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The Cooling Performance of the Green Reactor 3D Test PC

July 13th, 2010 · 11 Comments · Other S3D Tech

As I’ve mentioned a few days ago the new Green Reactor 3D Test PC is ready and functioning with just a few minor things been tweaked and changed/fixed, mostly related to the appearance and not the functionality. And of course the good question that arises here is how well does the custom liquid cooling does its job in keeping the CPU and the VGA cool enough, so here are the temperatures of both. The two components are being cooled in a single loop with the water first going through the CPU and then through the GPU water block. For really stressing both main components I’m using LinX for the CPU and FurMark for the GPU running with everything to the max and even 32xAA active to really push the video card to the limit…

The processor being currently used is Intel Core i5 750, a quad-core CPU with idle temperature of about 34 degrees Celsius and it goes to around 50 degrees Celsius in about 20 minutes and stays at that temperature after that. This is with an ambient temperature of about 30 degrees Celsius and the fans not running at 100%, but at 60% instead to be really quiet, which still providing really good airflow and cooling performance.

The idle temperature of the GPU is around 42 degrees Celsius with 30 ambient temperature in in about an hour of serious load with FurMark its temperature rises up to 71-72 degrees Celsius max and pretty much stays there after that. If the cooling liquid did not go first through the CPU block and then through the GPU block the temperature could’ve been lower, but even this way it is still very good. Silent operation and around 25 degrees lower temperature as compared to the loud air cooling and the high working temperatures reached with the same level of high load otherwise. If staying at default working frequencies the voltage of the CPU could be further lowered while the card continues to operate flawlessly, up to something like 0.86V the temperature drops with about 10 degrees under maximum load of the GPU, and that is something that you should do if you do not intend to overclock the video card.

For the complete Building Process of the Water Cooled Green Reactor 3D Test PC is here…

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Building Process of the Water Cooled Green Reactor 3D Test PC

July 8th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Other S3D Tech

Somewhere along the idea to upgrade the old 3D Test PC with water cooling (details for that project are available here) I got the idea to leave the other computer as a dedicated AMD/ATI test system and build a completely new 3D test PC for 3D Vision, again with water cooling of course. So practically you can say I’ve started working on the two projects at the same time, but the system that just needed the upgrade was finished much faster than the completely new system. The reason for that being that I wanted to make everything the right way, choose the components carefully and apply a matching custom water cooling and the end product to be really good looking and performing as fast as possible in order to have the ultimate 3D Test PC for testing stereo 3D content and of course to be able to game comfortably enough in stereo 3D with the 3D Vision. Now that there are just some minor unexpected details left to work out…

The photos above are from the almost finished Green Reactor PC with a lot of small finishing details only left to be done, so it is pretty much ready and working at this point of time. I’ll just update with some more pictures when all the finishing touches are ready… So stay tuned for more information and photos.

The complete Building Process of the Water Cooled Green Reactor 3D Test PC is here…

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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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