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Yay ! that was a big moment, wasn't it ? wowowow. Leaps a near endless chasm in a single boot up ! I could never bring myself to do what you did, never mind what you ended up paying.
- hooray for you and the card biggrin.gif
Thanks for the kind words! Its a massive upgrade over the GTX 260 I was using. It is also massive overkill for my current needs, but leaves room for growth.

Frankly, it was easier on the domestic front, to purchase one stupidly expensive graphics card than to purchase a more moderately expensive card now and another later. This way I neatly avoid the question "Do you really need two of them?"
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Hear ! hear ! at last, common sense rises to the fore, in a roundabout way. From a 260 ? wow, you're gonna be SOOPRIZED !! biggrin.gif
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UPS is becoming a regular visitor. I probably won't be able to keep myself from using this much longer. The video card needs to go under water!

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In my opinion, the Heatkiller waterblock looks really nice, but their directions are really lacking. I had to look at the instructions from other manufacturers to findout what I needed to do take off the heatsink.


The hardest part for me, once I realized I needed to use a T6 Torx driver and not a hex wrench, was removing the power lines from the fan and the light.


The old thermal pads and thermal grease were not difficult to remove, alcohol, q-tips, paper towels, a toothpick, and a microfiber cloth and few minutes of time got the job done.



New thermal pads went on easily enough, but it was difficult to peel the plastic off the second side of some of the really thin ones. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture, not that it was particularly exciting. However, the underside of the waterblock, was stunning. I love the look of shiny copper. To bad it is hidden.


In operation, working water through GPU and CPU. I have to do some tidying, and I'll be installing a second radiator, but I'm getting close to done.
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Water cooling appears to have made a huge difference, at least at stock speeds. With both Prime95 loading the cpu 100% and Furmark loading the video card 100%, GPU temperatures maxed at only 37C (Idle 28C). The 120.4 radiator looks to be enough to handle both the GPU and CPU, looks like my second radiator will allow me run lower fan speeds but isn't really needed.

One strange thing, is that the CPU core temps appear to max at 54C in Prime95, much better than it was under air, but about the same as it was before I added the video card to the loop. I'm not sure what to make of that, since CPU maxes at only 39C. So, I'm not sure this is an anomaly, since CPU measures higher than cores.

Here are the stats so far. Idle Max, Load Max, Loading Software
CPU (cores), 34C, 54C, Prime95
CPU 32C, 39C, Prime95
GPU, 27C, 37C, Furmark
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Ok, let me show my noob-ness here - quad-core showing only 2 cores ? and 2nd dumb question - how are you showing cpu cores and cpu temps ? Are you using real temp ? gonna check the thread ...
Temps look great tho, but like you, don't get the 54c on the max cpu vs the 39c on the max core.
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Ok, let me show my noob-ness here - quad-core showing only 2 cores ? and 2nd dumb question - how are you showing cpu cores and cpu temps ? Are you using real temp ? gonna check the thread ...
Temps look great tho, but like you, don't get the 54c on the max cpu vs the 39c on the max core.
Just me not being clear.
1.I'm showing the highest temp of the 4 cores under the two conditions (idle vs. load). CPU temp, is also for the CPU but it is measured from a different location than the core temps. It is lower than the core temps from what I've read. Not sure I understand the mechanics of why and how yet.

2. I used speedfan, which gives me about the same temps as Realtemp, but I can also get GPU temps. I also ran AI suite to get the CPU/Package temp I think Speedfan shows that as AUX, but I wanted to be sure.

Actually what I don't understand is the Max core vs. the Max GPU. GPUs are supposed to burn hotter than CPUs. The only thing I can think is that it has something to do with what this article says about temperature measurement in the I7. Apparently, anything below 50C is not meaningful. The temperatures get more accurate as they rise. It could also be a mediocre heat spreader installation on my CPU. I don't plan on de-lidding it to find out though. Temps are 'good enough'.
Edited by Mainsil - 11/12/12 at 8:02am
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well, can you tell the placement of the core sensors, and the cpu sensor. I regularly read that under water, gpu temps drop significantly under load, around 40c seems to be common.
I have 1 I.B. bridge where one of the cores is routinely 10--20 c hotter. TJmax on it and my I.B. and my S.B. builds are 98. My I.B. build's core temps overall are a bit high - low 20s--mid30s on air at idle.
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Are you overclocking the cpu?
As for gpu temps, my 2 cards under water and at light use run around 28-30c depending on ambient. When I was "extreme" overclocking a single 7950 the highest temp I ever saw was around 43c under water.
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