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Ok. I have a pretty well established waterloop, and
have a few questions.

Current Loop:
Black Ice Pro Triple + Apogee + Hydor L35

What I want to know is if anybody can tell
me what would be better to get for an 8800GTX.

A) DangerDen 8800 Block
B) Koolance 8800 Block
C) MCW60 + 8800 hold-down + ramsinks

My obvious assumption is that my radiator can handle
the extra heat easily (i used to run a pelt), and the other
assumption is that blocks A + B would be better because
of the added ram watercooling. But as for future
upgrade-ability, you're kinda screwed with A + B, whereas
C works with quite a range of cards.

Opinions?
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post #2 of 23
i like the dangerDen block... the only thing wrong with that, is that they have been sold out for awhile, and it costs ~$135
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get danger den, it lowered my gpu temp by 23c Give or take a few. ( was running 64c on air, now i run 40-45 on water)
    
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post #4 of 23
I went the MCW60 route.

Partly because I had to, already used artic adhesive to glue down ram sinks when I had my Thermalright HR-03 plus on. The other reasons were because I think it's the least restrictive or lowest pressure drop, and third is for future compatibility. It'll be a long time before I replace this card, but there's probably a good chance I can reuse my water block.

But in the end, in terms of performance, I'm not sure. I wish someone would do a comparison of sorts...it would be good to know.
    
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post #5 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by ChimeraSpore View Post
But as for future
upgrade-ability, you're kinda screwed with A + B, whereas
C works with quite a range of cards.

Opinions?

Upgradabiltiy? meh! I bought a cpu 8 weeks before the new price cuts....
Don't think of tomorrow, deal with that when you get there.

Otherwise you'll be like an ATI fan and always saying 'just a bit longer to wait now...'
post #6 of 23
I saw inside the DangerDen block block and it didn't look to have much material to it which makes me think that th MCW60 is gonna give you better core temps.MCW60 works well for me though I don't have it on an 8800. I'm waiting for swiftech to make an MCWRamcool for the 8800s. I don't like like having to use thermal pads between the memory and the water block instead of arctic silver. I haven't seen any reviews comparing the performance of the different 8800 blocks though we really need one.
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post #7 of 23
While I agree that the inside of the DD block look unimpressive, it's results are great! My card on stock air was about 55c idle and 80-85 full load. With the block I get 44c idle and 54c max load. A 30c drop on load is great IMO, oh ya I can clock it to 650/2200 with the WB on as well. I think the highest I got on air was 620/2000 ish.
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post #8 of 23
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Originally Posted by pjlietz View Post
While I agree that the inside of the DD block look unimpressive, it's results are great! My card on stock air was about 55c idle and 80-85 full load. With the block I get 44c idle and 54c max load. A 30c drop on load is great IMO, oh ya I can clock it to 650/2200 with the WB on as well. I think the highest I got on air was 620/2000 ish.
Those numbers are pretty impressive. Sounds like the DD block would be a good choice.

I still don't know how that thing works so well with so little material.
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post #9 of 23
You don't actually need a waterblock for the GTX, just adequate fans will do. I have had mine at 650Mhz Core 1950Mhz Memory and have load temps of just 61c....GPU Waterblocks are a waste of time and money imo.
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Mhill2029 View Post
You don't actually need a waterblock for the GTX, just adequate fans will do. I have had mine at 650Mhz Core 1950Mhz Memory and have load temps of just 61c....GPU Waterblocks are a waste of time and money imo.
However, the point of watercooling is for even lower temperatures. As a general rule, every 10C drop yields something like 3-5% overclockability. As above WC users have said, their temps are 35-45C.
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