mikey63366Glad i read this thread so i know to check, i get my hydro today and can not wait to install it. This will my first water cooling loop ever, just doing gpu right now. Shame there are no reviews or install videos on youtube for this model. Do i really need to run 24hr leak test?
Robert0507Also make sure you put a good amount of thermal paste on the gpu itself. Make sure its a non conductive thermal paste. For the person who asked about my loop I bought a ready made PC minus the video card which I already had. I got the Aventum X from Digital Storm a company that builds computer to buyers specs. Here is a video of my pc https://youtu.be/oUoO3Ik8aIk . It has 15 fans . One 480 rad and another 360 Rad. It’s a beast. I wanted to load a pic but this forum won’t let me.
bcavnaughWhy I Spread the Thermal Past on both the GPU Die and the Water Block.
kwin222i am having same issue, 85c in heaven, CPU is fine. First i bought an EK GPU block and thought it was bad. reseated it 4 times with more and more paste but 85c it was. RMA'd it and while i was waiting for the replacement i found EVGA makes this so i ordered it. put it together, installed, filled system and burped and same damn thing 85c. i am going to pull it apart and do the spread on GPU and spread on Block method. When i had the AIO on the card max temp was around 68c, i figured custom loop would at least be below or at 60c loop is res, GPU, CPU, Rad, Rad (both 360's) res. temp indicator on GPU in and 1 on CPU in both at 33c idle, and 38-40c load. Flow indicator reads RPM not L/M, but it is spinning at a good clip. R7 3700xRTX 2080 FTW3Asus CH7
kwin222ok, temps dropped 5c, this is just insane. Good flow, most likely more then enough thermal paste, i am about fed up with this.
kwin222 I will try this again when i get home from work tonight. As i said, it is not a product issue and it is not a "not enough paste issue", it is a me issue, just need to get the contact right and get everything tightened down to keep that contact. keep your fingers crossed because i really want to get this block working in my system. I do have to give credit to EVGA though, this is a really nice GPU block. i really like it over the EK because it opens up the Fan and LED headers on the back of the card, EK block covered them up, plus i like the stock back plate better then the after market back plate.
kwin222it is not a product flaw,
kwin222good grief, i finally got it!! with 4 more tear downs since my last post. to whoever lands here as i have, pay attention. it is not a product flaw, and it is not the amount of paste applied. it is literally damn near perfect contact between the block and the GPU. This last time I cleaned paste up off the block, and GPU. Applied a thin layer and used the spread method on both surfaces. Before I tore it apart this last time, I went to Home Depot and got a smallish bar clamp with a 3.5” throat. I placed the assembled unit down, plexi to the table and made sure it was flat. Overhung the bracket to the left, and the water ports to the front. Started all the screws being sure to only go halfway in. Grabbed my clamp and positioned it right smack in the middle of the 4 screws for the GPU bracket (I forgot to put this back on by the way) and clamped it down. I did not use too much pressure, I did not want the PCB to flex. Just enough to make positive and even contact of the GPU and the block. While clamp was in place, I proceeded to tighten the screws, around the GPU block first and then moved outward from there until all were tight. Water pump at 40%, fans on both 360’s at 600RPM and max temp is 65, and I am now seeing the water temps rise and fall, I was not before. Fans and pump wide open and max temp I am seeing is 48c and that’s with a decent OC of clock at 2130 and mem at 7750. There is a 5 degree difference between water temp from water in at the GPU and water out at the CPU, water temps that make since.