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GeForce GTX 590 Water Block Roundup

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Posted August 9, 2011 by Jake in Cooling
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Introduction

Dual GPU graphics card have been around for some time since the days of the 3DFX Interactive which was one of the dominant players in 3D graphics cards. However, the main physical problem, at least for consumers, has generally been that when you pair two powerful graphic processor units together on the same PCB, it will generate a tremendous heat. There have been several methods of trying to improve temperatures, and the latest is the vapor chamber technology for the behemoth GeForce GTX 590, the latest in Nvidia’s flagship dual GPU lineage.

The problems of heat and power consumption still remain limiting factors for these high-end cards, but Nvidia’s GF110 GPU has been able to reduce the power consumption and heat output. Despite the fact that that GTX 590’s comes with a vapor chamber air cooler, temperatures may not be as low as some would like. And dealing with fan noise is obviously another consideration. As a result, a way to deal with these issues is to use water cooling on the card, and specifically a full coverage water block to handle the dual GPU’s heat output while reducing noise.

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Some of the advantages of full coverage blocks are their ability to cool all critical card components rather than just the GPU core. Full coverage blocks also run silent, wtih no fan noise to worry about (though the radiator does admittedly have fans as part of the overall loop). There’s also the reason of bragging rights; having what is arguably the fastest graphics card on the planet on water is unquestionably an enviable achievement.

With that said, the question then becomes: which GPU water block? In order to answer that critical question, today we’ve got a GPU water block roundup for the GTX 590 to examine products from some of the top manufacturers to try to determine just that. And for the record, before we hear any complaints that we didn’t include Block X or Block Y, we’ll address that right off the bat by saying that there are reasonable limits as to what products can be procured and tested in a certain timeframe. Further, the GTX 590 is a very expensive, very specialized graphics card; not just any company makes a water block that fits it. So we’ve made every attempt to include the major manufacturers that do have products now available.

With that out of the way, today we’ll be comparing the following four top contenders on our hotrod ASUS GTX 590: EKWB EK-FX590 GTX, Danger Den DD-GTX590, Koolance VID-NX590, and the XSPC Razor GTX590.

We would like to thank EK Water Blocks, Koolance, Danger Den, and XSPC, and Daz at www.dazmode.com for their support in this roundup review and providing samples.

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