Originally Posted by Chopper1591
You'd have to take it apart to see how the ram and vrm are cooled.
If your card is similar to the lightning card you might have something like this:
That would combine with the universal water block nicely.
I think that should cool properly with just a side intake fan.
By looking at it i think it will be difficult to use the stock fans. Maybe you can somehow mod it to mount the fans to the card casing because you have to remove the block that touches the core when you go custom block.
But i still don't get it how you get such high temps.
Your card is supposed to have proper cooling.
I have the Sapphire 7950 vapor-x but mine stays at around 70c with 1150mhz core.
Neither do I... Soon as I get my Corsair 760i PSU in, I will take some screenies' and sendem' this way. I've moved fans around, everything.. Did my own version of a smoke test and airflow isn't a problem... I think I just may have a hott card. Now, I must be clear, under no load or nothing except desktop, it sits around 32-38C. Indoor temps hovering about 71F average. Crysis3 @ highest settings, pushes it to about 68. If I max it out and fans on 100% on the card, case and h100i, I'm not sure where it would level off at.. because when it hits mid 70's+...thats it. Im not pushing it past that. Although, I do have the square trade warranty... pehh..they prolly still kick me for some reason or another. I did however find some interesting full blocks...I still think I can modd it and keep the look of the fans too; Take a look @ these two blocks: Now, if I get the blocks, I've got connections to get hoses, fittings and pumps that will suit this just perfect.. finding a block that will match my preferences is where I'm stuck.. ALTHOUGH..this one is really nice http://www.ebay.com/itm/XSPC-7970-RAZOR-AMD-7970-Radeon-Waterblock-Water-Cooling-RZR7970-/271253730159?pt=US_Video_Card_GPU_Cooling&hash=item3f27fb736f
and this one is my favv so far, as it matches the colors in Black and Blue LED and has ominance about it: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/image/17614/ex-blc-1379.jpg/ex-blc-1379/XSPC_Razor_HD_7970_Full_Coverage_VGA_Block_-_New_Design.html
So pretty much.. I am looking for a good one. Oh yea: I hear this about reference cards, non-reference cards.. Exactly what does that mean? I entered mine here, and I couldn't makeheads or tails of it. Supposedly you can enter your mobo and Gcard and it matches up what you can use for liquid kits: http://coolingconfigurator.com
Anyways.. If I find the latter under Benjamin, it's prolly be what I do and still use my TwinFrzrII on top, since it's flat surface.. Be a wicked, wild - perahps over the top mod.. but I will like it, and honestly in the end that's what really matters I guess. I just wanted to get some use outta those fans and the set up since I cut my left arm off for it... before I got into all this, never thought nothing of this stuff.. I've found myself bitten by the bug..
I dont mind fans for cooling. Matter of fact, in some applications, fans are the very best way to suppress heat. In my case, Sound is an issue. When heat gets crankin, in combination with other stuff in my box it gets loud.. more like an annoying humm... because the 7970 is quiet for what it does. But when doin serious stuff, I want to know my card is cool and safe.not looking over the temps every 10 seconds. With careful thought and consideration, I am going to find a flat full block for my card... and basically attach the twinfrzr setup on top of that... And in reality, if I do it right, this will aid in cooling; As those massive heat pipes will suck up some heat through the block and the fans should help dissapate it through the fins. So...rather than a fancy block, I just need to find one that offers good cooling and isn't all that impressive visually. because honestly, I've got the hoses already, and can get a pump and fittings for near nothing. If this is my final thoughts of how I do this, I need to try and find one that has some or all copper top.
that way, I can make use of the twin fans. Boy...this is going to be a beast of a modd... but I think it will look cool and I am sure you guys would want to see how this turns out... IF you all know anyone or anywhere I can pick up a block like that let me know. Also, again, care to enlighten me on what reference means? Mine says V237 version 1.00 above the pins, next to the AMD logo. So is mine reference? or not? This is what I got after entering the info in, but as you can see, when you select visual, it says all non-reference not compatable... But with the above number I gave you all, comparing it to this, they are the same V237, but thats it.. and it does look identical to the picture of the reference when I selected it but it says otherwise...so Im not sure..
Anways.. Im off to never never land... Here ya go: http://coolingconfigurator.com/step1_complist#DB_inline?height=260&width=530&inline_id=comp_table
Again, I highly value the opinions you give and I enjoy reading the responses.