Now that most of the features once present on motherboards have been moved to the CPU there is far less need to watercool your chipset. However for the extreme overclocker there are advantages to cooling the MOSFETs on the VRM and PCH as well as the CPU itself. Modders-Inc has just reviewed the Bitspower THOR EIX99, specifically designed for EVGA's X99 Classified and FTW motherboards. The acrylic housing for the waterblocks bring a unique look to your motherboard as well as offering improvements to heat management. By installing the cooler Modders-Inc hit 4.5 GHz on an i7 5960X, not too bad for a $160 investment. The installation was simple but if you invest the time to design a custom watercooling loop you can get even more performance out of this kit.
"Bitspower makes various options for water blocks that cover Gigabyte, ASRock, MSI, Asus and EVGA motherboards. Recently, we reviewed the EVGA X99 Classified and that motherboard is designed to push the CPU as high as possible if the cooling equipment allows. Bitspower’s THOR EIX99 is specifically designed to cover the EVGA X99 Classified as well as the EVGA X99 FTW motherboard, cooling the critical motherboard components and providing the thermal headroom that the MOSFETs and other parts require for a stable overclock."
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