Hey Guys, i just want to see the community's opinion on these 2 blocks, both seem to have great performance and the prices are almost equal give or take.
so i thought i would just create a thread to see how people feel.
i plan on buying the GTZ myself sometime this week, unless someone changes my mind
Both come in both 775 and 1366 flavors, although depending upon where and how you buy it, you may have to buy an hold-down plate if you go 1366, but most stores are selling the 1366 plate and waterblock together now.
Martins ( http://martin.skinneelabs.com/ ) did a wonderful side by side comparison while doing the GTZ review ( towards the end of the review, However i suggest you read the whole thing through).
Performance seems to be quite similar, the V2's pressure drop, as shipped, does top the GTZ, but the GTZ isn't horribly restrictive either.
ok i have done some looking around and it looks like it would be worth the extra $$ to get the XT, some people are showing pretty significant temp drops over the GTZ. i also like the HK 3 but from what i have seen around, as well as what conumdrum stated the XT even beats that out in some tests.
that is very true, the HK has it all over the XT as far as looks go, but im not so worried about looks, as much as the price/performance ratio. and considering the xt comes with the backplate, aswell as beating the HK in some tests. i went with that.
thanks for your help everyone, although i wasnt planning on spending that much in the beginning i think the performance increase will be worth the extra dough.
Personally i favour the EK supreme, but GTZ i cant recomend cus its a bit easy to have galvanic corrosion with it after 6 months-1 year.
The fusion D-tek is great, but a bit 2 low restriction if u use a powerfull pump.
Dunno about HK, many sites measure them diffrently.
anyway almost all of the popular waterblocks perform in same "range" of effectiveness.
I dont remmber where but i read a 775 waterblock round up with 5 mounts each block, and results were almost same. Considerating the reviewer said that he cant measure more acurate then +/- 2 degrees, all blocks performed "the same".
I belive more impact would have the size of the rad, fans used, where is your reservoir and thermal paste quality as well as how well u install it all.
^ Agreed. Just because it's shiny and silvery on the outside, doesn't mean it is on the inside. Even so, it could be nickel plating and not aluminum, which would be far less resistant. I would be willing to bet the block is solid copper.
The GTZ has been out for over 10 months and has been tested and dissected a million times.
Now, if the poster is confused with the much older Apogee that had a anodized aluminum top, I understand. That was a LONG time ago.
The HK has been proven to be the king for a while in Skinnee's and others tests. but the new Swiftech XT is a new one out. Equal in cooling to the HK but a much better mounting system. I think we are pretty much maxxed out on CPU blocks now, not many more improvements can be made.
I got an XT waiting for Xmas, I'll install it on my time off.