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Watercooling Waterblocks for a GTX 580

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ZortB, 26 Feb 2011.

  1. ZortB

    ZortB New Member

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    Recently purchased some Palit GTX 580's from scan. the picture on scans website showed reference coolers but these came with a non standard twin fan cooler.

    I'm looking for full cover waterblocks for these but dont want to spend money on the wrong blocks.

    After several emails to palit (Got to say they were very quick to respond), they told me they were a non standard design and they know of no w/c blocks at this time.

    I asked them for a image of the pcb so i could contact ek waterblocks and use their sevice to see if any of there other blocks would fit, but understandably , i think, palit wouldn't do this to protect their product design. (Seems they don't believe i'm just a geek with a watercooling fetish!!).

    I have seen somewhere that palit and gainward are effectively the same company and wondered if the palit and gainward cards would be the same design. and if a block for one would fit the other?

    Also as for cooling. I have the following thermochill radiators.

    PA120.3 x 1
    PA120.2 x 2
    PA120.1 x 1

    Does anyone know which ones I would need to use for a 3 x 580 setup. Would also need one to cool an i7 920 on a seperate loop.

    Cheers.
     
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  2. Big Elf

    Big Elf Oh no! Not another f----ing elf!

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    Assuming you're in the UK can you return them under the Distance Selling Regulations and replace them with reference cards? I'm fairly sure that the only way to get blocks for non-reference cards is to use VGA only blocks with separate VRM and VRAM heatsinks or somehow get them custom made which I guess could prove expensive.

    EDIT: Just remembered this thread in XS which might be useful http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=267199
     
  3. ZortB

    ZortB New Member

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    Thanks for the reply dont think I can return them as i've already put them in my system under air. May just have to bite the bullet and ebay them and get some reference cards. Pity it was a good price for them.
     
  4. ONUC

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    Try the cooling configurator ar EK blocks or checking their news, they are working on non-reference GTX580 blocks.

    http://www.ekwaterblocks.com/index.php

    I would suggest using the biggest rad you can fit (120.3) for cooling 3xGTX 580
     
  5. ZortB

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    Thanks for the reply.

    Have tried the EK configurator but the palit card isnt listed (The gainward is though). Sent them an email to inquire and they replied, needing a picture of the PCB, which palit wont supply. Have looked at dismantling one of the cards but it looks a bit tricky so i dont want to do it untill i know i can get the waterblocks.

    As for the rads i would have thought i would need more than one of them to disipate the heat from 3 cards.
     
  6. Big Elf

    Big Elf Oh no! Not another f----ing elf!

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    The TDP of each 580 is 244W so to dissipate 750W with, say 1800rpm fans, a triple rad would be OK but not brilliant with water temp of around 12ºC http://skinneelabs.com/thermochill-pa120-3/4/

    EDIT: Unless you're folding it's unlikely you'd hit the max TDP though.
     
  7. ZortB

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    Cheers Big Elf. Just the info Iwas looking for.
     
  8. AnniGTI_Court

    AnniGTI_Court New Member

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    ZortB,

    If it looks like a refernce design then it should be ok. I got a EVGA GTX570 last week and brought the EK GTX580 waterblock to fit to it. They where identical boards and it works 100%, the only difference I could see was, that mine had 2 less memory IC on the board and 2 six pin power connectors and not a six pin and eight pin.

    But I'll be going down the EVGA Step Up route so I'll be taking it off in a few weeks to fit to the newer GTX580
     
  9. ZortB

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    Just an update. Got an email from EK saying that they are developing a block. ETA 3 weeks. Woot!!!:clap:
     
  10. Big Elf

    Big Elf Oh no! Not another f----ing elf!

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    That's good news, glad I was wrong. Are they charging the same for these blocks as they do for the reference ones?
     
  11. ZortB

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    Don't know yet. However, don't mind paying a bit more if I have to.
     

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