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    [O/C]Swiftech MCW80 - Riding the Lightning

    Swiftech MCW80 – Riding the Lightning
    by Maxi


    When you have two cards as formidable as these two, it’s only natural to want to squeeze every last bit of performance out of them. Enter Swiftech’s high-efficiency MCW80…
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    So, please forgive my ignorance, but is this a block for non ref cards? I'd love to WC my Matrix 5870, even if I have to go universal.
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    Yes it is. You need to go to Swiftech site and make sure the plates fit for the GPU block. Then you buy aftermarket heatsinks for each ram chip and Vreg block. make sure you got some minor fannage on the heatsinks, your golden.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Conumdrum View Post
    Yes it is. You need to go to Swiftech site and make sure the plates fit for the GPU block. Then you buy aftermarket heatsinks for each ram chip and Vreg block. make sure you got some minor fannage on the heatsinks, your golden.
    Once my wedding is over (this Sat the 23rd) and we get back from the honeymoon, I think I may put a Matrix platinum under water. If it fits.
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    My Mentor told me: It means unless you move the computer, I have to move programs. What you did is good thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peeved Kitten View Post
    Once my wedding is over (this Sat the 23rd) and we get back from the honeymoon, I think I may put a Matrix platinum under water. If it fits.
    Hit me up later for the Ttape you should get etc. And how to clean the chips for the Ttape.
    I want my old title back.
    Old beast is torn down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Conumdrum View Post
    Hit me up later for the Ttape you should get etc. And how to clean the chips for the Ttape.
    Will do! thanks!
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    My Mentor told me: It means unless you move the computer, I have to move programs. What you did is good thing.

    Rather than explain I think I will rewrite the programs.

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    Hot diggity!! I was hoping they had a block out for the Matrix 5870 as I have one o deez badboys enroute to me thanx to Gwiggles

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nebulous View Post
    Hot diggity!! I was hoping they had a block out for the Matrix 5870 as I have one o deez badboys enroute to me thanx to Gwiggles
    Any chance you could document your block install? I'd love to see it done before I attempt it.
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    My Mentor told me: It means unless you move the computer, I have to move programs. What you did is good thing.

    Rather than explain I think I will rewrite the programs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peeved Kitten View Post
    Any chance you could document your block install? I'd love to see it done before I attempt it.
    Sure I can do that with pics and all

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nebulous View Post
    Sure I can do that with pics and all
    Your awesome I'm on the fence right now because I want another matrix, but I want to wait and see how the 6990 is or maybe get a 5970 when the 6xxx comes out. I just really like the Matrix.

    I had a thought and please tell me if I'm just nuts, but on these cards by moving to WCing you actually remove a some heat generation and power consumption from the board, IE the fan generating heat and consuming power while spinning. Am I right on the assumption that the board voltage might be a bit more stable without having to power a fan etc.?
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    My Mentor told me: It means unless you move the computer, I have to move programs. What you did is good thing.

    Rather than explain I think I will rewrite the programs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peeved Kitten View Post
    So, please forgive my ignorance, but is this a block for non ref cards? I'd love to WC my Matrix 5870, even if I have to go universal.
    Yep, the MSI Lightnings I used this block on are both custom PCB cards. You might even be able to do what I did and leave the stock VRM cooling in place and not have to buy anything else.

    Quote Originally Posted by Peeved Kitten View Post
    I had a thought and please tell me if I'm just nuts, but on these cards by moving to WCing you actually remove a some heat generation and power consumption from the board, IE the fan generating heat and consuming power while spinning. Am I right on the assumption that the board voltage might be a bit more stable without having to power a fan etc.?
    I doubt removing that small draw would mean anything, the design of the power circuit itself is what matters, but for sure it wont hurt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Conumdrum View Post
    Hit me up later for the Ttape you should get etc. And how to clean the chips for the Ttape.
    Mmm pencil erasers.
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    Great review. Thanks
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    hows the mcw80 vs the 60?
    i heard that mcw80 cools bigger gpus like 5870/480 etc much better than the 60 but with higher restriction

    same with gtz and xt?

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    I think so. The GTZ and XT cpu block use the same as the 60 and the 80. GTZ/60 pins vs XT/80 microchannels.
    I want my old title back.
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