I guess I needed to update the title because my system didn't die yet.
It is now 2016
and it is looking like another year might even be possible! lol
Take a look at Vulcan's progress.. exciting stuff!
I think it is clear that those with more than 4 cores are going to have an advantage with these new APIs (DX12 included) as both technologies will be able to utilize more cores but my question is whether or not breaking the dependency on CPU draw calls is actually going to improve performance for older systems
.IE: Breath even more life and extend longevity to CPUs like mine that are draw call limited in 1080p perhaps?
It will be interesting to see what happens before I finally upgrade to my new CPU
Just FYI, I'm still upgrading other components
I've got (2) 980Ti's under EK full cover blocks now
Leak testingInstalling my EKWB (Click to show)
Last moments of being an AIR cooled GPU
You're too darn loud anyway
Remove ALL screws accessible from the backplate of the GPU
Pull the cooler off the PCB gently. Don't pull too much, there's 3 plugs to disconnect. Bottom right corner of this pic is the one you remove first. It is hard to see.
Disconnecting the single plug allows you to flip the cooler over while the other 2 wires are still connected
The plug on the right comes out easily. The one on the left has a death grip (locking plug) but if you gently pull up you can easily pull the plug right off. Yes it can be re-installed and it will work just fine.
This is the only way I could remove this plug. But you can see it will easily slide right back on if ever needed later.
Now time to remove the backplate. Looking now at the top of the GPU, remove all 4 remaining screws that are now accessible after removing the cooler
I have to say, this backplate feels thinner than the 980.. It feels light and flimsy..
Time to clean up. No shortcuts here. It is a pain in the butt however you need things nice and clean
EK Gives you some paste and I guess it is supposedly pretty good but I use TX4
Time to install the heat transfer pads for the VRMs, memory modules and mosfets
All prepped, making sure ALL edges of everything was completely covered with the transfer pad
And ready to install the block
I now take the block and slightly "season" it with TX4 so that it will make a better bond with the GPU since there are grooves in the block.
Here it is, all done!
Now to install the back plate
More heat transfer pads are needed because the backplate is actually a passive cooler and not thin and flimsy like the stock backplate.
In back of the GPU as well to pull heat away
Installed! By the way, I should have read the instructions for the backplate FIRST because I ended up having to take out some of the screws I had just put in for the backplate to install but it was no big deal. Just wanted to point this out for others to read both instructions at the same time and you'll see what I mean
That's one fine slim body right there
How she'll look installed in the case (the same orientation)