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Picking parts for a 670 SLI watercool

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May 12, 2012 10:59:19 AM

Was wondering if a 120x3 radiator would be sufficient to cool both cards,

And was wondering on what a good pump to get for it would be...

was kind of eyeballing this one:
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/14246/ex-res-314/Koolance_RP-1200_Series_Reservoir_and_Pumps_in_525_Bay_-_Black.html?tl=g30c97s152
This is all going into a MATX case - so big huge parts arent really an option. What I like about the above pump/reservior combo thing is its small, and at least on paper it looks like it will get the job done.

Would this work? Is there something better (and or easier to install/manage) that I can use instead?

Also for the 670's these cards are a good 4 inches smaller then the 680, well, at least the PCB is. Would this impose any special considerations on the install?
a b K Overclocking
May 12, 2012 11:35:27 PM

You might be able to pull off a 360 rad since the max power of the 670 is 195W. 400W can be easily managed with the right fan/rad combo.

There are some bayres/pump housings that take up 2 drive bays, and will cost much less than that Koolance unit. You'll only need a fairly small pump since the restriction in a small loop like that is very small; something like a Swiftech MCP350 or MCP355.

The GTX 670s are 0.5" shorter than the 680s, not 4" ;)  But either way the blocks should still line up appropriately. I'd consider the Swiftech MCW82 universal blocks + the SLI linkage they make if you want to cut down on costs. Otherwise you'll have a few options with full cover blocks.
a c 190 K Overclocking
May 13, 2012 1:24:26 AM

EK are doing a bridge edition of the Supreme that maybe worth checking out too, avoid the nickel ones of course, but you wouldn't need a special connector, just some right angle barbs/compressions, although it says designed for the connector block, you don't need to use one
http://specialtech.co.uk/spshop/customer/EK-VGA-Supreme...
I'd also look for more rad there, a single 360 isn't much to cool a clocked Cpu and two cards, throw another 240 in and I'll okay it though :) 
**Edit, or design an external radbox, its the new thing in W/c dont you know :) 

Moto
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May 13, 2012 8:53:30 AM

Thanks for awesome adveice guys! Oh, btw I think I forgot to mention it... but my CPU is on its own discreete loop (a corsair H100 actually) So the 360 rad will just be for the 2 cards.
May 13, 2012 9:21:34 AM

Oh, and when I spoke of the "short PCB", this is what i was refering to:



While the card IS only a hair shorter then the 680, when the cooler comes off for the waterblock, the remaining cirtuit board is only like 7 inches long! Im thinking that this is a "good thing" for stuff like case air circulation. But somehow I dont see standard 680 blocks being compatible here... the components are all in different places.

a b K Overclocking
May 13, 2012 11:53:40 AM

Now I see what you mean. Not to worry though - there will be waterblocks for the 670s.
May 13, 2012 12:15:02 PM

Waiting with baited breath :D 
a c 190 K Overclocking
May 13, 2012 12:15:21 PM

Dinky hehe, sure its not an Agp card? :p 
I would consider putting the Cpu on the proper loop as well, the H100 is taking up vaulable room in there you could use otherwise,
if you do use universal blocks, don't forget your Vram heatsinks, mosfets are covered on that one so you're ok there
Moto
May 13, 2012 12:29:15 PM

I know right... surpirsed the hell out of me when I saw that too. Then again, I did not belive it when I head that 670 = 680 performance, but less power, and $100 cheaper.
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