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post #11 of 19
I'd probably buy one if they were around $60. The current price is absolutely abhorrent. Like... I actually got a bit offended when I saw it.
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post #12 of 19
They aren't as good as EK blocks and looks like a huge -bleep- to install. But I agree looks very nice. Not worth 150, maybe 70-80.
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I'd probably buy one if they were around $60. The current price is absolutely abhorrent. Like... I actually got a bit offended when I saw it.
Haha. IMHO EK looks better, and has a slim little backplate that i can dremel my own little logo into.
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Haha. IMHO EK looks better, and has a slim little backplate that i can dremel my own little logo into.
Yeah I own two EK nickel+acetal blocks for my 580s... but, if the EVGA/Swiftech blocks were $60.. i'd probably buy them. The fugly sticker faces down and the glowy EVGA logo is kind of sexy.
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post #15 of 19
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Chrome may bump up the price on some 22" rims, but it shouldn't be on my VGA block. I don't need "dubs" in my computer.
Nickel + chrome > nickel plating alone. Assuming similar plating quality and controls, chrome over nickel (how it is usually done) is simply more durable than nickel alone. Chrome FTW!
Edited by adamlau - 1/30/11 at 4:46pm
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Can't say I'm a huge fan of the looks myself, but I suspect it will outperform some of the more typical full cover blocks. I generally don't care much about VGA full cover looks because it's pretty well hidden when installed anyhow.

If this one is like their newer HD6970, it'll have a similar micropin design to that of their Komodo GPU blocks which is a .6mm pin matrix.


This should cool a bit better than the more typical large channel type blocks.

The price is probably high because EVGA is putting their name on it, but I do understand the amount of work and cost that must go into one of these (especially with the micropin feature). From what I've heard most water cooling manufactures don't much much if any $$ on full cover blocks. By the time the get a block design worked out and in smooth production, another card comes out and their left with stock.

I personally wish they would develop some standards around VGA card layouts so we can start reusing/standardizing full cover blocks/coolers. Intel and AMD were able to come up with CPU standards...why not do the same for VGA.
    
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I do like the way the block looks and that sexy EVGA logo shining but at the very least I think they should've thrown in the back plate for that price.
    
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post #18 of 19
Don't like the look of it, I feel that they could have done a lot more with the LED lit design. It looks like a cheap sticker, or part of the box that has been cut out and glued on.

Would be interesting to see how it performs, but I doubt it will really be worth the extra money.

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I personally wish they would develop some standards around VGA card layouts so we can start reusing/standardizing full cover blocks/coolers. Intel and AMD were able to come up with CPU standards...why not do the same for VGA.
I both agree and disagree with this. Yes, it would be great to have a standard card layout so that we could buy one (or two, or three) really good full cover block safe in the knowledge that it will last a while.

However it would tie the manufacturers into a set card layout, which might prevent them from optimising the design and lead to lower performance than if they had free reign. Just a thought. Standardising CPU sockets doesn't present these limitations, if you wanted to add more VRMs, for example, you can, just keep them away from the socket.
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Can't say I'm a huge fan of the looks myself, but I suspect it will outperform some of the more typical full cover blocks. I generally don't care much about VGA full cover looks because it's pretty well hidden when installed anyhow.

If this one is like their newer HD6970, it'll have a similar micropin design to that of their Komodo GPU blocks which is a .6mm pin matrix.


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I personally wish they would develop some standards around VGA card layouts so we can start reusing/standardizing full cover blocks/coolers. Intel and AMD were able to come up with CPU standards...why not do the same for VGA.

Well shoot, if Swifty made it, then i may go straight to them and buy off of their site. In theory, the should have a Vanilla version right?
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