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Even if there is no full cover 690 block, which I am not aware of (I'm not actively informed on watercooling products): why does it matter? There isn't and never will be AsRock MB blocks and you are going custom to have one, you could as well get 690s blocks if no one sells any.

One thing I'm not sure I understand: these PLX chips (and the NF200 before that): how can they work?
Say I have a 16x PCIe 3.0 that I saturate with a raid card / a video card. If I add a second card with a PLX chip, they both have a 16x link but it's still fed by a single 16x for two cards. As much as I try to wrap my mind around it, all I can think they do is duplicate outgoing bandwidth and split incoming bandwidth two ways.

Can't wait for GK110 either, must look at benchies.
post #842 of 3982
Even if he doesn't get a custom made motherboard block, he could in theory use some generic water blocks as long as the inlet and outlets don't interfere with the video cards.
post #843 of 3982
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Yes. It would solve the spacing issues. Other than 4x 680's, it would be the most GPU power I could get. The 690's automatically run at PCI-e 3.0 speeds instead of 2.0 as the 680's do (without the recent hack). There is a lot to like about a 2x 690 solution. Even one of the negative things that gets thrown out a lot doesn't apply if you are water cooling them. Some negative points in reviews talk about how the 680's exhaust out the rear of the case while the 690 exhausts in the case. If water cooled, even the negative wouldn't apply. And since the 690's have their own PLX chips inside....yes, it even solves my # of lanes issue. Solves slots, solves # of lanes, still lots of power. The only negative is its an expensive temporary setup if GK110 comes out before Christmas. I thought I had seen several full cover 690 blocks. EK?

Plenty of 690 blocks here
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EK Full Cover 690 Waterblock

I would go with the 2x 690s. It is actually cheaper to do these with wc than 4x 680s with wc.

[Edit] You guys beat me to it!! I like the Aquacomputer block the best. biggrin.gif
Edited by TheHarvman313 - 7/24/12 at 10:50pm
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The Aquacomputer one looks beautiful... unless you plan to wait for the next generation. Since you'd only have 2 instead of 4 blocks, their higher resistance shouldn't be as much an issue either. Let me know after you've decided on all the blocks and I'll fiddle with the flow design if need be.
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EK Full Cover 690 Waterblock
I would go with the 2x 690s. It is actually cheaper to do these with wc than 4x 680s with wc.
[Edit] You guys beat me to it!! I like the Aquacomputer block the best. biggrin.gif
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The Aquacomputer one looks beautiful... unless you plan to wait for the next generation. Since you'd only have 2 instead of 4 blocks, their higher resistance shouldn't be as much an issue either. Let me know after you've decided on all the blocks and I'll fiddle with the flow design if need be.

I'm torn between a set of EK blocks or a set of AquaComputer blocks. I like the AC gpu blocks the best. But AC doesn't have a ram block that cools 4 sticks, which I would need. So I'd have to mix-match with another set. The AC CPU cooler looks pretty good, but doesn't really match the ram blocks....like the EK CPU and RAM blocks match. But maybe if I"m having to mix in some different motherboard blocks anyway, perhaps its not a huge deal. But I'll always envy those that have the matching MB, CPU, RAM and GPU blocks. There is just something cool about that.
post #848 of 3982
xspc looks beautiful imo. You could even add like 20 crimson LEDS if you wanted!
post #849 of 3982
XSPC and Aquacomputer ones look the best: xspc if you want leds, aquacomputer if you don't.
post #850 of 3982
go for a 690 SLI instead of quad 680, since you get the same amount of power but with less space occupied. or you can always cheap out and do a 670sli for waiting GK110. which is i think 6-7 months away, and if i were you i would go for a quad 690 and then buy the gk110 make a quad sli of 685 (680 rebranded GK110) or a sli with 695 (rebranded 690 w/ GK110) i made the models up btw, no guarantee it will be those. to conclude go for a 690SLI to save space. want to cheap out (even though real hard on this build) go for a 670 sli. or just buy one 690 till GK110 comes and make a quad sli.
 
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