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Hey guys,

I'm looking around see that the GTX 680 currently has three water block available for it (EK, Koolance, and Aqua Computer).

Anyone have reviews on how restrictive these plates are? Which ones are the best? Looking at skinnee and martin they didn't have reviews out for them yet.

I would really like to pick one up to finish up my loop, should I wait for others to come out?

Anyone have one that can explain what they like about theirs?
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Lot of folks will probably say the EK. I personally only like full coverage blocks like evga's swifttech blocks. Someone with better experience with current blocks could help you better.
    
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TBH... it does not really matter that much.


Aqua Computer blocks tend to be unnecessarily thin (restrictive) though.
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Lot of folks will probably say the EK. I personally only like full coverage blocks like evga's swifttech blocks. Someone with better experience with current blocks could help you better.

I thought EK was a full coverage water block.
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I think the result will pretty much match that of 480 and 580 blocks, some may disagree with this but we are all entitled to our opinions. biggrin.gif

All blocks will work and most possibly perform within a 2-3c difference of each other (exception of possibly bitspower blocks, they look good, have excellent flow but their design is still stuck back at the 755 socket era), factor in if you are using high or low RPM setup, are you going to have 1 radiator or 5, etc... will likely outcome the result you are after. If you are looking for absolute silence and maximum cooling + extreme performance, then the right setup for you would be lots of rads, high quality fans, double wide case..

Another thing is aesthetics, do you care or not?

I mention the above only to simply prove that most people buy blocks based on what fits the theme they are currently going with, having a silver block when you are using a orange motherboard and green dye, well you get the idea..

The answer to your question is... You can't really go wrong with choosing from any of the major manufacturers, preferably one with a known record of excellent customer support + return policy always get's my vote.
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If I dont remember wrong there was a test with blocks on GTX580 where the EVGA Proper full cover block won!
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We have published comparative hydraulic curve data for our water blocks.

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