Monday, January 30th 2012

Swiftech Komodo HD 7970 Full-Coverage Water Block Drawings Surface

Swiftech is almost ready with a high-end, full-coverage water block for AMD Radeon HD 7970 graphics card, which its makers are touting as being a "real" full coverage block, as it's not only making contacts with all critical hot components of the card, but also physically covering the entire area of the PCB, including its reverse side, with a backplate (something that's not part of the AMD reference design). The company released CGI drawings of its product to the web.

Called the Komodo HD 7970, the block confines itself to the size of one expansion slot with an included single-slot bracket. The monolithic black design adds a lot to the aesthetics of the card, including its fittings area. The primary material of the block is nickel-plated copper. The portion of the block over the GPU has a 0.25x0.25 Micro Pin matrix, which maximizes heat dissipation to the coolant. Unlike other full-coverage blocks where a portion of the block that doesn't have flowing coolant makes contact with the VRM, the Komodo HD 7970 has "active" VRM cooling, where the area over the VRM has its own coolant chamber, and is part of the coolant's primary flow.

The bridge (where fittings are found) has a red-illuminated Swiftech logo. The included single-slot PCI bracket is made of black chrome-plated steel. The included backplate is made of brushed aluminum that's anodized black. The base plate is chrome-plated with a mirror-finish. The company did not give out pricing or availability.Source: XtremeSystems Forums
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23 Comments on Swiftech Komodo HD 7970 Full-Coverage Water Block Drawings Surface

#1
cadaveca
My name is Dave
You're welcome. :laugh:

I really like this design.
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#2
ERazer
my last Komodo was compatible for 5870/5850 reference

wandering if this block also the same way for 7970/7950
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#3
Steevo
I just came, almost.....


7970 on the egg for 549 today was almost too tempting. I must resist until the other cards drop and prices drop too.
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#5
radrok
Damn, I wasn't going to upgrade until Kepler but this is tempting :<
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#6
m1dg3t
Nice work Gabe! Would be nice to see actual image's in place of rendering's but hey
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#7
DOM
i like the Active VR Cooling but there to late coming out with this i already had ordered one from ek and should be here today or tomorrow :)
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#8
the54thvoid
Reading the comments back and forward on the xtremesystems forum makes you realise how invested in its consumers Swiftech are. Lovely looking block. I'll cross that EK one off my list. :laugh:
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#9
m1dg3t
Gabe/Swiftech have been in the WC game pretty much since day 1, i really don't think watercooling would have caught on as much as it did if not for their work over the year's. They have had their issue's here and their but they are the "grandaddy's" of PC watercooling IMHO :o
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#10
cadaveca
My name is Dave
by: the54thvoid
Reading the comments back and forward on the xtremesystems forum makes you realise how invested in its consumers Swiftech are. Lovely looking block. I'll cross that EK one off my list. :laugh:
I agree, but both EK and Koolance are just as open on that forum as well. It's like 90% of users there that use watercooling.
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#13
random
Full coverage single slot with an aesthetically pleasing design is a win, ever so tempted now.
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#16
manofthem
Very sexy block, too bad it's taken longer than the others to come out
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#17
cadaveca
My name is Dave
Sorry, I was on vacation, and just got back. The block had to wait for me to get back to work this past friday.



Not really, just neat timing. I am in no way affiliated with Swifftech.:roll: Or you'd be seeing some killer builds from me!:laugh:
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#18
random
by: Steevo
I just came, almost.....


7970 on the egg for 549 today was almost too tempting. I must resist until the other cards drop and prices drop too.
WHOA, I woulda jumped on that since the 7970's here in aussie are still priced around 700 AUD+ despite our dollar being higher than the US right now. This sucks, might have to buy overseas when I get the money if prices don't drop anymore later.
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#19
neko77025
by: ERazer
my last Komodo was compatible for 5870/5850 reference

wandering if this block also the same way for 7970/7950
dont think so, 7970 & 7950 use diffrent boards
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#20
DOM
Is there a estimated price on this ? I got my ek with back plate for like 150 some shipped
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#22
manofthem
by: DOM
Is there a estimated price on this ? I got my ek with back plate for like 150 some shipped
That's a fine price! I paid $125 for the block alone :(

But this Swiftech looks really sweet. Maybe I'll switch over later on down the road.
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#23
douglatins
As much as i dont get excited over 3d animated porn, an 3d model of a block gives me nothing

Koolance has a 7970/50 compatible block
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