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post #1 of 24
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Hi guys, your opinions would be very helpful here.

I just got a 2nd GTX 470 and its a reference card from ASUS. My 1st card is already under water so I'm now wondering if I should get a block for this one as well, or get an air cooler, such as the Accelero Xtreme Plus? Getting a block + fittings will set me back ~70 but I assume air coolers can be had for ~45.

WATER
For: Cooler, quieter
Against: Expensive, I'll have to redo the whole loop which took ages to put together, can one MCP355 and RX360 handle two 470s, a 1090T and a mobo block?

AIR
For: Cheap, quieter than stock cooler
Against: 800D doesn't have the best airflow, I'm a bit worried about RAM and volatage regulator cooling


So, what should I do?
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post #2 of 24
I have an RX360 with a CPU and 2 470's and the rad handles them fine. I doubt the mobo wb will make much of a difference. Wermad used to have just a RX360 with his CPU 3x 470's and his mobo under as well prior to adding another rad.
post #3 of 24
Arctic cooling accelero cooler.

Its just as good as water cooling without the risk of water.

keeps my 285 at 53C max. Will keep 470 below 60C easy.

And at 100% fan speed its still quieter than the stock fan at default 40%
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I've got two 470's from EVGA currently under water, and going to add a third very soon. IMHO, go with the waterblock. I'd recommend some higher performance fans for the radiator, depending on what you currently have ofc. I run a push-pull with 1900 rpm scythes with two 470's and a cpu in the loop and rarely get above 40c while gaming, across all parts. However, I'm running a 360 and a slim 140 in the back.

If you can fork over a little more for a rear radiator, you won't be sorry.
post #5 of 24
Another rad isn't really needed though and he could save money for the blocks instead of another rad.

OP, do you have a picture of your setup? I doubt you will have to do much to the loop probably one or two changes for adding the cards.
Edited by AdvanSuper - 2/2/11 at 10:51am
post #6 of 24
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Right. Here's the system:



There's plenty of space, so the Accelero will fit without issues.


@AdvanSuper, that's good to know, thanks for the confirmation. Okay, the motherboard doesn't put a lot of heat out, but what about flow restriction?

@Crucial09, that's exactly what I want. If at 100% its quieter than stock fan at 40%, I'll be so pleased!

@Methos07, I'm now using 3x Gentle Typhoon AP-15s in push configuration. Keeps both the 1090T (4.14GHz) and the 470 (core 800, 1.037v) under 40C. Not gonna get another rad I'm afraid, it will cost me too much.


Thanks for chipping in, +rep to you all
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YES. my arctic cooling accelero is quieter at 100% than the stock fan at 40% lol

by far.

And all of their coolers have the same fans. The only thing audible is a small woosh of air. no noise.

its amazing and i highly recommend it.
Edited by Crucial09 - 2/2/11 at 11:35am
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post #8 of 24
The MCP35X can handle it and I doubt there is much flow restriction going on in your loop.

You also won't need to redo anything you just need an SLI Bridge to connect the 1st GPU wb to the 2nd and that 2nd card will dump the water into the res just like you have it setup now. You can most likely re-use that tubing from the 1st card to the res for the 2nd card to res.

The card will look something like this below with the bridge.

post #9 of 24
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Excellent! So you have your card overclocked/overvolted etc? The reason I'm asking is that I know the waterblock takes care of the GPU, RAM chips and voltage regulators, and I need to know if the Accelero can handle the vregulators too, coz I will be overvolting.


Just been looking for some solid prices:

EK block from OCN's FS section + required fittings - £60-65
Accelero Xtreme Plus + VR003 kit - £48-50


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Originally Posted by AdvanSuper View Post
The MCP35X can handle it and I doubt there is much flow restriction going on in your loop.

You also won't need to redo anything you just need an SLI Bridge to connect the 1st GPU wb to the 2nd and that 2nd card will dump the water into the res just like you have it setup now. You can most likely re-use that tubing from the 1st card to the res for the 2nd card to res.

The card will look something like this below with the bridge.

~snip~
That looks awesome! I'll see if I can find a cheap block. New ones seem to be out of stock everywhere. If the final costs are going to be too high, I go with the Accelero Xtreme Plus.

Cheers!
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post #10 of 24
Check the FS section or eBay for a waterblock. It shouldn't be much and all you would need is two 90 degree fittings since it looks like the card will sit lower than the res top you have there.

Or just save up for the time being if one card is already under water just wait until you have enough for the second.

I just seen that FS link you posted on the EK block, that 55 euros is $75 here and a pretty good price if it was selling for that much used here compared to a newly priced one then adding fittings on top of the cost.
Edited by AdvanSuper - 2/2/11 at 12:00pm
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