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Hey all,

I've just put my "Core only" waterblock on my 580 but the ramsinks i have are old and fairly rubbish (i've had a bsod, possibly VRM related too), so i need to replace them, leaving me with this conundrum:

Spend £44 on VGA ram sinks and mosfet sinks (trust me, this thing has a LOT of VRM circuitry)

or

Spend £66 on an EK full cover waterblock.

Arguments for ramsinks:

-With all my major components being watercooled, i dont like to blast a lot of air through my case, so i dont want my VRMs to keep overheating after i've spent £44 on cooling them
-I only bought my "core only" block 3 weeks ago,
-The ramsinks would still be universal for any future upgrades,
-It would be far easier to add ramsinks and not have to adjust my loop.

Arguments for Full cover block:
-I could guarantee all the key parts of the card are kept properly cool, even with fairly low airflow.
-It looks better

I'm off for a run now, but i'll be back in a couple of hours with REP in hand for any good advice! Cheers!
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post #2 of 9
Get the EK block.. only 22 pounds more and you get full coverage, its more convenient and if you have any problems its easier to remove and or replace.
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EK block and sell the block you have now to help recoup the difference
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I have to agree with the crowd and vote for the full block. I've seen tests in the past showing ram sinks offering no improvement and a waste of money. The thermal transfer isn't enough to overcome simply having air blown over the naked surface. The specific test I remember reading about was testing ram ICs naked versus ram ICs with sinks on them versus ram ICs with heatspreaders. Out of all 3 options, the naked ICs were 1 degree cooler than the other 2 options. I'd love to find a test showing VRMs with and without ramsinks on them.
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Thanks everyone, i went for the full cover waterblock, i'll just have to put up with the nightmare of draining my loop!

Thanks very much for everyones advice, especially sccr, that info is really good to know!
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why dont use the stock cooler on the vram and the water block ???
I am going to do the same thing on my 580's...
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Originally Posted by ranerX3 View Post
why dont use the stock cooler on the vram and the water block ???
I am going to do the same thing on my 580's...
This is what I would do, so you don't have the restriction and added heat of the full waterblock in your loop. I've seen it done on a 470, not on a 580 but it looks like it would work the same way. I just wish I could do that with my 560, but I have an Asus blower fan so I may try to rig something up.
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post #9 of 9
^ ya

but in the 560 I am not sure its possible in the 580 you can only take the vapor chamber off the card keep the stock heat sink and fan on the card and put a water block on the core only

you will get your core at 3-5C lower then full cover blocks.
you pay less money.
and you will be able to use it on the next gen of card you get.

of cores the vram will be hotter but the stock cooler is pretty good and this might not give you as good oc as full water block only a few Mhz lower but it will be a better OC then any air cooler will give you

except it I think the stock cooler is doing a good job cooling the vram it might be better then reference coolers
and also when the vapor chamber is off the core wont be hitting up the heat sink and the vram might actually be cooler then on the normal card :\\

the only thing a little worring me, if the plastic shroud that around the card is off will that do anything bad to the vram temps I mean the air wont be flowing in the card anymore their will only be a fan spinning on the hit sink...
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