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GeForce GTX 480-based Water Cooled 3D Test PC Video Teaser

June 30th, 2010 · 15 Comments · General 3D News

Just messing up a bit while adding the final touches to the new GeForce GTX 480-based Water Cooled Test PC for stereo 3D testing with 3D Vision that I’m building. I hope you like the short video with a bit of glow-it-all touch, more information and photos about the project coming very soon… ;)

A lot of custom things had to be done, and I some things did not go as planned at first, not to mention that some of the hardware was not performing as it should, so it had to be modified. But the end results is quite nice. The ATI 5970-based test system is also ready and upgraded with an external water cooling unit from Koolance, but it is also not as just what I expected from Koolance – cooler and quieter, but I just got the first part from it. Just proves the fact that it is much better when you build everything on your own than get some parts already done… EK Water Blocks on the other hand makes really great products.

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15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Thomasjn // Jun 30, 2010 at 01:31

    Damn that rig looks awesome man :)

    I’ve nearly just bought new computer, but this video makes me wanna build a new one again :)

  • 2 deano // Jun 30, 2010 at 13:31

    what is the plasma light thing on the right hand side its cool

  • 3 Bloody // Jun 30, 2010 at 14:36

    It is an animated fractal video projected on the case with a pocket LED projector :)

  • 4 Humpix // Jun 30, 2010 at 20:09

    WOW, realy cool!!! Good work!
    Greetings from Austria!

  • 5 Helifax // Jul 2, 2010 at 21:51

    My watercooled Rig.
    Sorry for double posting(in the other article) but here it seems is better to post.


  • 6 Bloody // Jul 2, 2010 at 22:45

    Looks nice, maybe just a bit too much glowing for my taste ;)

    What radiator, water pump, water blocks and tubing are you using for the water cooling… I saw an XSPC reservoir?

  • 7 Helifax // Jul 2, 2010 at 23:41

    The CPU cooling is Thermaltake BigWater 770 (it came with the case) http://www.thermaltake.com/product_info.aspx?PARENT_CID=C_00001157&id=C_00001158&name=Bigwater+770&ov=n&ovid=

    For the GPU water cooling I used the following :

    – 2x Magiccool Xtreame Single 120 Radiator. http://pc-coolers.ro/produs.php?id=1113

    – Laing 12v DDC-1 Plus (ultra) – swiftech + EK DDC X-TOP rev.2 Top cover. (http://pc-coolers.ro/produs.php?id=1162 + http://pc-coolers.ro/produs.php?id=1222)

    – XSPC 5,25 BAY Reservoir http://pc-coolers.ro/produs.php?id=1979

    – for tubes connectors I used barb fitting 10mm (3/8) G1/4 http://pc-coolers.ro/produs.php?id=1478

    – tubing is Tygon R3603 12.7/9,5MM http://pc-coolers.ro/produs.php?id=1296

    – for cooling liquid I used Promochill Ice non-conductive coolant http://pc-coolers.ro/produs.php?id=2072

    – as for the GPU I used an Innovatek acetic-copper waterblock http://forum.computergames.ro/42-hardware/597664-waterblock-cupru-acetal-pentru-gtx-295-single-pcb.html

    For the GPU cooling procedure I used an interesting procedure like this : reservoir -> pump-> radiator->GPU-> reservoir->GPU. So far the results are very good. Having my GPU OC about 25% and in full load I’m having temps about 52 degrees Celsius. Still thinking about making a bridge between the radiators before the GPU. IN this case the loop will look like this : reservoir -> pump-> radiator-> radiator-> GPU->reservoir. What do you think is better?
    Hope this helps to make a correct view about the watercooling system.

  • 8 Bloody // Jul 3, 2010 at 00:04

    It is usually best go get the output of the pump directly to the water block – CPU or GPU and after that to go to the radiator. This way you get the maximum flow inside the water block, the water takes the heat off and goes to the radiator where it is being cooled…

  • 9 Helifax // Jul 3, 2010 at 00:39

    yes I’ve read about that. I’m still pretty much experimenting right now. Will give it a try after my 2nd Gtx 295 arrives since I will need to change the loops anyway;) Thanks for the reply

  • 10 Bloody // Jul 3, 2010 at 01:10

    With two cards you can have the first radiator between them and a second one after the second card. But the two video cards will have over 500W to dissipate under heavy load and this will probably be a challenge for just two 120mm radiators…

  • 11 Helifax // Jul 3, 2010 at 01:36

    yupp! but unfortunately I will have to wait about 1 month or so till I can buy a (some) new radiator(s) since they are out of stock atm. Anyway this should also be very interesting regarding the max temperature they will reach.

  • 12 Helifax // Jul 3, 2010 at 11:36

    Hey Bloody, I have a little question. Since I didn’t really found out anything interesting on the web, I was wondering what is the max temperature that your GTX480 reaches in full load? 40-50-60 degrees Celsius? I am planing on redesigning my GPU water loop. Atm in full load in Vantage I got a maximum of 59 degrees which I do belive is a bit high. For the Gpu loop I’m using reservoir->pump->radiator->GPU->radiator->reservoir.


  • 13 Bloody // Jul 3, 2010 at 11:57

    At the moment the GTX 480 reaches 72 degrees Celsius when loaded to the max with FurMark running at extreme settings with 32xAA. You can try running FurMark to see how hot it gets, as Vantage may net be enough to push the card to its limits (Furmark measures the temperatures). But I have a single loop that cools both the CPU and the GPU, and the water passes first through the CPU and then goes to the GPU…

  • 14 Helifax // Jul 3, 2010 at 12:02

    Well I’ve decided to make the following loop : reservoir->pump->radiator(120mm)->radiator(120mm)->gpu->reservoir. This way should extra cool the water and hopefully will give me some lower temps. In the above post I wanted to say maximum of 49 temps, not 59:))

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