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I'm interested in wcing my remaining hdds. (Before anyone says that's stupid or unnecessary I would like to remind you that it's me who's asking. I wced ram before it became a fad.) I have the pump power for it so that's not an issue (4 mcp 355s and as of monday on a single loop thanks to a leak out of my control) as well as the cooler power. Here are a few blocks I was looking at. lemme know what you think.


Watercool Silentstar HD-Quad Core Rev.2

3x Bitspower HDD Acetal Liquid Cooling Block
 
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/offtopic I'm not trying to put you out of buying waterblocks for your disks, but if the water in the loop is warmer than the temperature of the HDDs, then all you'd do is to warm the disks and thus use the HDDs as radiators. If the water temp is low enough (say below 30°C) it should be worth it.
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/offtopic I'm not trying to put you out of buying waterblocks for your disks, but if the water in the loop is warmer than the temperature of the HDDs, then all you'd do is to warm the disks and thus use the HDDs as radiators. If the water temp is low enough (say below 30°C) it should be worth it.
hdds are sitting at 34C right now and when the water in the loop is at TDP it is 24C (temp taken at both reservoirs) and at idle is 22C.
 
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I'm interested in wcing my remaining hdds. (Before anyone says that's stupid or unnecessary I would like to remind you that it's me who's asking. I wced ram before it became a fad.) I have the pump power for it so that's not an issue (4 mcp 355s and as of monday on a single loop thanks to a leak out of my control) as well as the cooler power. Here are a few blocks I was looking at. lemme know what you think.


Watercool Silentstar HD-Quad Core Rev.2

3x Bitspower HDD Acetal Liquid Cooling Block
Bad idea for the following reasons:
1) Increase costs.
2) Increase heatload and reduced cooling capacity for primary components.
3) Additional points of failure.
4) Will lower HDD life expectency: http://labs.google.com/papers/disk_failures.pdf
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Bad idea for the following reasons:
1) Increase costs.
2) Increase heatload and reduced cooling capacity for primary components.
3) Additional points of failure.
4) Will lower HDD life expectency: http://labs.google.com/papers/disk_failures.pdf
Didn't realize that it will lower the life expectancy. I have more than enough radiator to deal with anything I throw on the loop, even if I added 500 watts it wouldn't be an issue. Thanks for the link. The curve for drive failure seems rather strange.
 
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Bad idea for the following reasons:
1) Increase costs.
2) Increase heatload and reduced cooling capacity for primary components.
3) Additional points of failure.
4) Will lower HDD life expectency: http://labs.google.com/papers/disk_failures.pdf
Good call on all points but 2. I think, though could be wrong, that the OP is going to have the HD's in a separate loop? If not, then you are correct and I personally wouldn't bother
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I don't think the increased costs would be an issue. This guy has a 500GB SSD...
    
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Bad idea for the following reasons:
1) Increase costs.
2) Increase heatload and reduced cooling capacity for primary components.
3) Additional points of failure.
4) Will lower HDD life expectency: http://labs.google.com/papers/disk_failures.pdf
I'm not sure that the points of contact along the sides will really pull the tempurature of the drive down far enough to get into this range. Does anyone have any experience with what temperatures you get with HDD water blocks? I've got a WC Caviar Black that I'd like to silence, and it seems like a Watercool Silentstar is the best way to do it.

The heatload of a hard drive is not very great, IIRC I did the math on one of mine based on its rated current draw and it draws like 10 watts.
    
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I hope no one minds me bumping this, but does anyone know what kind of temperatures hard drives run at while run in these blocks?
    
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I have 2x 74gb Raptors and a 1TB Black drive in a bay cage with a 120mm. They are almost cold to the touch.

I'm thinking you'd move more heat watts with a fan off the high surface area of the HDDs vs. the low surface area of the waterblocks.

Almost like this, but mine has a black, front aluminum vented bezel:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817988007

Ahh, here we go:

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12...tl=g34c273s852
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