Originally Posted by Warweo
Would this still be okay or is there something that I'm running the risk of other than that?
I wouldn't want to put a $1000 CPU through temperatures higher than 80c for more than a second. If you, say, were to listen to a song that's just five minutes long and the loops runs dry, the CPU (being a hex-core at 4.2GHz...) could easily get very hot, very quickly. What I'm trying to say is, if you loose concentration on the loop or forget to check the temperature and it gets hot, you could be saying goodbye to your 980x very quickly. IMO, it's not even worth considering turning on the system with a small block of copper for cooling. It would probably be OK, however, if you under clocked it to ~1.6GHz and used just one or two cores.
EDIT: just saw that you have 580's in SLI. I presume that these are on the same loop as the CPU?
Yeah they are. :x
The loop definitely won't run dry, but it may stagnate. Actually I take that back.
The EK reservoir has about 2cm of room before the bottom part meets the plastic part where the seal is broken and it is leaking. That being said, there will always be water pumping through the system. The question here really is more or less how much air will also be going through the loop. From looking at it now (it is not leaking, but there is not much water), I can't visibly see
any air getting into the loop, but I can hear slight squishing every half a minute or so, leading me to believe there is air getting in there.
The only consequence I see of doing this is slightly warmer temps due to less water in the reservoir to keep it cooler.
I am really just playing Devil's advocate here Warweo. I know you're trying to help so I really appreciate it. I probably won't run it this way but I just wanted to see if it was possible. Chances are I will attempt to silicone the terrible EK reservoir again and see what happens (or maybe I can put a bowl underneath it and when the reservoir is empty again, just dump all the water back in, haha.)
I feel like I'm pumping gas every day here.
Perhaps I should make a thread on this warning everyone to BEWARE OF EK RESERVOIRS?
I even PMed Tibor and haven't heard back.