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Based on a review by Skinnee Labs the Danger Den and EK blocks are the best available. Personally I would get the Nickel plated EK block.

The Danger den is about 2C worse on core temp but is less restrictive and offers better VRM temperatures. Personally I think that both blocks have very low restrictions and I'd rather have 2C lower core temperature than 10C lower VRM temperature.

I think 10C on VRM worth the 2C on the core... but the Danger den cost way more almost 50% more... what about the koolance ones will they perform better then the EK ?
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I think 10C on VRM worth the 2C on the core... but the Danger den cost way more almost 50% more... what about the koolance ones will they perform better then the EK ?
The EK is better than the Koolance in VRM temperature and loop restriction, and the Koolance is about 0.2C better GPU temperature.

http://skinneelabs.com/gtx480-fc.html?page=5
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ok

and what is the best of all the EK blocks ??? THE Nickel ?

if so what the difference between those two:
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12...l=g30c311s1351
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http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12...l=g30c311s1351

is it the same cooler only the one of the got this block finish on it ?...
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ok

and what is the best of all the EK blocks ??? THE Nickel ?

if so what the difference between those two:
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12...l=g30c311s1351
and
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12...l=g30c311s1351

is it the same cooler only the one of the got this block finish on it ?...
Yes, both of those blocks are the same internally and will perform the same. The one that has a black top is made from acetal, which is stronger than the acrylic that the transparent block is made from. The difference is purely aesthetic.
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its so bad ? :O

and it cost more then buying a water block myself ? :@

I only wanted it cause I keep the warranty and no need to lose warranty to change the cooler... :\\
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just get a 580 + ek block.. it'd be cheaper and probably performs better
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Based on a review by Skinnee Labs the Danger Den and EK blocks are the best available. Personally I would get the Nickel plated EK block.

The Danger den is about 2C worse on core temp but is less restrictive and offers better VRM temperatures. Personally I think that both blocks have very low restrictions and I'd rather have 2C lower core temperature than 10C lower VRM temperature.
I went for the EK copper/acrylic on my 570, simply for aesthetic reasons (copper vs nickel etc) the performance of the EK line will be the same regardless of plating, and the EK looked like the best performer to me, based on Skinnee's review of the 480 blocks. Also worth noting that Zotac and I believe XFX offer lifetime warranty even with aftermarket cooling mods, as long as those mods are reversed prior to RMA. I like the EK for it's direct cooling of the VRM circuitry, it even has a few small water channels there to increase performance.
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ok

I guess the EK with the black cover is the winner xD


if I change the cooler and then put the stock cooler back if anything isnt working can the company know I took the cooler off ?


is Gigabyte giving me such a warranty like Zotac ?
the Zotac only come with a 2 year warranty and the GB come with 3...

and I am not sure zotac let you change the cooler on the card...
this is from their site...
"
• Motherboard or Graphics Card must not be damaged/tampered with by use
"

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Just a little FYI, there are no "Nickel" blocks, they are Nickel plated and and by using Nickel plating you are avoiding oxidation on your "Copper" block.
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so the EK ones are copper too ?
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post #29 of 30
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so the EK ones are copper too ?
Yep, they're just plated nickel with the "nickel" versions.
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ok

I guess the EK with the black cover is the winner xD


if I change the cooler and then put the stock cooler back if anything isnt working can the company know I took the cooler off ?


is Gigabyte giving me such a warranty like Zotac ?
the Zotac only come with a 2 year warranty and the GB come with 3...

and I am not sure zotac let you change the cooler on the card...
this is from their site...
"
• Motherboard or Graphics Card must not be damaged/tampered with by use
"

:\\
It seems their warranty has been updated as of the first of the year. Having re-read the warranty pages is seems that you should be ok as long as you keep the stock cooler and are careful to replace it before sending the card in for service, but I am not affiliated so I can't make a difinitive statement.

Edit: About the length of the warranty, the 580 is one of the cards that qualifies for a Lifetime Limited Warranty, when registered inside of 30 days, and extends the standard warranty.
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