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August 07, 2011, 09:34:19 PM
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...has anyone done it?

Would be a nice cheap way to watercool a GPU

http://www.corsair.com/cooling/hydro-series/hydro-series-h50-cpu-cooler.html

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August 07, 2011, 09:44:19 PM
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I think the pump is in the sink portion of the device, so hack it off and you are only left with a radiator and some useless tubes hanging off it.

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August 07, 2011, 09:56:31 PM
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Yep just saw that.  Oh well.  Checking Corsair site now to see if the other systems have the pump inside the cooling head.

Alternatively you could just use the cpu head as the pump for a GPU block.  Might have to try it out and see...

I don't see why that wouldn't work, as long as the rest of the card wasn't getting too hot. I have an H70 running on my processor, and I really like it. Low profile, and super stable temps.

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August 07, 2011, 10:09:00 PM
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Gooddamn I wish I had a CNC table router.

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August 07, 2011, 10:45:32 PM
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Another one (alas Nvidia) but still:

http://www.corsair.com/blog/using-a-hydro-series-h70-on-a-nvidia-geforce-gtx480/

I'm going to try it with a 5870...maybe even get a second H50 and try a 5970  Grin

I would be gentle with it...I see serious thermal stress in cooling only one little portion of the entire card, but it's worth a try.

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August 08, 2011, 12:58:49 AM
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Good luck, take pics!

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August 08, 2011, 01:23:25 AM
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https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=31518.0

Used the Antec KUHLER H2O 620 since its got a smaller pump and reviews show it to be the same.

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August 08, 2011, 02:22:45 PM
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Would there be any danger in leaving the vram, caps, and chokes exposed (no cooling whatsoever)?
If all you were doing was standard 2D desktop graphics, you "MAY" be able to get away with that. But if you put any load whatsoever on the card (and I assume since you are posting on the bitcoin forum, then the answer would be YES!), you will overheat them very quickly.
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August 09, 2011, 02:12:31 PM
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I wouldn't be too worried about leaving the VRAM and etc exposed if your just mining with it. AFAIK mining doesn't utilize VRAM much at all, only the GPU core.
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August 10, 2011, 01:12:07 AM
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I wouldn't be too worried about leaving the VRAM and etc exposed if your just mining with it. AFAIK mining doesn't utilize VRAM much at all, only the GPU core.


+1

They ran cooler for me when mining since the gpu wasn't heating them up, Still had some air flow over them tho from a 120mm fan at the front of the case.

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August 10, 2011, 01:25:08 AM
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Even with your ram underclocked and under utilized, I would strongly suggest ensuring that the rest of the card (especially the power regulation circuitry) gets some cooling. If you have one of those side panel intake fans blowing over the PCIe slots then I wouldn't worry about it too much but otherwise it might be time to start case modding  Grin

The thing that make me cringe about the H50 and H70 (and to a lesser extent other pump on waterblock combo kits) is the mass of all that stuff hanging from a videocard not designed to hold up much weight. Obviously this is only a problem if the system is housed in a tower case.
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August 10, 2011, 01:40:10 AM
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Even with your ram underclocked and under utilized, I would strongly suggest ensuring that the rest of the card (especially the power regulation circuitry) gets some cooling. If you have one of those side panel intake fans blowing over the PCIe slots then I wouldn't worry about it too much but otherwise it might be time to start case modding  Grin

The thing that make me cringe about the H50 and H70 (and to a lesser extent other pump on waterblock combo kits) is the mass of all that stuff hanging from a videocard not designed to hold up much weight. Obviously this is only a problem if the system is housed in a tower case.

The heat exchanger/pump module is really small and relatively light, muuuuch lighter than aftermarket GPU heatsinks. The bulk is in the radiator, which is supported elsewhere.

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