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post #11 of 21
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Originally Posted by Kold View Post
If EK has the best price/performance ratio, then what is the absolute best block out there, currently, without price being a factor?
Depends if you want a CPU block or GPU block.

Aquacomputer makes the "best" CPU block, though it's super restrictive. I still think the EK Supreme HF is better because got nearly identical temperatures, but it's way less restrictive.

As for GPU blocks, it depends on if you're going for just GPU, or full cover. EK is one of the top blocks, and all the top blocks are within 2c of each other on the GPU. Where they differ is the VRM temperature. EK has a great balance between GPU and VRM temps.
Edited by mhaneline - 1/25/11 at 1:54pm
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post #12 of 21
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Alphacool makes the "best" CPU block, though it's super restrictive.
Are you sure you don't mean Aquacomputer? Alphacool's blocks to my memory haven't ever been the best performance-wise.
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Are you sure you don't mean Aquacomputer? Alphacool's blocks to my memory haven't ever been the best performance-wise.
Yeah sorry, pushing a long one at work. I'll edit.
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post #14 of 21
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wow that is great! I was testing mine last night and got this temps on the koolance

at Overclocked CPU 950 @4.0 and both GPU's @ 850/1800/1750

my GPU temps were at 59c 100% load and CPU @55c but Im sure it all depends on the room temp
yeah mine goes up to 40c if i have the 2600K @ 100%

you got 2x 470's though, which produces a lot of heat, so 59c is not bad
post #15 of 21
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Are you sure you don't mean Aquacomputer? Alphacool's blocks to my memory haven't ever been the best performance-wise.
Where can I order them?
post #16 of 21
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Originally Posted by koven View Post
my 570 is loading 1.1v 950mhz at ~35c

ek block is awesome lol
I'll do you one better. 2x570 1.03v 900/1800/2196 in parallel 27-28c under full load, i7-950 4GHz 1.3v mid 50's under load. Makes me happy. Of course, there are lots of other variables, this is just a bragging plug.

I started with a kludgy thermaltake block, then moved up to koolance GPU blocks. The koolance blocks were nice. Moved up to EK for the Supreme HF and 285 Classy blocks. Now using the 570 blocks from EK, too. I like the acetal plastic, it looks good and is not going to crack. I haven't had problems with the nickel plating. So, pretty and performance are my reasons.

EK would not have to work very hard to move into an ISO 9001 quality system. From the looks of things over the last 2 years that I've been paying attention to their business, it would be a smart choice. I'll always go with the ISO 9001 company first due to the customer service requirements. Hint, hint...
     
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I happen to like the impingement plates that come with the HF, as well as the Intel/AMD retention brackets right out of the box...

That said the EK retention hardware is pretty crap, and that is also true with the GPU only block, I can only assume the same is true to some extent with the fc blocks. Probably want to deburr and clean clean the blocks before you put em into service.

I looked at the koolance stuff, I think they make a good product from the outside looking in, and I wanna say there the only wc 'made in the USA' out in the market... at least that you would put on your rig. I doubt much more than a 1-2c difference any which way you slice it though, and at load... I doubt that.
 
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post #18 of 21
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I looked at the koolance stuff, I think they make a good product from the outside looking in, and I wanna say there the only wc 'made in the USA' out in the market...
As far as I know they make most of products in Korea. So much of made in USA.


Ek makes best price / performance / quality blocks on market and they offer (many times) blocks for hardware that other manufacturers don't make (non-reference GPU's fxmpl) nor are willing to discuss option about making one.

And if someone thinks other companies do not experience quality issues from time to time, then they are mistaken.
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post #19 of 21
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EK does sell lots of blocks

but with my new koolance blocks they for the price I paid its all worth it
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post #20 of 21
1, the look awesome
2, they are some of the best Blocks
3, Very cheap.
    
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