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    When it comes to water cooling, Swiftech is one of the most popular brands out there, known for their high performance and high quality water blocks among liquid cooling enthusiasts everywhere. We look at their new MCW-NBMAX, a northbridge chipset block for the ASUS Maximus II Formula and Rampage Extreme boards for today’s review.

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    Once again great review!!!

    hmmm..... come to think of it every piece of hardware thats realesed by swfitech is being reviewed by Deton.... gotta new nickname for you.... swifDETONtech
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    interesting that swiftech developed that block with cooperation with ASUS thats a big step forward to make watercooling easier IMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geralt View Post
    Once again great review!!!

    hmmm..... come to think of it every piece of hardware thats realesed by swfitech is being reviewed by Deton.... gotta new nickname for you.... swifDETONtech
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    Lol...with the nickname, if swifty consider giving me some royalty then I may use it . It's just happen that way. We're trying to get more sponsor from different makers too. We'll have more EK Water Blocks review coming soon.

    Quote Originally Posted by Geralt View Post
    interesting that swiftech developed that block with cooperation with ASUS thats a big step forward to make watercooling easier IMO
    Update: additional info which is not include in the review; MCW-NBMax block is compatible with Asus Rampage II Extreme (X58 board), yes it fit , this is a good news to Rampage II Extreme owners.

    Yeah, Swiftech is working hard to releases new products. They just released new water block for HD4870X2 and I believe they are going to release new double deck radiator in couple months (the time frame is un-comfirm). It will be interesting to see this new rad performance.

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    I will add that tidbit of info to the review Deton, thanks!

    And thanks to HESMelaugh for editing this review, he did a great job as well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deton View Post
    Lol...with the nickname, if swifty consider giving me some royalty then I may use it . It's just happen that way. We're trying to get more sponsor from different makers too. We'll have more EK Water Blocks review coming soon.


    Update: additional info which is not include in the review; MCW-NBMax block is compatible with Asus Rampage II Extreme (X58 board), yes it fit , this is a good news to Rampage II Extreme owners.

    Yeah, Swiftech is working hard to releases new products. They just released new water block for HD4870X2 and I believe they are going to release new double deck radiator in couple months (the time frame is un-comfirm). It will be interesting to see this new rad performance.
    As Usual Nice Review and Great Work there Deton!

    Wow Double Deck Radiator huh? Sounds Fierce !! hope to get double times performance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bullydog View Post
    As Usual Nice Review and Great Work there Deton!

    Wow Double Deck Radiator huh? Sounds Fierce !! hope to get double times performance!
    Thanks for the support guys but the editors also get the credit for adding salt & pepper .
    About double deck or sandwiched rad, I think it's probably double performance of a single rad, I personally haven't test it but I think Hesmelaugh did the experiment. I'm not sure if he tested with Swiftech rad though, I think he tested with Magicool slim profile line. HES, can you confirm on this? Thanks, I'm interesting to find out how this double deck rad up against Fesser rad though.

    I won't make any more comments on double deck rad in this thread because I think it's . Maybe Hesmelaugh can post his experiment in another thread in the Cooling forum then we'll have a discussion about it.

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    I personally also think that the idea of this block is really good. Not everyone wants to put separate waterblocks on NB, SB and Mosfets and with the heatpipes already in place anyway, the NBMax-Solution is really good.

    Concerning the Double-Radiators, I'll open a new thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosco View Post

    Are you aware of this Doc D?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HESmelaugh View Post
    I personally also think that the idea of this block is really good. Not everyone wants to put separate waterblocks on NB, SB and Mosfets and with the heatpipes already in place anyway, the NBMax-Solution is really good.
    Yes, it is good intergation designed but I think stand alone block (no heatpipe linked) will out perform this type of block. Unfortunately, the Rampage Extreme Fusion block wasn't available at the test time so we can determine if this block actually out perform Asus stock Fusion block or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deton View Post

    Are you aware of this Doc D?
    I let them know, working on establishing more Affiliate sites where we share news, etc

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    Unfortunately, a stock Fusion waterblock from ASUS wasn’t available for this test so we couldn’t test whether the NBMAX has an advantage over ASUS’ own watercooling solution.
    It would have been handy then to try the Asus Rampage Extreme instead which come with a stock watercooling block, a stock heatsink and compatible with the MCW-NBMax:
    http://www.asus.com/products.aspx?l1...67&modelmenu=1

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    TBH, it won't be much different in performance because both blocks have no pin matrix and they both sit on top of stock heatpipe copper base. Therefore, it's not directly contact the northbridge chipset, so the total thickness of the copper base will be double.

    The advantage of MCW-NBMAX is better looking, interchangeable bards. The Fusion block bards welded, and it's 3/8" size, if you use 1/2" tube system then you have to use reducers. These butt urgly reducers is easily snap off if there is too much pressure at the connection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deton View Post
    The advantage of MCW-NBMAX is better looking, interchangeable bards. The Fusion block bards welded, and it's 3/8" size, if you use 1/2" tube system then you have to use reducers. These butt urgly reducers is easily snap off if there is too much pressure at the connection.
    Absolutly, i'll definitly exchange the stock watercooling block with the MCW-NBMAX when i'll finaly find one.
    With an Apogee GTZ it will look cuter too

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    Is Asus' Fusion Block waterblock Copper or Alu?
    Because if it's Alu, that would be another reason to get an NBMAX instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HESmelaugh View Post
    Is Asus' Fusion Block waterblock Copper or Alu?
    Because if it's Alu, that would be another reason to get an NBMAX instead.
    It's copper, but really thin, NBMAX base has twice more copper at its base.

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