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Special Pre-orders for OCN by Sidewinder has been closed. These blocks can now be purchased on Sidewinder's page URL below.

http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/aqcofucogpub.html

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I'm currently looking at the MSI 680 lightning as my next GPU upgrade, but looking around
there appears to be no waterblocks for it which is what I ultimately desire biggrin.gif

Seeing as there appears to be no news I contacted Shoggy from AquaComputer directly here via PM
to see what he could do.

I inquired about the possibility of a small batch production and he said that it would be possible.
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Hello Mr.Pie,

well, it should be at least a minimum of 50 blocks, otherwise it will be too expensive.

kind regards
Sven

When I asked about the price he said
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Hello,

I think the price will be somewhere around 110 Euro for a block. Shipping outside Europe costs 34.90 EUR so it would be a lot cheaper to ship more blocks in one parcel since the price will be the same. We work with a flat fee from DHL.

All prices include 19% VAT so if you are outside the EU you can subtract it since you do not have to pay it.

Fee free to use the provided information in a thread.

kind regards
Sven

110Euros=136USD approx.

so perhaps if we can get enough interest and I could talk to the mods or one of the official vendors here on OCN that could be in charge of the distribution of the blocks for a group buy.

TLDR Summary:
AC can perhaps do a small limited batch production of GTX680 Lightning waterblocks if we can generate enough interest (minimum of 50 blocks)
The price would be 136USD per block (not including the final shipping price).

Edited by Mr.Pie - 8/28/12 at 6:09am
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Me getting one depends entirely on the following factors:

-How nice is this block gonna be? If it's nothing special, there isn't much point in going with it rather than a universal block.

- What kind of shipping costs to the US? $140 is already a bit steep for a waterblock that can only be used with a single (inevitably soon to be obsolete) card.

-Is MSI going to release a 4GB variant on the card? If so, will it be compatible? Obviously no one knows at the moment but unless someone finds out and the answer is either 1) no 4gb or 2) it will be compatible, then it's probably a no-go since I (and i imagine many ohers) would want to switch to the 4GB version.
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I've got the same concerns as Zero. If it would be a full-cover block, maybe we could have something like "Limited" on it, with the black/yellow color scheme, and a serial number on the card. That would make it really sweet, and if the shipping isn't atrocious to the US, I'd probably be up for 3.
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Originally Posted by Zero4549 View Post

Me getting one depends entirely on the following factors:
-How nice is this block gonna be? If it's nothing special, there isn't much point in going with it rather than a universal block.
- What kind of shipping costs to the US? $140 is already a bit steep for a waterblock that can only be used with a single (inevitably soon to be obsolete) card.
-Is MSI going to release a 4GB variant on the card? If so, will it be compatible? Obviously no one knows at the moment but unless someone finds out and the answer is either 1) no 4gb or 2) it will be compatible, then it's probably a no-go since I (and i imagine many ohers) would want to switch to the 4GB version.

I am with you on point 3.

As to the price, we have to remember that they seem to be doing this to assist us as end users...after all, they are in business to make money and that is why you aren't seeing other companies jump on a 680 Lightning Block...there is most likely just not enough demand to make it worthwhile. I can't believe that they said 50! The fewer they make and consequently sell, the higher the price they must charge. If you look at most blocks for the 680, they are around 120-140 bucks. Heck the HC (EVGA/Swiftech) is 150+! All these blocks will only be usable on one card, as almost all FCB are.

I am not saying I want to pay more, but I understand a situation like this may dictate a higher price.

With that said, am awaiting the 4GB release (if there is one) before I make my purchase of one of these wonderful Lightning cards.
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Its very temping but for me this generation hasnt been as big of a jump in performance as originally expected. Its much harder to sell both a water block and gpu if your planning on going with the next generation. Most people that can afford to wc want the latest and greatest. It also depends on the performance increase with the new unlocked voltage that's coming out. If say 1.4-1.5 volts gets great clock speeds and performance increase it might make it worth it to control temps. Universal wb seem to be an excellent option if you have good airflow.
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I am with you on point 3.
As to the price, we have to remember that they seem to be doing this to assist us as end users...after all, they are in business to make money and that is why you aren't seeing other companies jump on a 680 Lightning Block...there is most likely just not enough demand to make it worthwhile. I can't believe that they said 50! The fewer they make and consequently sell, the higher the price they must charge. If you look at most blocks for the 680, they are around 120-140 bucks. Heck the HC (EVGA/Swiftech) is 150+! All these blocks will only be usable on one card, as almost all FCB are.
I am not saying I want to pay more, but I understand a situation like this may dictate a higher price.
With that said, am awaiting the 4GB release (if there is one) before I make my purchase of one of these wonderful Lightning cards.

Keep in mind that aside from the classy (and now this), there aren't any kepler cards really worth putting under water due to locked voltages (and thus minimal returns from heat reduction). Just like with the lightning blocks, there is also less demand for kepler blocks in general (and thus higher prices). Full coverage block for my GTX 295 was only ~90 bucks including shipping, and that's a dual PCB card with a much more complicated waterblock.

I understand the limited run pretty much demands higher prices, and of course any business needs to turn a profit. At the same time, wise consumers are only going to buy what financially makes sense. I'm not sure this particular block makes sense if it doesn't line up with what I said in my previous post.
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I am interested
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Originally Posted by Zero4549 View Post

Me getting one depends entirely on the following factors:
-How nice is this block gonna be? If it's nothing special, there isn't much point in going with it rather than a universal block.
What do you mean by special? If you mean aesthetically like lettering saying "limited edition" I think that can be done easily. But it its a whole new design that AC has to deviate from their usual designs I don't think that would be possible
- What kind of shipping costs to the US? $140 is already a bit steep for a waterblock that can only be used with a single (inevitably soon to be obsolete) card.
I have no idea right now as I'm going to see how much interest we can generate and then pitch it towards one of the OCN official vendors as like a "group buy" thing so the blocks can be shipped to their shop/location and then it can be divided from there onwards. If all the blocks were individually shipped from Germany the cost would be quite high.
-Is MSI going to release a 4GB variant on the card? If so, will it be compatible? Obviously no one knows at the moment but unless someone finds out and the answer is either 1) no 4gb or 2) it will be compatible, then it's probably a no-go since I (and i imagine many ohers) would want to switch to the 4GB version.
I have no answer to this unfortunately.

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I've got the same concerns as Zero. If it would be a full-cover block, maybe we could have something like "Limited" on it, with the black/yellow color scheme, and a serial number on the card. That would make it really sweet, and if the shipping isn't atrocious to the US, I'd probably be up for 3.

I could ask if you'd like.
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I'm in for 2 if this happens.
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