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is a Tt bigwater enough to cool a single gtx460?

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I know Tt doesnt manufacture the better of all water cooling products..

But I have a few Tt kits(bigwater and some others) left overs, about 5 - 6 years old.. I was thinking to mod one of the cpu blocks to fit the GTX 460 and cool it..Will it be enough? The pump and all?

Just one or two cards on the loop, nothing else.. Will it work?

What are chances of the pump going bad all of a sudden? and in that case does the 460 have any overheat mechanisms that would shut down the pc to prevent it from burning out?
post #2 of 12
The Thermaltake kits are notorious for failure. I wouldn't suggest doing it.
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if i recall, all new gpu has thermal threshold so when it reaches certain temperature for short period of time it shuts off
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Quote:
Originally Posted by pioneerisloud View Post
The Thermaltake kits are notorious for failure. I wouldn't suggest doing it.
thats what I was worried about. I know how Tt is

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Originally Posted by mekaw View Post
if i recall, all new gpu has thermal threshold so when it reaches certain temperature for short period of time it shuts off
thanks for the reassurance,


now, still wondering...will it be enough to cool one or two GTX's ? Responses from all the Water Cooling Guru's are appreciated.
post #5 of 12
I'd suggest scrapping the idea. TT kits are bad; their pumps fail. Do you really want to risk losing your nice 460's by doing this?

My thoughts: pull the stock coolers, replace the factory TIM with good stuff, remount the stock coolers. Save up the cash for a quality loop.
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you could use the parts, replace the pump and your alot better off

if you wanted to use it set an alarm on the pc to go off if the gpu goes over the threshold temp you set 80c would be good, mine never go about 55 and 80c is pleanty safe

you could also set it to power down pc if there is a temp alarm as well
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post #7 of 12
GTX460's are inherently cool cards to begin with. When you apply any sort of water-cooling solution they get positively chilly (only 2 degree's above ambient on my system). The large die of the GPU makes them simple to keep cool. Mine run at 22-23C idle w/upper 30's under stress. If you really worry a simple RealTemp software solution w/batch file to shutdown the PC if it goes above a certain temp could be a decent backup to the automatic shutdowns in most new vid cards.

Good luck w/thermaltake...
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You should be fine cooling at least one of the gpus.
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post #9 of 12
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Actually I have one GTX460 and two 480GTX's, i am wanting to water cool the card due to space and fitting issues.

the 460 is from galaxy and are known to have temp issues when the fan is restrictive, ie. in sli or when placed closed to another card, the Galaxy card gets heat soaked too fast unless you have 1inch free space in between the cards... even at 100%

Temps stay good when you use the card all by itself , thats why i was wanting to water cool it..

Or do you think I should just sell it off at a loss and buy a ASUS or better card?

Thanks
post #10 of 12
You're probably going to have issues if you try to mod a Tt block to fit on your graphics card as the memory won't be getting the benefits of the water. It's a bit more, but if you're really worried about temps, pick up a Rasa kit and a waterblock (or 2) and put your entire system under water! I've personally had two Tt kits die on me over the years, and their parts are really lacking in quality imo.

Ek makes really good 480 blocks, but they do tend to cost 120+ each, and if you do decide to take the plunge into full system watercooling, be sure to pick up some better tubing when going with the Rasa kits.
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