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Water cooling a GTX 980 Ti

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by digitaldreams, Oct 9, 2019 at 5:52 PM.

  1. digitaldreams

    Gangster

    Joined: Jul 5, 2007

    Posts: 223

    This thing is hitting 70-80c mid game (4k monitor no AA) and often wondered about adding watercooling.

    Black Zotac AMP! triple fan.

    Any easy to fit clear waterblocks, clear pipes and radiator/fan block kits ?. Would want to attach the rad to the top of the pc as a bit cramped inside. Think I'd want to add a flow indicator too (spinning ball kind of thing. Would prefer clear system to ensure no airbubbles and that the coolant is flowing.
     
  2. Panos

    Capodecina

    Joined: Nov 22, 2009

    Posts: 10,965

    Location: Under the hot sun.

    Give it a good clean with compressed air and replace the thermal paste first.
     
  3. koooowweeee

    Mobster

    Joined: Jan 13, 2010

    Posts: 4,761

    Location: Manchester

    I would try cleaning as mentioned first if not sell it and add the money you would of spend on a water loop and get a better card.

    If it was a much newer card I would say go for it. I have one on water myself
     
  4. digitaldreams

    Gangster

    Joined: Jul 5, 2007

    Posts: 223

    Often dusted. If removing the heatsink, what do you replace the naff pink memory chip pads with ?.

    The air exhaust is slightly blocked by the stupid fan shroud. I might cut it back to improve airflow.
     
  5. koooowweeee

    Mobster

    Joined: Jan 13, 2010

    Posts: 4,761

    Location: Manchester

    I've never replaced the pads. They are usually fine. Just replace the TIM
     
  6. lnoton

    Mobster

    Joined: Apr 14, 2009

    Posts: 2,970

    Location: Global

    I put am aio on my msi 980ti. You can have it if you pay postage.

    Never hit 60 after that.


    Not bothered with my 1080ti...runs so cool and fast. Seems much better than others... Kinda wierd.
     
  7. TrojanWhore

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Sep 13, 2010

    Posts: 1,085

    I'd agree, if you don't already have a loop then that will cost you around £200 all in, if you add the roughly £150 you would get for your card second hand, you could get an AMD 5700XT, which is close to twice as fast (or add another £50 for a quieter one!)

    Also I don't know if you'd be able to find a full cover block for that card, assuming it's a non-reference PCB
     
  8. Masteri3laster

    Associate

    Joined: Sep 24, 2019

    Posts: 24

    My daughters got the same card. Run 80+ under load from new. Replaced paste with some proper stuff (gelid) and dropped to mid 70’s