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NZXT RL-KRG10-B1 Sleeve Kraken G10 GPU Bracket
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Does its job and does it well, but know what you are buying!! This is for a 290x install 05/31/2014

This review is from: NZXT RL-KRG10-B1 Sleeve Kraken G10 GPU Bracket

Pros: Great solution.
High quality parts!
So much easier to install than "DWood's Brackets"
92mm is whisper quiet. This is coming from someone with a case full of Noctua fans.
Properly done configuration will make the EXTREMELY loud 290x be a whisper quiet. (The stock quiet mode on a reference 290x throttles down to almost gtx670 performance because of the heat. You can get rid of this by bumping up the fan speed but it sound just like my vacuum cleaner. Reminds me of my gtx 480!!)

I've been using AIO coolers on GPU since they first became popular at OCN (Overclick.net) under the names the "Red Mod" and "Green Mod". An artisan by the name of DWood started making brackets that would allow you to mount the AIO coolers to the Gfx cards instead of using zip ties. While those brackets and these are functional identical, this bracket is A LOT easier to install! The hardest part of the DWood bracket was that you had to hold the bracket, AIO cooler, and screw at the same time. Which basically requires good skill or three hands. With the NZXT bracket, the back plate and screw or held to the PCB by bolts which makes applying the AIO cooler and retention brackets a breeze! BIG Props to NZXT on this one!!

Cons: None as far as it pertains to the bracket!

Maybe manual doesn't say 290x needs a shim, but it does; however I knew this before due to research.

Other Thoughts: A few things a 290x buyer should be aware of. I am using a reference XFX 290x.

First if you are buying this for a 290x, you will need to order THREE additional items.
1) An All In One (AIO) cooler with fans
2) You will need a copper shim to use between the GPU chip and the AIO cooler.
3) You will need heat sinks for the TWO VRMs on the 290x.

For the copper shim, I went with a EK 7970 Copper shim.
For the VRM heatsinks, I went with Gelid enchance 290x VRM heatsinks. Model: GELD-IV-R9-290/X-EnhKit (Kind of hard to find right now, but this is the one you need since it comes with heat skins for BOTH VRM 1 and VRM 2)

Without out the copper shim temps will be go over 100C very fast and comp will shut down.
Without the VRM heatsinks you CANNOT OC the card at all or temps on the VRM 2 (The VRM that is not under the fan and sits at the front of the board) will quickly get to over 100C! Even at stock clocks my front VRM hits 80C!

My setup:
Works great. Im using Noctua NT-H1 thermal paste, an Antec Kuhler H2O 620, and Two Noctua NF-F12 fans that are connected to 290x fan plugin with a Gelid CA-PWM-02 adapter (Allows afterburner to control the PWM fans on the AIO).
Temps:
Idle around 40C with fans at 20%
Load: 60-70C with fans at 50%
I went for a quiet profile (the teme of my whole build) over low temps. Bump the fans up and the temps will go down quick.

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XFX Double D FX-797A-TDFC Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Great Price
3gb VRAM
Great cooler - runs whisper quiet (Cooler is extremely long. Barely fit in case. If your running anything besides a full size case, check the measurements)

Cons: VOLTAGE LOCKED
Not a good value if you are going to OC!

Other Thoughts: Bought this for a friends build.

The whole point about buying a 7970 is to OC it. A voltage locked 7970 is crippled. My EVGA 670gtx @ 1267 will outperform the 7970 @ 1025 (max stable OC).

If you are going to OC, you WILL get higher FPS going with a non-volatage locked 7950 than this voltage locked 7970!!!

This is a new design since the GHz editions came out. The old design had only ONE dvi port while the new edition has TWO dvi ports. The ONE dvi port is not voltage locked while the TWO dvi port is voltage locked.

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Display Name: Douglas A.

Date Joined: 03/09/05

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  • Last Review: 05/31/14
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