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I still havent got an email back from the site with the EK blocks, but are we now suggesting that it'd actually be better to fimply go with a block that covers the core, with copper heatsinks on stuff that gets hot?

If so, that's great news, as I have a Maze-4 GPU block that could be reused. Much, much cheaper even with buying a ton of heatsinks and arctic silver ceramique
that would be "half @$$ing it" haahha i'm just messing with you.

I think its the best solution so far. It will be the coolest and is the cheapest

My only concern is the heatsinks on the ram, if it will provide enough cooling.
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Well, I still don't like the idea of it being cooled by just air and some passive heatsinks. I bet the ram would overclock a lit farther on water cooling. but II don't know how much that actually effects in game frames and benchmarks.
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It actually affects it by a decent amount (for this card)
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post #24 of 74
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It actually affects it by a decent amount (for this card)
Haha can you specify? What actually affects what by what amount? (If possible)

Do you mean that a full coverage block affects the overclockability of the card in a good way, meaning water blocks that cover the core only + heatsinks on ram = worse?
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post #25 of 74
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It actually affects it by a decent amount (for this card)
yes, do elaborate, please!

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Haha can you specify? What actually affects what by what amount? (If possible)

Do you mean that a full coverage block affects the overclockability of the card in a good way, meaning water blocks that cover the core only + heatsinks on ram = worse?
From my experience, it's harder to raise GPU engine clocks than memory clocks. But every engine clock you can squeeze out will give you a bit more performance versus memory bumps. Also if you concentrate your cooling on the gpu dye, it will be much cooler and thus more able to overclock more. I'm not sure if what I said is 100% accurate, just me thinking outloud.
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post #26 of 74
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II don't know how much that actually effects in game frames and benchmarks.
LOL, sorry...I was referring to this. I saw that a core/memory OC on air and stock voltages gave a %10 or so increase in FPS....I have to find the article.
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post #27 of 74
If your interested, Jab-tech just got the R600 block from EK at a whopping $135 + shipping!! Damn... Looks nice though, DD should be out this week.

http://www.jab-tech.com/EK-Waterbloc...k-pr-3841.html
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post #28 of 74
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I got an email back from the shop that I found the EK block the cheapest at, and they want 52 pounds, plus 17 pounds shipping. I did the conversion with google, and it is still wayy more expensive than other options, at ~$140 USD. I think Ill be going the "half-@$$ed" way now, as I can re-use my Maze-4 block, and buy some good swiftech memory sinks. Lots of them
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http://www.ncixus.com/products/index...cture=Koolance
for us US people

also, here's the cheapest link I can find for Swiftech ramsinks, they offer a discount for more than one kit.
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/swmcbgamera.html
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