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The GPU-only blocks provide lower core temperatures that full-coverage blocks.

Is nickel or nickel+actel that's better?
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http://www.youtube.com/user/LinusTec...98/2NRHRWwrm0M

I dont worry about the V-RAM look....


you can put a gpu block on the card and keep the vram cooled by the stock cooler

I might just buy 1 full cover and 1 core block and test it out...
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post #13 of 37
Well my solution work's very nicely

GTX460 @ 960core and 2GHz mem at 35ºC 1.125v
GTS450 @ 950core 2GHz mem at 30ºC @ 1.062v
and i also have my CPU in the loop at 4.2GHz @ 1.49v @ 36/37º


Edited by [CyGnus] - 1/25/11 at 5:28am
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^ no need for that when the stock cooler will cool the vram much better and the hit spreader is still on the card...
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post #15 of 37
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Originally Posted by ranerX3 View Post
http://www.youtube.com/user/LinusTec...98/2NRHRWwrm0M

I dont worry about the V-RAM look....


you can put a gpu block on the card and keep the vram cooled by the stock cooler

I might just buy 1 full cover and 1 core block and test it out...
I don't know why you wouldn't just go with a full cover block. The only reason to get a GPU only block is to use it again on your next card, but you don't know if the next card will have the same functionality as the GTX 570/580, where you can use a GPU water block while keeping the stock fansink.

If your next card doesn't have that same functionality, you'll be dealing with the VRM temperature concerns that I pointed out.
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post #16 of 37
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^ no need for that when the stock cooler will cool the vram much better and the hit spreader is still on the card...
Besides the noise it makes yeah it cools the vrm's just fine or you can add a 92mm fan with much more CFM and less then half of the DBA's.
post #17 of 37
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Originally Posted by HybridCore View Post
Is nickel or nickel+actel that's better?
There is no difference in performance, differences are:

Base Material:
Copper - is cheaper (generally)
Nickel - doesn't tarnish

Top Material:
Acetal - Is sturdier(?)
Plexi - Can have nice lighting effects. Some reports of cracking round the threads. I have never had a problem, just don't use PTFE tape or over-tighten the barbs.
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So actel+nickel just means a nickel heatsink with acetal reinforcements right?
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post #19 of 37
the reason for using gpu only and standard heatsink is for non reference cards.
had i know my 470s were no ref when i paid for them i wouldnt have.
having said that the gpu temps are lower as its not having to cool the rest of the card,vregs ram etc.
its just a neater solution with a full cover block.
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So actel+nickel just means a nickel heatsink with acetal reinforcements right?
The Nickel refers to the base material (it is copper with nickel plating). The Acetal refers to the top, or cover, material. There are two main choices, acetal or plexi:

Acetal:



Plexi:



note, both of these pictures have a copper base material
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