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post #21 of 118
Did you try to use the main unsoldered heatsink after?
post #22 of 118
Would any of the "all in one" watercooler pump combos fit over this?
post #23 of 118
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Would any of the "all in one" watercooler pump combos fit over this?

Order one and find out

http://www.nzxt.com/product/detail/138-kraken-g10-gpu-bracket.html




Return it if it doesn't

It would be a lot of help to all the other AIO users if you where the guinne pig that found out if the kraken would work with this "re-use" setup.

Looking at these pictures my guess would be that the kraken bracket will work with this "re-use" guide.




The bracket should work with any pumps that use these finger like things to mount... so like the Corsair H50 might work.


Edited by givmedew - 1/3/14 at 10:06am
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Put this in my oven, the heatsink exploded. Copper was inflated, but the fins and everything were split. Had to fish out ~10 pieces with chopsticks. Only took 5 minutes @ 400 degrees F, should I lower the temperature next time?

To clarify, the heat plate itself is fine. Just the heatsink exploded. I was going to throw it away anyway, but it makes cleanup annoying.
Edited by thevwu - 1/9/14 at 10:33pm
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Put this in my oven, the heatsink exploded. Copper was inflated, but the fins and everything were split. Had to fish out ~10 pieces with chopsticks. Only took 5 minutes @ 400 degrees F, should I lower the temperature next time?

To clarify, the heat plate itself is fine. Just the heatsink exploded. I was going to throw it away anyway, but it makes cleanup annoying.

This is normal, I should have stated in the original post that mine not doing this was the exception not the norm. 400°F is chosen because most solders melt around 360-380 depending on composition.
post #26 of 118
I really want to do this, but there isn't enough stats about the vrm temps. I plan on installing a MK-26 with 2x D12SH-12 (2200rpm fans) and the front panel fan isn't that far from the card either. Reference cooler is loud, and core runs hot, but vrm temps (especially vrm1) are amazing. Never about 70c with 75% fan at +100mv. If I do this I really want to make sure they those temps don't get worse, because there's is no coming back...
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I really want to do this, but there isn't enough stats about the vrm temps. I plan on installing a MK-26 with 2x D12SH-12 (2200rpm fans) and the front panel fan isn't that far from the card either. Reference cooler is loud, and core runs hot, but vrm temps (especially vrm1) are amazing. Never about 70c with 75% fan at +100mv. If I do this I really want to make sure they those temps don't get worse, because there's is no coming back...

I have a similar setup with an MK-26 and 2x SP120 PE fans. With Fujipoly Extreme and stock plate on VRM1 I get 75-78C after hours of Battlefield 4 play. This is with +75-100mV on my overclock. And since the core sits in the low 70s, my fans run about the same in percentage (I have a linear curve).

So, your VRM's will get worse, but ideally not by much, and still under what they're rated for. There's not many alternatives to having a fan sitting directly on top of them with the stock cooler.

Hope this helps!
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I have a similar setup with an MK-26 and 2x SP120 PE fans. With Fujipoly Extreme and stock plate on VRM1 I get 75-78C after hours of Battlefield 4 play. This is with +75-100mV on my overclock. And since the core sits in the low 70s, my fans run about the same in percentage (I have a linear curve).

So, your VRM's will get worse, but ideally not by much, and still under what they're rated for. There's not many alternatives to having a fan sitting directly on top of them with the stock cooler.

Hope this helps!

Yea this helps! thanks. I just disassembled my 290x and I was about to install the mk-26 on it (no mod, just to test temps) and I ended up not doing it and just replacing stock paste. In one of your previous post you said you installed mk-26 with no mods (other than separating the cooper and the unisink), but that's doesn't seem possible to me, so I ended up not doing it. How did you do it exactly? I had mine mounted on my 7950 previously and you have to use a big spring screw to get to the cooler? I don't know if you understand but +rep anyways!!

Oh also, what fan speed are you using to sit in the low 70s? I will run mine 100% all day long, I hook it to my fan controller. Knowing what a 290x sounds like at 75% now, everything seems quet LOL
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post #29 of 118
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Yea this helps! thanks. I just disassembled my 290x and I was about to install the mk-26 on it (no mod, just to test temps) and I ended up not doing it and just replacing stock paste. In one of your previous post you said you installed mk-26 with no mods (other than separating the cooper and the unisink), but that's doesn't seem possible to me, so I ended up not doing it. How did you do it exactly? I had mine mounted on my 7950 previously and you have to use a big spring screw to get to the cooler? I don't know if you understand but +rep anyways!!

Oh also, what fan speed are you using to sit in the low 70s? I will run mine 100% all day long, I hook it to my fan controller. Knowing what a 290x sounds like at 75% now, everything seems quet LOL

Oh! I forgot to mention that I drilled the base plate to make holes for the MK-26. When I previously mentioned no mod, I meant no filing to make room for the MK-26.

Drilling might sound intimidating, but it's really not. I drilled the existing holes with the smallest bit I had until it went through. Then I just went larger and larger with the bit until the base plate had holes matching the PCB hole size. This is mentioned by the OP earlier in the thread in the linked image guide.

For the fan speed, I'm using a true linear curve. Whatever my core temperature is, my fans are running a matching percentage. Normally, my core is at 72-74C, so the fans are running 72-74% to match.

All in all, thanks for the rep! If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to ask. With a little bit of drilling, you can reach the finish line!
Edited by Redvineal - 1/10/14 at 9:43pm
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Why you drilled holles for mounting the cooler?the mounting is straighforward.just use the black screws, (if i remember correctly).i need to go home and check it.
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