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Old 4th July, 2006, 11:21 AM
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Sapphire Liquid Cooled Radeon X1900 XTX TOXIC

Trusted Reviews has a review of the Radeon X1900 XTX Toxic liquid cooled video card, it kinda looks like a tidewater liquid cooler, but sexier!
check it out http://www.trustedreviews.com/articl...ge=7326&head=0
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Heh. That was written by Spode. Well someone named Andrew 'Spode' Miller. Is the same Spode who was previously a frequenter of AOA and started Spodes Abode?

Anyway: Good review. Proves that water cooling is better for performance than water (for those who were in doubt).
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Yeah I want to get the tidewater plus for my SLi rig, but I don't know anyone that has one, I read the review on it, but I'd like to know if its gonna last, or just die after a couple months...
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No doubt a very fine video card. $600 +? Ouch!
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Looks like the watercooling aspect of it only really allows for reduced noise, not so much better cooling than a regular GPU air cooler.
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is that because the reservoir is smaller on the watercooler? That would make me sway more towards just water cooling my whole rig rather than the freezer 64 on the CPU and tidewater plus for the video...
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It's the radiator and fan which are on the small side. Plus, it is drawing air from inside the case. That air is likely to be warm already. Ideally, you want to use air from outside the case to cool the radiator.

You'll notice that Spode was testing this on a caseless system. So, that would have helped it cooler better in his tests. Cooling would be worse once it is fitted inside a case.

Having said that, the fan is drawing from lower down in the case which should be cooler than elsewhere. You could also mod your case with a duct or intake fan near the cooler intake.

In general, it is best to go for a good full watercooling set-up. The cheaper alternatives are usually no good. You get what you pay for with watercooling!
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Just buy a regular XTX, watercool it, and flash the bios to the toxic, like I have!
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