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It seems the Thermalright Ultra Extreme suddenly doesn't have an eta for the Candadian online distributors or stores and I'm now wondering if it would only be marginally better than the Zalman 9700 LED given the heat on this Quad. This rig is currently bullet proof and running at 3.45Ghz. It will run in Windows stable at 3.6+ but will not pass Orthos. I would therfore like to get it up just a little better e.g. 3.7Ghz or so 24/7.

Accordingly, I'm now thinking of getting a simple water setup utilizing the Swiftech Apex Ultra for the CPU only. The Swiftech comes in a Plus version that handles the vcard and NB in addition to the CPU. I don't need video cooling as I'm only running 3 x 7900 GS KOs which aren't being pushed. Do you think there would be that much of a benefit versus the extra hassle and potential added risk to water cooling the NB or would the Tt Extreme Spirit II air cooling be sufficient on the NB?
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I don't think it needed....About half the Intel guys want it and half say a fan is plenty...

This is another good NB cooler...


...http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/swmcchco.html
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Fans are good enough.... if your worried just lap your nb heatsink/cooler.
    
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It seems the Thermalright Ultra Extreme suddenly doesn't have an eta for the Candadian online distributors or stores and I'm now wondering if it would only be marginally better than the Zalman 9700 LED given the heat on this Quad. This rig is currently bullet proof and running at 3.45Ghz. It will run in Windows stable at 3.6+ but will not pass Orthos. I would therfore like to get it up just a little better e.g. 3.7Ghz or so 24/7.

Accordingly, I'm now thinking of getting a simple water setup utilizing the Swiftech Apex Ultra for the CPU only. The Swiftech comes in a Plus version that handles the vcard and NB in addition to the CPU. I don't need video cooling as I'm only running 3 x 7900 GS KOs which aren't being pushed. Do you think there would be that much of a benefit versus the extra hassle and potential added risk to water cooling the NB or would the Tt Extreme Spirit II air cooling be sufficient on the NB?
If I were you, I would wait for the Thermalright IFX-14 anyway. It will be like two Thermalright Ultra 120s, with an additional item for cooling the back of the motherboard.
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Check out this post by Robilar ... post number 5 has some great pics with the Extreme Spirit II's in use on this board and things you may want to know about clearances.

http://www.overclock.net/intel-mothe...ing-guide.html

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how do you have 3 7900gs on one pc?
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how do you have 3 7900gs on one pc?
Copy and paste!
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how do you have 3 7900gs on one pc?
3 PCI-E slots? total waste of money though.
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Ira-k, thanks for the tip. It looks like it might have a smaller footprint compared the Spirit which as CrazyJoe pointed out has cramped quarters. A quick search seems to back you up Ira-k in that water vs a fan on the NB doesn't seem to create a substantive difference. Other than the OMG factor about all I could see were some references to it being maybe 2-3 degrees difference. That doesn't seem like it would be worth the cool water diversion, additional risk and hassle but maybe I'm wrong.

Stargate, Danker and Chapstick - actually very economical and well worth the miniscule expense to run 6 monitors for trading in contrast to expensive Quadro cards.

Stargate - Is this a new revision of the IFX-14? Any idea how the Thermalright IFX-14 would stack up against water on a quad core? I can't find any side by side comparisons of the various air coolers on quads let alone water on quads...lots of tests on C2D but not quads.

Thanks for the help.
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I have the Thermalright HR-05 SLI for each on mine. Works great although if I did it again I'd just get the non-sli version for my WC setup...needed the SLI version when I was air cooled to make it fit. They have a great surface area and you can strap any 80mm fan to it. I went from 51C stock to 35C.

http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/thhrchco.html

See people running these noctuas as well
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/noncduchco.html

Alot of people are running the Evercools for the south bridge:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835119080

Have to admit the thermalright is overkill for the south bridge, it doesn't even get warm. NB on the other had does make use of the cooler, but I wouldn't go water with it, just extra heat in you'r loop.
    
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