Danger Den Water Box Plus Case (Part 5)ccokeman -
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What can I say about this experience? Bitchin'! With load temperature drops of 21 degrees Celsius on the CPU core and 13 to 15 celsius on the graphics cards, the question I ask myself is "Why did you wait so long to try water cooling?" I think it had something to do with the apprehension of putting water and electricity together. The E6700 that I used in this case tops out at 3.6GHz prime stable, period. Lower temperatures and higher voltage are of no help with this chip, so unfortunately I was not able to increase my overclock on the CPU. Now the graphics cards, on the other hand, showed a huge improvement in both the GPU and memory clocks that I was able to achieve. On air, the cards were good for clock speeds of 600MHz on the GPU core and 953MHz for the memory. With the only change being the method of cooling the cards, the clock speeds increased to 631MHz on the GPU core and 1010MHz on the memory, both pretty substantial improvements from the stock clocks of 500MHz/800MHz. Not quite the thirty percent improvement that was suggested, but pretty darn close.
Another part of the equation here is that the noise generated by the fans and pump in the case is minimal compared to the air-cooled CM Stacker the system used to be in. Dropping the noise level while giving the CPU and GPUs some additional cooling were two things that have been an issue in the past. Air cooling is a compromise; you have killer cooling but the the noise penalty is huge. Not so with the Danger Den setup we have put together. Without sophisticated sound testing equipment, it is hard to quantify the results, but the ringing in my ears is now gone at the end of the night. The Papst fans that were used are rated at a 30dB, and I truly cannot hear them with the case buttoned up. I was afraid the DD5 pump would really put out a lot of noise, but again was pleasantly surprised at the noise level that it performed at, almost dead silent. During the leak testing, I had to keep grabbing it to make sure it was still running. Talk about a serious change, it's amazing.
I'm sure that some of you are wondering about the total cost of the buildup. Well, it's not the cheapest buildup you will ever see, but it IS the buildup that we wanted. With a total outlay of $894.50, it included the following items.
- Danger Den Waterbox Plus Case with custom etching and UV panels
- Danger Den DD5 variable speed pump
- Danger Den Black Ice GTX 240 Radiator
- Danger Den TDX UNI Universal CPU block
- Danger Den DD-8800gts Full Coverage Graphics Water blocks x 2
- Papst 4312L 120mm x 32mm fans x 2
- Tygon -3603 1/2" x 3/4" tubing 7 feet
- Plastic snap clamps x 10
- Danger Den Fillport
- MCT-5 Non conductive cooling solution
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