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post #1 of 7
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Hi all

Firstly, i need one of those EKWB Waterblock bridge things you use in sli, and ive checked the EK site, and seen the ones I want, but I dont realy understand how they work, and it also says paralel or serial...so *** does that mean? basically I need one for a dual SLI setup of 2 GTX580's. And it should look like those in most peoples pics with the black bridge thing so you cant see the tubes between the cards or something. Also it says something about the pci slot space on your motherboard, my mb is a asus maximus iv extreme z. Please help

Secondly, i have a EK multioption 250 advanced reservoir, and I want to make it look with the "siclone spin" thing in the middle( it is this black plastic thing) but the screw that came with it is to short to fit( and its the longest screw of all the ones that came with it and its also the one i had to remove out the bottom when i opened the reservoir) am i doing something wrong? Please help

Lastly how can i ask that my other post i submitted can be removed or marked as solved or answered?

And I know I havent supplied enough info,but i dont realy know the names of the stuff too well, sorry but I am still learning.


Thank you!
post #2 of 7
For the EK bridge.

Series means that the water will enter one card then the next (one after the other). The parallel bridge will have the water enter both card and exit both card at the same time. In a simple SLI setup, the choice is yours as you'll not see more than a 1c increase in temps between both cards. Parallel however could help flow, which would be good for temps...

The PCI spacing is dependant on where your 580's will be. If you have the first and second PCI-E 16X occupied, then you'll need a 1 PCI spaced bridge (because of the PCI-e 1x). If you fill PCI-E 16x 1 and PCI-E 16x 3 then you'll need a 2 PCI spaced bridge. I think that's right...
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post #3 of 7
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Hi thank fot replying, so I can get basically any one of the dual bridges? Aslong as my cards are in the slots that the bridge needs?
post #4 of 7
I've got the same setup as you except for on a different mobo, this is the bridge you want:

http://www.ekwaterblocks.com/shop/blocks/vga-blocks/fc-connection-parts/ek-fc-bridge-dual-parallel.html
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post #5 of 7
Short Answer: Yes, the 1 slot spacing bridge will work fine..


Long Answer:

Most bridges are designed around a "ATX standard" board, that being said, the bridge PhantomTaco posted above would be considered a "1 slot spacing", meaning that between your GPU, there is most likely 1x PCIE slot in the middle, now not all motherboards will have a slot there, but most that I have seen does.

Koolance has a very good page that explain this HERE...

Another easy method is with your GPU's currently attached, count how many spacings is in between from the back side of your case, spacing between the actual VGA connectors on your GPU PCB.. If you are using PCIE-16 1 and PCIE-16 2 and based off my knowledge of most standard ATX, EATX motherboard designs, chances are 99% that you will require a 1 slot spacing bridge.

Just FYI... If you are trying to connect waterblocks with D Plugs or SLI Fittings, then that's a whole different ballgame and each manufacturer specs are different..

There are exception to this rule as I have seen motherboards that does weird spacings on SLI / Xfire placements, some of them tend to do a 2 or even 3 slot spacing as that board was designed only to fit SLI and not Tri SLI for example, check your MB manual... This design was meant for people intending only SLI and it allows them ample breathing room for stock cooling, but most bridges won't work on this type of boards.

As Rognin already explained what each Parallel and Serial is, I won't get into it other then the difference in my opinion is negligible. If you are really hurting for flow, then parallel is a no brainer, but if your flow is not hurting, then serial is fine.. If you need more info on this, you can do a search on this forum "parallel vs serial" and a ton of threads will pop up.
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post #6 of 7
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Thanx all, +1 to you guys, I apreciate the help. Now what about that reservoir with the short screw for the plastic siclonr thing from EK?
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Nevamind, I figured it out smile.gif
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