Without further a_doo (spelling intentional
) here are pictures of the nateman_doo waterblocks....
The chipset block is very large (covers Southbridge, LSI and 2x PLX chips) but very thin like most chipset blocks. It can't interfere with graphics cards so depth must remain very shallow. While the overall shape is very similar to my Mips block....the inlet/outlet placement is very different. Both versions create their own challenges. The Mips design puts the inlet/outlet between the 1st and 3rd PCIe slots...effectively eliminating using anything in the 2nd slot. Not a big deal at all, since almost all today's cards are dual slot (couldn't use anything in slot 2 anyway) and if you are watercooling your GPU block will not interfere with the inlet/outlet placement. But...if you want to aircool 4 cards AND watercool your AE11 board....you are out of luck with the Mips block. But...has anyone ever run 4 cards on air while watercooling their board?
By contrast, the Nateman_doo design puts the inlet/outlet above PCIe slot 1....which cleans up the loop layout for that section....while creating some challenges of it's own in the upper section of the board. I won't know for sure until I get it installed....but it looks like it might interfere with my RAM watercooling unless the port on the right has an immediate 90 degree turn away from the board. If it comes straight out....it looks like it would hit my waterblock for the RAM.
These will help you get a feel for the size of the block. That's a Bitspower Quck Disconnect on the left and a 90 degree fitting on the right. You know how big those are....so it will help you gauge.
And here is the underbelly of the beast. Not a simple waterblock......
The voltage regulator module waterblock is simple and beautiful. It is also quite large compared to the Mips block. Looks to be about 50% deeper, and also much wider. The Mips block doesn't cover everything on the AE11 board (puzzing), but this one looks like it will. Also, since it is SOOOO much deeper, I'm going to guess that it is less restrictive also. I'll do some flow measurements between the two.
This picture will give you some perspective on how deep this block really is. Look at the 90 degree connector right by it......the waterblock is almost as tall as the 90 degree connector! Much taller (or deeper) than the Mips block. I'll do some comparison shots when I take my Mips block off.
Here is the underside of the VRM block.
A few beauty shots for fun.....
Now you have to remember that these blocks are being done in someone's garage. You can't expect them not to have some imperfections. You may have noticed in the above shots...but you'll definitely notice in the one below....that you can see some of the milling marks on the surface of the chipset block. Not a big deal....but you can see them. I doubt you'll be able to see them when you have it installed on the board underneath the graphics cards.
Here if you look closely, you can see some of the screw holes that have markings on the side of the block. Not a huge deal, and won't be seen once installed.
If you look on the right side of this picture at the side of the copper block...you'll see some imperfections in the copper finish. Again...not a big deal.
Overall I'm very impressed with Nateman_doo's work and these look like quality blocks. Very attractive. Packaging was also good, with lots of thick foam surrounding the blocks. No thermal pad included....so I'll have to order some before installation. I found it a little strange that the screws used on the tops didn't match between the VRM block and the chipset block...but I guess that's not a big deal. I like that he used black screws. The Mips blocks came with silver screws. The black that Nateman_doo used looks better. The finish on the copper for Nateman's blocks is a little less satiny than the Mips blocks. I like the look of the copper on the Mips blocks better....but the difference is not huge.
Here are some final beauty shots to show off Nateman_doo's hard work....
Next...I'll take them apart and get a few pictures before I move on to putting them on the board and testing them versus the Mips blocks. I'm going to guess that Nateman's VRM block performs better than Mips....but that the Mips chipset block performs better. But we won't know for sure until I get them installed and run some tests.