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Now it has me wondering do I sell my two, and use that cash to get better air cooling for my GPU's.
post #22 of 28
consider the results,it's not terrible...when comparing to stock cooler
i assuming bad mounting was the culprit.
have you ever try better thermal paste?

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While I appreciate the time spent on this review, I think the conclusion here should be one of two things. 1) don't buy this block because it performs terribly or 2) be careful mounting this block because it's hard to get a proper mount (Your temperatures are indicative of a bad mount, which is understandable with only two mounting screws).
I don't think Charliehorse was trying to be a troll or anything. His point is the same as mine, the numbers aren't good for water cooling. Either the block is just terrible, or there's an issue with the mount. Maybe try a re-seat or wait until you get a 4 screw mounting plate?
short to conclusion,block with just 2 mounting are bad?
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short to conclusion,block with just 2 mounting are bad?
I wouldn't say they're *bad*, just much harder to get a good mount. It's definitely preferable to have 4 mounting screws as opposed to 2, because it allows much more even pressure and allows you to apply that even pressure much more easily.

This block could have great performance, we really don't know for sure. Either it's great, and the OP didn't mount it right, or it's terrible and the OP did mount it correctly.
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Man people in this thread, And why are some stupid people having a mini bash because I bought £20 blocks?

I just made this thread as an insight as there's bugger all information about this block on the internet and I feel like I'm being bashed for it.

Fact is they cost £20 each and for that £20 I now have silent GPU cooling as well as taking 40c of load temps, And if anyone is wondering I've not seen either card above 40c yet while playing GAMES!

I'm not dissapointed, I knew these wasn't the best performing blocks on market, In fact I even said as much in my conclusion.

Take them for what they are, CHEAP BUDGET BLOCKS
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Man people in this thread, And why are some stupid people having a mini bash because I bought £20 blocks?

I just made this thread as an insight as there's bugger all information about this block on the internet and I feel like I'm being bashed for it.

Fact is they cost £20 each and for that £20 I now have silent GPU cooling as well as taking 40c of load temps, And if anyone is wondering I've not seen either card above 40c yet while playing GAMES!

I'm not dissapointed, I knew these wasn't the best performing blocks on market, In fact I even said as much in my conclusion.

Take them for what they are, CHEAP BUDGET BLOCKS
Well, calling us stupid isn't going to help in the slightest. If you read my initial comment I did suggest that you might have a bad seat and to try re-seating the block. That might bring the temps down to where they should be for a water cooled GPU.

Also, you didn't make the block, nor do you work for the company that makes them. Don't take offense because a product doesn't perform well. Nobody is *bashing* you, we're simply noting the sub-par performance of the block. Chin up mate, it's all good.
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Right guys, Just spent the last few hours re-installing the blocks with all 4 corners bolted down for better contact, the result :



Quite an improvement! One of the blocks has more TIM on then the other which would prolly explain the 10c core difference.

The block as it is now :





And here's the pin layout on the copper base if anyone wants to see it :

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There we go! I knew those blocks couldn't actually be that bad!

Wow, 42C load for only $30? Amazing.
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It kinda bugs me how the focus has been shifted to full cover blocks for video cards, being more expensive with a life span limited to the useful life of the card. I have to be kinda suspicious that this came about due to profit margins being bigger on them. Vendors and manufactures only send out full cover blocks to reviewers, so that's all anyone reads about, so it's all anyone buys. Eh, I guess that could just be because new fullcovers come out more often, thus are reviewed more often. They do look cool, though.

Plus the actual GPU area of these blocks tends to be really simplistic in comparison with CPU blocks, and given how little heat RAM releases, and how hot VRM's are able to run, using water on them seems a tad pointless. Only problem is that you loose airflow over them, which is partly why I prefer inverted ATX cases, they point the heat generating bits up so convection can do its thing better.

This all had me kinda thinking of getting a CoolIT ALC Omni just for the block, that was at lest until I found out that they go for 160. Then there's the matter of how many times I've seen upgradability not be followed up on. It has since been replaced with frustration that Swiftech is taking so long to release a 570/580 unisink. Slap one of those on along with a Supreme HF VGA, ?????, Profit.

Seriously, it looks like the HF VGA is basically just a regular Supreme HF with the ports moved to the side.

Another scheme I came up with was getting the kits that Arctic Cooling sells for use in conjunction with their Accelero Extreme, it comes with everything needed to cool a card.
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