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Old 02-03-07, 01:44 PM   #1
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Default The Poseidon Project (56K warned) - Under the Hood of G80

Some of you may have been keeping up with my most recent build. I've had to put together-->take apart-->put together--take apart for the last 3 months due to a variety of issues. 2 bad motherboards (one a 650i, one a 680i), 2 factory defective video cards right off the bat (68C resistors), a late decision to go SLI (again) and a subsequent motherboard swap, and another video card that just suddenly gave out on me recently--my BFG watercooled edition.

Well, I've had everything RMA'd/replaced and it looks like it won't be long until I'm back up and running again *fingers crossed*. I have a Calculus test on Monday, so I may not be able to get back to things until then, but I thought I'd post a few pictures here of things in progress since this build has been so extreme. I hope that many of you find the information and pictures contained in it useful and that it may help you in your own endeavors. I've included some detailed pictures of what's "under the hood" of G80 for now that I took while I was putting my EK G80 waterblock on last night, and in the near future I'll be including some pictures of the final stages of my loop which will have two G80's and an E6600 on water.

Oh yeah, and I'm calling this "Project Poseidon" for the ancient Greek God of the Sea. I thought it had a nice ring to it since the theme of this entire build is focused on H20.

On with the pics!

First things first--the waterblock arrives. It's made by Eddy of EKWaterblocks based in Slovenia.


Next step, vinegar soaking the waterblock for approx. 5-6 hours. For those of you not familiar w/ watercooling, it's a good idea to do this to free it from any possible impurities before adding it to your watercooling loop. Chances are you'll keep your tubing much cleaner this way and avoid any possible clogging in your blocks.


While it was soaking, it gave me time to work on removing the stock heatsink fan on the eVGA 8800GTX. You can see all the thermal paste on the GPU and thermal padding that's used to cover the memory chips and voltage regulators. And of course, the memory chips are surrounding the GPU; the regulators the small chips on the far right.


Next up, removing all that nasty, messy paste with some Arctic Silver thermal compound remover. Watch how nice and shiny it gets those heat spreaders and chips.


The beastly G80 GPU. 128 unified shaders in all its glory.



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Old 02-03-07, 01:46 PM   #2
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And here is the Arctic thermal remover, along w/ the fancy tool used to remove the paste.


Thermal grease re-applied on GPU and memory chips (Zalman STG01); thermal padding re-applied to voltage regulators. Padding is a little messy because I didn't have any extra laying around. I had to use the excess that came off the stock heat-sink.


After giving the paste a chance to dry it was time to apply the screws to the block. By this time, the block had finished vinegar soaking for around 5 hours and been flushed repeatedly with distilled water (for you 1st timers, distilled is used instead of tap water because tap water contains chemicals that can be unforgiving to your loop).


This part was a little tricky. Didn't really need to be, either. Eddy's craftsmanship is some of the best around, but when it comes to his instructions they're a little.. shall I say.. vague. They're seemingly written for people who've done this before, which I hadn't. I was a 1st timer w/ this, and he left no instructions on what screw went where. 14 screws were supplied w/ the block and none of them were labeled clearly on the diagram. I basically played trial & error for the next 45 minutes to an hour and spent quality time re-applying paste where it had smeared inbetween the block and the graphics card from trying to line the screws up right.

Nevertheless, after a little tweaking and head-scratching I had her together and looking pretty good, I thought.



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As you can see from this picture below, the PCB was starting to bow a little on the right side of the waterblock. Eddy's instructions had warned this might happen and that you may need to loosen some tension on the screws on that side, if so.


After loosening some tension on that side, the PCB began to bow a lot less and looked more like my stock BFG Watercooled Edition did. It still bows a little--you can't get around that. The block just sits firm on the PCB. But as you can tell by this shot, the bow is lessened quite a bit.


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Now for the money shots. A little Ménage Et Tois action.







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Hmmm .. only first set of pics is showing.

or maybe its just me?
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Hmmm .. only first set of pics is showing.

or maybe its just me?
Strange, they're all showing for me.
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wicked sick dude! nice **** u got goin on! but the second set of pics isnt showing for me either
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Thanks. Can you try hitting your refresh button, guys? They're still showing up just fine for me.
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I only see pics is posts 1, 4, & 6. I wanna see it all! Make a gallery on smugmug.com maybe? Save MikeC's bandwidth that way.
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Ok, guys. If you'll be patient with me I'll try to get this picture problem thing straightened out. I'll try smugmug; does anyone else know of a good free online gallery besides imageshack? If so, I'll move all the pictures over there.
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Looking good I to have been thinking about putting my 88's under water. I'll be very interested to see the results, temperature wise and overclocks
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