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Unboxing the waterblocks for my MSI 580GTX Lightnings! - 56k warning!

post #1 of 86
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Yes that's right! biggrin.gif

Just got two waterblocks to replace the rather excellent Twin Frozr III on my Lightnings!

It's a special edition of the Black Freezers from Bitspower, made to fit the weird shaped board of the Lightning:

549

Boxes are Bitspower standard.


383


Massive block!
It weights about 2,5 Kg smile.gif

387


355


398


I like the looks of the backplate!
Brushed black steel nerdsmiley.png

450

Arctic Silver Matrix? Never heard of it.
Any good?


Pictures of the assembled thing and "review" coming in about 3 weeks (no time now, must finish my phd) frown.gif

UPDATE

Assembled at last!

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383


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Crappy pic but might be useful for someone wondering if the voltage meter spots will still be accessible with the block on wink.gif

629

And that's that!

Results are freaking great!

Max load temps went from 83C (top) / 79C (bottom) to 47C (on both cards)! biggrin.gif
47C was 21.4C over ambient temps!
Idle at 32C (7.4C over ambient temps!)

Keep in mind that temps depend on the loop itself and details can be found HERE.

Stress Test Temperatures

Detailed config.:
Cores' freq.: 832MHz
Mems' freq.: 2100MHz
(MSI Lightning standard frequencies, as you guys know redface.gif)


Core voltage: 1.001V (one of them runs at 0.983V thumbsupsmiley.png, according to GPUZ, but the other runs at 1.001V);
Mem. voltage: 1.021V (increased by 20mV to improve memory stability at stock on GPU2 after observing slight purple flickering on 3dMark11 - change made when the cards were air-cooled).

Loop config.:

120rad exhaust fan at 1260rpm
360rad exhaust fans at 1080rpm

120mm intake fan (bottom of the case) at 1760rpm

Pump at speed level 2.5 of 5.

Ambient temperature steady at 26C.
Internal case temps during testing maxed at 30.5C (measured at the main case chamber in two points - back and front, 2 cm to the right of the 120mm rad and 5 cm under the 360mm rad).

Maximum observed temperatures:

GPU 1:

Core:_____ 48C
Memory: __ 37C
VRMs: ____ 37C


GPU 2:

Core: _____ 47C
Memory: __ 37C
VRMs: ____ 36C



Looking good! biggrin.gif
Edited by Ulver - 3/14/12 at 6:45pm
post #2 of 86
PHD!? Booo! That's not as important as watercooling... wink.gif

Well, I guess you could sacrifice sleeping and get everything done biggrin.gif
post #3 of 86
Whoa...where can I get these? and how much
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Originally Posted by gelatin_factory View Post

PHD!? Booo! That's not as important as watercooling... wink.gif
Well, I guess you could sacrifice sleeping and get everything done biggrin.gif

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Originally Posted by guitarmageddon88 View Post

Whoa...where can I get these? and how much

I got it from here. wink.gif
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Would these also work on the Lightning Xtreme 3gb versions?
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Would these also work on the Lightning Xtreme 3gb versions?

I would like to know this too biggrin.gif
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whoa .. 2.5kg that's nuts! Nice one, after those pics I guess I now have to order. The only concern I've had is how do I make sure it fits with my CUII water-block as they're slightly different size but there'd have to be a way lol.

According to the other thread around they say that both the 1.5gb and 3.0gb models have the same layout so the block would fit either but I'd of course confirm with the shop first.

Performance-pcs appear to have them now too...
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whoa .. 2.5kg that's nuts! Nice one, after those pics I guess I now have to order. The only concern I've had is how do I make sure it fits with my CUII water-block as they're slightly different size but there'd have to be a way lol.
According to the other thread around they say that both the 1.5gb and 3.0gb models have the same layout so the block would fit either but I'd of course confirm with the shop first.
Performance-pcs appear to have them now too...

EDIT: Wait, got it, you mean if the tubing will match between them, right?

Anyways, the DCII is almost certainly slimmer than the Lightning. I had one so I can vouch for that. The fittings will therefore, not match positions between them. frown.gif

Well, you can always try some adjustments using swiveling fittings like these double 45 degree extenders (they can make an almost S-like bend).

Something like that and some flexible tubing should do the trick biggrin.gif
Edited by Ulver - 2/2/12 at 9:03pm
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Would these also work on the Lightning Xtreme 3gb versions?
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I would like to know this too biggrin.gif

I am not sure about that.
Check the layout and the mounting instructions on Bitspower Taiwan's webpage and also contact them.

I would guess that it should not fit since the xtreme has double the memory chips and those also need to be cooled (obviously)rolleyes.gif
post #10 of 86
Looking at the PCB for both the regular lightning and the lightning xtreme, it looks like everything matches up perfectly. Once you get it on and tested I may take a chance and try to track 2 of them down for my 3gb cards.

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Originally Posted by error-id10t View Post

whoa .. 2.5kg that's nuts! Nice one, after those pics I guess I now have to order. The only concern I've had is how do I make sure it fits with my CUII water-block as they're slightly different size but there'd have to be a way lol.
According to the other thread around they say that both the 1.5gb and 3.0gb models have the same layout so the block would fit either but I'd of course confirm with the shop first.
Performance-pcs appear to have them now too...
I was just looking on Performance-pcs and couldn't find them. Do you have a link?
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