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Trying to liquid cool an ITX graphics card (Zotac GTX 1060 6G MINI)

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So the conundrum i face is one i have made for myself:

Background:
I have the 6GB gtx 1060 mini from Zotac OC'd to 2150 along with an i5 4460 3.6Ghz

Problem:
the hodge podge of parts i have includes a 60Hz 4K monitor so i wanted to crank the 1060 to 4K...
82c and louder than a harrier taking off on my desk

Solution:

*something like the "red Mod" (AOI cooler strapped to the core like life support with VRM and Mosfet heatsyncs)

*something similar to the EK thermosphere or that ugly heatkiller GPU thing

*final option my father in law is a machinist so i thought about machining a block either from scratch (less than ideal) or mod an existsing block like an EK ram block or somthing equally pretty.


Before i get the mandatory comments of: "its not worth it" or "cost wise this isnt as effective as ..waffle" I am aware this isnt efficient or even realy neccessary.

Never the less comments on how to get this done would be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 10
Do you already have a water loop in your system?

Would recommend thermosphere if you do (or will soon).
post #3 of 10
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I have a large box of old loop parts, I do have a LIANG ddc pump from yesteryear.
But this would probably be a brand new set up as the parts in the box are all old and have had all the plasticisers leeched out.
Never used a thermo sphere actually on PC hardware so I'm not sure of the mounting holes /options any ideas?
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Could upgrade to a R9 fury x just have to mount the radiator no messing around
 
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post #5 of 10
Well like, in regards to your problem, if you are wanting your card to be quieter, and you want to better drive your 4k display, the "its not worth it" comments will hold a ton of relevance man. Like if you start buying stuff, and putting a bunch of sweat equity into this, I gotta ask why not just sell the 1060 and upgrade to a 1070 or 1080?? I mean, it doesn't matter how hard you overclock that 1060, it's not going to get even to the level of the worst 1070, and the price jump is honestly not that high, especially when you are considering going to such extremes in regards to cooling the 1060.

If you were chasing records or doing hwbot submissions as a side hobby or something, then yea, I get it. This, though; just seems like a huge waste of money, time, and effort for a very small reward. Your overclock, post water cooling, might net you like 2-3% more performance in games... so really you are doing all of this for a quieter card. You could also save yourself all the trouble and just lower your overclock a bit, lose 5% of ur performance, and have the card run quietly...

I really just don't see the point my dude.
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post #6 of 10
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Thanks for the comments, Even when writing this post i had the thought of changing some things to suit my gameplay.
The first being that i dont play many A+ titles excluding DOOM and BF1 mostly FPS and Esports titles, so a 4K monitor was a poor choice (especially at 60Hz max)
So instead of going down this route i'm trying to see what i can do either with the panel itself or if i can swap the high-ish end 4K monitor for something that pushes frames faster (ideally a 120Hz 144p Panel)

But thanks for the comments, i may just do as Ultracarpet mentioned and dial back the OC and use a more realistic monitor at higher refresh, if not as i have some bits i may just splice a loop together and see how we go at 4K.
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post #7 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by thomasj90 View Post

Never the less comments on how to get this done would be greatly appreciated.

Well, a universal loop can't hurt, even if you do upgrade your hardware. Ek doesn't list the thermosphere as compatible with your gpu though.

I would go for a very basic loop, a 1060 and locked i5 are dead easy to cool. maybe even a some chinese sourced blocks if you really want to keep costs down. And that DDC you own is probably still fine, can't hurt to give it a shot.

So you could recycle the pump and fittings from your old loop, and all you need is an EK-VGA Supremacy, EK-Supremacy MX, a rad, a reservoir or DDC pumptop reservoir and some new tubing. Should come in at sub €200. If you're willing to go for chinese parts, you could probably pull it of for half that price.
post #8 of 10
You can look here just for your info:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5FQu3tK-GQ

VRM on this card are hot, so if you go for water loop just do something to cool them too.
post #9 of 10
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ok so i couldnt let this go so ive necro'd my owd thread.
found this while ordering my WC parts for a build im doing for a friend:

http://www.formulamod.com/bykski-n-gx-x-full-cover-graphics-card-water-cooling-block-0-5mm-micro-channel-design-for-gtx-660-670-680-760-770-780-970-980-p636781.html

and my mind is racing to i could machine this to a full cover or if it will fit out the box, want to figure out hole spacing then we are golden!
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Again i am aware this is pointless but after seeing th Volt mods for this card i cant help but think of the potential!
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post #10 of 10
Well it doesn't say 1060 but you could compare mounting holes and the pcb
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