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Swiftech Komodo

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I can't seem to find any reviews on the Komodo

[edit] so this card is causing quite the headache, some say it's reference, some say it's not. Swiftech's site made it seem like it was reference.

My board number is 109-C38137-00

I know the Komodo and EK FC7950 will fit. What about that
 

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I'd still get the Komodo, Swiftech is a known water cooling company and their products are always very well made.

Plus the Komodo is very sexy! It also gives you an easy layout to connect compression fittings right at the edge of the card (on either side) instead of trying to snake your tubes around.

Plus the interconnect if going X-Fire is outstanding!
 

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The Heatkiller block does not fit reference 7950's

Only EK, Alphacool and Swiftech make 7950 blocks

Before choosing a block you need to be absolutely sure of which PCB you have.
 

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Go for the Komodo it performs great and its a beauty
 

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Originally Posted by SpykeZ View Post

My board number is 109-C38137-00

I'm seeing many places that it's the reference model
It's just the manufacturer's / retailer's that dilute or confuse the term reference for us. My Sapphire 7950 OC edition was considered reference when it fact it was a 7970 board modified to only have 2 x 6 pins for power. To be precise it's not a clear reference 7970 since it should have a 1 x 8 and 1 x 6 pin for power. The reason they probably call it reference is the fact that it still uses the 7970 PCB but with some very minor tweaks.

Also if you look at how AMD originally released the 7970 and 7950 they defined two specific reference models:

1. Model (AMD reference 109-C38637) for 7970
2. Model (AMD reference 109-C38137) for 7950 (which is your model)

This is where the manufacturer's and retailer's define 'reference', when technically for us reference PCB is specifically a 7950 using the exact PCB of the reference 7970 model.

Have a look at the table in the Swiftech Komodo link you gave and you will notice the two numbers I mention are on top of the "COMPATIBILITY CHART BY MODEL & BRAND".

So yes, your 7950 is the reference model for the 7950 and not the 7970. That's the reason I'm also getting the Komodo water block since it fits my Sapphire 7950 OC Version of the reference 7950.
 
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Yeah its a 7950 PCB, you can use the Komodo 7950, the Ek -FC7950, or the Alphacool 79X0 V2 (not the V1 though)

The Heatkiller is only for 7970 PCB's
 

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Originally Posted by Jakusonfire View Post

Yeah its a 7950 PCB, you can use the Komodo 7950, the Ek -FC7950, or the Alphacool 79X0 V2 (not the V1 though)

The Heatkiller is only for 7970 PCB's
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=33831

This is the block I want, the site I saw it at used a picture of my PCB board as compatible. It cools better and looks better than the EK IMO, can you confirm this?

This was the site
http://www.aquatuning.us/product_info.php/info/p13217_Aquacomputer-aquagrATIx-for-HD-7950--Tahiti-Pro--G1-4.html
 
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