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For LGA 2011, i'd say it's worth it because the VRMs get so hot. Also if you have a rampage IV the chipset fan is ridiculously loud, the full cover blocks are nice for that alone.
I have mine set up this way:
RES -> PUMP -> CPU -> chipset/VRM -> RAD

Just put a better fan on the VRM. You will waste your money and lose flow rate in your loop for minimal improvement.
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For LGA2011, very much worth it. Even just having a high rpm fan on the VRMs gives a noticeable difference but a WB is better.

Guys saying it's only for looks clearly haven't tried OCing a 3930K/3960X to the max, with high end watercooling on the CPU, your VRMs will be the limiting factor depending on the board.
 
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post #13 of 54
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Just put a better fan on the VRM. You will waste your money and lose flow rate in your loop for minimal improvement.
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Guys saying it's only for looks clearly haven't tried OCing a 3930K/3960X to the max, with high end watercooling on the CPU, your VRMs will be the limiting factor depending on the board.


+1. I wanted a silent system with plenty of overclocking headroom, a 4000 RPM fan on my VRMs didn't fit into that picture.
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post #14 of 54
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For LGA2011, very much worth it. Even just having a high rpm fan on the VRMs gives a noticeable difference but a WB is better.
Guys saying it's only for looks clearly haven't tried OCing a 3930K/3960X to the max, with high end watercooling on the CPU, your VRMs will be the limiting factor depending on the board.

I don`t own a LGA2011 system, I am a bit surprised it`s that hot so you absolutely need WC. I wonder why mobo manufacturers didn`t put bigger heat sink on the VRMs then?

@jdk, no exaggeration please. I have a small 60mm fan 3k RPM (it`s bellow 20db) on the VRMs I can`t hear at all and my system is watercooled. These make barely 20-30db, if it`s too noisy, put a bigger fan with lower RPM.
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post #15 of 54
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I don`t own a LGA2011 system, I am a bit surprised it`s that hot so you absolutely need WC. I wonder why mobo manufacturers didn`t put bigger heat sink on the VRMs then?

The CPU is so huge there isn't really a lot of room around it for heatsinks. That combined with the fact that many of the LGA 2011 boards have 8 DIMM slots == toasty VRMs. Another factor is that they draw a huge amount of current compared to their LGA 1155 counterpart which puts even more heat in the VRMs.
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a full MOBO block is NEVER worth it. just block the cpu and gpu. and if you DO add a mobo block, it should be the last one before the radiator
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no
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its for looks only really.
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Just put a better fan on the VRM. You will waste your money and lose flow rate in your loop for minimal improvement.

There's practically no resistance to these blocks, they are just empty blocks with no fins.

Definitely worth it for the looks and reducing overall temps in your case.

One of my board temps will hit 62°C during Linx runs. I believe it to be my north bridge but, in any event, I don't want all that heat pouring into my case when I can easily throw a block on it and send it out of the case.
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post #17 of 54
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There's practically no resistance to these blocks, they are just empty blocks with no fins.
Definitely worth it for the looks and reducing overall temps in your case.
One of my board temps will hit 62°C during Linx runs. I believe it to be my north bridge but, in any event, I don't want all that heat pouring into my case when I can easily throw a block on it and send it out of the case.

Agreed. Wouldn't putting as many components as possible under water also serve to decrease temps simply because cooler air is being passed through the radiator, rather than passed through several other component heatsinks BEFORE hitting the rad? The difference would likely be small from just this one aspect, and would obviously depend on radiator placement (won't help anything if your radiator is external and none of the air from inside the case in coming in contact with it anyway), but having all your components under water would obviously decrease your temps already, so that would just be one more attributing factor to it.
post #18 of 54
For my Classified(E760) I got the full board EK block, due to my high ambient temps that would get the VRMs really hot, which added heat to the rest of my system. Now its always under 42C instead of the 80+ I was getting before thumb.gif

But for Sandy Bridge it is very unnecessary, for X79 it may be worth it but I haven't had any hands on time with one.
post #19 of 54
Regardless of whether you think the cooling is required if you want a quiet system get it since the MB fan is quite noisy......... Thats why i got it the cooling and looks are just bonus imo (unless ur doing an extreme OC then it is probably required smile.gif )
    
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post #20 of 54
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There's practically no resistance to these blocks, they are just empty blocks with no fins.
Definitely worth it for the looks and reducing overall temps in your case.
One of my board temps will hit 62°C during Linx runs. I believe it to be my north bridge but, in any event, I don't want all that heat pouring into my case when I can easily throw a block on it and send it out of the case.

Seriously wrong for full cover motherboard blocks. They generally are extremely restrictive.
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