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I had no idea these things existed until now. I would have gone WC long ago, except I feel like I upgrade too much to be continually switching full cover blocks. Seems like a hassle.

Is a universal GPU block + unisink viable? Or is it just one of those things that exists.. but nobody really does due to suckage rolleyes.gif And speaking of unisinks, how the heck do those things cool VRMs without a fan lol.

I realize these are extremely nooby questions, so be nice ;p I'm out of my element here.
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Univ. Blocks are viable they wouldn't sell them if they weren't. Full covers are for those who AFAIK don't want to mess with getting other parts for their VRMs and RAM etc. etc. etc. and just plug and play. Don't get me wrong I love full cover blocks but for me I would love to be able to reuse my equipment as much as possible and Unix. Blocks gives me the option to.

 

As for the heatsinks, I use an Antec Spot cool to augment my W/C, the fan is directed towards the VRMs and RAM heatsinks of course.

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I used to have universal blocks on 3 6950s before I sold my last rig! They are very, very practical. You will find that most cards already have separate heat sinks on their VRM circuitry and some even a heatsink that covers the VRMs and RAM. Although realistically you probably don't need it on the RAM. When I pulled the HSF of my 6950s there wasn't anything on the RAM at all from stock so I just left it that way with a big 120mm fan blowing air across the cards.

If you want to be able to re-use your waterblocks this is definitely the way to go. You will get very very good temps!! thumb.gif But before you go buying VRM sinks or anything, have a look under your cooler and check to see if you've already got something on there!

EDIT: Missed that second part of your question; the VRMs can either be cooled by a gentle breeze, they don't need too much, the bigger the heatsinks are, the less fannage you will need. If they're not getting hot under load they could even be OK going passive.
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I'm cooling my two GTX570's with EK Supreme universals and the cooling is just as good, if not better than with fullcover. As for VRAM and VRMs I have glued on some heatsinks from the Arctic Cooling Accelero VR004 kit and its works just fine, even when theres no airflow at all in my 800D. (Have one external mounted rad and my internal rad fans doesn't begin to spin before the watertemp reach 35C. Therefore all the internals is almost completely passively cooled most of the time)

The downside with universals is that it can be tricky to make the loop look nice, especially if your running SLI/CFX, but lately EK has come up with this thumb.gif :.

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post #5 of 9
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If these things don't suck then water just became way more appealing to me. Dropping an extra $150 for a new block everytime I upgraded was a major hurdle I didn't wanna get involved in
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Originally Posted by Celeras View Post

If these things don't suck then water just became way more appealing to me. Dropping an extra $150 for a new block everytime I upgraded was a major hurdle I didn't wanna get involved in

It's also a hobby more then necessity, and hobby costs $$$.
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post #7 of 9
People usually do not use universal blocks because:

-When you shell out 500+ dollars for gpu its not that painfull to pay a little bit more extra for fullcover
-Fullcover blocks look cooler
-People go for watercooling because they want to move away from fans on their graphics cards, not add them, to cool VRM's
    
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post #8 of 9
When using a universal block, usually you can get away with some small sticky heat sinks on the other small components. Case air flow should be enough.
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Might have to seriously consider this, would love to hear from more people that use them thumb.gif
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