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Look below as I actually went ahead with it.


Apogee GT CPU Block on my second GTX 460


I looked around google and found that it is indeed possile to mod cpu blocks to use with gpu's, obviously depending on the type of cpu block and gpu. I was wondering if anyone has modded a apogee gt to be used for gpu.

My build is nearly complete but im still waiting on my new cpu and mobo, Im looking to order an sli setup with gtx 460s. Im going for a 2 non reference card gtx 460's so I can use my old mcw60 on it and contemplating whether or not to just get another or if possible mod the apogee gt to use on the other gpu?

Dimension of mounting holes of non-reference 460 card = 53mm X 53mm

thanks.
Edited by munaim1 - 5/31/11 at 8:10am
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It should be pretty easy. Like you, I have a MCW60 and Apogee GT laying about. From what I can tell, the only thing you would have to do is drill new holes in the mounting bracket. The fitting ports will be pointed down though, which might complicate things.
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It should be pretty easy. Like you, I have a MCW60 and Apogee GT laying about. From what I can tell, the only thing you would have to do is drill new holes in the mounting bracket. The fitting ports will be pointed down though, which might complicate things.
oh right cool, i dont plan on selling the gt so thought maybe I could use it. fitting ports shouldn't be a problem as a couple of rotary compression fitting should do the trick. either 45 degree or 90 degree which would be best.



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Bumping my old thread with a few pictures as to where I am with this. I think I'v pulled it off but obviously until I get it in the loop we won't know for sure. My first card has got the mcw60 on it which you can see in my project build. The second card will have the apogee on it, it's ready to go in my loop.

Here's some pics for you guys, hope you enjoy

the stuff I used: sekesui thermal tape, couple of 80mm Zalman F1 fans and some old heatsinks.

Took the original plate off and modded another (spare mcw60 G200 Plate I think) that I had. Heatsink of the Apogee GT slightly bigger than the GPU which is good.









Here is what I got so far:
















As you can see it's coming along quite nicely, only thing left is to add the fan (still thinking about how to do that) I just hope this works, it actually longer than expected but my dremel tool was very handy

If you look at how I did my first card, I attached two 40mm fans, I actually took them off and attached a single 80mm fan. I bought 2 80mm Zalaman F1 fans that are pretty good and considering the case I have it will be tough adding the second fan on the second card and have room for my pump. I guess time will tell, hopefully I should add my second card tonight.


By the way I know it looks ugly as hell, but actually because im using the second slot on my mobo you can't really tell.
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Well it all started off one GTX 460 and the SB cpu in my loop, As soon as I bought my second card and installed it with the stock cooler my overall temps increased. The airflow in my case is terrible and I couldn't really wait to put my second card under water. My first card had the Swiftech MCW60 which performs really well, under load in furmark it never went above 45c. My first intention was to get another one but I had a Apogee GT CPU block from my old rig that was collecting dust.

Well I thought why not try and see if I can put it to good use, I mean if it didn't work then I could always get the block I wanted for it anyway but patience paid off and I took the plunge.

Continue from the pics above here it is finished.











As you can see I had to make a couple of changes. The grey heatsinks were just too high to mount the fan.

Installed the card, redid my entire loop and now I'm in the process of checking temps right. Will report back in 2mins

Just thought I'd let you know it's doing better than my Swiftech block
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1st card Swiftech MCW60 idles - 27/26c

2nd card Apogee GT idels - 22/23c


Here are my temps with OCCT for a couple mins.




I did it

EDIT: 9c difference between the two blocks
Edited by munaim1 - 5/13/11 at 9:15pm
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so the apogee gets better temps than the purpose-built gpu block?

interesting, too bad there aren't any cpu blocks with angle fittings like gpu blocks come with.
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Looks like you found a good use for that thing. I had to make a custom bracket myself, for the mcw60. I was in a hurry and didn't have a G80 mount.

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so the apogee gets better temps than the purpose-built gpu block?

interesting, too bad there aren't any cpu blocks with angle fittings like gpu blocks come with.
yes indeed I like it when a plan comes together



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Looks like you found a good use for that thing. I had to make a custom bracket myself, for the mcw60. I was in a hurry and didn't have a G80 mount.


Orignally I had both blocks (mcw60 and apogee) collecting dust somewhere, when I upgraded to sandy I bought a non-reference 460 so that I could atealst use one of the blocks. When I decided to go for SLI (first time) I thought maybe I could do something with the agogee block before getting a gpu and well I guess you could say it worked out pretty well

EDIT: By the way I used IC7 on both cards I thought I'd share this with you guys, because I know that a lot of things go into the cupboard and never get's to see the light of day, this is just a quick example of how, with a few tools you can change the purpose of an old block to something more useful
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I bought the EK non ref 460 blocks, but it's really only the GPU that can use the water cooling, and few blocks take water close to the vrm (?) so that part of a full block is like a big heatsink.....without fins, cooled from a distance...
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