Good evening everyone!
The final bits and pieces ordered from ppcs was delayed and couldn't ship Friday... They had a kit with a pair of EK VRM blocks marked down from $75 to $15 for Gigabyte motherboards. After doing some digging and taking some measurements caliper style, it appears the blocks will work. I went ahead and put it in my order. After arriving home from work, I saw an email that had for some reason gone to a subfolder immediately that the order was on hold waiting for customer response. Apparently they had miscounted the stock of the those EK blocks... but, they had the same thing but with plexi instead of acetyl. I called in at 4:50pm on a Friday and got straight through to a customer service guy. He quickly looked up my order and went to let the order puller know I was fine with the substitution. At that point, I was contacted via email to join a chat on the performance pcs site to keep up on whether my order would ship or not. Unfortunately, they missed the Fedex truck by about 5 minutes. It was hard to be mad with how much they worked with me and quickly tried to rush around and get the order out for me. Ends up they "threw something in" the box for me. What a cool thing to do! Super curious...
Anyway, I have plenty of data from today that I am formatting and will be posting either tomorrow evening or Monday for all to see. It contains timestamped data for each physical sensor as well as the software sensors set up to monitor hwinfo's data. The major pieces of information like the main delta, block and in/out deltas, and ambient over time are all setup through virtual sensors as well. This will be all in easy to view spreadsheet file type, and is formatted to be easily graphed. Many, many inferences can be interpolated and extrapolated from the data regarding the performance of the block and the overall performance of the system. It has been really intriguing to see how with a pretty heavy heat load how a sealed system goes through a couple of distinct changes... but I'm not going to go into all of that. I want someone who is curious enough to view the data to organically examine and make the same conclusions. My main concern, the performance of the block obviously, has been well satiated at my testing power levels. I am working to obtain other blocks to perform a direct apples to apples comparison against. I am hoping this coming week I can have two more to work into the loop... but we shall see. There's only so much I am willing to spend on blocks that will have one evening of use and then never again...
On a different note, I have been working on printing my PSU/wire shroud parts today. I am going to install the flow meters for both loops down in that area, and I needed a solid platform to do so. The fact that my craigslist special case doesn't have a basement bugs me, but not having one allows me to mount a rad down there, and I am just going to make one that is custom built to my exact needs. After what's on the printer now is done in about a half hour, I just have one more part to print, but that has to wait until the rad's location have been moved to the bottom where it will be permanently. I have another idea for something pretty cool that will be printing all night and be done in the morning. It's a bunch of parts to a cable channel system that I'm printing with clear PLA and has a slot for RGBs behind it. I will be printing several 4" sections, 1" sections, and a half dozen each of 15 degree wedge sections with 6 angled forward and 6 angled back. Tomorrow I will do 6 of each right and left 15 degree wedge sections while I'm at work. It should be pretty cool, and a way to get two birds stoned at once: turn unavoidable wires into something cool.
I wouldn't use hard tubing, if you're going to keep testing blocks I'd suggest flexible tubing, life will be easier.
I have two female to female fittings that will be used to switch from hard to soft tubing for the CPU block. I have a mount/clip printed that will serve as an anchor point for this transition. I am really interested in trying my hand at PETG. Now that I have a load of data, I feel confident to change things up, baseline again, and retest. Curious to see what the differences are, if any. The GPU will be set up as well, as I am nearing a point where I get machine time again. After the N2 betas are done (about half way for both), I will get an R1 cut and see how it fairs on my GTX 1070.
Here's some shroud photos with a couple of the sections printing in the background and then the large section's fitment test:
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