8800GTX SLI Danger Den Water block install - Pics inside!

Discussion in 'nVidia Flavor' started by managerman, Nov 30, 2006.

  1. managerman

    managerman Limp Gawd

    Messages:
    130
    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2004
    Hello,

    Last week I received my 2 Danger Den NV-88 waterblocks for my 2 8800 GTX cards. I installed them into my newly built system over the holidays. I have attached a bunch of pics of the install.

    The machine I built is listed in my signature....The rig has two separate water loops...one for the CPU and one for the 8800GTX's

    The waterblocks did a great job of lowering idle and load temps....Idle went from 60C to 45C and load went from 70C to 55C!!

    The cards are currently running at an overclock of 650/1030...I have not messed with the bios of the cards yet to apply more voltage...I continue to overclock and tweak the CPU, memory and video cards....stay tuned...


    Enjoy!

    -M

    EDIT: Added some final pictures of the build....12/01/06
    [​IMG]

    The stock cooler removed.

    [​IMG]

    A naked 8800GTX! Wow is that core huge!

    [​IMG]

    Prepped and ready to go!

    [​IMG]

    Close up of prep

    [​IMG]

    Backside of water block

    [​IMG]

    Installed on card

    [​IMG]

    Cards Installed into EVGA 680i SLI motherboard

    [​IMG]

    This is a close up of the home made SLI solution...I changed the orientation of one of the fittings to do this.

    [​IMG]

    Tubing hooked up!

    [​IMG]

    Fluid XP+ loaded!

    [​IMG]

    Rads with Silverstone fans..

    [​IMG]

    All built with lights...

    [​IMG]

    Closeup of components...

    [​IMG]

    Front of Mozart TX case

    [​IMG]

    Screenshot of first run of 3dmark06....

    [​IMG]

    EDIT: Here is the latest run of 3dMark06
     
  2. rus7y

    rus7y n00bie

    Messages:
    59
    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2006
    Sweet as! Nice job. Looks like you've used a lot of thermal paste though, I would have thought you would get better results with a see-through layer of paste?
     
  3. managerman

    managerman Limp Gawd

    Messages:
    130
    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2004
    Done a ton of paste installs...the method of a thin layer and then a small center drop seems to give the best contact (accounting for uneven cores and blocks!) and temps...I guess there are a ton of ways/methods to spread/apply that stuff...

    Thanks for the nice comment.

    -M
     
  4. Arcygenical

    Arcygenical Will Watercool for Crack

    Messages:
    25,663
    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2005
    Iunno, the core contact on these chips is really bad!
     
  5. skindogg

    skindogg Limp Gawd

    Messages:
    446
    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2005
    Were the GPUs running at 49C idle? What were they on load?
     
  6. -(Xyphox)-

    -(Xyphox)- [H]ardness Supreme

    Messages:
    6,525
    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2004
    Wow, Nice job... Me Want :D
     
  7. R1ckCa1n

    R1ckCa1n [H]ardness Supreme

    Messages:
    4,378
    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2004
    See says it in the original post.. 60c
     
  8. Vegasr

    Vegasr Gawd

    Messages:
    975
    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2006


    VERY NICE JOB. What type of paste did you use?
     
  9. managerman

    managerman Limp Gawd

    Messages:
    130
    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2004
    I used Arctic Silver 5 on the core and Artic Silver Céramique on the memory chips and the provided thermal pad on the voltage regulators.

    -M
     
  10. ultimate360

    ultimate360 [H]Lite

    Messages:
    120
    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2006
    All I can say is WOW. Lol. You have a awesome PC managerman! :D
     
  11. MrMike

    MrMike [H]ardness Supreme

    Messages:
    6,792
    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2000
    Amazing job. The quality of those waterblocks looks second to none.

    Just one question - is your PC single? I'd like to take it out to Olive Garden for dinner tonight.
     
  12. Stabbin

    Stabbin Limp Gawd

    Messages:
    141
    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2006
    Damn I'm jealous.. Bastage! :eek: :D
     
  13. managerman

    managerman Limp Gawd

    Messages:
    130
    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2004
    Thanks for the laugh!! That was great!! :) ....

    -M
     
  14. revenant

    revenant [H]ardForum Junkie

    Messages:
    13,954
    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2005
    wow - hello dream rig! :) So did you gain any OCing headroom with water on these cards? Just curious.
     
  15. Josh_Norem

    Josh_Norem [H] Consumer Editor

    Messages:
    210
    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2006
    Looks good!

    How is that case btw?

    Also, when you remove the stock cooler you're looking at a heat spreader over the core, not the actual core. I thought the same thing when I first saw it, thinking "DAMN, look at that core!" but it's just a heat spreader (about time they used them on videocards IMO).
     
  16. managerman

    managerman Limp Gawd

    Messages:
    130
    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2004
    With the stock cooler I could only go to 620-625 on core and 970-980 on memory before I started to have lock-ups and artifacting...I am still pushing it...I am striving for 675/1075....We'll see...

    Thanks for the nice comments!

    -M
     
  17. managerman

    managerman Limp Gawd

    Messages:
    130
    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2004

    Josh,

    The Case is a watercoolers/overclockers dream!! Here is a list of things I like about it:

    1. Designed for 2 2x120mm Rads (You can even fit a 3x120 on the front inside!!)
    2. Can easily fit two D5 Pumps and route the tubing
    3. Can hide/tuck all the wires on the opposite side
    4. Great airflow across the MB and Memory (and the 680i needs it :) )
    5. Lot's of room to work!
    6. Ton's of drive bays...

    -M
     
  18. M.D.K.

    M.D.K. Limp Gawd

    Messages:
    282
    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2004
    Very nice.

    Your overclocks seem low though, I was able to get more than that out of mine on air. Keep going, man!
     
  19. Denki

    Denki Gawd

    Messages:
    729
    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2004
    that is truly kick ass... and one seriously beasty rig, i just upgraded, but you make me blush with jealousy lol :D
     
  20. managerman

    managerman Limp Gawd

    Messages:
    130
    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2004
    What core/mem clocks are you at?

    -M
     
  21. skindogg

    skindogg Limp Gawd

    Messages:
    446
    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2005
    The next question is when will DD have some back in stock.
     
  22. revenant

    revenant [H]ardForum Junkie

    Messages:
    13,954
    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2005
    maybe after the thermal compound sets and you play with some extra voltage you'll get those numbers your after.. those numbers do seem a little low, but wow, 18k+ on 3dmark06 is very impressive. clearly you have ample power to toss any any 3d apps @ any res and IQ setting you want. That kicks ass! :)
     
  23. 1000

    1000 Limp Gawd

    Messages:
    426
    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2005
    Seeing the 8800 naked like that... man that sucker it MASSIVE, no wonder it runs so hot.

    1000
     
  24. jacuzz1

    jacuzz1 [H]ardness Supreme

    Messages:
    6,801
    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2004
    Very nice, congrats!!!!
     
  25. revenant

    revenant [H]ardForum Junkie

    Messages:
    13,954
    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2005
    the gpu core has a IHS on it, like the cpus we get today.. very similar to the intel flavor also.. the core itself is not as big as that makes it out to look, but it is larger than any previous core, by a good margin I would reckon. :)
     
  26. Adidas4275

    Adidas4275 [H]ardness Supreme

    Messages:
    5,851
    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2006
    damn man, quad core and 8800gtx SLI I want what ever job you have.
     
  27. Yreka

    Yreka [H]Lite

    Messages:
    95
    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2005
    Very nice looking system, well done.

    What type of display are you using ?
     
  28. managerman

    managerman Limp Gawd

    Messages:
    130
    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2004
    I am using a Dell 2405W ay 1900x1200

    -M
     
  29. KingPing

    KingPing [H]ard|Gawd

    Messages:
    1,306
    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2004
  30. Waterboy

    Waterboy Limp Gawd

    Messages:
    234
    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2005
    I have one on the way too. Thanks for the pictures. That should help me out when I install mine.
    My current 8800GTX is at 660/1065 and temp is idle at 48 ºC and 65 ºC on full load. This is with the fan on at 100%. My goal with the waterblock is 675/1100, plus a lot less noise and thinner. I only have one water loop, so hopefully this is not too aggress of a goal.
     
  31. 03M5

    03M5 n00bie

    Messages:
    12
    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2006
    Looks good! I've got a very similar setup hardware wise.

    Thanks for posting pics of the DD 8800 GTX waterblock install. Nice to see what to expect when I take my stock HSF off my dual 8800 GTXs. I got this link from Dan @ DangerDen because I wasn't sure how to best fit my dual watercoolers on the cards. I've got a Lian Li case with the radiator/fans in the top, so I have a bit less room to work with than you do. I've got some stubby fittings enroute to give me a little bit of extra clearance as well as some cool sleeves to eliminate any kinking since I have a feeling I will have an issue with that.

    Question for ya. Why so much power to drive a small resolution? Obviously you have the funds, step it up to the Dell 30" screen and run 2560x1600.

    Did you use all that AS5 because of the DD 8800 waterblock doesn't sit 100% flush with the chip?

    __________________
    Dell 3007FPW
    Core 2 Duo E6700 cooled by Swiftech Apogee
    EVGA 680i
    2x EVGA 8800GTX SLI cooled by dual DD-8800GTX
    4x 1GB Kingston HyperX DDR2 1066mhz
    4x Raptor 74GB 2x RAID 1 2x RAID 0
    2x Plextor PX-716AL DVD slot load
    Silverstone Zeus 850w
    Koolance PC4-1026BK (Lian Li PC-V-1200B)
     
  32. revenant

    revenant [H]ardForum Junkie

    Messages:
    13,954
    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2005
    I agree... with that power you're beggin for a 3007! :)
     
  33. 03M5

    03M5 n00bie

    Messages:
    12
    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2006
    What's up Rev! [​IMG]
     
  34. Brahmzy

    Brahmzy [H]ardness Supreme

    Messages:
    4,559
    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2004
    Not necessarily - I can slow my 8800GTX way down on just my 20.1 (1600x1200)

    I could use more GPU power on just this resolution. I'd cry if I dropped the $$$ on a 3007 and 2 8800GTX's to have them slow down. Ugh.

    Need more powuh!!
     
  35. 03M5

    03M5 n00bie

    Messages:
    12
    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2006
    What are earth are you running on dual 8800 GTXs that slows down at 1600x1200??? I am playing everything at 2560x1600 with full details and have no such slow downs on my setup.
     
  36. Blacklash

    Blacklash [H]ard|Gawd

    Messages:
    1,899
    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2004
    Nice!

    Dropping one of those on my GTX is going to be my next project. Thanks for the pics and details.
     
  37. jacuzz1

    jacuzz1 [H]ardness Supreme

    Messages:
    6,801
    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2004
    thats odd, i have the 30 and two was so powerfull that i sold one. I am enjoying my 30 with just one card.


    I will be going sli on the refresh when games i play will warrant it.
     
  38. managerman

    managerman Limp Gawd

    Messages:
    130
    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2004
    1900x1200....that's not that small.... ;) Maybe Santa will bring a me a Dell 30" :)

    I used a very thin layer over the core and then a small spot in the middle...to make sure I had an airtight seal across the 8800GTX heatspreader....Temps are good..(I think) about 10-12C lower then air on Idle and about 15-20C lower on full load....I have tried many methods and this method always gives me the best temps...even on the QX6700....Stock idle temps are 29C....

    Thanks...

    -M
     
  39. 03M5

    03M5 n00bie

    Messages:
    12
    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2006
    It's only about half the size of 2560x1600 :D
    OK 55% if you want to get technical but still, that's small when you compare the two! It's a beautiful screen. Once you go 2560x1600 there is NO going back!


    Sounds good, thanks again for the info/pics. I have a feeling when I go to test fit it I'll end up putting more than normal as I suspect I won't be able to get it flush with the tightening screws alone. The block is huge and I am sure slight varations in the manufacturing process of the waterblocks and the card itself are off a bit.


    Anyone know how many DD-8800GTX waterblocks DD sold in the first batch? Seems like they sold out pretty quick!
     
  40. revenant

    revenant [H]ardForum Junkie

    Messages:
    13,954
    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2005
    I was going to say, you don't need a bigger setup to upgrade.. merry Xmas to ME!! ;)

    FYI, your temps do look fine.. with SLI it only takes one card which is not a great OCer to keep both down.. so it's possible one of your cards is not the best OCer.. but hell, as I said before you have a veritable shit ton of performance on hand.. no need to fret over a few mhz.. :D