probably some sort of small wire bundle. 

Hmm, I might look into doing some for LEDs though I don't think I can apply them to my GPU project but perhaps internally on the FT03 case I could place some bright ones. When I was a lot younger (like late 90s and very early 2000s) I used to look at these computer magazines that showed off really amazing lighting systems in computers like Alienware (this was before they were bought out by Dell - now I will forever stay away from them) and thus I've always wanted LED lights. I don't know why I never ordered strips or anything to this day.

Is there a "hey, I have LEDs In My Case Owners Club?" The only LEDs I have are the ones that light up Maingear's logo on the front face of the FT03. They look pretty easy to connect.
Most video cards with LEDs will have them on a 2 pin cable. Some may go as far as to just have surface mount leds that shine into a logo(and old trick, but it still works well).

If you ever want to do some DIY leds, just remember you will want to limit the current they pass. A resistor is the most basic form of current limiter for leds. The formula involves knowing the forward voltage(1.8 to 3.2 for many common leds) and the current you want(20ma for most leds.). so if you have 12 volts and want to use a 3.2 forward volt led @ 15ma you would go 12 - 3.2 to find the voltage the resistor needs to drop. so 8.8. Now take 8.8 and device it by the current you want. so 8.8 / 0.015 = 586.6666666666667ohms required.

Now with 12 volts you should put 3 leds or more(in series) to make the resistor waste less energy and thus run cooler. so take 3 of those leds and do the math again.
Find the led voltage
3.2 x 3 = 9.6
Find out how much the resistor will need to deal with
12 - 9.6 = 2.4
Find the resistor value.
2.4 / 0.015 = 160ohm

Now that you never want to see this math again, take this smile.gif
http://ledcalc.com/

At the end of the day surface mounted led strips sold online are cheaper and take all the work out of getting leds into a case. They are also much thinner than standard 3 and 5mm leds.
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The mod works fine with the corsair h80i right?
I don't know which GPU you have, but the Corsair HG10 sort of seems like the way to go at this point for a GTX 970/980 at least. It mounts any Hydro series pump of theirs to the GPU, and has a nice cooling pipe and blower fan for the VRMs and Vram. The only thing I wonder about it is how loud the blower fan might be? It's only $37 at Newegg too, which is weird, because Newegg WAY overcharges for the Kraken G10. $30 for the Kraken straight from NZXT, $60 from Newegg... 100% markup? No thanks, Lol.



Also thanks guys, I'll keep a look out in those spots. I've already checked ebay and haven't found much. It might be a while before spare parts are everywhere. I will contact Asus though.
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Does anybody know if the HG10 will come with a faceplate? As in it's own custom one?
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Does anyone know where one might acquire the VRM heatsink that comes on an Asus GTX 970 Strix?
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The VRMs are placed in the exact same spot as on my G1 GTX 970, and I think that heatsink would work amazingly with my Kraken G10. I've looked everywhere I can think of, I cannot find it for sale...

I wondered the same exact thing for the same exact reason lol. After asking around and checking around, I honestly think it will be just as cheap, maybe a little more expensive, to just buy and drill holes in a copper heatsink that was made for a Northbridge/Southbridge chip or anything really. I added a pic to this thread recently with a ruler showing the distance in mm of the screw wholes, if I remember was 46mm, but you should doublecheck. Anyway, something like this -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835708003
seems like a cheaper and better option. It's full copper, not some unknown black, possibly aluminum metal. It's bigger and if you use this with some thermal pad and screws to secure it, I can't see VRM temp EVER being a problem for a Kraken G10 user, even without a fan cooling them. It might have to be placed in a diamond shape though, and may need a thicker + thinner pad, since the chips to the right of the VRM will get in the way, but I am gonna thick about this more before making the purchase, but it seems like the best option.
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