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So I'm going to be upgrading my GPU in the near future to a 670 GTX (this one most likely: EVGA GTX 670 SC 4GB). Currently I'm watercooling the 570 GTX that I have in my current system with a Heatkiller block that I've been very happy with, but I can't seem to find a definitive answer on what block I can use with this card.

I've read in some places that the 680 blocks will fit, and in other places that they won't. Also as it's an EVGA superclocked card I don't know that if that means it's a reference design or not. The waterblock I'm looking at is this one: Heatkiller 680 block though I also found Heatkiller 670 block on the mfg's website, but I haven't been able to find it from a US distributor yet.

If anyone could enlighten me on what the best route to go would be, and if one or either of these blocks will even work on that card in the first place I would very much appreciate it. I don't have any problem running the card on air for a couple weeks if I need to wait for the block to become available, I just want to make sure I will be able to get a high quality block for it within a month or so of getting the card. I had an EK EN block on my 6970 that I really wasn't pleased with...the thing idled at higher temps than my 570 with the heatkiller ran under load.
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I did a bit more digging (had to get pretty creative on google) but it looks like I found a US distributor with a heatkiller 670 block It says it's for the reference design, and according to the EK's cooling configurator page the card in question is a reference design, so I like how that sounds. I can't seem to find any pics of the underside of the block itself though so I can't be sure. Also as this card comes with a back plate and appears to have some of the VRAM mounted to the back side of the card, is that going to cause issues with the waterblock or proper cooling of the RAM if I remove the back plate as the PCB is much shorter than the stock air cooler?

Anyone have any personal experience or at least something that is close enough to confirmation before I dump a bunch of money into this little project?

EDIT: Whoops that block was for a 570...that's obviously not going to work...
Edited by Calistohelix - 7/15/12 at 2:56pm
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You want the back plate as it passively cools the back VRAM.

I can't help with the other stuff as all my research went into the GTX 680 4GB card.
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EK waterblocks Cooling Configurator helps to see what kind of block you need, even if you don't actually want to go with a EK block. The EVGA SC 4GB GTX 670 is a reference 670 PCB design and therefore will not fit GTX 680 blocks. You have to get a GTX 670 block for that card.
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Okay, so it looks like I'll have to hold out for the new heatkiller one to hit the US market then, hopefully it won't be long.

With regards to the back plate, I found this video that shows a guy taking apart the exact card I'm buying, the back plate is considerably longer than the card once the stock air cooler is removed. What are your guys thoughts in regard to what I should do with it once I've installed the waterblock (as it's obviously also shorter and not going to extend past the PCB). I don't like the idea of the memory on the back of the card running hot, but then having a thin piece of metal jutt out from the card doesn't seem to be the greatest idea either.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbKDjjY6Wq8
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No thoughts on best practices with regard to the included back plate once I've added a waterblock?
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Originally Posted by Calistohelix View Post

No thoughts on best practices with regard to the included back plate once I've added a waterblock?

you have to either buy a new one that fits, or mod the one you have.
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