Eddie EK FC79 7800/7900 GPU Block
Author: Matthew Kemp (kempez)
Hardware Acquired: Watercooling Shop
Once again I will be using the Club3D 7900GTX 512mb.
First I needed to remove the stock cooler
And again this then has to be cleaned of all leftover paste etc
EK state that you can use any thermal paste that you want to. Arctic Silver Ceramique is mentioned in the manual, and I used this on the RAM for the card. I used Arctic Silver 5 for the GPU. You may want to use Arctic Silver Ceramique if this is your first install.
I did not get a picture of the block before it got put onto the cooler, but the instructions are fairly self-explanatory.
The Block installed:
A close up of the PWM cover:
The top of the block. You can see the spacers underneath the barbs:
Installation of the card in my case was an absolute breeze. The Eddie EK block has barbs that fit on horizontally and this meant that routing in my case was an absolute doddle. Unlike the Alphacool block, I could put back one of the fans onto the case that I previously had to take off. This meant that general case cooling was much better with the extra fan on it. Obviously for testing this was left off (for parity with the Alphacool previously reviewed).
The card looks a little twisted here. Perhaps the cooler does weigh it down a bit, but it's not too bad:
And a close-up picture of the block. You can see that the flow is pretty high and the block looks great.
Well it certainly looks nice, but how does it do in our tests? Read on...
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