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Hey,

 

I recently went back to water cooling. During the build I stuffed up and purchased the wrong bloody graphics card for my water block (EK Full Cover VGA Block EK-FC6970 V2 Acetal+EN Nickel) and am now stuck with a Sapphire Radeon HD 6970 Flex Edition card. The card is for sale in trade mart, but on the off chance that no one wants it and I end up stuck with for good, I figured I might as well purchase another water block and go dual vid water cooling on the graphics.

 

My question is, how would I go about finding the right VGA water block for the Sapphire Radeon HD 6970 Flex Edition? I've looked around online and figured maybe someone here who knows their hardware could point me in the right direction.

 

Cheers.

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if it was me i would just get a gpu block rather than full cover but some just like the look of the full covers

 

looks like your card is a amd reference model but its the second revision and im fairly sure there is plenty of full cover blocks that should fit it out there

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/hd..._flex_bf3/2.htm

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I wish I could find one mate.

 

The EK Full Cover VGA Block EK-FC6970 V2 Acetal+EN Nickel that I purchased doesn't fit it. I ended up grabbing another reference design card for it. All is good and its set up and runs great. Now I'm stuck with this other 6970 and IF I wanted to use it I really need to find a compatible block for it.

 

I have been over to EK website and tried their http://www.coolingconfigurator.com/ and that's where my troubles began. Either they've made a mix up or I can't read. Putting in ATi/AMD, then selecting 6970, then selecting Sapphire I am greeted with three choices.

 

1. Sapphire HD6970 2GB GDDR5 (this card has the picture on the outer casing of the Battlefield 3 logo)

2. Sapphire Radeon HD 6970 2048MB GDDR5 (11187-00-40R) (Which is the card I purchased the SECOND time around)

3. Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon HD 6970 FleX Battlefield 3 2GB GDDR5 (11187-04-50G) which I purchased first time around thinking it was the FleX edition to to fit the EK Full Cover VGA Block EK-FC6970 V2 Acetal+EN Nickel VGA block. Sadly this is a totally different card :(

 

My mistake, guilty as charged. So now its the search for a comparable VGA block for the Sapphire Radeon HD 6970 Flex Edition. And strangely on the box of this card I have sitting in front of me it has printed on the box "Vapor-X" just like the 3rd option in EKs website coolingconfigurator. ARGHHHH!!!! :P

 

Help!

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edit: looks like you've already found the "cooling configurator" and it wasn't very useful.

i was able to find the same results as you there.

 

damn.

Edited by p0is(+)n

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I hear exactly what your saying mate.

 

Okay if you'll bear with me here ...

 

Your link to the card I have: http://www.coolingconfigurator.com/step1_c...st?gpu_gpus=537

 

This is the block I originally purchased for the above linked card: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_p...oducts_id=18183

 

The above block did not fit on the card you just linked.

 

Here is all available blocks: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_p...207_160_878_880

 

Can you see any block listed that will fit the card you linked? And yes your 100% correct, the card you linked is the card I have.

Edited by GL0Be

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sorry i missed that you already had the v2 block i would have thought that your block would fit what parts block correct installation just components or holes as well?

might be best to contact ek support and see what they say

i know mark had a lot of trouble getting blocks to fit his 6990 which just seemed to use components that were a bit different coursing bad contact

 

the other option is a block like this which makes all these problems go away and is basically better in every way imo

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_p...oducts_id=18327

Edited by Dasa

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3:00am and I'm still at it ...

 

What I've found so far is p0is(+)n's link http://www.coolingconfigurator.com/step1_c...st?gpu_gpus=537 which shows the exact same card as I have. But upon closer inspection its actually NOT the same card. The SKU# of the linked card is (11187-04-50G) You can see it at the top of the page in the link. The card I have here is (11187-06-40G) according to the sticker on the side of the box.

 

Even though the cards casing and the boxes both those cards come in is completely identical.

 

That's nice and confusing for the consumer ...

 

As Dasa suggested I have emailed EK support and await a reply. But knowing what I know now, I'm certain EK support will simply reply they do not make a water block for this particular model graphics card, and I'll be back to square one, trying to find a VGA block for this card.

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As suspected EK replied and said they do not make a full cover block for the card.

 

And as Dasa pointed out, they gave me a link in the reply mail to the exact product he said to use, which is the only option if I want to go with EK. If not, who for a full cover block?

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ek typically seems fairly quick to adopt card models other than when they are not common\popular enough to ever make a profit back so the chances of finding another that makes one may be slim but i wouldnt say impossible

sell the lot and swap to 7970 :)

 

if there is another block out there some of the links here may help you find it

http://forums.atomicmpc.com.au/index.php?showtopic=46508

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Thanks Dasa. I think I'll face reality and just be content with what I have already. Its a killer rig, I should just count my losses. One 6970 water cooled is plenty enough already for all my gaming needs.

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if it was me i would just get a gpu block rather than full cover but some just like the look of the full covers

 

looks like your card is a amd reference model but its the second revision and im fairly sure there is plenty of full cover blocks that should fit it out there

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/hd..._flex_bf3/2.htm

Are gpu blocks cheaper than the full covers? i cant seem to find any on pccasegear.com, im interested in watercooling my 6970's as they heat my case up something chronic.

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Are gpu blocks cheaper than the full covers? i cant seem to find any on pccasegear.com, im interested in watercooling my 6970's as they heat my case up something chronic.

yes they are cheaper $69 at pccg or $59 at gammods and they are universal i have been using a swiftech mcw60 since my x1900xtx but some cards do need you to put heatsinks on vrm and memory

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_p...oducts_id=18327

http://www.gammods.com.au/store/index.php?...roducts_id=3031

these are somthing a bit newer that some may like as you can have less tube routing

http://www.gammods.com.au/store/index.php?...roducts_id=4878

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Ooooh I likey lots! Awesome linkage there Dasa, wish I had of known about that beforehand.

 

Stupid question time. Picture below:

 

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Your link is referring to the part circled in Green? So to crossfire you need two of these.

What/where is the part circled in Red? I can't seem to find it, or is that a complete twin unit in one?

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afraid i dont really know but it must be available from somewhere it may even be on gammods sight somewhere im sure they would let you know what the go is

the other thing that pic is missing is heasinks placed on the vrm\mem that card would cook very quick

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afraid i dont really know but it must be available from somewhere it may even be on gammods sight somewhere im sure they would let you know what the go is

the other thing that pic is missing is heasinks placed on the vrm\mem that card would cook very quick

 

so me having two 6970's then and most likely the mem/vrm's will have to be cooled as well, i would be better off buying a full cover kit for my cards?

i realise that if i upgrade the full covers would be totally useless. I was hoping to get away with only spending 200 or less but it doesnt look like its gonna happen.

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so me having two 6970's then and most likely the mem/vrm's will have to be cooled as well, i would be better off buying a full cover kit for my cards?

i realise that if i upgrade the full covers would be totally useless. I was hoping to get away with only spending 200 or less but it doesnt look like its gonna happen.

better off in what way?

only up side to full cover is you dont have to take the time to stick on heatsinks

 

take a look at my post here there is a few pics of my current setup and some temps

http://forums.atomicmpc.com.au/index.php?s...st&p=950741

now for my current setup i was able to remove the gpu heatsink and leave the heatplate for the rest of the card i dont know if this can be done with your 6970 but it does make things much easier

 

what model 6970 do you have?

 

edit

took me a while but i found it again a 5870 covered in sinks although the placement of them on your cards will be a little different

http://www.pureoverclock.com/review.php?id=1242&page=8

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this link shows the first 6970 reference http://www.overclockers.com/forums/showthr...8342&page=2

Edited by Dasa

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