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March 28, 2010 7:43:46 PM

im currently running a swift tech wateblock on cpu. i really dont remember what type of waterblock it is but its very very old.

my question is, are the newer waterblocks better? people argue that the newer ones allow more water flow and better cooling but are there actual numbers you can show? arent they all just an inlet, outlet, copper plate, and heat spreaders to increase surface area?

my watercooled system is cooling my overclocked cpu from 3.2ghz to 3.7ghz and the temps have never gone over 40C while gaming. low 30s to high 20s idle.

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March 28, 2010 10:52:45 PM

Yes, things have changed. If it's older than a GTX/GTZ then you may want to upgrade esp. if you're upgrading the rest of the hardware to a new i7,etc.

The best block right now is the Swiftech XT, followed by the HK 3.0
March 29, 2010 12:25:14 AM

but what makes that any better then mine?
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March 29, 2010 12:28:11 AM
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http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...

This block has actually bested both the XT and the Heat Killer it seems. Though I would suggest all three honestly. Pick whatever you think looks the prettiest haha. There will be a decent change in temperature and flow rate because of the designs of these newer blocks. But if you are happy with your temperatures there's no reason to upgrade. But if you are going to switch to newer technology such as i7 definitely get a new block.

And as for what makes the new blocks better, technology has changed. They are able to create much small pin matrices, allowing more surface area, thus more heat transfer. They have also just learned from experience in general, where to put inlets and outlets, size of the area inside the block, all sorts of things to increase overall efficiency.
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March 29, 2010 1:13:41 AM

i4yue said:
but what makes that any better then mine?

Untill you tell us more about what YOU have NOW we can't tell you.
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March 29, 2010 1:19:24 AM

Fendulon said:
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...

This block has actually bested both the XT and the Heat Killer it seems. Though I would suggest all three honestly. Pick whatever you think looks the prettiest haha. There will be a decent change in temperature and flow rate because of the designs of these newer blocks. But if you are happy with your temperatures there's no reason to upgrade. But if you are going to switch to newer technology such as i7 definitely get a new block.

And as for what makes the new blocks better, technology has changed. They are able to create much small pin matrices, allowing more surface area, thus more heat transfer. They have also just learned from experience in general, where to put inlets and outlets, size of the area inside the block, all sorts of things to increase overall efficiency.

Indeed: http://skinneelabs.com/ek-supreme-hf.html?page=4
May 15, 2010 6:45:32 PM

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