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I was tired of waiting for more official news on the EVGA Hydro Coppers, so went ahead and grabbed an EVGA GTX 1080 SC Gaming, and EK Waterblock / Backplate. Install was easy and the temps are unreal. But before I get to the numbers, I wanted to get some forum feedback on a simple mod to the waterblock I am thinking about.

Here is the block installed, and a sample of the fluid I will be using. Looks great, but since I am mounting this vertically in the Core P5 in a new build I am working on, if I insert LEDs they are a bit glaring in the dark.





So my idea was to basically "blackout" the acrlyic so that only the fluid parts show. Now the LED only glows around the edges, which is what I prefer.





Does anyone think this just looks terrible, or should I keep it this way?
(The black electrical tape is just to cover the LEDs, not staying there).

On to Overclocking, Benchmarks, and Temps. One thing I noticed off the bat that was kind of unexpected, is that this particular card will Boost to 2000MHz on stock settings. Not complaining, but didn't know it was set by default to go that high. As far as overclocking goes, the highest I could go and still get 100% stability was a max core clock of 2126MHz, and Memory at 5500MHz. I haven't messed with voltage at all, so maybe there will be some more wiggle room if I do that. Here is a benchmark running Haven Valley.



I also ran a few rounds of "Shadows of Mordor" and averaged around 126fps on Ultra settings, and then did a few runs on 3DMark to continue to test stability. Note that my CPU is not overclocked much right now, as I am just trying to feel out the stability of the GPU at the moment, not go for max score with the the entire system OC'd to the limits.
  • Fire Strike Extreme: 9958
  • Fire Strike Ultra: 5404

Here is the great news about this card and block combo... my temps after almost 2 hours of overclocked stress testing never went past 45c! Loving the setup so far, but have to yank the card from my current system soon to go in the new build, so I can start bending hardline tubing! It will stay in my current system for maybe 1 more day, so if you have any questions, post them here. Thanks in advance for any feedback!
    
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nice card bud, that valley run is really low btw

think its down to your cpu but I reckon at them clocks u should see 120fps

yup watercooling is great isn't it, but it seems pascal isnt much cooler watercooled than say maxwell is, its just watercooling a card will give you low temps whatever tongue.gif
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Ya, my current system ha a 5+ yr old CPU, so that probably is a bottleneck. Plus, for these runs, I wasn't really going for a high score, just testing stability while OC'd. Definitely going to see if I can get a bit higher core clock once the new build is up and running.
    
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Decided after getting some good feedback to modify the blackout and add RBG LED strips instead of the 2 x 3mm LEDs to give a more even light across the acrylic, instead of just 2 bright spots.



Even without adding the carbon fiber vinyl, this is looking pretty sweet.



I personally think it looks even better this way, and the glow around the edge matches what I am trying to achieve with my case in this build. Now that I have RGB LEDs Installed, I can also tweak things to make sure I have a uniform color throughout the entire build (which I have not done yet).


Edited by Mr_Armageddon - 6/12/16 at 10:21pm
    
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Looks good man. TRON color scheme going on there!👍

Did you use the supplied EK tim for your block? I have the same card and I'm doing my block install this week when I have time to drain my loop.
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Looks good man. TRON color scheme going on there!👍

Did you use the supplied EK tim for your block? I have the same card and I'm doing my block install this week when I have time to drain my loop.

Thanks! Ya I just used the TIM they shipped with the block. Temps are great, so no complaints.
    
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Doubt using another thermal paste would improve card temps, not at a significant margin at least.
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If this roundup review for GTX 980 waterblocks is any indicator, the improvement would be about 1c.

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Looks good man. TRON color scheme going on there!👍

Did you use the supplied EK tim for your block? I have the same card and I'm doing my block install this week when I have time to drain my loop.

Thanks! Ya I just used the TIM they shipped with the block. Temps are great, so no complaints.
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If this roundup review for GTX 980 waterblocks is any indicator, the improvement would be about 1c.


Ya, and being that I haven't passed 45C after an hour of OC stress testing, the stuff EK provides seems to work just fine.
    
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Just finished building the new system, and temps are even better. I was able to hit 4.8GHz on the 6700K fairly easily using a core voltage of 1.375, and temps never got above 58C during stress testing. I tried for 5.0GHz, but no matter how much voltage I threw at it, couldn’t get stable enough to run benchmarks, so stayed with 4.8GHz, which really isn’t that bad with the temps I am seeing.

With the GPU the highest I was able to get and be 100% stable on the EVGA GTX 1080 SC, was a core clock of 2151MHz and Memory at 5500MHz. That’s not overly impressive compared to other GPUs in the past, but apparently the Pascal series cards already come out towards the peak of their frequency threshold. Even then, a 24% core clock increase over reference 1080 cards isn’t too shabby, especially being that my GPU temps have yet to rise above 40C.



Once I had the CPU and GPU OC’d, it was time to throw some benchmarks and games at it.

Unigine Valley Benchmark 1.0
Setting: Exreme HD
FPS: 120.4
Score: 5038



Unigine Haven Benchmark 4.0
Setting: Extreme
FPS: 101.8
Score: 2563



Ashes of the Singularity
Setting: Crazy, DX11
Average FPS: 65.5



Shadow of Mordor
Setting: Ultra
Average FPS: 174.45



3DMark FireStrike 1.1
Score: 19499
Compare: Better than 982% of all results



3DMark FireStrike Extreme 1.1
Score: 10735
Compare: Better than 92% of all results



3DMark FireStrike Ultra 1.1
Score: 5807
Compare: Better than 78% of all results



3DMark Sky Diver 1.0
Score: 42539
Compare: Better than 99% of all results



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https://www.flickr.com/gp/24705522@N05/yB94Z9
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