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Ok so after i finish my water cooling setup in my sig rig, im starting a new build in a SilverStone FT03, and i really want to water cool it, but keep everything internal.

So Anyways at the bottom of the case there is two 80mm fan mounts, I was thinking of Mounting a HW Labs Black Ice GTX M160
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=59_457_336&products_id=26364

This rad will only be cooling one gpu.
My question is what Gpu can this rad handle, id prefer a nvidia 400/500 Series video card, leaning more towards the 500series.


Here is pics of the FT03 and where i was going to mount the rad

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Well, going by surface area alone, that rad has 44.44% of the surface area of a dual 120mm rad. I'd look up what a single rad can handle and go by that. With higher CFM fans and that fin count and thickness though it'd be better than most single 120mm rads (guessing as I know the black ice rads with high cfm fans are rated very highly). I don't know what temps would be like but my 470 twin frozr uses two 80mm fans and cools it perfectly so you should be fine with that heat load anyway thumb.gif It keeps it sub 50C folding, 23C ambient, or within 1 degree of my other watercooled card, the other card needsa bit more voltage for 750 core though. Hopefully someone else will chime in so you can get a second opinion but I'd say it'd be fine with any card really smile.gif
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If thats the case il do up a gtx 580, but i have a feeling that the 580 is to much for this rad.. waiting on more feedback
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post #4 of 14
a single 580 on that rad would be ok... don't think about OCing it a whole lot

a 480 on that rad... LOL... forget it.

Look at it this way it has about the same service area as a single 140mm radiator and that would be enough to keep a 580 cool

I would be very very amazed to see it fit in that case, imo it will not. those old 80mm rads were bulky (but that one looks tight so it might just work)

best of luck, would be a killer build
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a single 580 on that rad would be ok... don't think about OCing it a whole lot

a 480 on that rad... LOL... forget it.

Look at it this way it has about the same service area as a single 140mm radiator and that would be enough to keep a 580 cool

I would be very very amazed to see it fit in that case, imo it will not. those old 80mm rads were bulky (but that one looks tight so it might just work)

best of luck, would be a killer build

Im not a 100% sure if im going to get a gtx580 due to the price tag, i might go with a gtx 470/570, is the 470 hotter then the 570?? and il mack that rad fit, worst case scenario i cut out whats behind the wall, im going to inquire whats behind there

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The newer 5** series runs slightly cooler than the previous 4** series. The difference is only a few watts though. A much larger difference can be found in the difference between the 470/570 and the 480/580. You lose about 15% of the performance and the card consumes 50W less power.

If I was you, I'd get a GTX 570. It will run pretty cool on that radiator and give you almost as much performance as a GTX 480.
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The newer 5** series runs slightly cooler than the previous 4** series. The difference is only a few watts though. A much larger difference can be found in the difference between the 470/570 and the 480/580. You lose about 15% of the performance and the card consumes 50W less power.

If I was you, I'd get a GTX 570. It will run pretty cool on that radiator and give you almost as much performance as a GTX 480.

Perfect Thanks man i was leaning more on a Gtx 570 anyway... lol sry i just pm'd you i didnt know you posted already
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post #8 of 14
with CH55 on this one, get the 570 if you don't want/cant get the 580... I would just not get a 4xx card.

That rad will also cool a 570 just fine even with a OC
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After Looking on performance-pc's website , i can on find ek Gtx470 Blocks and Back Plates non for the 570, im just have to use that then?
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The GTX 570 uses the GTX 580 block and backplates as the two cards are identical apart from a difference in their chip core.
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