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Going to be placing an order with FrozenCPU today, but i'd also like to grab some ramsinks (or other mini-heatsinks) to avoid having to order again later. I will be using a Swiftech MCW82 waterblock.

I've never done this, and i'm not 100% sure on what I need to cover on this card. Originally I was just going to grab 3 of these. Then I discovered these which a lot of people seem to use on VRMs.

Could someone please tell me exactly what heatsinks I should buy to make sure i'm buying the right thing and have enough?
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Either will work but the aluminum ones may dissipate heat better.
Edit: the aluminum ones seem to be very small.
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I always thought Cu > Al for cooling...
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Does anyone know if the MCW82 comes with any ramsinks? I thought the MCW60 comes with 8 of these. I can't find a single unboxing video or content list of the MCW82.

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If it comes with 8 ramsinks, I can knock off 16.99.
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I know with my GTX470's I can keep the stock VRM and RAM heat plate with the stock fan still attached with my MCW82 & 60. Can the gtx680 do the same?

No the MCW82 does not come with ram sticks like they did with the MCW60.
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I know with my GTX470's I can keep the stock VRM and RAM heat plate with the stock fan still attached with my MCW82 & 60. Can the gtx680 do the same?
No the MCW82 does not come with ram sticks like they did with the MCW60.

Yup, exactly what I was thinking. The stock one on my 480s work very well. Which is kind of a shame because I wasn't expecting it and bought a bunch of mini sinks in preparation. lol.
 
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Does anyone know if the MCW82 comes with any ramsinks? I thought the MCW60 comes with 8 of these. I can't find a single unboxing video or content list of the MCW82.
Heatsinks.jpg 63k .jpg file
If it comes with 8 ramsinks, I can knock off 16.99.

I have two of them and no they do not. But the bigger problem is: 

 

I don't even think Swiftech has made a mounting system for the GK104 yet. How are you going to able to use the MCW82?

 

They are still working on one for the 79XX series.

 

Also concerning heatsinks, I know Artic Cooling makes these cheaper aluminum heatinks. The VR003 and VR004. The former is for the GTX 470, and the latter is compatible with many GPUs including the GTX 580. 

 

 


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I know with my GTX470's I can keep the stock VRM and RAM heat plate with the stock fan still attached with my MCW82 & 60. Can the gtx680 do the same?
No the MCW82 does not come with ram sticks like they did with the MCW60.

I think it has more to do with the WB. The MCW82 cannot be mounted with the unisink still intact. I had to take it off (trust me I was pissed because I had to take out like 50 more screws). I have heard that this was possible with the MCW60.

 


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I know with my GTX470's I can keep the stock VRM and RAM heat plate with the stock fan still attached with my MCW82 & 60. Can the gtx680 do the same?
No the MCW82 does not come with ram sticks like they did with the MCW60.

No idea. I would prefer to remove the fan all together, since they can be quite loud at load... not sure if it would actually turn up that high when watercooling though.
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I don't even think Swiftech has made a mounting system for the GK104 yet. How are you going to able to use the MCW82?

They are still working on one for the 79XX series.

I was under the impression that it would just work with one of the included mounting brackets. The MCP82 claims it works on ALL AMD cards, and most NVIDIA cards. If it's true that this doesn't even work with the GTX 680 or even the 7970 (after 3 months!), then I might not even watercool the GPU.

I'm tired of putting thought into this, and I plan to only have the 680 until the next single GPU card (780?). If the block won't work with that card then I have to constantly tear down my loop and air cool it until they have a block that works, then rebuild my loop. That's way to much hassel... I upgrade my GPU each time a new one comes out.
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No idea. I would prefer to remove the fan all together, since they can be quite loud at load... not sure if it would actually turn up that high when watercooling though.
I was under the impression that it would just work with one of the included mounting brackets. The MCP82 claims it works on ALL AMD cards, and most NVIDIA cards. If it's true that this doesn't even work with the GTX 680, then I might not even watercool.
I'm tired of putting thought into this, and I plan to only have the 680 until the next single GPU card (780?). If the block won't work with that card then I have to constantly tear down my loop and air cool it until they have a block that works, then rebuild my loop. That's way to much hassel. frown.gif

My 200mm megaflow is louder than both 480 fans with the blocks on. Not sure how your system is setup though.
 
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