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post #11 of 18
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Been moving some fans around tonight - put the Noctua fans on top for the moment, so the green ones are all internal for the moment. New EK 18W pump arrives tomorrow, along with some tubing and new Bitspower fittings.

Just discovered that the newest 570 SC I bought, although otherwise the same as the other two, has the high airflow bracket on it. That can be the primary card then. Also has a different coloured PCB, different VBIOS version, and slightly more vibrant colours on the labels.

Also, against my better judgement I followed EK's instructions for applying TIM, which involved spreading smoothly over the CPU with a cotton bud. Will test out to see how that performs cooling wise, then go back to the good old line method if it isn't great.


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Edited by jimbonbon - 4/12/11 at 3:02pm
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post #12 of 18
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Okay, so had a bit of a change around and now the Noctua fans are external and the Enermax fans all internal. The fan pulling air out the back of the case has the light turned off, so the only green light is coming from behind the GPUs and in the drive bays. It looks pretty smart actually, although most components back out now for another 24 hours of leak testing...

Took some time deciding how to arrange the WC loop, although I think we have reached a good setup:



Drive bay reservoir, pump mounted with VERY strong velcro pads and not going anywhere. May make this fitting more permanent if I am happy with it:



I actually quite like the mix of green and red, and it looks good when its all lit up and the case is on. The SSDs look a little lost as storage drives still to add!



Three-way SLI is very cool





Quite a lot of cable tidying and so on to go of course, but let me know your thoughts...


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post #13 of 18
Looks very sexy so far. Once those fans light up trust me the colors start to blend in a lot cleaner and don't clash as much. The LED's did a lot for the interior of my case build: went from this with no lights and seeing everything, to this with the window on and the full effect. Has a world of difference in how sexy it looks.

That color you got for the tubing is perfect, I will have to make sure to get something just like that if I ever decide to watercool for fun one day.

Get your cable management done then turn everything on and give us a look!
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Thanks MooCwzRck - will get a proper camera out early next week. Couldn't resist some stock runs after being comfortable with the cooling setup, and while waiting for a couple of final bits.

Stock runs (including some ancient benchmarks for my own amusement)...

3DMark 03: 143262
http://3dmark.com/3dm03/6406468

3DMark 05: 33756
http://3dmark.com/3dm05/5362431

3DMark 06: 27393
http://3dmark.com/3dm06/15626748

3DMark Vantage Performance: 49727
http://3dmark.com/3dmv/3083762
3DMark Vantage High: 39516
http://3dmark.com/3dmv/3083791
3DMark Vantage Extreme: 30193
http://3dmark.com/3dmv/3083833

3DMark 11 Performance: 12595
http://3dmark.com/3dm11/1028482

Ran out of time to complete the other stock 3DM11 runs for the moment

So these tests were run completely at stock, no BIOS settings changed so far, and all power management enabled including Adaptive mode on the GPU's.


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I really like that pic of it. Looks like a nice rig you've got there
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whats the temps on the middle GTX 570, just curious. idle?? and load??
    
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I really like that pic of it. Looks like a nice rig you've got there
Thanks! I'm very pleased with it - the other side is windowed.

I took a load more photos which I will post soon, and copied them to my Dropbox folder last night. Unfortunately, in a drunken piece of genius, I then turned the computer off for the night before they synced anywhere! Will sort them out after the weekend

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whats the temps on the middle GTX 570, just curious. idle?? and load??
I am away now till next week, but will get these temperatures as soon as I can. From testing so far though the temperatures are good - the primary card has the high airflow bracket, and there is a 120mm fan blowing air directly at the back of the graphics cards.


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