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Originally Posted by gftgy View Post

But how did it "turn up" into your hands in the first place?
Also, what are those bloody heatsinks made of?
It's a review sample through Gigabyte Australia.
The heatsinks are bloody heavy, I can tell you that much.
I did take a peek inside, it looked silvery, I couldnt say if that is because its Aluminium or because its nickel-plated copper.
post #82 of 263
Aluminum-plated copper would be atrocious, but unfortunately not outside the realm of possibility. It could also be nickel-plated brass. Heck, it could be zinc for all we know. This and the Z170 Gaming G1 are Gigabyte's first boards with watercooled heatsinks, as far as I am aware, so I wouldn't be surprised if they made an oversight with regards to galvanic corrosion and materials.

How much freedom do you have with the board, zeropluszero? Want to earn your keep? Let's settle the question once and for all.
post #83 of 263
It wont be aluminium coated copper, I'm not even sure aluminium plating is a thing.
I'm saying, based off the fact that the board is very top heavy, I suspect it may actually be part or even all copper.
They're far from the first watercooled chipsets Gigabyte has done, look at P45 and X58, though probably the best implimentation of it, with the PLX chip in there this board runs far warmer than Z87 and Z97 SOC Force boards, though in Melbourne this past week have been 25-35 degree ambients.

I have full freedom, I don't see what you want me to do, I have a watercooling system but I'm not interested in plumbing the heatsink into it.

Frankly I don't see why anyone would watercool the chipset, I've done it in the past on builds, but it's largely useless.
post #84 of 263
You could submerge it and measure its displacement to find its total volume, and fill it to measure its internal empty volume. Subtract that from the former and you get its volume in relation to mass. Weigh it, and divide its mass by its volume to find its density. The density of copper is about 8.94 g/cm³.

If you have an ohmmeter, you can measure its resistance. Calculating resistivity will then be a bit more challenging, as it involves multiplying the measured resistance by the cross-sectional area (which you'll have to make an educated guess on from external measurements and its empty volume) and then dividing by the length between contacts. Copper's resistivity is 1.7 x 10^-8 ohm-meters, more than five times less than nickel.

Optionally, if you really do have full freedom, you could straight-up take a cross-section of it. That'll let you visually inspect it, and will make measuring its density and resistivity much easier and more accurate.

What do you say? Are you up for some investigative journalism? biggrin.gif

Anyways, like you said, with the PLX chip the board runs much warmer, even with only one graphics card. I would be fine with the PLX not being there in the first place, but since they attached the VRM heatsinks to the PLX to help dissipate the heat, the VRM heatsinks have to handle much more than just the heat generated by the VRMs. Being able to carry out that heat with water would be very advantageous for me.
Edited by gftgy - 10/6/15 at 1:36am
post #85 of 263
Or I could keep running loops of XTU to test my ram, sounds like much more fun to me.

here's a closer detail.
looks like the fitting part then gets forced through a narrow tube, i'm going to say its about 4-5mm thick. To my eyes, it looks like it has a copper tinge in color.
post #86 of 263
Interesting.

I guess it's up to you what you wind up doing with it. There's always the option after overclocking your ram.
post #87 of 263
well a score of 1603 with the CPU at 4.5ghz is pretty good.
post #88 of 263
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well a score of 1603 with the CPU at 4.5ghz is pretty good.

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So what's going on?

How do you pre-order something that "releases yesterday?"
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