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#1 El_Capitan

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 02:09 PM

So I got my Koolance waterblocks yesterday, and put them in last night. I played around with overclocking, and I managed to get from +110 to +130 due to just the cooling alone. I ran a couple benchmarks, played a couple minutes of Skyrim and Batman and SC2 and temps never reached higher than 37C (all when overclocked). I also put in a GTX 570 as a dedicated PhysX card, but for some reason voltage is locked on it.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 02:13 PM

How many monitors are you gaming on?

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 02:25 PM

Just a single 2560 x 1600 monitor.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 02:28 PM

That's a super low temp.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 02:31 PM

Just a single 2560 x 1600 monitor.

Sounds like total overkill.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 02:36 PM

Sounds like total overkill.

You don't know the half of it. :P

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 02:47 PM

Sounds like total overkill.


Not at all. Gaming at 2560x1600 can be pretty demanding.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 02:54 PM

Benches... NAO! :P

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 03:11 PM

Sounds like total overkill.


There's no kill like overkill.

So Cap, you satisfied with the waterblocks on the 680s? Or do you still prefer the 7970s under water?

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 03:29 PM

There's no kill like overkill.

So Cap, you satisfied with the waterblocks on the 680s? Or do you still prefer the 7970s under water?

I'm a little mixed. I'm more satisfied now, yeah.

Now I got to redo my benches. :(

Nvidia cards get more of an advantage with AA settings. The graphics also seem a bit crisper, but that could just be due to the different AA settings, or this.
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:06 PM

Super low temperatures! :thumbsup:
Great work @El_Capitan.
MOAR benchmarks!

Edited by d6bmg, 12 April 2012 - 10:08 PM.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:23 PM

Actually, I take that back. My overclocks on air was my completely stable overclock. Lower temps don't mean much for overclocking the GTX 680's. However, I find it odd that I can be stable at some games and benchmarks with higher overclocks that aren't stable for others.

I got my temps up to 45C after some Metro 2033. :)