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post #101 of 501
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Originally Posted by dcyli View Post

Why not have that heat sink stick outside of the case?

Oh gawd, what if you put in a custom water block on that... I'm drooling just thinking about.
''at that point it would become the size of a TFX PSU or even larger''
post #102 of 501
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Originally Posted by dcyli View Post

Why not have that heat sink stick outside of the case?

Oh gawd, what if you put in a custom water block on that... I'm drooling just thinking about.

Well because that would increase the volume, obviously.

But a custom waterblock seems like an interesting idea. Having a watercooled PSU is something I could imagine quite a few people loving to buy, especially with all the uncertainty you get noise-wise with SFX or SFX-L PSUs.
@QinX has quite some expertise regarding custom waterblocks, he did two for his absolutely phenomenal 3L build, maybe you'll want to talk to him about that wink.gif
post #103 of 501
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Originally Posted by iFreilicht View Post

Well because that would increase the volume, obviously.

But a custom waterblock seems like an interesting idea. Having a watercooled PSU is something I could imagine quite a few people loving to buy, especially with all the uncertainty you get noise-wise with SFX or SFX-L PSUs.
@QinX has quite some expertise regarding custom waterblocks, he did two for his absolutely phenomenal 3L build, maybe you'll want to talk to him about that wink.gif

Stop putting ideas in my HEAD! tongue.gif

I would totally make a waterblock for a PSU if people are interested, the main problem would be warranty, safety and compatibility, with safety ofcourse being the mayor question, but definitely something very interesting to look into. Wish I had the chance to mod that 500W flexATX PSU now.
post #104 of 501
Watercooled PSU is possible, but a block for mass market is probably not because psus tend to have slightvariation in the placement of the internal parts, few mm and the block won't fit.
If it's one off part or is slightly corrected to each order (each PSU, also means high price because every would have slight alternations made) then this is completely doable, but I wouldn't see myself buying one tho.
post #105 of 501
@Martynas

Agree. I wouldn't jump in either. The original $90 cost was very attractive. Adding a custom block and plumbing is not going to lower it by much. ;-)

@iFreilicht's great mod is my value preference.
post #106 of 501
Watercooling a normal ATX isn't as interesting because a lot of the better options would be either fully passive or semi-passive. Unless you are really stressing s PSU with a very highend system, then it might be interesting.
However with the SFX/SFX-L and this new 500W FlexATX replacing the fan with a waterblock might be doable. All depends on interest and chassis designs.
With regard to compatibility, you can make a base block and have addon blocks that you screw on to it, this way it should become easier to support multiple popular PSUs.
post #107 of 501
I would just like to point out that Athena power has an 800w sfx power supply. It isn't 80+ but it advertises "high efficiency"
http://athenapower.com/product/power-supply/micro-sfx/ap-mp4atx80fep8
post #108 of 501
Athena Power also consistently gets poorly reviewed for quality.
post #109 of 501
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Originally Posted by MicroCat View Post

@Martynas

Agree. I wouldn't jump in either. The original $90 cost was very attractive. Adding a custom block and plumbing is not going to lower it by much. ;-)

@iFreilicht's great mod is my value preference.

Thanks, but what do you mean by "value preference"?
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Originally Posted by mak1 View Post

I would just like to point out that Athena power has an 800w sfx power supply. It isn't 80+ but it advertises "high efficiency"
http://athenapower.com/product/power-supply/micro-sfx/ap-mp4atx80fep8
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Originally Posted by ilovelampshade View Post

Athena Power also consistently gets poorly reviewed for quality.

Yeah I've so far heard nothing but bad things about them. Also, high efficiency can mean absolutely anything. Especially when you consider that some Athena Power PSUs are actually certified for Bronze, it's very hard to believe that "high efficiency" is even remotely close to the truth.
post #110 of 501
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Originally Posted by iFreilicht View Post

Thanks, but what do you mean by "value preference"?

Sorry, I was being sarcastic as is my bent and folded way. With an obnoxiously loud server room fan, the quoted cost was $90 each. Your proven fan swap mod is lower cost than adding a custom water block and all the plumbing. Unless it can be done for $20. Even then, I'd prefer a quiet fan cooled, no-maintenance power supply, than one that needed its fluid drained and changed every few months. A DIY fan swap is low cost, DIY custom water loop not so much. ;-)
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