Leak tested the first block, as wish to check if the backplate will fried my card so one block at a time.
Tested and works okie and no burning smoke or fire so went on to fix the second block.
For current loop, I decided that I will want to fully utilize my 3 pairs of Koolance QDC (additional bought 2 more threaded male QDC to be used with blocks) so I installed on the QDC to my 680s which allow me to remove the cards easier as I had difficulty removing my 7970 previously due to the pipelines of fittings haha... Its really a nightmare and given me a lot of headache on how to remove my 7970s and how to drain them.MSI 680 SLI with Koolance VID680 & EVGA Backplate
Did some quick arrangement of the newly sleeved cables of my Seasonic X1250 and pretty happy with the end result.
Front View of the Loop.
For my previous Crossfire built I am using two Crossfire ROG ribbon which looks better but since I only have one ROG SLI ribbon. I chose to use the triple SLI connector as it looks neater compared to SLI ribbon.
Overall I am very happy with the current loop with my GPU idle temps both hovering around 34 - 35 Degrees (40% Fan Speed) and 30 - 32 Degrees (100% Fan Speed), my ambient temperature is 26 degrees.
And installing Koolance QDC to the GPU > Rad had made me a lot easier to maintain and drain. Overall process took me around 6 hours which includes fixing both GPU blocks with backplate, draining part of the loop, refit the fittings, installation of blocks to rig and a couple of leak test.
In terms of outlook, I do miss EK's plexi blocks (coz can put LED and bling bling), but the EK Nickel issue is really bothering me....
Koolance block somehow blend into my built very well due to the placement of the ports. Both ports are placed apart and with them it blend in with my 2 Ram blocks which I think look pretty cool.
Overall, I am really impressed with Koolance blocks. They are very very generous with the thermal pads compared to EK. They supplied 2 big square pcs of thermal pads per block which I had used only one pad for two blocks which left me 3 more huge pcs of thermad pads.
They also supplied thermal compund but I had choose to use my MX4 instead, but its always good to have manufacturers supplying these essential items to consumers.
Built wise, the blocks were well crafted but the milling on the blocks were not as good as those from AC or WC but its a lot a lot better than EK.
I had done a quick Borderlands 2 run to test the temps during gaming. 10 mins into the game my temps went up to 40 - 44 degrees (in air conditioned room 26 degrees ambient). This is pretty good as my rig has a total of 7 blocks and using only a 240 and 360 radiator.
As I had worked the whole day, and came back to fix up the loop for 6 hours till 3am in the morning. I will shoot glamor shots of my rig during the weekend. I am also intending to remove my Enermax Duo Vegas exhaust fan as its too much red led in my rig and fix back my red blade GTs back into the rig.
As for the GPU's I/O plates, I did not spray paint it to red as I intend to leave it as chrome silver will will purchase 3 more PCI silver slots as the slots will be able to blend with the pipelines of fittings I have and will give the red thumbscrews more contrast (I am also lazy to paint them as I just want the cards to be WC ASAP)