Watercooling Gigabyte GTX 460? Question

spymoose

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Possibly a dumb question, but figured I'd ask here anyway.

Have 2 Gigabyte GTX 460s on the way, thinking about adding them to water cooling setup I am planning. Really like the Koolance water block, but it mentions that the board must fit the original reference design. Anyone know if the Gigabyte version does, or where I can find out?

Thanks
 

thilanliyan

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No the Gigabyte is not the reference design. I have mine watercooled and have used an old Maze4 GPU only block with a custom plate for the screws. A full cover block will not work because it is not the reference design. A GPU only block would work though, and considering the Gigabyte version has a separate heatsink on the VRMs as well, I'd say it is ideal for a GPU only block.
 

smackababy

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The best thing to do is email customer support of the block makers with the card you have and ask. I wasn't even aware they had non reference 460 cards out yet, but I am not in the market for a new card just yet.
 

llee

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Palit also has a non-reference GTX 460 lineup. They have the shortest GTX 460s available at 7.4"
 

spymoose

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No the Gigabyte is not the reference design. I have mine watercooled and have used an old Maze4 GPU only block with a custom plate for the screws. A full cover block will not work because it is not the reference design. A GPU only block would work though, and considering the Gigabyte version has a separate heatsink on the VRMs as well, I'd say it is ideal for a GPU only block.

Good to know, thanks. Not planning on adding GPUs to the loop until next year, but I'm happy I'll have the option.