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DangerDen Maze5 Review

11/23/2006

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Today we will be taking a look at DangerDen’s new product, the Maze5. It is the latest edition in their GPU-cover only blocks.

Packaging
The package that arrived was very small; however, there really isn’t a whole lot to package. The product itself is quite small.



To do this review, I ordered both sets of mounting hardware, both the 4-hole and 2-hole mounting setups, for compatibility. The block was ordered with ½†ID high-flow fittings.



The block arrived in excellent condition. DangerDen packs their products quite well, and the block itself was surrounded by foam, which helps negate the bouncing around while being shipped.

Contents
After we take the contents out, we are left with a basic instruction manual, both sets of hardware, and of course, the block itself. The block is machined out of quality Copper C110, and the top is machined out of Delrin, a material known for its ability to be machined and a high-quality finish.






Mounting
For the test, I used the 2-hole mounting system on my ATI Radeon X800GTO², unlocked to an X850.


Test Setup:


AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego, 2.94 Ghz

DFI LanParty UT nForce4 Ultra-D

Geil ONE W 1GB BH-5
PC Power & Cooling 510 SLI

My Watercooling Setup is as Follows:
Laing D5/Swiftech MCP655
2 ’77 Bonneville Heatercores
½†Primoflex Tubing
Storm CPU Waterblock








For comparison purposes, I have a DangerDen Maze4 in my possession, to provide a base for comparison.

Testing Methodology
For testing the performance of each block, I first decided to use the rthdribl HDR program, available here. I have found it to be very taxing on my GPU. However, upon further confirmation, ATITool produced a higher overall load on my card, so I decided to use ATITool solely.

In regard to duration, I allowed each cycle to go for 15 minutes.

For instance, I installed the Maze 5, let it warm up at no load for 15 minutes, and then took the temperature from ATITool. I then ran “Find Max Core†and let it run up until it found its max frequency, which took approximately another 15 minutes. I helped the process along because I already knew its max frequency, so I set it 20 MHz slower, and allowed it to go from there.

And now for some results:




Problems
Some issues arose from the initial testing- I decided to reseat the waterblock twice to ensure good contact because I was reading higher than normal temperatures from both blocks. The second time around, I got it right and it worked flawlessly.

Results Interpretation
It is clear that the Maze 5 provides no real-world benefits from the revised base plate design. No performance gains were noticed, and both blocks were very close to each other in performance.

I also believe that my GPU may be at fault –It may not have put enough of a load on the waterblocks to really test it out. Someone with, say, a 7800GTX could provide different results, and possibly a clear winner, because a 7800 series card runs hotter than mine.

Conclusion
The results speak for themselves: there was no clear winner in this test- Both performed to within 1 degree Celsius of each other. We can conclude, therefore, that the revised base plate does not provide any real gain over the standard Maze 4 design. However, with the higher-TDP cards coming out (8800GTX, etc.), the increased surface area of the Maze 5 could provide an edge over the Maze 4, simply because there is more copper to contact the water, thus providing better heat transfer.
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Not much of a difference for a new block....Like you said it might shine with a higher thermal load....Thanks for the review....
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Exactly my thoughts- Newer GPUs that put out more heat (8800 series) might make the increased surface area of the Maze5 a better choice. But for my poor X850, it just doesn't pump out enough heat to make a big difference.

Thanks

And if anyone thinks there needs to be different tests done, let me know- I am shipping it out to Snerp relatively soon, but I still have enough time that I can do extra tests if requested.
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Do you know if the Maze 5 fits the G80 Gpu's?
    
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i have a maze4 and it works great nice review , my gtx idles at 31C overclocked and full load of around 39C
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Quote:
Originally Posted by atomicfission92 View Post
Do you know if the Maze 5 fits the G80 Gpu's?
ATM I am under the assumption it does not. I would not be surprised if DD releases an adapter, however I am not certain if the IHS of the G80 will be small enough to contact the Maze 5's raised contact portion.
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Would you ask Snerp to check the impedance/flow-rate impact?
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I observed little difference in flowrate; The baseplate re-design IMO made little difference in terms of pressure drop and flowrate.
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