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As someone else has mentioned, they do tend to drop in price, at least where I live, but not until they become "obsolete" - meaning that they are 2-3+ generations old and the retailer is trying to dump the stock before everyone who might buy a GPU block has already moved on to newer cards thus making them worthless.
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Originally Posted by AdmRose;12910190 
Look around the forums as there are a few threads about this. There is a product by Powercolor that is basically a support beam, but you don't need to get that fancy. Anything that'll support the weight on the end of the card will work.

Only thing I could find was something like this http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=130_176&zenid=880320d8e818ca4f90fd805c6d3455eb
    
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Originally Posted by Buska103;12910041 
If anyone has any knowledge of partial-cover gpu blocks that fit the 6870, advice would be appreciated!!!


Or is it completely universal with all types of GPUs?
Can anyone point me towards decent blocks?

What's the difference between EK Acetal, Nickel, Plexi, and Acetal/Nickel? XSPC Rasa Uni Block any good?
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post #15 of 18
It is GPU only. You would have to also buy VRM heatsinks such as Zalman, Enzotech, etc...
Decent blocks would be the Swiftech MCW80, EK's universal blocks that you said and the Rasa is ok.
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I'm cheap as heck as some others in this thread have mentioned, but I'd rather do it right the first time. I'm looking at the Swiftech Komodo because I have an unexplainable obsession with Swiftech. I'm thinking about the XSPC Rasa RX360 kit or a Swiftech triple rad, Apogee XT, existing Swiftech modded Laing D5, and a Swiftech Micro Res. Ugh this is not a hobby for cheap people frown.gif

Thanks for the recommendations on cheaper ways of VGA cooling. For me, I want a full cover block if I can afford it because with the 6950, keeping RAM cool is just as important as the GPU (I believe), and the stock fan is loud as crap, and I'd love to go with only 230mm case fans and the radiator.

Also, some people alluded to that retail outlets sell overstock of previous generation card coolers as the same as new ones. I believe that's because the AMD/ATI reference RAM/GPU pattern has stayed the same through a number of generations, so they work generally. I could be off base here, but I thought that was one of the features that AMD/ATI has unintentionally been providing.
post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by Dr.GumbyM.D.;12922822 
Also, some people alluded to that retail outlets sell overstock of previous generation card coolers as the same as new ones. I believe that's because the AMD/ATI reference RAM/GPU pattern has stayed the same through a number of generations, so they work generally. I could be off base here, but I thought that was one of the features that AMD/ATI has unintentionally been providing.

Its just a lucky coincidence that some blocks fit later generations. The 6xxx series of cards are HUGE, heck the EK block I have on mine is just as big as my old 4850. There's also nothing wrong with starting small. That's how you learn. Better to learn how to drive in a Ford then to realize you don't know what you're doing in a Jaguar.
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post #18 of 18
I use Ek VGA Supreme with enzotech low profile heatsinks for my 450's... couple reasons is that I know that I will upgrade out of that card eventually and there is no FC WB for it... the other is that GPU only blocks, setup correctly, perform quite well. That said, what you miss out on is the vrm cooling (other than passively with heatsinks)... so your still in the business of fans... but my results have been quite good and my temps outstanding. As new cards come out the FC blocks typically fall, while the universal blocks tend to stay about the same, although cheaper than there FC counterparts... BUT you still need HS's and that can add up quick.
 
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