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post #21 of 29
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Originally Posted by tijgert View Post

Well by Jove! It really does not catch on anything. It sort of scrapes though, most defo not the sliding across a mirror finish, but not as poor as it seems to the naked eye.
The backplate does have edges it catches on, but that's for the thermal pads to overcome and not nearly as critical.

Then you're good to go! thumb.gif
post #22 of 29
You must be kidding? All EK blocks has that pattern and it doesnt affect the performance at all. You cant RMA something that is perfectly fine and designed to be that way from the factory.
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post #24 of 29
Hey Tijgert,

I asked in the STRIX voltage thread, but figured it was better to ask here -

How did you get on with your block in the end? was it worth it?

I just baught a strix and was just wondering if it helped you push the card any further.

Cheers man
post #25 of 29
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Hi, the block turns out to cool just peachy. I have it running 24/7 at 1531/8500 with 1.25v
Temps are mid 30's Celsius but I do have a custom loop with dual 480's and high static pressure fans so that gets rid of heat no problemo.

As far as pushing limits further; not that much to be honest. On air 1506 was the max I deemed safe with temps and stock voltage. Now I get to 1544 and a bit.

The big plus is that memory clocks crazy high quite safely and temps are nothing to worry about now, but that's also the silicon lottery.

For extra oomph it is not needed if your chip clocks 1506 stock already. You won't know if it'll push past 1600 until you can try though.
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post #26 of 29
those are some very high mem clocks, how much testing have you done with them?
    
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post #27 of 29
It common for machining to leave optical marks,there is nothing to be concerned over.

Polishing would only reduce surface quality,not enhance it.
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post #28 of 29
Im seriously consdering this block now, thanks Tijgert for the info.

I myself have a 560, 480 and a 360 so im really not worried about what temps will be, i just wanted to know if it helped push the card any more.

But as i said in the other thread id be happy if it was frosty and maybe got to 1500 with a little more juice.

Did you use a custom bios with yours in the end?

my ASIC is 78.3% (not that it makes a huge difference) so i was hoping if the rest of the PCB was cold i might get a little further if i increased the power limit etc.
post #29 of 29
OK, So i recieved my block and am very happy with the performance, managed to get my card to 1550/8000 and temps are 32 Deg C tops!

However i do have a small complaint, i think your instuctions should be updated for the strix, they seem to generic 980ti to me.

I had some trouble when installing the backplate, the screws i was told to use are 8mm, this was clearly too long as when i went to remove the backplate to check the pads made contact the "standoffs" on the block itself that the screws locate into came loose and started to undo.

This meant that untill i realised what was going on that the standloffs were "jacking" the pcb and bending it quite substantially (i even heard a crack before i realised), thank god the card was not broken, no excessive forces were used.

Clearly the screws i was told to used were too long and bottomed out in the threaded standoffs on the block and caused them to unscrew. Another thing is the instructions clearly say to use the washers for the backplate, however with the washers installed the backplate and thermal pads do not make contact with the card so i removed the washers and it works fine.

Perhaps this should be looked into? Id definately sugest getting some kind of locking mechanism in place for the threaded standoffs in the block itself, even if locktite is used that would greatly help!

Other than that fantastic build quality and performance!
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