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Socket A WC Block use-able still?

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fluidmotion

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I have an old Socket A WC Block (Danger Den Maze 2 I believe) and I recently upgraded computers to these specs:

I7 920
Gigabyte EX58-UD4P Motherboard
Corsair Dominator 1800MHz 3 GB DDR3
Nvidia GTX 280

I currently have some OC parts from my old setup:

Digital Doc 5
Large radiator of some sort (older black ice?)
Pondmaster Pump (Eheim 1250 Aquarium pumps)
120mm fan

Is it possible to use my Socket A WC Block on any part of my system?
 

Conumdrum

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Wow! It's got a simple flow channel I bet. DD don't even have it listed anymore.

I'd say no no way. You can ask DD (Jeremy) submitting a ticket, since I'm a regular on their forums and seen his input I'd say no way it would be able to cool an i7. Your talking 60 watts vs 200+ watts.

Look at a HK 3.0 or a Swiftech XT.

fluid, the GPU holes are all square now. Nothing holding you back from making your own top mount though.
 

muddocktor

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I googled it up and found a review of the Maze 2. And yes, it's a simple channel/maze style of block. While it might not cope with today's processors by itself, you can still use it for some dual peltier action if you make a cold plate and buy yourself a couple of 226 watt peltier elements, as well as make yourself a new hold down system for modern sockets.
 

schmide

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I have one and the thing is a chunk of copper. I can't imagine it couldn't keep up with any processor as long as it has enough radiator to drive it. I've put lesser blocks on high wattage chips with good results. I've always been under the impression that crappiest to greatest WB is marginal in C/W difference.
 

xrodney

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I have one and the thing is a chunk of copper. I can't imagine it couldn't keep up with any processor as long as it has enough radiator to drive it. I've put lesser blocks on high wattage chips with good results. I've always been under the impression that crappiest to greatest WB is marginal in C/W difference.

Its similar like when using air cooler, smaller silent heatsink can cool better then big noisy one that have crappy construction.
With water its just litle more complicated.
Newer waterblocks have often more then one section inside created to just improve it performance and much higher amount of fins that increase overall surface that can pass heat to water. (more surface -> more heat passed to water -> better performance {as long as it wont increase problems to water-flow} ).
 

schmide

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It can handle and keep a Prescott E @3.75 (think 150w) processor at 52c with a marginal radiator.

TEC Prescott Cooling

I would say a maze2 with a good radiator is far better than any air cooling out there.

That being said, it is probably best to use a modern WB with such an nice processor.
 
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