Water-based Testing Configuration and Benchmarks Used

To verify that the water block works as advertised, the video card was run through our standard benchmark suite at both stock and overclocked speeds. The results are presented for at both speeds for performance comparison purposes. The benchmark tests used should give you a good understanding of the water block's capabilities hwile using the card for gaming so that you, the reader, can make a more informed purchasing decision.

Test System Setup


Intel Core i7-4770K
(3.5GHz, 35 x 100MHz Base Clock)




Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 modules
(1600MHz, 9-10-9-27-1T)

Hard Drive

Samsung 840 EVO 250GB SSD
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA III HD

Sound Card

On board sound

Video Card

ASUS Poseidon GTX 780 3GB graphics card


CPU: Corsair Hydro Series™ H100i Extreme Performance CPU Cooler

Video card: Koolance EXT-440CU Liquid Cooling System

Video Drivers

NVIDIA 335.23

Power Supply

Corsair HX 750

Operating System

Windows 7 Ultimate x64


Koolance LIQ-702 High Performance Liquid Coolant

Test Setup Explanation

The 64-bit Windows 7 based test bench used for testing includes an Intel Core i7-4770K CPU, 16GB of DDR3-1866 memory, an ASUS Poseidon GTX 780 3GB graphics card, a Corsair Hydro Series™ H100i CPU cooler for the CPU, a Koolance EXT-440CU liquid cooling system for the graphics card, and a Samsung 840 EVO 250GB SSD drive. Using the selected components gives us the ability to demonstrate the integrated water block's capabilities without interference from components or CPU-related heat concerns. The Koolance EXT-440CU thermally isolates the Poseidon GTX 780 card from the rest of the system, allowing us to measure the impact of liquid cooing the card without impact from the CPU cooling loop. For all liquid-cooled test runs, the Koolance EXT-440CU unit was configured to run with fan speed set to Auto and pump speed set to 5.

Benchmark Tests used for evaluation:

  • BioShock: Infinite Benchmark
  • Batman: Arkham Origins Benchmark
  • Metro: Last Light Benchmark
  • Grid 2 Benchmark
  • Unigine Heaven v4.0
  • FutureMark 3DMark
  • Geeks3D FurMark v1.10.2
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