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Watercool Heatkiller Acrylic Nickel Video Card Waterblocks


I now have a beautiful pair of Heatkiller waterblocks and backplates for the video cards

Let’s just get right to the pictures. Here’s the two backplates how they came out of the box.




Front and back sides.






Each waterblock of course comes in its own box.






Out of the plastic bag you can see these waterblocks really look magnificent!






Here’s the back side. Really well made and the plating job is top notch.




With the waterblocks still on the work bench, I plugged the waterblock LED strips into my cheapo LED controller so we can see what the illumination looks like. I’ll most likely leave these on either white or red for my main lighting profile.






I probably won’t be using the green or blue, but here’s what those colors look like.






The LED strip sleeving that comes with these waterblocks is very nice. However I’m going to shorten the wires to the perfect length, and use MDPC-X sleeving to match all the rest of my sleeving.

Also this must be done before mounting the waterblocks, because to get the cover plate off the front of the waterblock to access the LED strip, you must remove these two allen head screws on the underside of the waterblock.




Then the cover plate lifts right off.






The LED strip just lifts out now.




I de-soldered the wires, removed the sleeving, cut to the length I wanted, stripped the wires, and soldered them back onto the little short LED strips.

I turn my soldering iron all the way up, get it nice and hot, then just touch it on each wire while gently pulling on the wire to remove them. It only takes like one second if your soldering iron is hot enough.

Then after shortening and stripping back the wires, I coat each wire tip with solder, then you can just touch the soldering iron on each wire to solder them back onto the LED strip without having to add any more solder.

I don’t solder much so my soldering isn’t the best, but as long as you have good contact without anything touching in between the solder points you should be good to go




Here’s the custom length LED strips with black MDPC-X sleeving placed back in the waterblocks. I did the heat shrink a little different than the stock ones. These two LED strips will plug into a short "Y" adapter into one header on the motherboard to be controlled with the Asus Aura software.




The top cover plate is back on. The lighting in this picture isn’t very good, but these waterblocks are really spectacular looking in person




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Devastator
(14 items)
Secondary Rig
(13 items)
CPU
i9-7900X
Motherboard
Asus Rampage Extreme VI
GPU
2x EVGA 2080Ti XC Gaming
RAM
G.Skill TridentZ Royal 32GB 3600 16-16-16-36
Hard Drive
Intel Optane SSD 480GB
Hard Drive
Samsung 850 EVO 2TB
Hard Drive
2x Seagate Iron Wolf Pro 12TB
Power Supply
EVGA SuperNOVA 1600 T2
Cooling
Hardware Labs Black Ice SR2 Radiators 4x 560mm + 2x 280mm
Cooling
Aquacomputer Aquaero XT + Aquaero LT
Cooling
2x Aquacomputer D5s with custom chrome plated Bitspower mod kits
Cooling
2x Aquacomputer Aqualis 880ml Reservoirs with Nano Coating & Aquabus Interface
Case
CaseLabs THW10 with Custom Powder Coating
Operating System
Windows 10 Pro
CPU
Intel Core i7-4790K
Motherboard
Asus Maximus Extreme VI
GPU
EVGA GTX 980 ti Classified
RAM
G.SKILL Trident X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3 2400
Hard Drive
Samsung 850 Pro 500GB
Hard Drive
Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB
Power Supply
EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2
Cooling
EK 420 Rad + EK 280 Rad
Case
Corsair 750D
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
Monitor
Acer XB271HU
Keyboard
Microsofte Natural Ergonomic 4000
Mouse
Logitech G502
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