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Universal Waterblocks vs Full Cover ?

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Im thinking the full cover water blocks are better, but is there really a huge difference?
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There can be, a full coverage block covers your GPU memory, vrms and all the other components that can get quite hot and limit overclocking or even kill the card if not properly cooled. With a universal block, you'll still need to get heatsinks for all the additional components and make sure to have good airflow across them in order to make sure that they don't overheat. You'll also have to monitor their temperature when overclocking.
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No. They just look better generally. A universal block is fine as long as you use heatsinks for the VRMs. Also it would be a good idea to have some airflow over the card as well.
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I'm using a universal water block on my GTX 480 and everything has worked great up to this point. However, with choosing that over a full cover block you do have to worry about some other things that wouldn't be an issue otherwise. One of the most common issues people run into with the universal blocks is that the blocks won't be high enough to let the tubes go over the memory heatsinks without you either trimming them down, or just plain getting rid of them (which is dangerous, of course). Not only that, but as the other guys have stated, air flow becomes more of a concern with them as well.

The only reason why I went with a universal block is because my card used a non-reference board, and therefore wasn't compatible with any full-cover block on the market. People consider them for other reasons, though, especially if you like to upgrade your video card a lot and don't want to buy a new water block every time you do; other reasons might include costs or no availability of full-cover blocks for a video card on the market. With that being said, if you do decide to go with a universal one, make sure it's tall enough so you won't run into issues with heatsinks. The one I'm using is definitely tall enough, and it's the VGA-IS from Enzotech.
 
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