Originally Posted by K3yra7
First off, NO air cooled solution is on par with water. Only the cheap 'closed loop solutions' like you are describing. Real water way outperforms the most expensive elaborate air cooler known to mankind. Now if I understand you correctly, you bought a $1,000+ GPU, and would rather do a hack job by fitting a CPU water cooler to it, instead of getting a dedicated GPU block for it, and water cooling your whole system for the additional cost of a CPU waterblock? You don't seem like the Titan needing type. Also, 16x vs 8x doesn't mean a whole hell of a lot. In theory, sure, but even Titans do not need a PCI-E 3.0 16x slot to run to their fullest. I have 3 running in 8x, 8x, 8x on a Z77 board. If that possible 1fps makes that much of a difference, then go for it.
If you spend $1,000 on one graphics card, you are not allowed to use the phrase 'cheaper' when describing a cooling solution for it. Go spend $500 and water cool your whole system.
Its a matter of physics, water is better at carrying and transferring heat. To have an on par air system simply requires more surface area which equals more material and weight. You can get away with this around the cpu, but the gpu is far to restricted in space to pull it off. Not to mention the weight.
Don't confuse price with quality. Granted they arent as good as a full blown water systems but with a 5 year warranty i dont think its going to fall apart as soon as i put it on. Saw a tear down on youtube of an older hydro series and was impressed with build quality.
I do want to use a waterblock so i dont have to go hybrid. Water cooling my whole system is unnecessary and expensive..kind of like having 3 titans running at 8x on a board with a processor that will NEVER be able to fully utilize them. But i guess you still have some kind of bragging rights...
Calling it a hack job before its even been done is a little premature, i dont even have an example to go off of, still trying to figure out feasability.
So im just gunna have to agree to disagree with practically all of your statements! But yes more than one card and this idea goes right out the window your probably better off going full water at that point. Thats why i gave my reasons for only having 1 card, and not planning on anymore.