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Intel LGA2011 CPU gets water-cooled

Intel LGA2011 CPU gets water-cooled

LGA2011-based systems are known to run quite hot under load, especially when overclocked.

It didn't take long, but we think this is the first water-cooled PC mod that uses one of Intel's shiny new LGA2011 CPUs.

Forum user Coolmiester, also known as Paul Edwards, who has several high-profile projects already to his name, has built the PC around a Cooler Master ATCS 840 case and used the latest water-cooling hardware to deal with the heat from the graphics card and Sandy Bridge E CPU. It was on show at the recent Multiplay Insomnia 44 LAN event.

Using what appears to be an EK CPU waterblock, Paul has managed to overclock the CPU to 4.8GHz using an Intel DX79SI motherboard. The PC also sports Kingston DDR3 memory and HyperX SSDs, along with a Cooler Master PSU.

From our own testing with Intel's new CPUs and X79-equipped motherboards, we know that they're prime targets for water-cooling as the VRMs and CPU generate a lot of heat. As such, we suspect that we will see plenty more water-cooled LGA2011-based projects over the coming months.

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You can see more of Paul's project here, and you can see what we thought of Intel's new LGA2011 CPUs here. Are you planning to build an LGA2011-based PC? Are you also going to water-cool it? Let us know in the forum.

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damien c 21st November 2011, 12:54 Quote
4.8ghz on that watercooling setup, makes me wonder what temp's they are getting on air when people do that speed on air, unless that is what they wanted as the safe max overclock.

Think I will be waiting for the next stepping before I decide fully if I should get one or not.

Got to say though the mod looks great and well done.
feathers 21st November 2011, 13:43 Quote
Just realised these new CPU's are based on 32nm. Lame. So they cost a shitload and the performance isn't wonderful. I will be going with Z68 i5 2500k.
Cyberpower-UK 21st November 2011, 14:57 Quote
Nice build, how much RAM did you stuff in it?
gabe777 21st November 2011, 15:03 Quote
Is it really worth it to get 300 MHz more than the 4.5 easily attainable on air ?

WTF.
damien c 21st November 2011, 15:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by gabe777
Is it really worth it to get 300 MHz more than the 4.5 easily attainable on air ?

WTF.

You would be surprised when you are looking at using it for video encoding etc where the speed help's quite abit if you are doing allot of encoding.

Not to mention water cooling when done properly look's excellent compared to a great big hoofing HSF.

I am just waiting for the 12 month warranty to run out on the pre overclocked bundle I have in my pc, before I watercool it if I have not upgraded by then simply because I want to increase the overclock which I have done but only from 4.6 to 4.8ghz on air, but with water I know I can take the chip to 5.0ghz plus as it will do it on air now but the temp's are to high for me.

Normally also watercooling is quieter than air cooling, as you can use low rpm fans on the rad's and get lower temp's as well there are benefit's to it but it does cost more.
G0UDG 21st November 2011, 15:20 Quote
Well done paul nice build, wish I had the skills to build a proper water cooling loop for my pc I would do it in a flash if i had
kzinti1 21st November 2011, 23:33 Quote
What people need to be aware of is that these processors aren't worth the money just for gaming. If you're using software that can take advantage of these new cpu's and their extra cores, then fine. That's what they were made for.
NOT gaming! Stick with the i7-2500, 2600 or 2700 K-models for gaming. You'll save money over the way more expensive E-Models. That "E" is for Enterprise, not Enthusiast. You'll save money through using a lot less electricity, (Sandy Bridge E=130 Watts vs. Sandy Bridge K=95 Watts), and also you can use air-cooling or a closed loop watercooler instead of having to invest in a full-loop watercooling system. Even if you can find adapters for present day cpu waterblocks. I looked. EK Waterblocks has them on their site but they cost a fortune for shipping to the U.S. just to get an adapter kit. Not to mention the extreme prices that E-Model motherboards cost.
You'd do better to just wait a few more months or so for IvyBridge.
fluxtatic 22nd November 2011, 05:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by kzinti1
NOT gaming!

Exactly. Check the benchmarks and OC results - you'll be better off with an i5 2500K or possibly an i7 2600K. For the average enthusiast applications, SB-E is not what you want. If you're looking to build a workstation for massively-threaded software, by all means. But most of the numbers I've seen, you'll get a handful of fps out of the SB-Es, at nearly double or nearly quadruple the cost (of the i5, at least)

It's a new age, people - Intel has blessed y'all with an embarrassment of riches. Just don't go for SB-E unless you need what it actually does, or you need a boost to your e-peen :P
Snips 22nd November 2011, 09:42 Quote
Why disrespect the build when it has taken time and money to plan and put together. You don't know what he intends to use the system for so you cannot start bad mouthing him and his build because "it's a waste for Gaming!"

I think the build looks awesome and Coolmiester needs recognition for his excellent work he has done here. Well Done dude!
M7ck 22nd November 2011, 10:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by Snips
Why disrespect the build when it has taken time and money to plan and put together. You don't know what he intends to use the system for so you cannot start bad mouthing him and his build because "it's a waste for Gaming!"

I think the build looks awesome and Coolmiester needs recognition for his excellent work he has done here. Well Done dude!

This +1000
damien c 22nd November 2011, 10:56 Quote
Well I said it's a nice build etc, and was only defending the choice of cooling etc.

The best cpu for gaming is the I7 2500K as the hyperthreading on the 2600K and 2700K in some games will make it perform worse than the 2500K, as I saw when I ran a 2600K and 2500K but it's not allot of difference.

The 6 core's and faster speed will help if you have the software to utilise it but I don't think there is much available, that is cheap enough for the average person to buy.

I like the build and I like the Sandy Bridge E chip's but at the moment I cannot justify the cost of them, but maybe when the next stepping is released they will be worth it for me.

Again really nice and clean build respect to you for that.
Waynio 22nd November 2011, 11:19 Quote
Nice & tidy Paul ;) I still think the CPU inbetween the RAM banks looks cool, SB-E not for my kinda usage but for those who it is it's a beast :D.
shaunster1011 22nd November 2011, 11:28 Quote
Watercooling isn't only done to keep stuff 'cool', it also looks awesome and you don't have to have a massive piece of metal hanging off your mobo..
HackJoe 22nd November 2011, 18:36 Quote
Saw this at i44, great build, the cable management is amongst the best I've seen. Well done that man.

J.
Margo Baggins 23rd November 2011, 09:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by damien c
Well I said it's a nice build etc, and was only defending the choice of cooling etc.

The best cpu for gaming is the I7 2500K as the hyperthreading on the 2600K and 2700K in some games will make it perform worse than the 2500K, as I saw when I ran a 2600K and 2500K but it's not allot of difference.

The 6 core's and faster speed will help if you have the software to utilise it but I don't think there is much available, that is cheap enough for the average person to buy.

I like the build and I like the Sandy Bridge E chip's but at the moment I cannot justify the cost of them, but maybe when the next stepping is released they will be worth it for me.

Again really nice and clean build respect to you for that.

what is this i7 2500k people keep speaking about!?
damien c 23rd November 2011, 09:47 Quote
Lol I see what I did my mistake (slaps self in face)

The I5 2500K is what I meant.
Tom @ CCL 23rd November 2011, 18:11 Quote
CCL were over the moon to be showing one of Paul's creations on our stand again.

Truly amazing in person and a cut above almost all other mods I have seen, its the last 2% that makes Paul's mods seem like they were an off the shelf case and setup.
xxxsonic1971 24th November 2011, 03:02 Quote
very nice system mate,well done.
[PUNK] crompers 27th November 2011, 12:29 Quote
nicely put together traditional mod, you could almost call it old school!

why are people talking about the failings of SB-E for gaming here? anyone can read the bit-tech review its still on the front page
kzinti1 28th November 2011, 05:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by [PUNK] crompers
nicely put together traditional mod, you could almost call it old school!

why are people talking about the failings of SB-E for gaming here? anyone can read the bit-tech review its still on the front page

I did. That article is what got a company that refuses to give refunds for any cpu for any reason, to refund my money for this cpu.
Thanks bit-tech! You saved me over $600.00 for an i7-3630K, plus the rest of the equipment.
Damn you, all you manufacturers, for your NDA! The consumer deserves to be better informed, earlier than whenever you say we can. You've lost face, in the eyes of the world and also in the eyes of your ancestors for putting innocent consumers in this position to begin with. You've shamed your fans and families. For money. Now, you know what you have to do.
Bakes 28th November 2011, 20:36 Quote
So what was bit-tech's sandy-bridge e in an armari xcp, if not a mod/custom case?
timevans999 1st January 2012, 20:06 Quote
Time and time again this site appears to be a long way off the mark. The gaming performance in my humble opinion is far superior to that of the sandybridge. To tell the truth everyone i know went for the 3930k besides one who bought the2500k following the bullshit review advice about (gaming performance).
He tested the 2500k out of existence on lcs @ 4.8 Ghz using prime 3dmark11 and lots of stress testing, no problem. When we loaded up games on a network the 2500k wasn't stable in company with the latest NHC mod. Everyone else has overclocks on lcs using the sabertooth x79 and they all worked. I could mention all the tests that the 2500k was slower in compared to the 3930k even at default but i suspect that I would be wasting my time.

In a nut shell the littler k's are slower in everything compared to the big K as far as High end gaming is concerned, thankyou and goodnight
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