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So i've got two gtx680s in sli. Planning to do tri sli very soon and was wondering if it was actually worth it to put these cards under water. I can overclock these cards pretty damn high on the stock coolers but i love the aesthetics of every component being water cooled. Can anyone vouch if it was worth it for them to watercool their kepler card?
 
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So i've got two gtx680s in sli. Planning to do tri sli very soon and was wondering if it was actually worth it to put these cards under water. I can overclock these cards pretty damn high on the stock coolers but i love the aesthetics of every component being water cooled. Can anyone vouch if it was worth it for them to watercool their kepler card?

May I ask why you would want to go tri-sli instead of just upgrading at the 7XX or 8XX series? Really anything beyond X2SLI is kind of a waste of money from what I gather. That's just personal opinion and philosophy though, if you want tri-SLI go for it. I assume you are using a 2gb card no?

What would you need that kind of GPU processing for, are you on triple monitor 3d vision set-up? If so you will be bottle-necking the Vram before a 3rd card can really help make any difference. If you are on a single monitor set-up the I don't know why you would even need 3 cards. If you are doing it just to do it that's cool too.

As far as if water-cooling is worth it on kepler or not is kind of subjective. It is worth it if you want excellent temps and more potential over-clocking room as a result, it is often more quiet as well. Even if you don't OC your temps will drop by around 20C under load if not more vs's air. That is pretty worth it if you have the cash.

I don't see the same returns in terms of value and benefit with a tri and quad SLI though. If you love the aesthetics of WC then that is another reason to do it. In my opinion water cooling your GPU's is very worth it if you want to put down the cash for a custom loop.
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May I ask why you would want to go tri-sli instead of just upgrading at the 7XX or 8XX series? Really anything beyond X2SLI is kind of a waste of money from what I gather. That's just personal opinion and philosophy though, if you want tri-SLI go for it. I assume you are using a 2gb card no?
What would you need that kind of GPU processing for, are you on triple monitor 3d vision set-up? If so you will be bottle-necking the Vram before a 3rd card can really help make any difference. If you are on a single monitor set-up the I don't know why you would even need 3 cards. If you are doing it just to do it that's cool too.
As far as if water-cooling is worth it on kepler or not is kind of subjective. It is worth it if you want excellent temps and more potential over-clocking room as a result, it is often more quiet as well. Even if you don't OC your temps will drop by around 20C under load if not more vs's air. That is pretty worth it if you have the cash.
I don't see the same returns in terms of value and benefit with a tri and quad SLI though. If you love the aesthetics of WC then that is another reason to do it. In my opinion water cooling your GPU's is very worth it if you want to put down the cash for a custom loop.

I guess you're right about the tri sli thing. I'll probably just sell them and shell out the cash for 4gb cards since i am running 3 monitors. As far as temps go, I'm not an extreme overclocker but I would like some headroom in the future. I guess i'll really have to see.
 
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One of the biggest advantages with watercooling is the silence, my 5870 is under water right now and the difference in sound is amazing, the 30-40c drop was an added bonus too.
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Defiently worth it. I have had them on full load Folding for 12 days straight and one card is 45'C and the other is 55'C
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