Vega 64 modded + Corsair AIO

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i finally got around to mounting an aio on my Vega 64, rather pleased with how it turned out

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ready to be hacked! could have ended here with a simple drill and cut to the AIOs' 1151 X-bracket but the coldplate won't fit thru the aperture... so off comes the frontplate

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H100i Pro RGB dry fit onto frontplate after first round of dremeling

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I kept the original X-bracket from the Vega & used modified 115x-type bracket and stock thumbscrews on the H100i. Only additional hardware needed was four 3mm x 18mm stainless machine screws

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the shroud fits!!! my attraction to Corsair for this for their low-profile pumpheads pays off

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frontplate remounted with original vrm pads miraculously preserved. areas I chopped retouched in matte black

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the scary part is done! now-debranded block very carefully torqued down. note breakout cables including 12vdc for pump unit, pwm for synchronizing external fans, and USB for the corsair

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aaand fully assembled with meshified shroud showcasing pump glow over the core

finally, the results:
@150W core-only actual
rad fans 2000 rpm / gpu fan 1200 rpm / pump 2100 rpm
core 40-45* / hotspot 45-55* / hbm 45-50* / vrms ~60*

@280W core-only actual
rad fans 2400 rpm / gpu fan 1500 rpm / pump 2100 rpm
core 45-50* / hotspot 65-75* / hbm 50* / vrms ~70*
 
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N4CR

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AIO really is the best way to cool these.. great results! Thanks for sharing - been considering this route.
 

pendragon1

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nice. ive done this with my 280x and my current rx470. did you tie the aio fans into the gpu fan header? you can and then the card will control them or you can use afterburner to create a curve.
 

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nice. ive done this with my 280x and my current rx470. did you tie the aio fans into the gpu fan header? you can and then the card will control them or you can use afterburner to create a curve.
I'm just controlling the fans with the Corsairs fan headers right now but I could use the PWM splitter I installed to tie them to the GPU fan if I so wished. I haven't done so yet because the H100i seems to be doing a competent job... and keeping the fans decoupled I can keep the curve on the internal fan nice and low as cooling the Vrms only needs the radial blower at =<30% PWM duty. It's definitely an option though, that PWM breakout header is there if I want it.
 

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Looked great until I got to the drilled out holes in the shroud.
 

primetime

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Looked great until I got to the drilled out holes in the shroud.
had the right idea...but would have been nice to have a more factory quality holes and cuts (if the holes were even needed)....i know its hard to take a proper amount of time since we all want to get in a rush and finish....

I would love to have a AIO with a full cover block but lord those kits are expensive (almost as much as the dam card)
 

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had the right idea...but would have been nice to have a more factory quality holes and cuts (if the holes were even needed)....i know its hard to take a proper amount of time since we all want to get in a rush and finish....

I would love to have a AIO with a full cover block but lord those kits are expensive (almost as much as the dam card)
yeah, I could have done a lot better on that part with better tools... I even have a miniature compound table but I don't have anything to put it under at the moment as the rest of the mini-mill it came with is permanently out of commission. Oughta pick up one of those lil dremel drill press stand things so I can get more precision for stuff like this ;) The holes are just there to let out light from the AIO pumphead... I gotta say, with it installed in the system the glow looks rather nice and my uglyass drill job is facing down where I don't have to look at it, so I'll live with it

Agreed re: full cover AIOs... those Eiswolf units look real nice but oof the cost!
 
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I decided to swap the H100i for a H115i that was being underutilized on a 'Zen 3600 and boy howdy was that a good call. I think I got the mounting pressure a bit better as my hotspot temps @330W dropped from high 90's to low-mid 80's and core dropped from high 50s/around 60 to high 40s/low 50s. And to top it off it's extremely quiet doing it with 140mm fans @1200rpm instead of 120mm @2400rpm. While I had the card apart I cleaned up the shroud a bit doing away with the holes and adding a diffuser as well as some custom paint for extra fun. Could still be a bit cleaner yet but I'm rather pleased with how it's looking & running at this point. Probably going to call this one finished and iterate on the next card I get :)

Behold, Vega 64 Magenta Edition!
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testing the lighting before I attempted to fix my sloppy masking. I have iCue set to cycle from a deep teal thru icy blue to hot pink as the GPU core temp goes up, makes for a nice visual effect!
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N4CR

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I decided to swap the H100i for a H115i that was being underutilized on a 'Zen 3600 and boy howdy was that a good call. I think I got the mounting pressure a bit better as my hotspot temps @330W dropped from high 90's to low-mid 80's and core dropped from high 50s/around 60 to high 40s/low 50s. And to top it off it's extremely quiet doing it with 140mm fans @1200rpm instead of 120mm @2400rpm. While I had the card apart I cleaned up the shroud a bit doing away with the holes and adding a diffuser as well as some custom paint for extra fun. Could still be a bit cleaner yet but I'm rather pleased with how it's looking & running at this point. Probably going to call this one finished and iterate on the next card I get :)

Behold, the only known MAGENTA Vega 64!
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testing the lighting before I attempted to fix my sloppy masking. I have iCue set to cycle from a deep teal thru icy blue to hot pink as the GPU core temp goes up, makes for a nice visual effect!
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Actually works nice and looks good! :D Great results.
I'm still a yinmin blue fan though, will get one of those FEs one day...

edit: now I get why you went pink xD
 
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