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Koolance Intros Radeon HD 6900 Series Compatible VID-AR697 Full-Coverage Water Block

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Water-cooling specialist Koolance announced its full-coverage water block that's common for AMD Radeon HD 6970 and Radeon HD 6950 graphics accelerators. The VID-AR697 from Koolance measures 6.25" x 5.75" x 0.62" (15.9cm x 14.6cm x 1.6cm), weighing 1.5 pounds (680 g). Its primary material is nickel-plated copper, with acetal top. Tailored for AMD reference-design PCB, it offers full-coverage, cooling all heat producing components including the GPU, memory chips, and VRM. It uses a 0.5 mm micro-fin array over the GPU for better heat dissipation. The block uses standard G 1/4 BSP threading. The Koolance VID-AR697 is priced at US $114.99.

 
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Man, now the upgrade to a 6970 is around $465! It's really shiny though. :D
 
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I look forward to seeing how well the 69xx cards clock on water but I'm still not too convinced on the 2 part design of this and other water blocks, it just feels like the more seals and joints there are on a single block the more places it could possibly leak from after a fair amount of use.... Although i may just feel that way as I'm yet to make my own loop so know very little about water cooling :laugh:

I guess i just always felt a single block with a single cover and single joint was safest even if i have no experience although i do hope to gain some experience in 2011 once the next gen CPU's and GPU's are out :D

I do like the water channels, i know they will be quite restrictive but with such a good amount of surface area i would hope this block does pretty well at cooling.
 
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Are the mount holes the same as a 4xxx series, and 5xxx series?
 

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I look forward to seeing how well the 69xx cards clock on water but I'm still not too convinced on the 2 part design of this and other water blocks, it just feels like the more seals and joints there are on a single block the more places it could possibly leak from after a fair amount of use.... Although i may just feel that way as I'm yet to make my own loop so know very little about water cooling :laugh:

I guess i just always felt a single block with a single cover and single joint was safest even if i have no experience although i do hope to gain some experience in 2011 once the next gen CPU's and GPU's are out :D

I do like the water channels, i know they will be quite restrictive but with such a good amount of surface area i would hope this block does pretty well at cooling.
Should be fine most blocks have more pieces than you would think in them ;)

Are the mount holes the same as a 4xxx series, and 5xxx series?
Vrm locations will be diff though
 
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I was just wondering for my block, three series of GPU, three CPU on the same setup, loop and coolant.
 
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I prefer the plate design. one piece of copper that makes contact with the gpu, less leak points. I have had it happen in the past. I like EK or AC myself.
 

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I agree there with you Bear, I want an enclosed one piece loop.
 
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Should be fine most blocks have more pieces than you would think in them ;)
I prefer the plate design. one piece of copper that makes contact with the gpu, less leak points. I have had it happen in the past. I like EK or AC myself.
I agree there with you Bear, I want an enclosed one piece loop.
With many blocks i have looked at that are a single piece with a cover they have between one and three seals/o-rings but this block has 6 and that makes me a little uncomfortable, i really want to make my own loop once i have components that are really worth putting under water but I'm a pansy and want minimum risk in any way possible even down to absolute minimum amount of seals/o-rings an connections.
 

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I was just wondering for my block, three series of GPU, three CPU on the same setup, loop and coolant.
hmm thank you, you have inspired me, i will try to use WC with 3 CPU and 3 GPU across 3 PC case, i think it will be utterly wicked for my game center :rockout: