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Unboxing: AC Aquagrafx Full Waterblock for MSI 680 Lightning.

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Just wanted to post up my the unboxing of my AC Aquagrafx Full Waterblock for MSI 680 Lightning, cant believe how quick it got to Perth from Indiana - gg UPS.

I purchased the block through a pre-order via Overclock.net as my VRMs/Memory were getting to 70+ degrees while benchmarking with a universal block. A fan casually pointed in the direction of said areas was never going to be able to keep up with everything being massively over-volted.

I and quite a few others worldwide bought these based purely on surface pictures, which is half the reason I wanted to crack it open for everyone to show how well their cooling galleries were machined and also how abouts they planned on cooling 28nm chip with 1536 CUDA cores and 1.38v+ being slammed through it!

Enough talking, where are the pix!!! (I apologise on behalf of my HTC One X's camera..)

The unboxing

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Generic AC box pushed shut to make the block fit.


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I was happy enough with how it was packaged by AC, the foam is fairly course and would dampen a fairly large drop - the block was also vacuum bagged.


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I've read others complain that on occasion Aqua Computer will only supply an instruction manual in German, this one features English also. :lol:


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One of the couple pics that were supplied upon purchasing the block. Standard issue.


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The 'other' supplied picture, just through a mobile camera heh! Highly polished surfaces over GPU, memory and VRM for best heat transfer - note thermal pads supplied to cover the VRM. I especially like the attention to detail taken to cool the graphics cards' chokes.


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Took a picture at this angle to show the machining on the highly polished surfaces. If im not mistaken AC have deliberately machined the GPU section to create a slightly convex surface, hopefully this means better temps!



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Finally decided to get the allen keys out; 9 screws later I got to see the business side of things!


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Another angle to help reveal the machine pattern, depth and thickness of GPU gallery's.

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Edited by GenoOCAU - 8/28/12 at 5:31am
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The Install


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1) Strip your 680L down of air cooler, backplate, gpu reactor and front black VRM heatsink. Remove any remaining thermal tape from memory modules and left over TIM on GPU.


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Should have a 680L looking like this.


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2) Place small blots of TIM on ram modules, likewise with the GPU. Now for the most tedious part, applying the double sided thermal tape to the VRM. You can: A) be slack and cut the supplied strip of the double sided thermal tape into one massive length over all VRM and transistors or B) Be slightly pedantic and cut small strips to cover only the VRM.


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3) With some finesse, align the 4 main screw holes around the GPU section of the waterblock - between with the graphic cards PCB then flip. Tighten the 4 screws evenly to allow for the best seating possible.


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4)Proceed to align the standard backplate. Once backplate is screwed into place (note - some of these screws will need to be used with 4 supplied bolts) gently put the GPU reactor PCB over the top of the backplate into its desired pin position.


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5) Marvel in the glory of your sexy new Aquacomputer waterblock custom made for the 680L!

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Final note - Im very happy with the packaging, instructions and build quality of the block though havn't got around to physically testing its thermal conductivity yet. I'm unsure how the GPU gallery's thickness will play on the overall restrictiveness in my loop, though ill be sure to update this thread once installed. Hope you all enjoy! PS - Big thanks to Mr Pie (overclock.net), Sidewinder computers & Aqua Computer for helping make this sexy block happen. I look forward to dealing with you all in the future!
Edited by GenoOCAU - 8/28/12 at 6:01am
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Oh so nice, I got mine in today as well. Really well built. I would say I am pleased, and will buy from them again.
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post #4 of 31
Glad you got your block quickly and safely from UPS. Normal transit times to Australia are usually a day or two longer.
I have not opened one up yet since they're all sealed and I don't have a lightning here to bundle it with, but that block really looks great. Thanks for posting up the shots.
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Congrats! Still waiting here in Perth for my blocks to arrive.
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It would be nice to see the pics after the mounting and see the temps after that... thanks in advance !
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My pleasure Sidewinder!

Thread updated/improved to incorporate my install notes, hope everyone enjoys.
Edited by GenoOCAU - 8/28/12 at 5:49am
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You do realize the guys name is Mr. Pie right?
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Originally Posted by Neo Zuko View Post

You do realize the guys name is Mr. Pie right?

I'm glad someone else also noticed rolleyes.gif
nah I'm not mad hahaha. Just kinda funny that you've already spelt my name wrong in two threads lol thumb.gif
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All rectified about 2mins ago... guess you just beat me! God damn 1 letter typo......... sorry!
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