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Hello everyone,

I have come to a point where I am going to be watercooling my computer, and am ready to look into what will happen with the gpus.

What I want to know is if anyone has any experience with gtx460 waterblocks.
The gpus are used for both gaming and folding. Between the two they are going full tilt 24hrs a day.

The actual blocks I am going to use are in question. The XSPC block is the cheapest, and looks decent. Seen here:
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=59_240_587&products_id=29167

Two full coverage blocks for 150 bucks really can't be beaten in my eyes, that is, if they are decent blocks.


Lastly will 1/2" barbs work ok for the connection between the two blocks in conjunction with 7/16 tubing?

It's either this, or I scrap them both and go gtx570, but honestly don't want to loose that much PPD.
Edited by ErBall - 12/26/10 at 6:12pm
    
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post #2 of 13
it's not really worth water cooling 460's imo, two 460's cost less than $300... you'd have to buy a pump/res/rad/fans/etc in addition to the blocks, going to total over $300.. but yes 1/2" barbs will work with 7/16" tubing, you just need to loosen the ends a bit w/ hot water so it can slide on.. personally, i'd get the 570 but i guess your main concern is ppd
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Originally Posted by koven;11785911 
it's not really worth water cooling 460's imo, two 460's cost less than $300... you'd have to buy a pump/res/rad/fans/etc in addition to the blocks, going to total over $300.. but yes 1/2" barbs will work with 7/16" tubing, you just need to loosen the ends a bit w/ hot water so it can slide on.. personally, i'd get the 570 but i guess your main concern is ppd

Well this will all be used in conjunction with the rx360 kit I just got. So honestly the only investment I'm looking into are the blocks themselves.
    
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well $200 for the rx360 kit + another $150-$200 for the blocks... all for 2 gpus that cost <$300... why not at step up to better gpu first.. maybe 2x 470 or wait for 560 next month.. 2x 560 would be sweet
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Well, the intention was not to just watercool the GPUs, but rather anything that folds, as it creates the majority of the heat.
The CPU was the inspiration.

The rx360 kit has already been purchased, so I look at that as a moot point from here.
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Is your budget really that tight? Because that's not a true full-coverage block, it's just a GPU block with a VRM heatsink attached. EK does the same thing but makes it less obvious. Koolance and Aquacomputer are the only ones with true full-coverage blocks for the GTX460, and they're reference only.
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I wouldn't bother water cooling them unless you were having issues with heat. Mine max out at 64c and that is only because I have the two cards right next to each other so airflow is not ideal. If the card was a bit more or the block a bit less than sue it would be worth it IMHO, but being that it is half the cost of the card it hard to justify in my opinion. Especially since the GTX460's run so cool anyway.
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Quote:
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Is your budget really that tight? Because that's not a true full-coverage block, it's just a GPU block with a VRM heatsink attached. EK does the same thing but makes it less obvious. Koolance and Aquacomputer are the only ones with true full-coverage blocks for the GTX460, and they're reference only.

Yeah the MCW80 would probably be a better option because it's cheaper, upgradeable and the VRM temperatures won't be much different anyways.
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I got EK blocks on mine and they run at 40c or less while gaming and 45c at 100% load with 1.087v. Dont think is necesary to water cool them but sure is nice. Expecially if going for max overclocks.
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Do vrm really need water cooling? My non ref palit 460 had no vrm cooling at all standard. Just asking, because I don't really know, just question.

Don't fold either so don't know the benefit there.

Fitted two EK-FC 460 GTX GS/SONIC waterblocks to my SLI Palit Sonic Platinum OC 460's. I figure the pump, radiator and rez won't lose usefulness as quick as the cards, so no big deal.

Max temps went from 60+C to 36C. The NB/IOH ran cooler too, being just above the vga cards on my board. No longer needed one of my extra fans. That's the only noticeable difference. Can't say if anything is more stable. Probably not economically effective, but not much in computing is. Partly done just for the experience.

In some way I'm happier with it being cooler, in all senses. It's an individual choice regardless.
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