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100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock *COMPLETED!!*

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2012/03/15 08:48:57 (permalink)
I will just hijack my own post and toss the completed picture here in the front of the post.
Here is the fruits of well over a months worth of work:

This is just one of four for a complete 4 way SLI system.  There will be more more and better pictures taken, but at least you can see what is probably the worlds largest GPU waterblock.  It tips the scales at somewhere around 6 lbs which is more then enough mass to turn it into an LN2 pot. 

 
 
 
 
 
*update* 20 March
CAD design of the block:


 
Pay the colors no mind, this will be a SOLID block of copper. 
 
 
Perhaps you would like to subscribe to follow along and watch the progress? 
 
Some specs on the block:
It will start off life as a 10lbs block of copper...
It has 26.38 square inches of surface area on the bottom of the datum plane of the water channel
That calculates to roughly 13.19 cubic inches of liquid in that chamber, or roughly 0.2 liters of water (for the metric folks) or about 0.8 cups of water!  Almost a full cup of liquid in there. 
 
 
Its coming...


 
UPDATE: 5 April:
quick prototype:

 
UPDATE: 10 April

 
 
 
UPDATE: 30 APRIL
PROTOTYPE COMPLETED!!

 
All sealed up:


Like?
Still have the holes to drill and thread at the top of the block.
 
Holes done:
 
 
UPDATE 8 MAY:
First of 4 monster copper blocks:

 
 
Update June 28:

 
Almost 30 lbs of motherboard crushing copper.
 

post edited by nateman_doo - 2012/07/03 17:39:25
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    nickbaldwin86
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    Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/03/15 09:28:26 (permalink)
    ok
    though might be a little late :\

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    Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/03/15 09:43:00 (permalink)
    Sweet, can't wait to see your creation.

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    Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/03/15 15:25:36 (permalink)
    I may be interested in one, will it be compatible with the back plate?


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    Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/03/15 18:49:48 (permalink)
    Im not sure, the one I acquired doesn't have a backplate.
     
    This block I am designing is a work of art. 
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    Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/03/15 19:41:28 (permalink)
    nateman_doo

    Im not sure, the one I acquired doesn't have a backplate.

    This block I am designing is a work of art. 

    That is going to be the deal breaker then. Needs to be compatible with it.


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    Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/03/15 20:26:06 (permalink)
    I would need to see a picture of the card, as long as the hole spacing is similar, or close enough where I can modify easy enough. 
     
     
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    Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/03/16 08:03:26 (permalink)
    Cool Nate, I may be interested as well. Very interested to see what you come up with regardless! Because you are the Masta....lol 
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    Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/03/16 19:15:49 (permalink)
    I almost finished the design. I really cant wait to post it... but teasing you guys is more my MO ;)
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    Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/03/18 21:32:53 (permalink)
    Don't tease us too long!


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    Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/03/20 08:33:55 (permalink)
    updated main post.
     
    That wasn't too long to tease right?
     
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    Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/03/20 08:38:11 (permalink)
    *cough* GTX 680 *cough*

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    Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/03/20 09:12:15 (permalink)
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    Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/03/20 09:23:46 (permalink)
    GTX 680 is what is coming... 580s are old ;) and the 680s are already faster than 580 classy

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    Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/03/20 09:49:05 (permalink)
    nickbaldwin86
    GTX 680 is what is coming... 580s are old ;) and the 680s are already faster than 580 classy


    So buy a 680 on release and sent it to nateman and then you can have his awesome craftsmanship on a brand new card.


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    Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/03/20 10:18:56 (permalink)
    NO thanks... I cant do 2GB... when the 3-4GB cards come out I will look into getting one/two

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    Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/03/20 10:24:52 (permalink)
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    *cough* GTX 680 *cough*

     
    *cough* cough** amen

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    Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/03/20 10:32:53 (permalink)
    There will always be something better out there.  As it stands the 580 is still being sold right?  The nice thing about making blocks like these is I can make them whenever. 
     
    Lets say you want to make a waterblock for an older card.  It won't take me much of any trouble to gear up the machine and make a new one at any time in the future when no one else makes them....
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    Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/03/20 10:34:55 (permalink)
    *Cough cough* This thread is going off-topic. Please don't come here talking about 680's.
     
    This is for Nate's 580 block. If you don't care about it, or don't need one, then don't post.
     
    If you wanna talk about the speculated 680, then that's why we have a news section.

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    Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/03/20 10:39:14 (permalink)
    COUGH COUGH... Elitegeek is future admin of the internet
     
    I was only suggesting a future block, chill out.

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    Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/03/20 11:31:04 (permalink)
    Eh, no worries.  If the 680 has the same circuit board then its cake to adapt it.
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    Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/03/20 11:36:58 (permalink)
    Heck if Nate wants to make me a free block, I have no qualms about sending him my GTX 680 when I buy it :]
     
    Then he can make me a 2nd block and I can buy that =p

       
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    Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/03/20 11:39:45 (permalink)
    Sweet.  Then I will charge you twice for the second one ;)
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    Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/03/20 11:49:06 (permalink)
    NOOOOOOO :[
     
    Actually how much do you charge for the blocks anyhow?

       
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    Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/03/20 11:58:04 (permalink)
    Hard to say, I haven't made it yet. 
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    Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/03/20 12:08:51 (permalink)
    Work of art nate, you've got a lot of talent 

     
     
      
     
     
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    Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/03/20 12:29:34 (permalink)
    Thanks!  slight revision:


    Took a little material off the caboose
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    Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/03/23 20:03:53 (permalink)
    Started hand writing some tool paths:
     
     
     
    post edited by nateman_doo - 2012/04/06 03:02:30
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    Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/03/23 20:27:40 (permalink)
    Just wondering, do the waterblocks  hurt the motherboard by the weight? I've never done a graphics card under water and I was always wondering if the weight of the card / copper or whatever would bend the mobo.

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    Re:100% Copper GTX 580 Classified Waterblock 2012/03/23 20:35:48 (permalink)
    This particular installation will be taking that into consideration. A dense foam will be under the motherboard to prevent too much sagging. The card wont bend, it will have PLENTY of renforcement from the block. As long as the foam under the motherboard is similar to the standoff height there wont be an issue. The board will be horizontal, but i could design something for a vertical installation.
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