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post #11 of 27
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http://www.swiftech.com/KOMODO-HD7900.aspx#tab3

Hey buddy,

Although a little pricier, the Komodo seems to he the only one that will accommodate the TDBC PCB layout.

I meant to post a pic of my PCB, but my android phone browser did not let me do it. However, as surprising as it may sound, I confirm that it is 100% the same layout. The only difference being the extra DVI on yours.

I will post pictures in a couple of hours so that you see by yourself.

AAAAAAAAND that dual dvi became the problem. Swiftech KOMODO is really a FULL cover waterblock that even covers the DVI port

Also did you notice the capacitor and choke behind the DVI port? Ref board don't have this and it is high. so it wont be compatible.

Sad.
Edited by dennis97519 - 5/11/13 at 9:51am
post #12 of 27
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AAAAAAAAND that dual dvi became the problem. Swiftech KOMODO is really a FULL cover waterblock that even covers the DVI port

Also did you notice the capacitor and choke behind the DVI port? Ref board don't have this and it is high. so it wont be compatible.

Sad.

Here are the pics.




It sucks a bunch that even the Komodo will not clear the choke and capacitor. It even sucks more that a 7950-TNFC has the layout of a DD.

Someone had mentionned dremelling through the Aquacool to clear for these choke and capacitor, but besides the obvious difficulty of the task, there is also the question of a tight fit on the rest of the PCB. In fact, the vertical line of capcitor at the right of the GPU are arranged differently and I am pretty sure that the bottom of the block would not fully adhere.

I am returning the Alphacool and will run the card on air for now. It sucks, because on XFX cards, removig the heatsink waves the warranty. I will be looking into universal GPU blocks. I don;t know much about it and I am not sure whether or not it would require additional fans blowing onto the card (which would be a definite no in my V351)

Hard learned lesson: never trust the reference of a card when buying a block.
post #13 of 27
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Originally Posted by akangatta View Post

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Originally Posted by dennis97519 View Post

AAAAAAAAND that dual dvi became the problem. Swiftech KOMODO is really a FULL cover waterblock that even covers the DVI port

Also did you notice the capacitor and choke behind the DVI port? Ref board don't have this and it is high. so it wont be compatible.

Sad.

Here are the pics.




It sucks a bunch that even the Komodo will not clear the choke and capacitor. It even sucks more that a 7950-TNFC has the layout of a DD.

Someone had mentionned dremelling through the Aquacool to clear for these choke and capacitor, but besides the obvious difficulty of the task, there is also the question of a tight fit on the rest of the PCB. In fact, the vertical line of capcitor at the right of the GPU are arranged differently and I am pretty sure that the bottom of the block would not fully adhere.

I am returning the Alphacool and will run the card on air for now. It sucks, because on XFX cards, removig the heatsink waves the warranty. I will be looking into universal GPU blocks. I don;t know much about it and I am not sure whether or not it would require additional fans blowing onto the card (which would be a definite no in my V351)

Hard learned lesson: never trust the reference of a card when buying a block.


Lol I saw the holes prepared for the second DVI port. Is XFX using this board layout for every product now, because they overproduced their PCB?

You can contact XFX support and ask if removing the heatsink void the warranty. Most of the time they will tell you that you can remove it.
Also where did you see the post for dremeling through for caps and chokes?
post #14 of 27
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Lol I saw the holes prepared for the second DVI port. Is XFX using this board layout for every product now, because they overproduced their PCB?

You can contact XFX support and ask if removing the heatsink void the warranty. Most of the time they will tell you that you can remove it.
Also where did you see the post for dremeling through for caps and chokes?

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Can you post your pcb picture here so I can compare? That model is supposed to have ref board I think, since it only have one DVI port.

Maybe you can use dremel or black n decker to cut off the notch meant for cooling the VRM between the two chokes.

I thought you meant cutting through the block to clear that very annoying couple (choke/capacitor). Sorry if I misunderstood (I still am not sure what you meant though)

XFX is yet to answer my email. I hope they agree with keeping my warranty up.
post #15 of 27
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Originally Posted by dennis97519 View Post

Lol I saw the holes prepared for the second DVI port. Is XFX using this board layout for every product now, because they overproduced their PCB?

You can contact XFX support and ask if removing the heatsink void the warranty. Most of the time they will tell you that you can remove it.
Also where did you see the post for dremeling through for caps and chokes?

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Originally Posted by dennis97519 View Post

Can you post your pcb picture here so I can compare? That model is supposed to have ref board I think, since it only have one DVI port.

Maybe you can use dremel or black n decker to cut off the notch meant for cooling the VRM between the two chokes.

I thought you meant cutting through the block to clear that very annoying couple (choke/capacitor). Sorry if I misunderstood (I still am not sure what you meant though)

XFX is yet to answer my email. I hope they agree with keeping my warranty up.

Yes. I asked XFX prior to removing the cooler. Mine have a bend on the frame that is not supposed to be there. Normally they only reply after more than 24 hours, at least that is it in Asia
post #16 of 27
Potential short term solution:
The ram heatsink of the XFX can be separated from the fan and you heatsink. Coupled with a universal flu waterblock it would efficiently cool the card. Of course, it is risky and would definitely void the warranty.

I will personally keep it as an option. If after months of harassing EK, Aquacool and others to release a block for our specific PCB, none were, then I would proceed. For now, air will do, even if I was watercooling mainly for silencing my system :-(
post #17 of 27
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Originally Posted by akangatta View Post

Potential short term solution:
The ram heatsink of the XFX can be separated from the fan and you heatsink. Coupled with a universal flu waterblock it would efficiently cool the card. Of course, it is risky and would definitely void the warranty.

I will personally keep it as an option. If after months of harassing EK, Aquacool and others to release a block for our specific PCB, none were, then I would proceed. For now, air will do, even if I was watercooling mainly for silencing my system :-(

Design and machine one for this board by ourselves tongue.gif
post #18 of 27
LOL. it is an option... I will follow your lead on that one. wink.gif

I have worse to worry about though now. With all the fit and trial, I think I have fried my board somehow while reinstalling everything in the case. I get the 3 beeps of dead, usually solved by changing the ram. Did not solve my problem :'(

Finding a waterblock is going to go straight to the bottom of the priority list!

Let me know though if you get anywhere with watercooling your xfx.

Cheers.
post #19 of 27
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LOL. it is an option... I will follow your lead on that one. wink.gif

I have worse to worry about though now. With all the fit and trial, I think I have fried my board somehow while reinstalling everything in the case. I get the 3 beeps of dead, usually solved by changing the ram. Did not solve my problem :'(

Finding a waterblock is going to go straight to the bottom of the priority list!

Let me know though if you get anywhere with watercooling your xfx.

Cheers.

Actually I'm not a hardcore watercooling nerd or something. Just that it is too loud in the night and I want to try to build a watercooling system myself(even my rig is a first time build ;P ). XFX did not agree to send me a replacement, as all repairs can only be performed by them, and I have to afford the shipping charge, of shipping it from Singapore to HK. So I guess I will re-paste my DD cooler and install it back on first.

Maybe there are some custom CNC milling service or there are some copper 3D printing service out there. I have found a 3D printing service that uses sterling silver, bronze, brass, gold, etc metal, but no copper.

cheers.gif

Also, for the 3 beep problem, I Googled it and found that it should be a memory problem. My laptop was not able to boot after i took it apart and it have no beep sound, only fan is blowing and the power LED is on, no HDD activity and other things. I pushed the memory in with a bit of force then locked it, also tried to swap the memory slots, and it booted. May be you need to push it in with a bit of force, or maybe you damaged your memory.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/306576-30-long-beep-trouble-code

Ah, that one says long beep means Graphics card not seated properly. doh.gif
Edited by dennis97519 - 5/13/13 at 12:32am
post #20 of 27
Thanks for looking info my mono issue. I also thought it was à memory issue, but I tested brand new sticks similar to thé one i had before with no luck.

I contacted MSI (mobo brand), they told me to reset the CMOS and call them back if it did not work. Guess what: I am calling them back.

I tried three different VGA too. So I know it
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