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Poll Results: Which block will win?

Poll expired: Sep 16, 2012  
  • 1% (3)
    Alphacool NexXxos XP3
  • 0% (2)
    Bitspower Summit HF
  • 1% (5)
    Danger Den M6
  • 2% (6)
    DT 5Noz
  • 7% (20)
    DT Sniper
  • 10% (26)
    EK Supreme HF Rev 4 (Full Nickel)
  • 17% (46)
    EK Supremacy (Nicekl/Plexi)
  • 8% (22)
    Koolance CPU-370 Rev 1.1
  • 1% (5)
    MIPS IceForce HF
  • 11% (29)
    Swiftech Apogee HD
  • 0% (1)
    Phobya UC1-LT
  • 6% (16)
    Watercool Heatkiller 3.0
  • 1% (3)
    XSPC Rasa
  • 13% (35)
    XSPC Raystorm
  • 14% (37)
    XSPC Raystorm Full Copper
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post #531 of 603
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Originally Posted by Neo Zuko View Post

Okay maybe I'll get the Koolance mystery block, but what about the mounting hardware how is that? What about the bow for socket 2011.

The mounting hardware is decent, the thumbnuts are nice and the 2011 screws are terminated on one end so they mount from the front of the board. Nothing to complain about. The bow - I don't think it's too bad, yes the mount deviation could have been tighter, but sometimes that's just bad luck. There's no reservation to me recommending it unlike the alphacool or phobya that despite performing well just feel a bit cheap.
     
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post #532 of 603
Well if I get that Koolance CPU-380i CPU block, I would want this Koolance Rampage IV Extreme motherboard block to match:

http://koolance.com/mb-asr4e-motherboard-asus-rampage-iv-extreme-water-block

I see it is discontinued, but there has to be a spot I can score one in the USA right??? Right?? Can't find it. That would be a shame, it is like they were built to go together!!!

So anyone, can I find this or should I just go with another option, like the XSPC one here:

http://www.xs-pc.com/products/waterblocks/chipset-waterblocks/x79-rampage-iv-waterblock-set/

Then there is the EK blocks, but I read enough bad things about them to know to stay away... People are pissed off at them. lol.
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post #533 of 603
MIPS has a block that looks quite nice.

mch4451.jpg

I'm quite surprised that the Koolance block is OOS everywhere.

I use to have one... rolleyes.gif
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post #534 of 603
MIPS??? What brand is that? That is cool, how is the quality?
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post #535 of 603
How is the XSPC RIVE Block? That is in stock.
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MIPS is the brand. Their quality is great. Stren did a review of their CPU block thumb.gif

Ask deafboy about the XSPC block, he owns it.
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post #537 of 603
Cool. I wish there was a comparison done on these like the CPU blocks done in this thread.
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Keep an eye on ebay if you want the Koolance block. I was looking online for over a month for ANY retailer who had, not just in the US, it and like you've seen it was out of stock every where. I missed out on one on ebay by a couple of minutes and then later that night someone put one up with a very reasonable "buy it now" price and I snatched it up within 3 minutes of it being posted.

Personally, if I wouldn't have been able to get the Koolance block I would have gone with the MIPS.
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That'd be pretty silly considering that most chipset blocks are for looks alone. There are very few motherboards that actually benefit from water cooling, the RIVE being one of them. However the performance difference between blocks wouldn't be worth the trouble of doing a review wink.gif

Mostly you're paying more or less for looks and quality.
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Are the Koolance RIVE blocks on eBay new or used when you were looking? Does anyone think I should just skip the mobo blocks altogether?

The looks of that Koolance CPU380i block is growing on me, I like it better than most. But now I have Aqua Computer MSI Lightning blocks, then this CPU380i, and now most likely the XSPC RIVE Block (my gut pick over the MIPS, but that may change as I read about it), and they all kinda clash!! Oh well. Not a big deal. I just want quality blocks.
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