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Poll Results: Which CPU block should I use for the i7 3770k

 
  • 100% (3)
    Koolance 380i
  • 0% (0)
    DT Sniper
  • 0% (0)
    EK Supremacy
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post #1 of 5
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Hi all,

Recently upgraded my rig and am in the process of deciding on my cooling solution. this is going to be my 2nd watercooled PC having tried out one of the XSPC rasa kits previously...

I'm more or less having trouble making a decision and would appreciate your input, if you were in my position, which would you choose from the following?

  • Koolance 380i
  • DT Sniper
  • EK Supremacy


I am going to put this on my i7 3770k on the Maximus V Formula.

The standard fusion block is going to be removed and I already have the EK-FB M5F Nickel / Acetal on it's way which looks like this...



If I consider styling the obvious choice would be the EK so that the CSQ design of the block matches the motherboard block, but I'm also interested in overall performance which is why I've included the other options.

Which do you think would be best to use? or are they all very much the same?

Thanks in advance for your input.
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post #2 of 5
The Supremacy is a great looking block and having matching always looks better to me. The DT sniper would match nearly as well and is a great looking block too.

The differences between quality waterblocks is very small. The differences are like 1 degree C or less average core temperature. I would rather have the better looking block than worry about differences like that. Just me though.

The mounting system of the EK block is probably the best though I feel ... it gives you a reliable mount every time.
Edited by Jakusonfire - 2/5/13 at 5:24pm
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While I have no opinions on the blocks (though given the options I would personally take the supremacy), I am curious as to why you're bothering with liquid cooling your motherboard? It isn't going to improve your OC, and the temps exhibited by the Z77 chipset are nowhere near being a concern when overclocking. If anything adding it is normally considered detrimental, as it means your loop will not perform as well due to the high restriction caused by motherboard and ram waterblocks.
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While I have no opinions on the blocks (though given the options I would personally take the supremacy), I am curious as to why you're bothering with liquid cooling your motherboard? It isn't going to improve your OC, and the temps exhibited by the Z77 chipset are nowhere near being a concern when overclocking. If anything adding it is normally considered detrimental, as it means your loop will not perform as well due to the high restriction caused by motherboard and ram waterblocks.

The standard design of the mosfet block relies on some air being moved by the CPU and has the option to add water, but it's 3/8 barbs won't suit my intended modifications and in the end I feel they will look out of place, I actually intend on removing the fans from the back of the chassis and may just go with pull fans front of the 240mm rad which will be located in the 5.25" bays.

I'm not too worried about restriction as I'll likely run dual pumps to force the water through the entire system the best I can, adding to this will be 2 x GTX580's, 1 x RX480 and possibly 1 x RX240 rad, Re: the 240 rad I'm still debating dropping it down to an EX or AX240 for a slimmer size but concerned about the noise, of course I could end up dropping that front rad off the build all together as I believe the 480 should be able to cope well enough on it's own, I'm not going to bother with a ram block, I just think they look silly.
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The Supremacy is a great looking block and having matching always looks better to me. The DT sniper would match nearly as well and is a great looking block too.

The differences between quality waterblocks is very small. The differences are like 1 degree C or less average core temperature. I would rather have the better looking block than worry about differences like that. Just me though.

The mounting system of the EK block is probably the best though I feel ... it gives you a reliable mount every time.

I agree with the aesthetic side of things.. but there is a fairly decent price difference between the 3 blocks, and surprisingly the most expensive one of the 3 is the lowest performer in temps and flow rates.



Thanks Juggaloo for the graph.. I'd actually seen that before but wish I hadn't as that is where I got the idea for the Koolance block in the first place.. hence my dilemma, and the sniper was just something that I thought looked nice, especially once it was personalised for my build, but I also read it had excellent flow rates vs not as good temps but still a capable block.




Out of curiosity has anyone personally tried both the EK block and the Koolance block and have any opinion on them?
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