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3 hours ago, Bastiaan_NL said:

 

Thanks guys, I ordered a bunch of those and some different pads. I have a few cards that I need to repaste/repad anyways. 
The thickness was in the manual for the strix block, 0.5 and 1.0mm. 

 

 

The block was cleaned 6 months ago, but it went in a system with red fluid and has been online 24/7 since that day. I should have flushed that system like I did in the main system and use distilled water with biocides etc. Instead I was lazy and refilled it with the red dp ultra and the whole loop is red again. 
The block is clean now, and so is the CPU block and the radiator. Waiting on the pads so I can install the block on the GPU, the loop is almost ready. 

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Looks great, you almost fooled me, I looked at the "Dirty" block and thought, this copper block looks fine.... LOL

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It's alive ! It's alive...after various delays, finally got to bleed the whole loop thing and try out the 3090 Strix OC (and for that matter the 3950X) on w-cooling for the first time...took long enou

...all the parts trickled in (some quicker than others) and I started the prep work for the dual-loop (3950X, Strix 3090 OC)...everything cleaned and flushed; allen head srews and fittings checked and

Just finished adding my EK block and backplate to my EVGA 3090 FTW Ultra Gaming.     Yes...my PC is Borg.

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2 hours ago, Avacado said:

Looks great, you almost fooled me, I looked at the "Dirty" block and thought, this copper block looks fine.... LOL

Thanks, it'll get the black and white sleeved cables too and a few RGB ML140's. I think a dimmed red or orange/copper light will look good with the hardware.

 

Looking back at the picture I totally understand the confusion, it was a bit hard to capture the real color on camera. The tubes are all red inside, and so is the reservoir and every fitting. 
Took me about 2 hours to clean the block with a toothbrush.

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So to be fair, I'm sure this is because that person was not monitoring their coolant temps, but I came across something that gave me a bit of pause. I saw this guy's PETG tubing warp where they fit into the fittings which could cause leaking. At what temperature does the coolant need to be for that to happen? Wondering if the guy was just super negligent and hotboxing his room, or if PETG doesn't have a lot of tolerance?

 

Just wondering PETG vs Acrylic...I get PETG is easier to work with, but seeing that makes me a bit nervous about it.

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51 minutes ago, Sir Beregond said:

So to be fair, I'm sure this is because that person was not monitoring their coolant temps, but I came across something that gave me a bit of pause. I saw this guy's PETG tubing warp where they fit into the fittings which could cause leaking. At what temperature does the coolant need to be for that to happen? Wondering if the guy was just super negligent and hotboxing his room, or if PETG doesn't have a lot of tolerance?

 

Just wondering PETG vs Acrylic...I get PETG is easier to work with, but seeing that makes me a bit nervous about it.

You would need to have coolant temps >45c to warp PETG. 50c is usually the limit for PETG and I know the limit for most pumps.  I have had coolant temps run to 42c before when I had my fan curve on manual for whatever reason and forget about it. Nothing ever became of my loop. Was that warm for 2 hours or so I think before I noticed. 

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10 minutes ago, Avacado said:

You would need to have coolant temps >45c to warp PETG. 50c is usually the limit for PETG and I know the limit for most pumps.  I have had coolant temps run to 42c before when I had my fan curve on manual for whatever reason and forget about it. Nothing ever became of my loop. Was that warm for 2 hours or so I think before I noticed. 

Hmm ok. Good to know.

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32 minutes ago, Sir Beregond said:

Hmm ok. Good to know.

Yep, I am pretty certain your pump will fry before PETG even comes close to deforming. 

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The Meshify S2 system is online again. Temps are good and it is quiet enough to return to the bedroom :classic_biggrin:
I think I sold the wrong board, this one has no RGB headers so I can't use both the blocks and the pump leds.

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1 hour ago, Bastiaan_NL said:

The Meshify S2 system is online again. Temps are good and it is quiet enough to return to the bedroom :classic_biggrin:
I think I sold the wrong board, this one has no RGB headers so I can't use both the blocks and the pump leds.

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That's a clean-looking build, including power cable management...I like Z170s, still have a Gigabyte Z170 SOC Force in daily use powering our bedroom tv, including for some retro 1080p games such as NFS: Most Wanted... 

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I was not happy with the temperature spikes on my 3950x, so I decided to check the flatness and give it a good polish on a lapping stone at work.

Here is the first run with 180 grit, pretty clear that it hits the wrong area first. I kept going with 180 until there was only copper showing and stepped it up a few hundred grit at a time, finishing with 2500. 

The system has been running p95 small fft's for an hour now, not exceeding 20°C over ambient maxing out at 57°C on the full loop (420 and 280 x 45 rads, still waiting on a HK block for the 3090).

I've not seen any of the temp spikes, but I'm sure that's not fixed but only a bit lower than it used to be.

 

180p first run: 

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180p second run:

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Finished product, 2500p 

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On 15/04/2021 at 23:29, J7SC_Orion said:

 

That's a clean-looking build, including power cable management...I like Z170s, still have a Gigabyte Z170 SOC Force in daily use powering our bedroom tv, including for some retro 1080p games such as NFS: Most Wanted... 

I never noticed your reply, but thanks! I love that build, way more than my main system. Not going to jinx myself but I can't complain about the z170/7700k :classic_biggrin:

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42 minutes ago, Bastiaan_NL said:

I was not happy with the temperature spikes on my 3950x, so I decided to check the flatness and give it a good polish on a lapping stone at work.

Here is the first run with 180 grit, pretty clear that it hits the wrong area first. I kept going with 180 until there was only copper showing and stepped it up a few hundred grit at a time, finishing with 2500. 

The system has been running p95 small fft's for an hour now, not exceeding 20°C over ambient maxing out at 57°C on the full loop (420 and 280 x 45 rads, still waiting on a HK block for the 3090).

I've not seen any of the temp spikes, but I'm sure that's not fixed but only a bit lower than it used to be.

 

180p first run: 

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180p second run:

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Finished product, 2500p 

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I never noticed your reply, but thanks! I love that build, way more than my main system. Not going to jinx myself but I can't complain about the z170/7700k :classic_biggrin:

  

...that's - shiny

 

I've have an older Intel 5960X (8C/16T HEDT) which I call 'nemesis'...has the world's worst IHS (simultaneously concave and convex, w/ huge temp differences between cores). I finally got it to behave a bit better after the 4th round of serious lapping; can't lap any further or I'll need copper shims

 

...I love the Z170s...and let's face it, Intel Skylake lasted a long time (14+++++++++++++++++). The Z170 SOC Force has 3x M.2 onboard plus USB-C and a PEX chip for quad-SLI, not to mention 22 w-cooled phases and Japanese caps all over. Once Ravens' nest is finished, I might get back to the idea of modding this Z170 for a 9900 K (via socket inlay and custom bios, which does exist).

 

 

 

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Me likes shiny :classic_cool:

 

Will you need those shims to get enough pressure from the cooler on the IHS? Otherwise you could use longer springs to get more pressure, I even searched for the option of direct die cooling. But after watching someone rip a few parts from the chip I decided not to do that..

 

The weird thing with this chip is that the max temp under small fft's is 21°C over ambient, but as soon as I stop the workers it jumps 5°C up over the max temp. And now, an hour later I see a max temp of 31°C over ambient, one of those weird spikes. So in the end it didn't matter for the spikes, just the temp under load dropped a bit. Now I'm not scared at all about that max temp, its 30°C below the max but I hate to see it jump around like that. 

 

Sounds pretty epic if you could get a 9900k working on a z170, but that's not really something I would put my time into. I mean, it's really cool if you can get it to work but I don't really need it. 2 of the 3 systems only have a CPU to keep the GPU's working, and the 3950x is just because I could. Maybe I would have been better of with less cores and higher clocks, but bigger is better right?

 

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On 03/06/2021 at 12:09, Bastiaan_NL said:

Me likes shiny :classic_cool:

 

Will you need those shims to get enough pressure from the cooler on the IHS? Otherwise you could use longer springs to get more pressure, I even searched for the option of direct die cooling. But after watching someone rip a few parts from the chip I decided not to do that..

 

The weird thing with this chip is that the max temp under small fft's is 21°C over ambient, but as soon as I stop the workers it jumps 5°C up over the max temp. And now, an hour later I see a max temp of 31°C over ambient, one of those weird spikes. So in the end it didn't matter for the spikes, just the temp under load dropped a bit. Now I'm not scared at all about that max temp, its 30°C below the max but I hate to see it jump around like that. 

 

Sounds pretty epic if you could get a 9900k working on a z170, but that's not really something I would put my time into. I mean, it's really cool if you can get it to work but I don't really need it. 2 of the 3 systems only have a CPU to keep the GPU's working, and the 3950x is just because I could. Maybe I would have been better of with less cores and higher clocks, but bigger is better right?

 

 

...yeah, I took a lot off the IHS given its crazy wavery look - w-block seating pressure would be an issue (borderline now) but longer springs might work > good idea ! 👍

 

...I have my own 'HoF of fav mobos' I'll keep no matter what 😍

 

...apart from the Gigabyte Z170 SOC Force, there's the Asus Maximus V Extreme (3770K) that actually has Thunderbolt, an Asus X79-E WS (PEX + 7 PCIe) and the more recent MSI X399 Creation, plus some real oldies like the Abit IC7G 

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I just want to say.... I think my water cooled rig would win the ugly contest if we had one... all of your rigs look better... mine doesn't even look planned, let alone good.

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