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What performance increase will I see with a watercooled 460?

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Well the tread name says it all. I was thinking of buying a full cover block for my 460 to see if I could get some good OCs, since I think upgrading the card would probably be a lot more expensive atm.

So, what increase could I see with it?
post #2 of 7
It depends currently on what your card can OC to in air right now. It also depends if you flash your card to overcome the max voltage for a stock BIOS.

I've had buddies who are able to OC to 900Mhz on air (just like my card) at 1.087v. After switching to full cover blocks and re-flashing their cards they've been able to hit between 950~975Mhz some even close to 1Ghz on water. Again I've also read threads of people with 460's breaking the 1Ghz on water but I think that's just good luck or something else.

Personally if you can run 900Mhz on air I wouldn't bother with a full waterblock, but we all have different tastes so in my opinion.... go for the full water block and enjoy it man!
Edited by mark_thaddeus - 1/27/11 at 7:05pm
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the 460 runs VERY cool so i would be surprised if there was much difference at all.
    
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Originally Posted by microman View Post
the 460 runs VERY cool so i would be surprised if there was much difference at all.
Considering that water cooling takes most of the heat off the Load end, I'm guessing it has to do something really nice to the temps. I'm just not sure if the performance increase is good.

Sexiness factor of a waterblock is a + too.
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It depends currently on what your card can OC to in air right now. It also depends if you flash your card to overcome the max voltage for a stock BIOS.

I've had buddies who are able to OC to 900Mhz on air (just like my card) at 1.087v. After switching to full cover blocks and re-flashing their cards they've been able to hit between 950~975Mhz some even close to 1Ghz on water. Again I've also read threads of people with 460's breaking the 1Ghz on water but I think that's just good luck or something else.

Personally if you can run 900Mhz on air I wouldn't bother with a full waterblock, but we all have different tastes so in my opinion.... go for the full water block and enjoy it man!
This voids warranties doesn't it?
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Yes it will void the warranty but removing the stock fan alone does that. Thuogh I know certain manufacturer's allow it but not flashing.
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Yes it will void the warranty but removing the stock fan alone does that. Thuogh I know certain manufacturer's allow it but not flashing.
Reading EVGA's warranty, it seems that it doesn't mind if you swap out the heatsink. Can someone clarify this?

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Removal and or Defacing of Serial/Part number sticker(s) on ANY EVGA products WILL void ALL warranties.
All products must be returned in the originally sold condition. Products received by EVGA for replacement that include 3rd-party attachments (CPU Heatsink Backplate, Memory chip heatsinks, etc) will be returned to the address on the package.
There must be no physical damage to any component including the PCB, GPU/chipset, CPU Socket, or damage that is caused by:
inadequate or improper repairs carried out by any person or entity which is not authorized by the manufacturer to perform warranty services on its behalf;
negligence, accidents, modifications, defective installation or misuse and use of inappropriate spare parts;
fire, immersion in liquid, lightning, earthquake, inadequate ventilation, Acts of God, incorrect application of main voltage howsoever arising, or any other cause beyond the control of EVGA;
any other goods which can be used with the Product, but are not the Product itself;
consumable or wearing items requiring replacement as part of normal service, including (but not limited to) dry cells and rechargeable batteries.
The product must be returned to EVGA in the original factory configuration and condition. All aftermarket modification must be reversed before sending in the product for replacement.
Seems pretty obvious, but just making sure.
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