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Hello there. Currently looking for waterblock choices that would fit my r9 280x. This is the model I got PowerColor TurboDuo AXR9 280X cheers
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post #2 of 28
ekwb.com use their cooling configuration
post #3 of 28
According to the EK Cooling Config, that specific card is the reference layout PCB so any of the 7970 full layout blocks will work with that card (the 280X and 7970 are both Tahiti).
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post #4 of 28
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That is nice tohear. I'm gunning for a vrm active cooling block. Anything comes in mind?
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post #5 of 28
Well all of the full coverage blocks will cover the VRM so as long as you don't have any particulates clogging up the access path to the VRM section in the full coverage block, you should be fine.
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post #6 of 28
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Should I avoid EkWb nickel types for the 280x?
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post #7 of 28
You can avoid nickel plating if you're paranoid about the nickel quality, but I believe EK has moved past their problems with nickel plating and are doing fine now.
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post #8 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ruxia View Post

Should I avoid EkWb nickel types for the 280x?

You don't have to worry about their nickel plated blocks anymore. They have resolved their plating issues asfaik. Ek blocks aren't the only blocks to look out for.
post #9 of 28
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What else should I look out for? I know xspc block doesnt have active vrm cooling but that's it.
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post #10 of 28
Get yourself a back plate for some passive cooling and support for the video card. If you plan on adding another 280X card in the future, make sure the block is compatible with the CSQ block, if you go through EK. In my case, I have a 7970 GHz XFX card that is going to require a special block from the Watercool Heatkiller line and if I add a 280X card in the future, I will need to get another Watercool card for the bridge compatibility between the two.
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