Are you sure it won't fit ? Because the EK M6I block fits both boards: http://www.coolingconfigurator.com/waterblock/3831109821053I made a stupid error and bought a Bitspower motherboard block for an Asus M6I instead of M7I and I figured it out while trying to get it on the motherboard. Didn't even touch the thermal paste. FrozenCPU won't take the block back (their policy is to not take back any opened waterblocks), so I will have to sell it cheap and get the right block. More delays, but totally my fault.
Yes, that is exactly what I was thinking. FrozenCPU came through with the parts last Friday, except for a fan that they forgot to package. I would ideally have run the system on air cooling to make sure everything works but I don't really have the time for that. Got the Heatkiller 970 GPU block and backplate installed on the Zotac 970 ... That's a damn small card! Will get the Bitspower motherboard block installed next and then get parts in the case. Then I will know if there is enough room for all the plumbing with a second rad. Still waiting on the FrozenQ reservoir ... Must be nearly 2 months now since I ordered it.
I can post pics here if it actually will fit and if the OP doesn't mind me tagging along on his thread, with the common theme being dual rad setup for the M1. I'm sure the world doesn't need another M1 thread.
Sorry I never got around to it. I was a little discouraged when I couldn't get my cpu stable with my ram at 2800 MHz with out being way over volted... Also I have been messing around with the ram disk program that comes with the Asus boards. Pretty amazing how fast it is.Hey, did you ever get around to doing some testing?
Anyway I won't take up any more of this Ncase dual rad thread with my issues. Will let you guys know when I have two rads in...
I wouldn't recommend Furmark for GPU testing, Heaven or Valley Benchmark are much better suited to have a realistic idea what your GPU is going to be doing. The same for Prime95: unrealistic loads that never happen (certainly not while gaming), so you could better just compress a movie file to some format with something like Handbrake or use PCMark 8 or CineBench.
The motivation is noise. My plan was to duct as much of one of the 120mm radiator fans into that opening.
It's just that big capacitor there is connected to the primary/filter side of the PSU so it's high voltage and can carry enough current to kill. Maybe you know already but best to say it than wonder later why you aren't posting any more, right?
Pro tip: if you use a kitchen sponge (the yellow/green ones) or some very fine sandpaper on a chrome fan grille, you could use a matte black spraypaint can to get it around the same color as the PSU.
This is an interning article on PSU safety: http://www.overclock.net/a/capacitor-safety-in-power-supplies
It appears that the sx600g has at least one bleed resistor next to the primary cap. Not sure if we have the more dangerous x-capacitor in the PSU. I might just leave the PSU open without any grill after reading that article. But if I stop posting you know why .......
i'm really curious as to how effective those bottom rads actually are given how close they are to the gpu waterblock. is it worth it when considering noise and performance?
Nobody really knows - or, at least, I don't know if anyone has made measurements that allow for that question to be answered. And I've been looking
That's why I've been so keen to have MrJerico do the tests I've mentioned, though, since it would be the first (and only) actual hard data out there to draw from. There's been lots of speculation, conjecture, and guesswork done by myself and many others across different threads, but nobody has actually tried it, so most of those conversations weren't exactly productive
It's worth saying that the bottom-mounted radiator is greatly compromised due to the necessity of thin fans, in addition to the airflow restriction above and below it. So using it certainly won't equate to a "doubling" of cooling performance (or however you'd want to think about it). It isn't something a person with low-end or middle-of-the-road components would ever need or want to build, as a radiator on the side will take care of that just fine.
However, if the addition of the second radiator allows for higher overclocks, or meaningfully lower temperatures for the hottest hardware, then it could be worthwhile for some, for those who really want to maximize performance. And that's what I am hoping we can figure out - if that's actually true.