Intimidator CPU-GPU-Chipset Water Blocks Review

Cooling/Water Cooling by piotke @ 2004-04-16

Now that water cooling systems are becoming more popular, you'll find a lot of retail solutions. Most of them are high priced and offer only average performance. Building the setup yourself is an option, but getting the blocks is the most difficult part I think. Good performance for a decent price...
This week I've been testing a new revision of a set of warter blocks from Frigus Engineerings. Blue powah!

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VGA block

Intimidator GPU-RAD-GF2/3/mx v1.0

Frigus Engineering’s new line of anodized alloy/copper blocks are highly efficient, combined with low weight and an excellent price. It has a good-looking anodized copper top with a full copper base.

This block will fit, the ATI Radeon series with 2 holes next to the GPU, the NVidia G-Force 2/3 and most of the MX series.

Mounting holes center-to-center distance 55.0mm and comes with:

  • Anodized Alloy top
  • full copper base
  • 10mm Brass hose fittings
  • Hold down material

  • I once had the Danger Den maze for VGA, made originally for the Geforce 2 and 3 series but it also fitted the r9x00 series. However, there was a problem with the shim ATI uses on their Radeons to protect the naked core from being crushed. No big deal, but with the Radeon 9800 for example, the core is a little bit lower then the shim. Their stock cooler is adapted to this issue, the Danger Den water block was not but Frigus’s block luckily is and I removed the shim from my 9700 pro to show you in the pictures below.

    I have once again no other remarks concerning this block. It is decent looking and has a professional finishing.

    The block...

    Madshrimps (c)

    Base finish...

    Madshrimps (c)

    The ATI shim I told you about :

    Madshrimps (c)

    And once again, leak testing.

    Madshrimps (c)

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