Danger Den Unveils Radeon HD 5870 Water Block, X2 News - HotHardware
Danger Den Unveils Radeon HD 5870 Water Block, X2 News

Danger Den Unveils Radeon HD 5870 Water Block, X2 News

Danger Den just sent word that their Radeon HD 5870 water block is ready and about to ship--the official press release is posted below. Perhaps more interesting than the news about the 5870 water block, however, is the little detail Danger Den mentions at the end of the release. It looks like the dual-GPU powered Radeon HD 5870 X2 (if that is what it will officially be named) design is complete and samples are out in the wild.

DD-5870 Block for the ATI 5870 VGA Card

Danger Den continues to extend their broad line of full coverage video card blocks with the new ATI 5870 water block. The DD-5870 block is a single slot solution cooling all of the major heat components including the GPU, RAM, power mofsets, and more.

The DD-5870 block is designed to have superior cooling performance while minimizing the pressure loss across the block. This combined with other Danger Den blocks maintains a high flow rate through the entire system maximizing the cooling performance of all the components.

Danger Den, based in Astoria, OR, has improved their in-house production process and is now able to offer the DD-5870 at the incredible price of $99.95. The DD-5870 will be available to order on October 16th. The product page lists all of the details and any questions can be answered in the Danger Den Forums. Be sure to check out the Gallery of photos (more photos soon).

Stay tuned for the 5870X2 and 5850 versions also as ATI has sent CAD drawings and samples to Danger Den!

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Odd this one is really. From what I understood at least on the 5870 the cooling and energy usage was exceptionally well taken care of stock. I also thought the overhead was not as large therefore the OC ability was limited. This would lead me to believe this is an almost unneeded accessory even if you OC the coolest running high end card on the market right.

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I'm guessing that it's for people with watercooled rigs already, who don't want to break the loop when they upgrade to a 5870.

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I'm guessing ClemSnide's right. I'd definitely want to do it if I was watercooling.

Anyone with experience want to share the relative difficulty/easy of replacing the heatsink with one of these? Does it vary by card manufacturer, or all they all relatively friendly? I recall seeing some manufacturers get crazy with chips and heatpipes on the back of the card... which makes me think you need to make sure that your card strictly follows the reference design when using a product like this.

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ClemSnide, that's one possibility. Also have seen some nice OCed 5870's on the market, so maybe its OC limitations are exaggerated.

I'm curious to see how the power and heat requirements on the 5870X2 will scale, especially compared to GTX295.

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If it's a reference design, 3vil, installing one of these is really easy. I disassembled a 5870 for the review, and it took nothing more than removing a few screws and popping off the stock heatsink.

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Cool. Thanks for the info!

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