Water-based Testing Configuration and Benchmarks Used

EVGA GTX 970 SC graphics card with stock ACX 2.0 cooler

Modified EVGA GTX 970 SC graphics card with HeatKiller GPU-X3 GPU water block

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 while using the card for gaming so that you, the reader, can make a more informed purchasing decision.

Test System Setup
Motherboards ASUS X99-A
CPU Intel Core i7-5960X
(3.0GHz, 30 x 100MHz Base Clock)
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 modules
(2133MHz, 15-17-17-35-1T, 1.225V)
Hard Drive Intel 730 EVO 240GB SSD
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA III HD
Sound Card On-board sound
Video Card EVGA GTX 970 SC 4GB
Cooling XSPC Raystorm D5 Photon RX480 V3 WaterCooling Kit
with Raystorm CPU water block
Video Drivers NVIDIA 352.86
Power Supply Corsair HX750
Operating System Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Coolant Koolance LIQ-702 High Performance Liquid Coolant

Test Setup Explanation

The 64-bit Windows 7 based test bench used for Intel X99 LGA2011-V3 board testing includes an Intel Core i7-5960X CPU, 32GB of DDR4-2666 memory, an EVGA GTX 970 SC 4GB video card, and an Intel 730 240GB SSD drive. Using the selected components gives us the ability to demonstrate the integrated water block's capabilities without interference from components. For all tests, the cooling systems pump was set to run at maximum speed for best performance with six fans attached to the 480mm radiator running at approximately 1200 RPM because of noise concerns.

Benchmark Tests used for evaluation:

  • Batman: Arkham Origins Benchmark
  • Metro: Last Light Benchmark
  • Grid 2 Benchmark
  • Unigine Heaven v4.0
  • FutureMark 3DMark
  • EVGA OC ScannerX Graphical Stress Tool
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