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Water Cooling Sapphire HD5870 2GB Eyefinity

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Hey there, I currently have a Sapphire HD5870 2GB Eyefinity Edition GFX and was wondering if the card below would be compatible with it. The reason I chose this heatsink is cause of the nice white led which will fit nicely within the theme of my case that I am going to be putting this in.

Bitspower BP-WBVGA5870AC-BK GPU Block for ATI 5850/5870



Also while I am at it, I was wanting to get THIS PLATE to put on the backside of the card to cool the RAM on it. But in the description it says that: "This backplate is compatible only with PCB design version 2 of radeon 5870 cards in combination with any of EK-FC5870 V2 series waterblocks". This isn't true is it?


This is an image of the PCB for the eyefinity card(bottom)

Edited by XiCynx - 3/31/11 at 3:54am
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I have two of these cards myself about to go under water. From everything I could find, the 2gb eyefinity edition cards are a reference design. So, the waterblock you listed should fit just fine.

The backplate may not though as it is listed as V2 - which means non-reference cards. I don't know 100%, but im not sure it will fit a reference design. Hopefully someone else can speak to it. Also, you won't be getyting much if any cooling from a GPU backplate. They are pretty much just for looks.
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PCB pics are nice but don't tell everything. What''s PCB Number? You can find that by looking just above the PCI-E connector. If you take that PCB number, any block that's sold should have a PCB number compatibility list you can x-ref...
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I have two of these cards myself about to go under water. From everything I could find, the 2gb eyefinity edition cards are a reference design. So, the waterblock you listed should fit just fine.
Having just recently put after-market air coolers onto my e6 5870's I can tell you now unfortunately they are not standard reference design. On the front they are a standard 5870 but the extra vram is added onto the back of the card. I would upload a picture but Its a PITA to remove all the bolts I have holding the back plate in place, I can do so though if you really need it else you can take your back plate off real quick and see for yourself.

As standard this extra vram is just cooled by the back plate, which is what I have left mine doing with no issues so far. With a full water block you may end up in a position whereby the ram is in the way of part of the block or is not covered by the block and thus is not being cooled.

Check around carefully when you decide on a block and see if you can find someone who has put it on an E6 card before. I know from my own looking that some of the EK full blocks will fit with no problems and cool the ram but also that some blocks foul on the vram.
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If it's a non-ref card (I've looked at 5850 blocks for Sapphire HD which is non-ref, similar to your 5870) the block will look a bit bulkier in the back, as if there's a channel or groove back there....

example:
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10...ign_Cards.html
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10...ign_Cards.html
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