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    Default Koolance VID-AR587 GPU Water Block

    Are you an avid water cooling user? Then you have probably heard the Koolance name before, and if you say “No never heard of them” then you are probably the only one. Luckily, we have the opportunity to test one of their new full cover GPU water blocks on the Radeon 5870 graphics card. Let’s find out how well it performs in keeping the beast cool and quiet.



    Click HERE for the full review.

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    Yea great review.I didnt like the flow restriction part cause i intend to wc my 5970 from koolance and i already have cpu and mobo in the loop.

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    Great review there deton very informative,
    didnt know koolance had such poor
    flow rates, hopefully on specific models only.

    Could the comparison be sacked together with the XSPC block?
    I would tend to think that it will be better to graphically represent
    how this block fared against the XSPC one? by putting them on the same slide?
    just my thought.

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    I start to concider about the EK-FC5970.They also provide a nice backplate.I will see if i find any review on this one.

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    Excellent review Deton! Email me as soon as possible I need some information

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    Yeah...VID-AR587 is may be high flow restriction but it's not that bad though. IMO, if you have the flow rate under 5 litres per minute (1.29gpm) then considering bad flow but this block have 7lmp (1.8gmp). Look on the bright side, its thermal performance are excellent. If a full cover block can keep all those temps (core/memory/shader/VRM) under 40°C considering A1 block.

    The reason it has high flow restriction due to the sharp bend at the core cooling fins, it has narrow water chamber then expanded its width at the GPU cooling fins then have a 90° turn.


    @Bullydog; we have 4 more full cover block reviews coming up then I'll compile all the results for the roundup comparison. So stay tune.

    @Wheeldeal; yes EK has their own backplate for their full cover blocks but I don't think you need to purchase it if the block compatible with stock backplate. I know in fact the EK-FC5870 block do allow you to reuse stock backplate.

    @Doc D; I'll email you the contact infos later on today when I have a chance.

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    I am between koolance and ek dont know which performs best or which has the best flow i just find koolance more beautifull and i like the ek cause i can put a nice nickel backplate.Though if possible i can get the koolance block and put the ek backplate and have a nice full nickel card.

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    I can't speak for 5970 blocks though but I think they are similar with 5870 blocks design but except they have extra cooling fins and bigger.

    Let me ask you this. Does 5970 card have double side memory?
    If it has then it's good to have the EK backplate but I am sure stock backplate is efficient to cool all the back of the memory. Unless you really like the bling of nickel backplate.

    Yes, EK block has less flow restriction than Koolance blocks and thermal performance are pretty damn close to each other.

    Here are the different between EK vs. Koolance on the plating;
    EK - bright high gloss nickel on the both side of the block
    Koolance - black nickel, high gloss on the cold plate side and matt on the inside, and black chrome plating for the cover.

    Now it's come down to the availability and personal preference. IMO, both blocks are good and Koolance block is a little heavier than EK due to the stainless steel plate cover.

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    Well there is no availability issue cause i found plenty of koolance blocks from the UK and for ek i buy directly from ek's site in Slovenia which is very close to Greece and low shipping costs.To be honest i want a backplate just for the look nothing more if i can put the ek backplate with the koolance block thats the way i will go but somehow looks kinda lame to ask this on ek's customer support...:rolleyes:

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    If you look at your 5970 backplate and measure its thickness then ask EK about their backplate thickness and if it's not any much thicker than stock backplate then you shouldn't have any problem using Koolance block with EK backplate. I'm sure Koolance uses the screws length that compatible with stock backplate thickness.

    We have a member (Jayfunk) using Koolance 5970 block and he's very happy about it, unfortunately that he hasn't been active lately.

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    Yea i know Jay we have spoke 2-3 times.Well i guess if you can use the stock backplate with the koolance block so does the Ek backplate also.

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    Yes, we're reviewing 5870 blocks from every major manufacturer on the market and then we'll be having a big roundup at the end, so keep your eyes open!

    Love the look of this block, very sexy.

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