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I bought a full cover block for my motherboard, figured I'd add it to my loop with my 480 which has been a killer clocker ON STOCK AIR! Will I see a more stable OC with my mobo cooled or does it just contribute to the sexy factor?
I bought this block for looks and longevity, if I gain no performance I won't be disappointed money well spent (EK blocks are NICE!) but will I be able to OC any higher? I mean, with AM3 chips everything is... well... on the chip (IMC, CPU/NB, etc.)
Other WCed mobo members care to lend a word on their experience? Not just AMD guys but anyone?

[I'll post pics of the blocks (EK FC-480 Nickel+Plexi and this one of course) and the install, sub the thread for the WC pr0ns when everything arrives!]
Edited by 8ight - 1/3/11 at 5:34pm
 
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post #2 of 18
It won't help performance at all. All you're doing is cooling down the nb/sb more. If you had really bad temps, then it might help, but probably no. It just makes it look good.
    
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well i don't have any experience with AMD cooling at all but i can say that the EK full cover mobo blocks are worth the price for looks alone.

i have a UD3P and it runs pretty cool so i have no need to cool my chipset but if EK made a full cover block for my board i would buy it on looks alone. Nice Purchase!!!
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Thatll look really nice, looking forward to seeing the finished mobo.
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well i don't have any experience with AMD cooling at all but i can say that the EK full cover mobo blocks are worth the price for looks alone.

i have a UD3P and it runs pretty cool so i have no need to cool my chipset but if EK made a full cover block for my board i would buy it on looks alone. Nice Purchase!!!
Thanks! I LOVE EK blocks they look SOOO nice, I would've got a Supreme HF for my CPU if the Rasa kit wasn't such a darned good value...
As I figured it will be a looks-only thing
I DO get pretty nasty NB temps due to the stock thermal goop pad of junk and lack of airflow around the mobo so this will help keep my board alive if nothing else. I have a VERY good 1055T with a poor VID (somehow) and was hoping this could help break my FSB wall for benching. (I can only do 4.4GHz, it takes just 1.54 volts, but I bump the ref clock up one and it won't boot so it's not the CPU)
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Just a quick update, everything SHOULD be here Thursday, I'll throw pics up on the OP then!
 
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Actually, since AMD chips suck a lot of power at high clocks, then cooling the mosfets is probably a good plan. The cooler they are, the better they work, and the more power is available to clock your machine up, or at least keep your board safe at your current clocks.
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It won't help performance at all. All you're doing is cooling down the nb/sb more. If you had really bad temps, then it might help, but probably no. It just makes it look good.
^^^This..if you not going for record OC you waisting your money and adding very restrictive blocks
    
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and adding very restrictive blocks
No.
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No.
sure..it comes from the dude with the most restrictive gpu block lol
http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/...d.php?t=262937
    
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