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Are Black Freezer GTX 580 blocks any good?

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Like the title says are these blocks any good? How do they compare to EK?

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=59_971_240_576&products_id=29797
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post #2 of 7
Every review I have seen on these is horrible. Get the EK or Danger Den.
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I really like how people bash a product just based off a review, The bitspower blocks are not that bad, I manage to get a 44-45c load temp on my GPU running 3x SLI 580's but I had 3x 360 radiators to help off load the heat, so this is more of a extreme example...

The 580 blocks cant compared to EK performance wise, as I previously mentioned, I have 3 bitspower blocks so speaking from personal experience.. This is due to the design, the area that absorbs heat from the GPU is not a fin w/ water pass through design, instead it's a block design.. The block would probably be perfect in a flow starved environment, I have not tested that..

But I can assure you one thing, the torture I have put through it and when I say torture, I literally mean torture... after all the tests that I have put it through and 4-5 times of taking it apart, cleaning, putting it back together, the nickel shows no signs of failing..

This is just my $0.02, I would not suggest buying them.. The only reason to buy them as a few other people I know has purchased them, were to have it fit a certain theme or style in a particular build, if you are after a best performance vs budget block, go with another brand..
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post #4 of 7
Hens the reason I said the review are bad. I did not say they were bad. However, If I were to base my choice off of the reviews I have read, I would not get them. Most of the time when we buy stuff online we buy it based on reviews.

I am glad you are getting good use out of them.
post #5 of 7
no no no, sorry I didn't mean any offense to you Sir... or Mam... I just meant that in a general census that people tend to give off a bad vibe due to reading a review, when it's hard to use or provide a proper "context" with only text based words, which leads to everyone thinking.. "oh my god, that product is bad".... but most have not actually experienced it first hand..

Reviews should be used as a reference, not a rule... and a proper review should point pro's and con's, not just actual numbers.. I'm just saying that the blocks all in comparison will work better then a stock cooler by a large margin, so in turn, it's a option.. He won't be buying a "lemon", just that it does not perform as well as others.

I don't use them anymore, I am using Aqua Computer 580 blocks now..

But lets keep it with OP question: EK vs BP, I'd say go with EK.. thumb.gif
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post #6 of 7
No offence taken. However, I had seen numerous reviews with actual benchmark results on them.

They do look cool though. But the heat killer or the EK blocks seem to have the best results. I like the DD ones too.
post #7 of 7
If you're after the absolute lowest temperatures, and the least restriction, the bitspower block is not what you're looking for.

However, keep in mind that ANY full coverage block is already overkill in the cooling department, even the bitspower block.

So if you like the look, there's nothing particularly wrong with that block, it's just not the performance king.
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