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Apogee GTX on the DFI NF680i LT


I thought I'd pop a few pictures in here of my bench setup for Project RainMaker... an X3220 on a DFI 680i LT -- using an Apogee GTX a DDC Ultra, and a Thermochill 120.2 with a couple of YL SL's on cooling duty.

I'm currently finding the OC on the bench (or the dining room table as it were) before I put it all in the Stacker.

Ultimately, I'll be cooling the NB, SB, and a GPU (TBD) via second loop. The equipment shown here will be my "production" cooling loop for the CPU.

Load temps under 4 instances of PRIME95 range from 58 to 63-deg C depending on the size of the FFT being executed! Idle temps are around 43-deg C. This is at a toasty 1.5 Vcore running 400x9 MHz.

The Apogee GTX is a sweet looking block. The Scythe backplate is also a nice addition... very solid... you can get it here. I had to modify it slightly as you will see below, cutting out some of the insulating sticky layer to work around some surface mount components that were under the backplate in one corner. I also had to bore out the holes to accept #6 screws for mounting the GTX.

Here you can see the backside of the motherboard... note the small surface mount components towards the upper right mounting hole... (remember, click any pic to enlarge)



I cut away some of the sticky insulating layer and used electrical tape as an insulator instead...



Here you can see how the cut-out fits around the surface mount components...



Here is the Apogee GTX mounted to the motheboard...





Here you can see how the backplate keeps the motherboard perfectly flat...



Finally, here's the cooling loop on the bench (er dining room table)...

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