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grey_1
02-28-06, 07:45 PM
I didn't want to hijack Qlitchfords thread, this is a little different anyway. I,m pretty certain of these http://www.dangerdenstore.com/product.php?productid=195&cat=67&page=1 for my gt's, but my question is, they are shown to support the LP expert. I have the DFI LP sli-D and the cards just look a bit tighter on the D. I know it may be a silly question, just trying to find out for sure. Secondly, for those using these, how do you like them?

ENU291
02-28-06, 08:11 PM
The Expert has the PCI-e slots much farther apart then the D. My advice is to use only the motherboards specified by Danger Den.

grey_1
02-28-06, 08:57 PM
The Expert has the PCI-e slots much farther apart then the D. My advice is to use only the motherboards specified by Danger Den. Sounds like good advice, thanks for the reply. Any suggestions for a one piece (gpu and ram) block? Or am I looking at gpu only and ram sinks? Thanks again.

Q
02-28-06, 10:56 PM
I've read from "the experts" that you shouldn't cool the entire card. I wanted to, and it was going to cost me. I was looking at the Koolance cooler...I forget the model...but it only had 1/4 valves which would have choked the system. Plus the blocks that cover the whole card slow down flow anyways. In my case, i would have had to get a block for my voltage regulator since I have 7800GTX because of lost airflow. Yuck.

If you have to get a block for the whole card, splurge and get the damn dangerden one.

If you are going with block and heatsinks, I recomend the one at Swiftech (whichever is slightly more expensive).

Personally, I went to slightly better air cooling and it made a whole world of difference for my system. Cost less than $100, is very very quiet, and I never have to worry about a leak when transporting my system.

Good luck with the project, grey!

tieros
02-28-06, 11:55 PM
I've got the dangerden one on a 6800GT OC, and I love it. I'm using 3/8 ID tubing across the board, and also have blocks for my CPU, and chipset. After using it for a couple of years now, I don't think I'd switch to a GPU-only block. The only fans I have in the system are the PSU (which is on min speed), and two 12cm fans at min RPM blowing over the radiator and out the bottom of the case. The system is silent, but at the expense of high airflow, which video card heatsinks would need.

With the fans all cranked, I can get the card to 440/1.2, but it's loud and not very stable. With the fans and pump on minimum, I leave the card clocked at 420/1.1, and the machine is on 24/7 with no problems at all.

Now I'm trying to figure out how to wedge a dd block and pump into my x-qpack :D

grey_1
03-01-06, 03:23 AM
Good luck with the project, grey! Thanks, I'm going to need it! Those Dangerden blocks look SOOOO sweet, I'm still waiting for them to reply as far as "will they fit on the LP SLI-D?" Way I'm seeing it tho, My top card is whats really cranking out the heat, 67-77c under load, using rivatuner. If I can just get that top card in the circuit along with cpu I'll get rid of my main heatsource. Thanks for the replies!
EDIT:
Chosen parts
http://www.polarflo.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=120
http://www.polarflo.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=132
http://www.hwlabs.com/products/blackicextreme.htm
http://www.polarflo.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=69
http://www.crazypc.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=93318
These will be the main components, If anyone has any experience with these could you provide some feedback please? Thanks in advance!

J-Mag
03-01-06, 12:08 PM
I've read from "the experts" that you shouldn't cool the entire card.


I totally agree here, although I have never run a full card block before, but this is why...

Reasonings:
A: Memory will not clock much higher when watercooled vs Ramsinks
B: More Expensive than GPU only blocks.
C: When upgrading to new video cards must buy new blocks
D: Heavy and can damage PCI-E slots if case is moved.
E. Adds more heat to your loop than just a GPU block alone.

If you are going to go DD just get the Maze4 and some sinks, technically you dont even really need sinks for the memory...

grey_1
03-01-06, 03:03 PM
I totally agree here, although I have never run a full card block before, but this is why...

Reasonings:
A: Memory will not clock much higher when watercooled vs Ramsinks
B: More Expensive than GPU only blocks.
C: When upgrading to new video cards must buy new blocks
D: Heavy and can damage PCI-E slots if case is moved.
E. Adds more heat to your loop than just a GPU block alone.

If you are going to go DD just get the Maze4 and some sinks, technically you dont even really need sinks for the memory...
Thanks for the input J-mag. Your reasoning makes sense and I was wondering about heat off the ram. I've read some posts that claimed you could even do with out the sinks with good enough airflow but I'd rather not chance it.