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[Prototype] Chmodlabs GTX 580 - Laser Cut Antec khuler 620 / 920 cooler mount - development

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Hey guys,
So the original forum for all discussion relative to purchasing mounts has been moved to the artisan section and can be reached from this link HERE. This primary purpose of this new thread is to showcase the development process of the mount and to allow OCN members to comment and discuss possible improvements and changes to the mount as I make my way through the development process. If you are interested in purchasing a mount DO NOT USE THIS THREAD, it will just get frozen like the last one before I got a legit artisan account. I'll be using this to post perspective designs, screen-shots etc.

The point of developing this mount is to utilize a CO2 laser cutter to create a single mounting entity to secure an Antec Kuhler 620 or 920 closed loop liquid cooler to a reference GPU board ( I hope to have this mount be compatible with all GTX 400 and 500 series cards along with a few select AMD Radeon cards) The main problems I want to solve are PCB stressing due to uneven mount tensioning (as used in "The Mod"), the precarious and risky procedure to mount a cooler (as used again in "The Mod") and to get more performance out of any card in the nVidia GTX lineup, not just what the PNY variant addresses.

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And of course who wouldn't want to be able to OC their GTX 580 to 955 MHz core??
That's what this is all about and I hope you enjoy reviewing my work!

Thanks,
- Chmodlabs biggrin.gif
Edited by chmodlabs - 3/5/12 at 3:51pm
post #2 of 11
You might wanna bold and increase font to the "if interested in buying" sentence so everyone sees it immediately when they come here. We dont want to get this thread frozen.
Not to say people cant read but just to make sure..
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Can't wait to see how these turn out. smile.gif
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WELL YOU'RE GONNA HAVE TO! mad.gif
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post #5 of 11
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Almost done modeling the Kuhler 620 base to scale.
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- chmodlabs
post #6 of 11
Hi there, amazing idea (form already filled in for my M-ATX 580 SLI sandwich)
Since you're developing for the reference GTX580 primarily, could you try to keep the reference VRAM block in order to cool them, like this.

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Edited by adjas - 3/6/12 at 9:53am
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Hi there, amazing idea (form already filled in for my M-ATX 580 SLI sandwich)
Since you're developing for the refernce GTX580 primarily, could you try to keep the reference VRAM block in order to cool to cool them, like this.
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I plan to keep as much original hardware as possible for warranty sake. The only reason I am considering developing an after market VRAM and VRM cooler is to adapt cards that might have stock memory coolers that do not have suitable mounting holes or if who ever is installing a mount would just like to have more directed airflow over VRAM and VRM components. It's all personal preference.
- chmodlabs
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Originally Posted by chmodlabs View Post

I plan to keep as much original hardware as possible for warranty sake. The only reason I am considering developing an after market VRAM and VRM cooler is to adapt cards that might have stock memory coolers that do not have suitable mounting holes or if who ever is installing a mount would just like to have more directed airflow over VRAM and VRM components. It's all personal preference.
- chmodlabs

I really think that there would be money to be made with vrm coolers. Memory is easy enough to sink but I always struggle with vrm cooling when using aftermarket cooling. Its the type of thing that you could sell to people using other coolers as well.
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Test cards came in today, first prototypes should be done in a few weeks.
- chmodlabs
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Here's the test card that all of the prototyping will be done with.
nVidia GTX 580 SC 1.5GB
- stock core @ 779MHz
- stock shaders @ 1594MHz
- stock memory @ 2025 MHz
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designs will be up shortly.
- chmodlabs
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