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post #161 of 932
If you're worried about looks then don't get a uniblock, but if you want best bang for your buck performance improvement for your GPU then there's nothing better - providing you're already running a loop.

I'll see if I can snap you a pic later, but my ugly as sin Swiftech block has served me well over the years, on numerous cards from both camps. It's probably the best 50 bucks I've ever spend on the PC and it's still going strong. In fact it's working well enough to allow me to bench up to 1607 core and break into top 50 single card FSU HOF:


http://www.3dmark.com/fs/6011474

Of course part of that is due to silicon lottery, but more importantly, watercooling allows me to run my everyday clock of 1507 at a low 40 deg C...and the card never throttles. Just make sure the case has good air flow and keep a fan over the hot spots (vrm and mem) and you're all set. You can also add ram sinks but I've found that they don't make much difference and you'll risk damaging the ram solder joints when you need to remove them.

Well, that's my 2 cents...hope it helps.



Edit: Added pic.
Edited by syl - 9/25/15 at 7:00pm
post #162 of 932
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Originally Posted by syl View Post

If you're worried about looks then don't get a uniblock, but if you want best bang for your buck performance improvement for your GPU then there's nothing better - providing you're already running a loop.

I'll see if I can snap you a pic later, but my ugly as sin Swiftech block has served me well over the years, on numerous cards from both camps. It's probably the best 50 bucks I've ever spend on the PC and it's still going strong. In fact it's working well enough to allow me to bench up to 1607 core and break into top 50 single card FSU HOF:


http://www.3dmark.com/fs/6011474

Of course part of that is due to silicon lottery, but more importantly, watercooling allows me to run my everyday clock of 1507 at a low 40 deg C...and the card never throttles. Just make sure the case has good air flow and keep a fan over the hot spots (vrm and mem) and you're all set. You can also add ram sinks but I've found that they don't make much difference and you'll risk damaging the ram solder joints when you need to remove them.

Well, that's my 2 cents...hope it helps.

Edit: Added pic.

Awesome, thanks!
post #163 of 932
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Originally Posted by syl View Post

If you're worried about looks then don't get a uniblock, but if you want best bang for your buck performance improvement for your GPU then there's nothing better - providing you're already running a loop.

I'll see if I can snap you a pic later, but my ugly as sin Swiftech block has served me well over the years, on numerous cards from both camps. It's probably the best 50 bucks I've ever spend on the PC and it's still going strong. In fact it's working well enough to allow me to bench up to 1607 core and break into top 50 single card FSU HOF:


http://www.3dmark.com/fs/6011474

Of course part of that is due to silicon lottery, but more importantly, watercooling allows me to run my everyday clock of 1507 at a low 40 deg C...and the card never throttles. Just make sure the case has good air flow and keep a fan over the hot spots (vrm and mem) and you're all set. You can also add ram sinks but I've found that they don't make much difference and you'll risk damaging the ram solder joints when you need to remove them.

Well, that's my 2 cents...hope it helps.



Edit: Added pic.

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Awesome, thanks!
how is zotac amp extreme 980ti vs gigabyte G1 or msi ? 980ti ?
thanks cant help deciding
post #164 of 932
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how is zotac amp extreme 980ti vs gigabyte G1 or msi ? 980ti ?
thanks cant help deciding

They're all good cards but none are perfect. Some have complain of erratic fan speed with Zotac, Gigabyte seems to be most prone to coil whine, and MSI can run hot when pushed. Best bet is to buy from a reseller with a lenient return policy, even if that means paying a bit more up front.

If you're lucky you can get a card with a high ASIC score, but don't be too disappointed if you don't. There are plenty of lower rated cards that are clocking and running well. A custom bios can mitigate many of the problems, like temp or power throttling, of these cards. Better yet, learn how to mod your own bios and you'll be able to run the card to its full potential. My average 71.4% card is doing OK as you can see.

I favor the Zotac because of its monster cooler and it is also built like a tank. You'll see what I mean if you handle one. The VRM section is also very stout on this card, which comes in handy when pushing for that ever higher benchmark score smile.gif
post #165 of 932
Hi Syl,

i wanted to ask you, i got the AMP extreme and the swiftech MCW82 Universal GPU waterblock, is this compatible with each other?, i've seen your setup , great deal , i'm trying to figure out how did you manage to hold those two fans in place. Also are you using sticky heatsinks on VRM and RAM modules? or just blowing air above them?

Does cooling this card worth it over the performance of its original enhanced AIR cooling? i got the WC stuff so i have just to decide if it's worth the hassle or not.

is there any soft-hardmods like pencil mods for the card that worth it? Does bios modding change something? how much voltage did you manage to suck from this card?

Sorry for all the questions.

Kind regards
post #166 of 932
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Originally Posted by Ezequiel18 View Post

Hi Syl,

i wanted to ask you, i got the AMP extreme and the swiftech MCW82 Universal GPU waterblock, is this compatible with each other?, i've seen your setup , great deal , i'm trying to figure out how did you manage to hold those two fans in place. Also are you using sticky heatsinks on VRM and RAM modules? or just blowing air above them?

Does cooling this card worth it over the performance of its original enhanced AIR cooling? i got the WC stuff so i have just to decide if it's worth the hassle or not.

is there any soft-hardmods like pencil mods for the card that worth it? Does bios modding change something? how much voltage did you manage to suck from this card?

Sorry for all the questions.

Kind regards

This ^

Also, I think you could mod the original fans to be attached? That's what I'm thinking ( one could even run the water cooling lines out the logo area)
post #167 of 932
I wish there could be a way, the thing is , if you modify the original heatsink in order to fit the GPU uniblock you are less prone to be able to re-sell the card latter on. which is crap for me. i can only sustain hardware upgrades if i sell my parts. So im trying to find a way to leave everything as original as possible or at least be able to reassemble it back to original. Also i asked him how differently it will perform because the 3 slot triple fan solution is quite brutal so i'm really doubting about water really making any difference. Syl can tell if it worth it because he is on WC already.
post #168 of 932
Sly,
Can you post more pics like center and from the right
Looks like the fans are floating above the block
I'm thinking of doing something similar
Thx
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post #169 of 932


The 2 fans are tied together tightly with zip ties and are sitting on top of the uniblock, with a bit of double sided tape along the back and side to keep them from shifting.

The factory VRM heat sink works well enough that i just leave it alone. RAM sinks may be added but i don't feel they're necessary. I've used them in the past but they provided little to no gains. The only other area where you will need to attached some heat sinks is the memory VRM area as it does get hot.



@Ezequiel18 -
I think the MCW82 should work, and since you already have the block why not just try it? As long as it makes good contact then you're golden. I may be biased, but it's really a no-brainer to add a uniblock at minimal cost to any system already running a custom loop. Any decent block should lower your max temps by 25 to 30 deg and provide better stability at higher clocks.

A voltage unlocked bios will give you about 1.274V, and I bench at a little lower than that. This is really more than enough if you're running on air or water.

BTW, I was able to get a run in at 1612 core to do this:

http://www.3dmark.com/fs/6085436

So to me, going the uniblock route is truly worthwhile smile.gif
post #170 of 932
Thats cool i may give a try to that expensive air cooling solution to see how far it can push this card with it and then if it isn't enough i will try to fit the swiftech as its still a guess if it really fits or not.

I also need to get those two fans blowing into the card.

Thank you for your answers
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