Originally Posted by Waldos Platypus
Hey guys, long time lurker, infrequent poster. Don't mean to necro this thread, but I've been looking for an: Alphacool Eiswolf 120 GPX Pro (M21) for ages now, and haven't been able to find a single one on *any* site, foreign or domestic. I have a base Aorus 1080 Ti (non extreme) and it gets *hot* (80ºC) when playing, and would really like to go with a hybrid route. I had an EVGA 1080 FTW Hybrid and loved it, but traded it in for this Ti. I don't really want to go the Kraken route, but will if there's simply nothing out there anymore for these things. Any input would be super appreciated. Thanks.
I have the standard version as well. The Alphacool kit seems nice and robust. I'll tell you this, I went with the Kraken G12 and I'm very pleased. I bought the bracket, some mini heatsinks, thermal tape, a Be Quiet! 92mm fan, Kraken X41, 2x Noctua AF-14 Chromax, and a NA-FC1 to link the fans. With 24c ambient, typical gaming temps are 44-50c with quiet operation (fans spin up to ~1200RPM). If I ramp up all the fans to maximum and run the most powerful stress test - FireStrike Ultra, the temps will stay right around 48 (51 with the quiet profile). The card is overclocked to 2063/6000 at 1.043V, but it can handle higher voltages easily (with custom bios, I could do 2088/6100 at 1.093V).
The card went through ~150 hours of gaming if not more, and about 50, if not more, runs of FireStrike Ultra and TimeSpy Extreme stress loops. So overall you can achieve excellent results with the G12.
Note I bought way too much stuff, you can get away with just the standard bracket, a simpler cooler like H55 (had that too, temps increase by about 8c), the standard fans, and maybe no heatsinks, although personally I wouldn't do it (they're very easy to apply).