I've got an EK-FC670 GTX block and am considering pulling the trigger on a GTX 970 and reusing my full cover block.
For people who have older waterblocks are are considering reusing them, here's a compatibility chart. But it's a useful guide not just for EK blocks as it indicates which GPU manufacturers have stayed with the old GTX 670 reference design. These have a good chance of being compatible with other older waterblocks (not just EK) made for reference design GPU's.
Aquacomputers first block for the 980 is ready:
Mine are already shipped I should have them here by tomorrow. For US people it will probably take a couple weeks or so, I don't know about the availability of Aquacomputer products in the United States.
LoL. They all say that: use coolants with anti-corrosives else it's your problem. And people still ignore it and go pure distilled water cause it's "hardcore".
And then blame EK, XSPC, and Koolance for bad customer service. So yeah, if you completely ignore what they say and get corrosion, sure they'll tell you where to shove it. It's expected. EK is especially direct and vocal about this - they'll tell it to you straight: use straight distilled water and silver coil purely at your own risk, and they'll always recommend against it and strongly advise to alway use anti-corrosives.
Every few years I get my doubts after scanning the forums and listening to a new hardcore crowd of experts talk convincingly about the virtues of distilled and silver coil, and contact companies like EK, but they've always been consistent and send me their research backing up their views, and I figure why take the chance. They don't even bother to push for EK products, just use "any" fluid from a recognized supplier that contains anti-corrosives. And no distilled water + silver coil.
Whether they're right or wrong isn't the point - they're making a clear, direct and unambiguous recommendation and if you ignore it, really it is your problem. Not that the hardcore crowd actually pay any attention until it's time to complain about corrosion and ask for a refund. Now whether this reflects bad customer service for not compensating people who deliberately and repeatedly ignore their advice but blame them anyway is debatable. Although it looks pretty clear cut to me but that's just one opinion.
There is NOTHING wrong with plain distilled and a silver coil...I've never seen any corrosion.
That's good. I too have never had corrosion either. I'm indifferent if distilled and silver is good or bad - meaning I don't care. I'm neutral about the whole thing and don't have an emotional attachment to either.
So if a vendor says they don't recommend it, and you decide their opinion is worthless, feel free to say so. Distilled might be the greatest thing since sliced bread, anti-corrosives might be an evil gimmick - these are just opinions. Perfectly fine to have an opinion - it's your right and it's harmless.
However if you buy their product, and decide to action your opinions in the form of not only totally ignoring the vendor recommendation, but doing the complete opposite, and your block falls apart from corrosion, then you're at fault. Zero sympathy. And yes, people get all emotional about it when customer service tells them to f-off even though it's the obvious and expected result.
If anyone is interested..............Watercool says it will be the end of November until a Heatkiller block is ready for the 980.
I guess they are about to release a new generation of CPU blocks and that is taking more time than they anticipated.
Awesome. Thats the whole reason I came to this thread.