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Water cooling GPU

#1YOeastonYOPosted 12/18/2013 9:29:03 PM
So I kinda understand the basics of water cooling, but I've only ever used closed loop CPU coolers.

I've wanted to water cool my entire system for a long time but when it comes to the GPU does the card have to be a reference model? I see waterblocks for these cards are they look amazing in looks and quality, but I've never really got any card that isn't a Direct CU cooler.
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#2Snuckie7Posted 12/18/2013 9:32:38 PM
You just need a card with a PCB that has a waterblock designed for it, so reference models would obviously be the most compatible. You could also use universal blocks too, but those don't cool the VRMs or memory.

And I don't know why you care about the cooler on a card that you're going to be watercooling anyways.
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#3GTRagnarokPosted 12/18/2013 9:33:22 PM
The particular waterblock will specify it. There are ones for stock cards and some for custom cards, including DirectCU.
#4YOeastonYO(Topic Creator)Posted 12/18/2013 9:40:45 PM
Snuckie7 posted...
And I don't know why you care about the cooler on a card that you're going to be watercooling anyways.


Its not that I care. I was pretty much stating what I have now, which would be the Asus PCB 7970. The 7970 still plays games completely fine for me, so I don't plan on upgrading for a little. I appreciate the info though, and I'll take a look at some universal ones. Though I'd hate to not completely cool the card
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#5SM1LER7Posted 12/18/2013 10:33:28 PM(edited)
I was interested in doing a custom loop in a couple years so I was looking at parts and I noticed that almost all VGA blocks are for reference designs. Aside from EVGA who has blocks for all their high end cards with custom PCBs, the other I found was EKWB who makes a block for the DCUII cards (including 7970) and some Nvidia cards.
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