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Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/03/23 23:24:22 (permalink)
Would it be possible to have 1 waterblock for 2 cards? Or like this (Please excuse my crappy paint picture)
 

 
If that's possible with my 2 GTX480's .. I'd be interested in buying one if it didn't cost my left leg :p
 
 
edit; sorry for going off topic - if you want to continue this feel free to pm me :D

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Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/03/24 02:42:48 (permalink)
Anything is possible with MS Paint. 
 
I already made something like you speak of.  Just need thicker plastic, and the exact spacing of the PCI-E slots.
 
Check this out:
http://forums.evga.com/fb.ashx?m=1485440
 
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Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/03/24 07:04:45 (permalink)
This makes me want to get the 580 over the 680 just because I like to support talent, and Nate's talent is phenomenal !

 
Rig specs coming soon...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/03/24 07:14:54 (permalink)
Thanks!  You could always just send me your 680 to draft up a block :P
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Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/03/24 07:18:00 (permalink)
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That is going to be the deal breaker then. Needs to be compatible with it.

Backtracking a little bit, but the customer recently let me know that he wanted all copper ones, so I will be designing them from scratch.  MOAR copper!
 
 
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Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/03/24 07:54:32 (permalink)
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loveha
That is going to be the deal breaker then. Needs to be compatible with it.

Backtracking a little bit, but the customer recently let me know that he wanted all copper ones, so I will be designing them from scratch.  MOAR copper!



Copper back plate? Going to be sweet looking. May need to make him a Copper Pillar to hold this thing in the PCIe slot lo.

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Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/03/24 07:58:07 (permalink)
It will be, but it won't be cheap though.  Not sure what your budget is
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Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/03/24 08:28:48 (permalink)
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It will be, but it won't be cheap though.  Not sure what your budget is

Just bought a GTX680, so I am no longer interested.

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Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/03/24 08:32:44 (permalink)
I wonder how much different the PCB layout is. 
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Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/03/24 08:36:55 (permalink)
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I wonder how much different the PCB layout is. 

Been debating on sending you my GTX680 and back plate. Need to think on it some more.

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Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/03/24 08:46:05 (permalink)
The design process isn't exactly swift, but measuring can be.  I could send your card back after the initial measurements and a quick draft of the card.  Then when the time comes to prototype I will likely need it back to test fit & such.  Do you have a backup card to use in the meantime?  I have a 9800 GTX+ that I could "cross ship" if its the only card you have. 
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Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/03/24 10:13:43 (permalink)
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The design process isn't exactly swift, but measuring can be.  I could send your card back after the initial measurements and a quick draft of the card.  Then when the time comes to prototype I will likely need it back to test fit & such.  Do you have a backup card to use in the meantime?  I have a 9800 GTX+ that I could "cross ship" if its the only card you have. 

I would just hold onto my GTX580 Classy if I decide to do it. Since it is roughly the same size as a 580, can you PM me on how much a full copper would cost?

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Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/03/24 10:19:01 (permalink)
ehh, its hard to say since I haven't made it yet.  I have to order the materials soon.  I will start the prototype soon, with some plastic. 
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Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/03/25 06:11:40 (permalink)
Back at the tool paths again:

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Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/04/03 06:09:56 (permalink)
Finished the majority of the toolpaths.  Updates will be coming soon!
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Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/04/03 17:59:43 (permalink)
Looking good man! There is no waterflow to the oblong hole next to the fittings is there? Upper left.
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Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/04/03 19:02:25 (permalink)
That oblong hole is just to remove mass and cut down on weight, and for aesthetics.  Nothing more. Maybe to make it easier to get a handle on?
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Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/04/03 19:33:25 (permalink)
I want one!!!
*drool*
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Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/04/03 21:31:13 (permalink)
Just got off the phone with another forum member who talking me through a cam program.  What has been taking me days took minutes.  He is my hero!
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Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/04/04 19:43:18 (permalink)

 
Make ONE comment on the music....
  I couldn't help it... it was on the channel I was listening too!
 
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Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/04/04 20:04:13 (permalink)
Just started the outer shell:

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Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/04/04 23:17:25 (permalink)
really nice nate,,keep it up...

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Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/04/05 08:29:37 (permalink)
looking good nate!

“I built a castle in the swamp and it sunk. I built a second castle and it sunk too. I built a third castle and it burned down and then sunk. But the fourth castle, Ahhhh! That one stood.”
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Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/04/05 10:16:46 (permalink)
is there an idea on cost for one of these if I were to want one for a second 580 im getting?
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Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/04/05 10:26:13 (permalink)
Gratuitous, the unsung hero whom I can't praise enough.  What has taken me weeks to handjam lines of code can now be done in minutes.  There is much more for me to learn, but some foundations have finally been laid down.  I am forever grateful.
 
A super rough cut finally finished:

Still have to do the O-ring, holes, and the back of the card.  Then test fit it.  Probably test fit first after I drill some holes in the back which will be concentric with the holes of the card. 
 
This thing took HOURS to cut. Only because I had the machine set to cut copper.  It would have taken minutes, but it gave me idea on how inefficient the toolpaths that the computer generated were.  It kept jumping from one side to the other and wasting time during the process.  More of  a personal development that I must work on in order to make the CAM process more efficient.  Still beats weeks of coding. 
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Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/04/05 10:29:13 (permalink)
^^^Sexy!
 


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Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/04/05 10:37:00 (permalink)
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is there an idea on cost for one of these if I were to want one for a second 580 im getting?

I am starting to get an idea, but these will not be inexpensive.  That whole chunk before you will be 100% Cu110.  Pure copper (99.9%)  I don't have the resources of real block makers, but I am far more open to suggestions, and customization.
 
May have to trim a "hair" off the underside of that hook section, but the SLI connector fits underneath.

Not a 100% test fit, but I just put it over the card to see how it looked.  Excuse the rough plastic, its just a rapid prototype (if rapid is a good choice of words?)
 
 
 
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Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/04/05 12:05:37 (permalink)
looks pretty awesome

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Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/04/05 12:24:33 (permalink)
Thanks!
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Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/04/05 13:33:33 (permalink)
Forgot to post the video of the inner channel milling:

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