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EVGA GTX 970 SC with NZXT Kraken G10 and Corsair H90 Installed!

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2015/01/23 09:13:48 (permalink)
I decided to try this before going for a custom water cooling loop, plus full cover blocks for these cards aren't out yet.
 
Here's what someone looking to do this may run into:
 
1. The fan on the G10 bracket blows air over the right side of the GPU, the VRM's are on the left side of the GPU. So I removed the thermal pad from the ACX cooler covering the VRM's and placed it onto the VRM's. Then I mounted some heatsinks I had on hand to the VRM's.
 
2. When installing the PCI-E power connectors, the space between the G10 bracket and the 970 is limited. Installing the connectors is fine but to push the latches down to remove the connectors may prove challenging since the latches are really close to the G10 bracket.
 
3. NZXT branding in my mostly Corsair system, lol, not really an issue.
 
As for the H90, I am using a Corsair SP140 fan in push, I am not using the provided 140mm fan.
 
Planning to do some testing and I will update this post in the next day or two.
 
I can say this, idle temps are lower and a quick run thru the Heaven benchmark shows about 20 degree lower temps vs. the ACX 2.0 cooler at 40-50% fan speed at full load, while remaining nearly silent!
 

 
 
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    guymn999
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    Re: EVGA GTX 970 SC with NZXT Kraken G10 and Corsair H90 Installed! 2015/01/28 22:30:38 (permalink)
    Hi, im getting ready to do this except with a ACX 980 SC. did the 970 have a heat spreader under the EVGA fans?

    iF so did you go with a copper shim or did you remove the spreader?

    are you still happy with your results? any thing you would change in hindsight?

    thanks.
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    Re: EVGA GTX 970 SC with NZXT Kraken G10 and Corsair H90 Installed! 2015/01/29 02:38:10 (permalink)
    Woukd this fit the blower type 970?
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    Re: EVGA GTX 970 SC with NZXT Kraken G10 and Corsair H90 Installed! 2015/01/29 03:30:55 (permalink)
    Better be pumping that thing at Frankenstein level voltage with an aio that big. XD

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    Re: EVGA GTX 970 SC with NZXT Kraken G10 and Corsair H90 Installed! 2015/01/29 07:35:54 (permalink)
    Finally got around to testing this setup.
     
    Test system:
     
    Corsair 730T Case - (2) AF140L Intake, (1) AF120 Intake
    Intel I5 4690K CPU @ 4.5ghz - 1.185V - Corsair H110 Cooler - SP140 fans in push
    Asus Maximus Hero VII Motherboard
    Corsair Vengeance 2400mhz RAM 2x8 GB Kit
    EVGA GTX 970 SC
    Crucial M4 64 GB SSD - OS Drive
    Samsung 840 Pro 120 GB SSD - Media Drive
    Samsung 850 EVO 500 GB - Game drive
    Corsair HX750 PSU
     
    Heaven Benchmark
    Quality - Ultra
    Tesselation - Extreme
    Anti-Aliasing - x8
     
    GTX 970 SC ACX 2.0 Cooler
    Boost Clock - 1342mhz (stock)
    Power target - 100%
     
    Fan Speed - 30% - Max Temp 68 degrees
    Fan Speed - 40% - Max Temp 62 degrees
    Fan Speed - 50% - Max Temp 59 degrees
     
    GTX 970 SC ACX 2.0 Cooler
    Boost Clock - 1501mhz (+25mv)
    Memory Clock - 3600mhz
    Power target - 110%
     
    Fan Speed - 30% - Max Temp 71 degrees
    Fan Speed - 40% - Max Temp 64 degrees
    Fan Speed - 50% - Max Temp 61 degrees
     
    GTX 970 SC - Kraken G10 - Corsair H90 Cooler - SP140 fan in push
    Boost Clock - 1342mhz (stock)
    Power target - 100%
     
    Max Temp - 44 degrees
     
    GTX 970 SC - Kraken G10 - Corsair H90 Cooler - SP140 fan in push
    Boost Clock - 1501mhz (+25mv)
    Memory Clock - 3600mhz
    Power target - 110%
     
    Max Temp - 45 degrees
     
    So basically there is a 15-26 degree drop when cooling with the G10/H90 combination versus the ACX 2.0 cooler. However, the real benefit is the noise reduction. The ACX 2.0 fans on 40-50% especially when running in SLI are annoyingly loud. This setup is quiet!
     
    Btw my ACX 2.0 cooler was only touching 2 of the 3 heatpipes, its a known issue, just thought I would add that.
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    Re: EVGA GTX 970 SC with NZXT Kraken G10 and Corsair H90 Installed! 2015/01/29 07:37:05 (permalink)
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    Woukd this fit the blower type 970?



    It will fit the GPU regardless, so I would say yes. Some heatsinks for the VRM's wouldn't hurt though.
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    Re: EVGA GTX 970 SC with NZXT Kraken G10 and Corsair H90 Installed! 2015/03/20 20:01:20 (permalink)
    Can you do a "bar" type heatsink across all the VRM with tape or thermal adhesive or the small individual ones? I ask in regard to like shorting anything out.

    Also, is there anything else that I should put heatsinks on? I'm running the same as you with sli and krackens 

    Thanks!
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    Re: EVGA GTX 970 SC with NZXT Kraken G10 and Corsair H90 Installed! 2015/03/25 03:21:45 (permalink)
    Huge temp difference, thumbs up. 
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    Re: EVGA GTX 970 SC with NZXT Kraken G10 and Corsair H90 Installed! 2015/04/09 11:03:43 (permalink)
    Big Shadow
    I decided to try this before going for a custom water cooling loop, plus full cover blocks for these cards aren't out yet.
     
    Here's what someone looking to do this may run into:
     
    1. The fan on the G10 bracket blows air over the right side of the GPU, the VRM's are on the left side of the GPU. So I removed the thermal pad from the ACX cooler covering the VRM's and placed it onto the VRM's. Then I mounted some heatsinks I had on hand to the VRM's.
     
    2. When installing the PCI-E power connectors, the space between the G10 bracket and the 970 is limited. Installing the connectors is fine but to push the latches down to remove the connectors may prove challenging since the latches are really close to the G10 bracket.
     
    3. NZXT branding in my mostly Corsair system, lol, not really an issue.
     
    As for the H90, I am using a Corsair SP140 fan in push, I am not using the provided 140mm fan.
     
    Planning to do some testing and I will update this post in the next day or two.
     
    I can say this, idle temps are lower and a quick run thru the Heaven benchmark shows about 20 degree lower temps vs. the ACX 2.0 cooler at 40-50% fan speed at full load, while remaining nearly silent!
     

     
     




    I am looking to do this as well on my 970 SC ACX 2.0 cards.
     
    How much space do you need between the cards? I have the MSI Xpower AC X99S board, so there are about 3 full PCIe slots between my 2 16x slots, hoping that is enough to put two of these in. 

    • CPU: 5900X / 3800XT
    • MB: Asus Strix X570-E / Asus TUF B550
    • RAM: 32 GB TridentZ 3200 CL14 (stock timings) / 64 GB Ripjaws 3600 cl 16
    • GPU: EVGA 3080TI Hybrid (converted from FTW 3 Ultra) /  EVGA 3080 Hybrid (converted from FTW 3 Ultra)
    • Storage: Sabrent 2 TB PCIe 4.0 SSD,WD SN750 1 TB PCIe 3.0 SSD / 2x 4TB WD RED Pro, 1x  Sabrent Rocket Pro 1TB,  4x Crucial MX500 2TB
    • Cooling: H115i Pro Platinum / Vetroo 360mm AIO
    • Case: Corsair 680X / Corsair 5000D Black
     
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    Re: EVGA GTX 970 SC with NZXT Kraken G10 and Corsair H90 Installed! 2015/04/09 18:11:12 (permalink)
    When I did this, the idea was to use (2) of these set ups, one mounted on the back and one mounted on the bottom. The bottom is a 120mm fan mount and I was planning to use like H55's or something.
     
    But then I had some monitor issues and decided to stay at 1080 and a single 970 is fine for my uses.
     
    To your question, 1 space would work, it all comes down to how your going to mount the two rads.
     
    Look in my pic, see the two empty PCI-E bracket slots in the case, that's where the second card was.
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    Re: EVGA GTX 970 SC with NZXT Kraken G10 and Corsair H90 Installed! 2015/04/09 18:15:34 (permalink)
    Whey Cooler
    Can you do a "bar" type heatsink across all the VRM with tape or thermal adhesive or the small individual ones? I ask in regard to like shorting anything out.

    Also, is there anything else that I should put heatsinks on? I'm running the same as you with sli and krackens 

    Thanks!




    You can do a bar type heatsink, I used the factory thermal pad and individual heatsinks. Just cuz thats what I had.
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    Re: EVGA GTX 970 SC with NZXT Kraken G10 and Corsair H90 Installed! 2015/09/17 05:20:03 (permalink)
    (I would have pm'ed you, but as I just signed up I cannot yet)
     
    I was wondering, what your max core oc was? Or is 1500 the highest stable oc you could achieve? 
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    Re: EVGA GTX 970 SC with NZXT Kraken G10 and Corsair H90 Installed! 2015/12/29 20:44:00 (permalink)
    how were you able to get the H90 to work with the G10?
     
    EDIT: I know where the Pump connector goes, but where does the connector for the G10 and the H90 fans goes to?
    post edited by TheNewbyOverclocker - 2015/12/29 20:46:18
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    Re: EVGA GTX 970 SC with NZXT Kraken G10 and Corsair H90 Installed! 2015/12/29 20:56:39 (permalink)
    The biggest problem with an AIO is that it doesn't actively cool the VRM and the VRAM with the coolant.  It still relies on air to cool those.....you'll get some decent clocks out of the core, but, the memory will still suffer, as will the VRM if you start pumping more volts through it.  /shrug
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    Re: EVGA GTX 970 SC with NZXT Kraken G10 and Corsair H90 Installed! 2015/12/29 21:11:06 (permalink)
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    The biggest problem with an AIO is that it doesn't actively cool the VRM and the VRAM with the coolant.  It still relies on air to cool those.....you'll get some decent clocks out of the core, but, the memory will still suffer, as will the VRM if you start pumping more volts through it.  /shrug

    can you help me with a problem I am having right now?
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    Re: EVGA GTX 970 SC with NZXT Kraken G10 and Corsair H90 Installed! 2015/12/30 07:21:08 (permalink)
    With where to plus the wires in?  No....
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    Re: EVGA GTX 970 SC with NZXT Kraken G10 and Corsair H90 Installed! 2015/12/30 12:00:25 (permalink)
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    With where to put the wires in?  No....

    how come?
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