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Old 4th Dec 2009, 10:45   #1
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EK Waterblock on the Radeon HD 5870

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Old 4th Dec 2009, 10:50   #2
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Surprisingly basic design, though it should allow for high flow rates.
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What do you mean "Do NOT use them"?
You mean until after you've cut the right shape out?
Otherwise you've said do not use them, then used them anyway.
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Old 4th Dec 2009, 11:46   #4
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What do you mean "Do NOT use them"?
You mean until after you've cut the right shape out?
Otherwise you've said do not use them, then used them anyway.
Sorry I had a massive brain fart. I meant you MUST use them. It's been changed.
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Old 4th Dec 2009, 12:59   #5
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really pretty block. with some UV active water itd be the fastest and coolest looking card on the market
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are there stand-offs on the block?

Your volt tweak could come from the fact of overtightening the screws and thus bending the card - and that would play havoc with your tweaks.

IMHO all blocks should come standard with stand-offs to prevent overtightenning especially when you slap them on a rare and/or expensive card.
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Old 4th Dec 2009, 14:21   #7
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are there stand-offs on the block?

Your volt tweak could come from the fact of overtightening the screws and thus bending the card - and that would play havoc with your tweaks.

IMHO all blocks should come standard with stand-offs to prevent overtightenning especially when you slap them on a rare and/or expensive card.
True, I've killed two cards by blocks either flexing the PCB too much or fouling something creating a short circuit. Some extra support would be a great idea given that your average person's GPU is the most expensive bit of kit in their system.
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I don't like using screwdrivers for heatsinks. I usually screw on things with just the screw bit. That way I can't apply too much force. Tighten the screws around the core with a fair amount of force with thumb and index finger tips. The rest I just tighten down enough to get secure contact . With heatpads, you don't get any more cooling by getting it too tight anyways.
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As nice as it is, nickle plating can only make it look better against the black PCB. More so with dyed water.
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are there stand-offs on the block?

Your volt tweak could come from the fact of overtightening the screws and thus bending the card - and that would play havoc with your tweaks.

IMHO all blocks should come standard with stand-offs to prevent overtightenning especially when you slap them on a rare and/or expensive card.
Yea I admit it's pretty easy to REALLY tighten the chunky screws.
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pure guess here and you may have tried it but could it be that the voltage tweak app wont work unless it thinks something's connected to the card's fan header to make sure you don't brick your card?
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pure guess here and you may have tried it but could it be that the voltage tweak app wont work unless it thinks something's connected to the card's fan header to make sure you don't brick your card?
I was going to say the same thing, so that would be it.. how about dangling the fan on there and see what happens?
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I was going to say the same thing, so that would be it.. how about dangling the fan on there and see what happens?
I've taken it all apart now sorry, but it's worth keeping in mind for the future! Thanks!
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Old 12th Dec 2009, 21:50   #14
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ya the Nickel plated blocks are just gorgeous. My second 4870 is starting to act up so Im going to take a part the block and remount it to see if there was something causing issues >< maybe the excuse I need to look into upgrading my cards lol.
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