AIO water cooling unit for RTX 3090/3080 with 360mm radiator from Alphacool

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  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    Dragam1337 Ancient Guru

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    Looks very nice ! I dont wanna have to deal with open loops, but that looks quite interesting...
     
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    asturur Maha Guru

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    For me this would be cool if it was sold without a cooling block and if the pump would have a sort of semi standard connection on different cooling blocks.
    At least in a world where i would change videocard once per year.
     
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    insp1re2600 Ancient Guru

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    no gigabyte one?
     
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  5. kakiharaFRS

    kakiharaFRS Master Guru

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    I wouldn't buy it for a 3090, I ditched my alphacool block and went EK
    gpu cooling seems good or even better than ek but it's a bit biased as the alphacool cools almost nothing other than the gpu, while the EK touches more components
    problem is the backplate on a 3090, the thermal pads they give don't work I had 1-2 vram chip not touching or barely the backplate
    on a reguler 3080 you won't have this problem
    the rgb looks awful I quickly disconnected it and never used it again, leds are way too obvious, EK is slightly better but still both are worse than the rgb from Corsair blocks (but better for everything else)
     
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    tunejunky Ancient Guru

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    it conflicts with the one Gigabyte sells on it's own the waterforce series
     
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    tunejunky Ancient Guru

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    although the lack of a passive cooling backplate will be a pass by hardcore OC'ers, for gamers it's just fine and will still outperform the air-cooled card.

    more importantly Alphacool is to be commended for their commitment to their customers and their needs by maintaining a fully g1/4 ecosystem and all copper radiators.
    this allows new people into performance computing and turns their expense into an investment.
    and given their track record, individual components are always available by themselves for folks already running loops.
    you can swap out what you want when you want when you need or just for looks.

    and even better the additional drip free quick connects are available by themselves or attached to tubes (at a price cheaper than doing it yourself) for "plug n' play"

    i bought eisbaer 280 gen 1 for my nephew. he's still running it (on a newer system) and he's added a distro plate, gpu block, and 360mm over 6 years.
     
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    insp1re2600 Ancient Guru

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    not an aio though is it?
     
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    tunejunky Ancient Guru

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    yes, they offer both aio and card-with-block

    so they're reluctant to OK someone else, but haven't committed enough to make a dent themselves
     
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    Agonist Ancient Guru

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    Open loops rock. Never go back to using AIO on GPUs.
     
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    insp1re2600 Ancient Guru

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    always been worried about it spraying all over
     
  12. patteSatan

    patteSatan Master Guru

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    If you have read tips about watercooling, and watched a few rayz2cents/linustechtips videos, you cant go wrong.

    I have gone from Alphacool AIO (http://www.alphacool.com/download/ENG_1016662_Eisbaer_Aurora_240_CPU.pdf)

    To a soft tube system, I now have a 360, and a 240, and even bought a reservoir with pump installed, so have 2 pumps...and a gfxblock from Bykski.
    The first and only time I had a leak, was when I dismantled the AIO, and the leak wasnt in the computer, it was in my bathtub ;)
     
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    Agonist Ancient Guru

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    I used to be as well. Just take your time. This is my 2nd loop now. I did a first one to get the hang of it. No leaks, ran it for a few months before making this one nicer.
    Its so worth it, even if the temps were the same, its silent. But its better temps too.
    Just a 280 rad, and 240 rad. Nothing fancy.
     
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    Neo Cyrus Ancient Guru

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    Is there a TUF AIO out there?
     
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    KissSh0t Ancient Guru

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    Neo Cyrus Ancient Guru

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    I got excited there for a moment, I meant an AIO for the TUF 3080/3090. The one this thread about is for the Strix model... and the Ventus which is kind of odd. They also appear to make one for the reference board, and the TUF board is like none of those.
     
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    KissSh0t Ancient Guru

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    Ahhhhh... hahahaha... Now I understand.
     
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    ChisChas Master Guru

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    Several generations ago I had a completely water-cooled gaming computer in a huge Cosmos case but inevitably more complicated & expensive than an AIO for a CPU or GPU. I currently have an ASUS ROG Strix 3080 OC and all the reviews/tests confirm how effective the air-cooling is so adding an AIO is just a needless expense & complication imho. Yes, temps & noise could be further reduced but when cards are so expensive anyway, why bother?
     
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    Agonist Ancient Guru

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    For the reason of not upgrading for a while.
    $700 for the 6800xt, $130 for this EK block,
    Its worth it for keeping at least 3 years.
     
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    tunejunky Ancient Guru

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    from the TUF/Strix 3080/90's i've seen it looks like they have the exact same circuit board, but it seems like the Strix needs more passive cooling on the backside opposite of the mounting slot.

    so it seems like the Strix block would work for the TUF, but NOT the other way around
     

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