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I don't think I've seen a lot of detailed pictures and such of a MCW80 and unisink installation, so yeah.



The card that I used was a refurbished PNY GeForce GTX 470 (yes, the one that was $320 or so on Newegg) and a BFG GeForce GTX 260 MaXcore (65nm).

Here's the 470 and the Swiftech unisink:





You remove the heatsink, unisink, & PCI plate and get this (you must use a precision screwdriver set to avoid stripping the screws during removal, but if you do get stripped screws, refer to my thread):



Remove the clear protection tape on the unisink's preinstalled thermal tape, look at the instructions to see a detailed diagram of the parts of the mosfets that require thermal paste, and screw on the unisink:



Attach the stiffening frame kit that came with the unisink to the standard pre-installed mounting bracket on the waterblock (you could use a G80 mount, but Swiftech included the stiffening frame attachment for optimal stability) and mount the waterblock to the card:








Alright, GTX 260 time. So, here's the card and its corresponding unisink:





Remove the heatsink (you must use a precision screwdriver set to avoid stripping the screws during removal, but if you do get stripped screws, refer to my thread), cut any necessary included thermal tape, attach to unisink, peel clear protection tape, and mount the unisink:



Remove the pre-installed standard mounting bracket from the waterblock, install the included GT200 mounting kit, and mount the block to the card:



A picture of the two cards together. Notice how Swiftech changed their unisink machining style. The 470's unisink definitely has better quality.



Blocks and stuff on the loop:
  • Swiftech Apogee XT CPU waterblock
  • (2) Swiftech MCW80 GPU core waterblock
  • Swiftech MCP655 pump (on setting 5)
  • Swiftech MC-RES 2 reservoir
  • Black Ice GTX480 radiator w/ (8) high-speed Yate-Loon fans
  • (2) pairs of Koolance VL3N quick-disconnects
  • Distilled water w/ PT-Nuke PHN

Hardware on loop:
  • Intel Core i7 860 @ 4.2GHz
  • PNY GeForce GTX 470 (overclocked and using IC Diamond)
  • BFG GeForce GTX 260 MaXcore 65nm (overclocked and using IC Diamond)

Here are the temperatures while doing Folding@home after overclocking both of the cards (ambient is at 68F):



The 470 gets to 46C max on Furmark (don't know about the 260).

GTX 470 clocks and voltages:
  • 800MHz clock
  • 2000MHz effective memory
  • 1087mV

GTX 260 clocks and voltages:
  • 610MHz clock
  • 1339MHz shader
  • 2200MHz effective memory
  • Stock voltage

Swiftech MCW80 @ Performance-PCs

Swiftech GTX 470 Unisink @ Performance-PCs

Swiftech GTX 260/280 (65nm) Unisink @ Microcenter

Note: The GTX 470 unisink accepts a 80mm x 15mm fan for more airflow.

If you guys are wondering why I still need a GTX 260... I use it as a PhysX card and a secondary folding card.
Edited by dM@n - 1/23/11 at 2:15pm
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Nice! Those port hubs look awfully close to one another...Wonder if fat compressions would fit...
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Wonder if fat compressions would fit...
Man, I should have tried that out! I'm gonna say that 3/4" OD compressions will not fit (don't know about the other compression sizes because I've only owned 3/4" OD compressions). Heck, the included clamps couldn't even fit, so I had to use zip-ties.
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