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http://www.dangerden.com/store/produ...8&page=1#tabsl (maze 5)

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http://www.dangerden.com/store/produ...48&page=1#tabs (low profile maze 5)

whats the pros and cons of each? i also noticed that the site said that the low profile said it doesn't work for 8800's but the compatibility still said 8800gt is ok... so.... can anyone help? thanks!
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i say full cover all the way http://www.petrastechshop.com/ekgtgfucowaf.html
    
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yea, i know that most say full cover, but i i'm thinking these for now. don't get me wrong, i think full cover is really nice, but i'm trying to keep a budget in some areas.. considering i already have iandh's unisink.. so i figure.. this works just fine. but thank you microman!
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yea, i know that most say full cover, but i i'm thinking these for now. don't get me wrong, i think full cover is really nice, but i'm trying to keep a budget in some areas.. considering i already have iandh's unisink.. so i figure.. this works just fine. but thank you microman!
if no fullcover then swiftech's offering is the best http://www.petrastechshop.com/swmcgpuwawg8.html
    
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i was looking at martin's flowrate calculator adn... i was getting the best flowrate out of the maze 5...
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i think if you look around you will see that of the people who use those types of blocks almost none are using the maze blocks. the flow isnt terribly important IMO
    
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could you please explain why the mcw60 is better than the maze? im pretty new to this, so i would like to learn. is the quality not up to par or something?
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could you please explain why the mcw60 is better than the maze? im pretty new to this, so i would like to learn. is the quality not up to par or something?
i dont think its a quality issue i think the swiftech just gives better temps. dont get me wrong with either block you are gonna get good temps but the swiftech would get my vote
    
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Swiftech is better designed and thus performs better and IMO is more versatile (constantly updated to fit the latest cards) and it doesn't look as restrictive.
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My 2C

The best thermally performing GPU blocks are still the GPU only blocks like the D-Tek Fuzion GFX and Swiftech MCW-60.

The full coverage blocks trail by a few to several degrees, the simple difference is surface area contacting the water directly above the GPU. All of the GPU blocks are very simple and large channels.

There's no replacement for heat transfer surface area, and micropins are king baby!!

With that I like the D-Tek GFX for GPU only loops, the best performing GPU block there is that I know of. The Swiftech stealth also performs well, but the aluminum top gives me the alumageebee galvanic corrosion heebees...

The second best is the MCW-60 and it's better suited to multiple block loops than the Fuzion GFX because it's much lower pressure drop.

I suspect the Maze 5 performs somewhere between the MCW-60 and full coverage blocks in thermal performance. It's definately more surface area than a full coverage block, but it's not nearly the cooling power of the MCW-60 or Fuzion GFX.

Also full coverage blocks have that nasty habit of dumping all that memory heat into your loop. Probably on the order of 50 watts or more, this alone means your whole water loop is likely going to be 1-2 degrees warmer, so your CPU block gets another degree from that alone.

Full coverage blocks are popular because they look nice and you don't have to worry about keeping the ram airflow going. On an SLI setup, it's pretty hard to keep air flowing between all those blocks, so full coverage makes sense there.

In the end, it comes down to personal preference on alot of it. Some video cards are much more voltage limited than cooling limited, so arguing over a few or even 10 degrees is moot.

My 2c although I still like the GPU only block options..
    
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