Water-based Testing Configuration and Benchmarks Used

Rampage V Extreme board with Bitspower block and GTX 970's in SLI

Rampage V Extreme board with Bitspower block and GTX 780

To verify that the water block works as advertised, the video cards were 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 Rampage V Extreme
CPU Intel Core i7-5960X
Stock – 3.0GHz, 30 x 100MHz Base Clock
Overclocked – 4.375GHz, 35 x 125MHz Base Clock
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 modules
Stock – 2133MHz, 15-17-17-35-1T, 1.225V
Overclocked – 2666MHz, 15-17-17-35-2T, 1.25V
Hard Drive Intel 730 EVO 240GB SSD
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA III HD
Sound Card On-board sound
Video Card ASUS Poseidon GTX 780 3GB graphics card

Stock – 1354MHz GPU, 1752MHz Memory
Overclocked – 1468MHz GPU, 1977MHz Memory
Cooling XSPC Raystorm D5 Photon RX480 V3 WaterCooling Kit
with Raystorm CPU water block,
Bitspower AIX99R5E nickel-plated full cover block,
and HeatKiller GPU-X3 GPU water blocks
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 testing includes an Intel Core i7-5960X CPU, 32GB of DDR4-2666 memory, dual EVGA GTX 970 SC 4GB video cards, an ASUS Poseidon GTX 780 3GB graphics 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. The ASUS Poseidon GTX 780 3GB graphics card was used for testing the Bitspower block and CPU in their own cooling loop with the GTX 780 using its stock air cooler for heat dissipation.

Benchmark Tests used for evaluation:

  • AIDA64 Extreme Edition v5.00.3300
  • EVGA's OC Scanner X Graphical Stress Tool
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