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post #1 of 18
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Anyone have either or maybe both?

http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/showthread.php?t=165761
Was able to find that but not much very in depth reviews


The komodo looks very clean and looks very supportive with its full block coverage the heatkiller weighs so much and seems to perform barely a bit better, im not sure if this is the case but hoping someone can enlighten me ! smile.gif

  
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post #2 of 18
Both blocks perform well and the 1*C difference you see in tests can be attributed to the normal +/- 5% error rate when testing (TIM Application, mounting pressure).

I personally am about to buy the komodo for my 7950 because it's really a full water block and will give my build a very clean look. The komodo also comes with a back plate (optional) if you wish to go that route.

Seriously, just decide based on your budget and which looks better for your build, since both products will serve you well.
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thanks mark but both will come out to the same price after getting a backplate for the heatkiller, im worried because in my other thread a reputable member said the komodo has water flow problems
http://www.overclock.net/t/1373535/is-this-a-reference-7970/10#post_19572218

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post #4 of 18
I don't think the Komodo has water flow problems, it's just that the heat killer has a slightly better flow rate than the Komodo.

If you look at the review you linked the Komodo does 134 liters/hour, while the heat killer does 143 liters/hour. If you have your loop setup for quiet performance both will perform roughly the same.

Look at the graph as well and compare it to the EK waterblock that has a 158 liters/hour rating. This block has the highest flow rating but performs worse than the heat killer and Komodo, so it's not all about flow rates when building a loop.
Edited by mark_thaddeus - 3/21/13 at 11:25pm
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As for issues with the block, the first release (pre-production release) had issues with XFX and ASUS PCBs.

In fairness, Gabe and his team take customer service seriously and responded to the person/s who had an issue and resolved it. Gabe and his team also has presence here in OCN with the release of their H220 and they've always responded well to concerns and issues. That alone would give me no pause to purchase products from them.
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i wanted to know the same thing for my 7950 thanks!
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The Heatkiller tests show more than just a 1C difference... It wascloser to 5C. The Heatkiller was 1st place, with Aquacomputer a close second.
   
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post #8 of 18
Well after all the researh ive done i think the komodo is the best option, (i have a dual pump so flow isnt a problem for me), the price and temperature difference ins't that big and with the komodo you get the braket and black plate, also it covers the whole card which in my opinion is great.

I'm waiting for my 2 blocks(komodo) for my 7970's which should arrive next week. I can tell you more once i get them.
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Originally Posted by kantxcape View Post

Well after all the researh ive done i think the komodo is the best option, (i have a dual pump so flow isnt a problem for me), the price and temperature difference ins't that big and with the komodo you get the braket and black plate, also it covers the whole card which in my opinion is great.

I'm waiting for my 2 blocks(komodo) for my 7970's which should arrive next week. I can tell you more once i get them.
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I went with the heatkiller for better temperatures
  
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Originally Posted by nleksan View Post

The Heatkiller tests show more than just a 1C difference... It wascloser to 5C. The Heatkiller was 1st place, with Aquacomputer a close second.


The difference between all the major blocks is less than 2c and that difference could fall into variance especially in a test environment that leaves many aspects unclear. The Razor was 5c off btw.
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