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Acetal + Nickel has the advantage then. OK.
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post #22 of 37
bottom of the line Nickel will always be shinny the performance is the same the looks are better simple as that. Mine are all Nickel the price difference is just more 3/4€ each block so why not right?
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Originally Posted by mhaneline View Post
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.
ya but right now they do have those functionality's so I can get a gpu block only and it will get my cards cooler and except that it might also work for the next gen if NV and AMD keep their coolers design. (they both have this cooler design...)

so:
cheaper
cool better
and might work for the next gen of cards...

what so bad abut them ? ...
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what so bad abut them ? ...
I don't recall saying they were bad, nor do I think so.
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post #25 of 37
Thread Starter 
anyway back to the original question

what is the best gpu only block ???
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post #26 of 37
There doesn't seen to be any test data to actually compare them in anyway, but if you were to base them off of their CPU counterparts then they would probably all be almost identical. The XSPC would probably be on top by a tiny bit mainly because (if based off of CPU counterpart) it would have the best flow and would work better in multiple block situations.

This is all based off of assumption and it not backed by any physical data. You actually sparked my interest with GPU only blocks and i have been searching all over and cant find one test that holds any validity.
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post #27 of 37
Nickel is just the finish, like the knobs on your shower faucet (which would be brass under the plating). It is corrosion resistant, but so is the coat on the copper. It is really more of an aesthetic than anything else- if you're going to spend the money, what color would you like? Also, be careful how you use "base metal" as a term. All of the EK blocks are copper, which is the base metal. The nickel electroplating is a finish for the all-copper block. The thermal properties are negligible, the coat is microns thin.
     
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Again a post on this, I run 2x EK VGA Supreme GPU only blocks with enzotech c1 (low profiles) for ram/vregs. As far as which one is better? The only 2 comps are going to be the swiftech block and ek block, EK-VGA and 80. They are both quite restrictive blocks, so you want them on the end of your loop, these blocks perform better in parallel rather than series as they are designed as low flow/high turbulence blocks, I have a link around here with the numbers...

As far as core temps, there is no difference between a fc and gpu only... where the fc wins by some margin, is having the vregs blocked out too, which "could" mean a bigger oc' with bigger voltage tweaks, were as the gpu block guy has to buy little heatsinks, attach them, and air cool them.

I am not aware of any legitimate testing done that addresses and compares a fc block to a gpu/ramsink combo on the same card to determine a real world difference. Like anything setup/flow/prep can make a couple C difference.
 
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As far as core temps, there is no difference between a fc and gpu only...

I am not aware of any legitimate testing done that addresses and compares a fc block to a gpu/ramsink combo on the same card to determine a real world difference. Like anything setup/flow/prep can make a couple C difference.
GPU only blocks give lower temperatures than full-cover blocks. A good example of this is the recent skinneelabs GTX 480 block round-up..



Personally, I don't think the lower temperatures are worth having much higher VRM temperatures..

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post #30 of 37
65c is not much.
I use gpu only on my two 6850 and I cant say vrm is much of an issue.
I got good airflow and as far works really well for me.

I got a mcw50 which is like 7 years old now.
still going strong.
still mounting is much better on newer blocks.
temps are about the same for my blocks, even if they are seperated by 7 years of development.


Edited by flopper - 1/26/11 at 5:58am
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