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cadman420

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Just wondering is anyone ever tried to water cool a workstation board with dual Xeon processors? Not going for overclocking but for the silence.
 
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cadman420

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I have water cooled my other system several times just never tried to do a dual CPU before. Now I am trying to figure out how much of a rad I am going to need. Good thing these Xeon's run cool.
 

Ben333

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Cooling a multi processor system is the same as a regular desktop. Just need two water blocks.
 
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cadman420

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wouldn't you have to increase the size of the rad to handle a dual cpu? or I guess it would be like adding a gpu to a normal system.
 

Ben333

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wouldn't you have to increase the size of the rad to handle a dual cpu? or I guess it would be like adding a gpu to a normal system.

Bingo. A good system will handle a 2nd CPU just as well as it would another video card. At least 2x120 rad is probably a good idea though, 3x if you're cooling a gaming GPU too.
 
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no custom blocks cad?

make 2 single blocks and braze them together :)

Now I didn't say I was going to buy the coolers. I do have to do some research on the connectors if I were to try this. I don't know yet. this is my work machine, and I am not going to overclock it or anything just would like to cool the system quietly, but you do have a really good idea there. could just hard pipe the blocks together.
 
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Bingo. A good system will handle a 2nd CPU just as well as it would another video card. At least 2x120 rad is probably a good idea though, 3x if you're cooling a gaming GPU too.

If I have the room, I think I would like to go with the triple just in case I wanted to cool my video card too, nothing really special there just an ATI 4670 so I doubt it would give the cooling system too much of problem. The whole system runs decently cool now.
 

Stvwndr219e

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Doesn't it also depend on the processors you want to cool as well? The Nehalem Xeons may need a quad to make it silent with acceptable temperatures.
 

muddocktor

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Since he's not overclocking, you can look at the Intel TDP values for the processors he is using as a guide to how big a rad he needs to run. Even if they are 130 watt TDP procs you are looking at 260 watts of heat dump at 100% usage. I would think a triple should do well for cooling, but since he wants silence I would go with a PA120.3 or RX360 over the others, which have higher FPI.
 
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cadman420

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Since he's not overclocking, you can look at the Intel TDP values for the processors he is using as a guide to how big a rad he needs to run. Even if they are 130 watt TDP procs you are looking at 260 watts of heat dump at 100% usage. I would think a triple should do well for cooling, but since he wants silence I would go with a PA120.3 or RX360 over the others, which have higher FPI.

Those rads look good, how do they compare against a swiftech? I only ask since that is what I am familiar with, but I am open to change if better. My Xeons are
85 watt ( prestonia )