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Old September 2, 2012, 07:36 AM
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Default DT Direct 2011 Waterblock. Safe? Discuss

I came across this in a different forum. It has stirred up quite the controversy. I wanted to see what the folks at HWC thought. This waterblock mounts directly to the cpu with no jet plate in between. Do you think it is safe and would you ever use it?

Also how do you think it would perform compared to other blocks considering there is no jet plate or fins for heat disspation. Better or worse?





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Old September 2, 2012, 09:00 AM
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Thats to risky and because there are no fins to increase surface area I would have to say its just a gimmick
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It's interesting to say the least, but I'd think the same as the post above WRT the lack of either fins or channels.

That said... the benefits IMO wouldn't outweigh the risks invovled with using the non-machined surface of a processor as 1/2 of the seal in a water loop. Are there folks who'll take that risk? Probably, just as some folks were willing to run brand new extreme procs "naked" by removing the lid, some folks would probably try this just for the coolness factor (and yeah... I think it's pretty cool.... :) ).
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Old September 2, 2012, 09:08 AM
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It is pretty cool definitely. I am curious to see how it fares up to other blocks once a CPU roundup is completed. Notice the angled corners on the o ring for the little hole on the 2011 chip?
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It's small, no thermal paste, interesting.
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Old September 2, 2012, 10:49 AM
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Just draining the loop would be a PITA. No matter how well you think you've drained it, there's always going to be a little bit of water left over in that block which will end up on the motherboard. I suppose that intel chips could be easily removed from the motherboard while still attached to the block, but removing AMD chips while still attached would present a risk of damaging the pins.
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There is a solution, and yes swiftech sells it!!

Just prep your board as if you were using subzero cooling! That way when you get some water on your mobo it's no big deal.

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As per the photo, LGA2011 CPUs have that hole in them for a thermal sensor. Did Intel ever design that to have water penetrating it?

To drain it, I guess you'd have to blow a hair dryer on it or something before removing the block. I guess you could just fire up the PC as well to "burn" off the excess fluid
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The block looks like it's cut to avoid that hole. I personally don't think it'd be very good unless the CPU was lapped. Less chance of water leaking through a tiny gap caused by an uneven IHS. (I know the o-ring should stop that, but I'd feel more comfortable lapped.)
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a time bomb waiting

water eroding IHS made of titanium

the hole is for to let you know the when IHS has been breached and shortted cpu
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