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    JustinThyme PC Specs
    Laptop (Model)G752VY-DH72
    MotherboardRampage VI Extreme
    ProcessorI9 9940X
    Memory (part number)64GB DDR4 8x8 Corsair Dominator Platinum 3800 MHz @ C17
    Graphics Card #1ASUS Strix 2080Ti O11G @ 2.1GHz
    Graphics Card #2ASUS Strix 2080Ti O11G @ 2.1Ghz
    Graphics Card #3ROG Nvlink
    Graphics Card #4Have to feed animals
    Sound CardExternal Audioengine D1 24 bit 192kbps DAC
    MonitorASUS PG348Q @ 100Hz
    Storage #1Intel 905P 480GB U2 flavor
    Storage #2Samsung 850 EVO 1TB X2 in RAID 0, 960 PRO 1TB DIMM.2_1
    CPU CoolerHeatKiller IV PRO and VRM blocks ,Dual D5 PWM serial, 2X 480, 1X 360 RADS
    CasePhanteks Enthoo Elite 8X LL120 PWM, 3X LL140 PWM, 12 SP120 PWM 1x AF140 PWM
    Power SupplyCorsair AX 1500i
    Keyboard ASUS Claymore
    Mouse ASUS Spatha, Logitech MX Master
    Headset Sennheiser HD 700
    Mouse Pad ASUS ROG Sheath
    Headset/Speakers Audioengine A5+ with SVS SB-1000 Sub
    OS Win10 Pro 1809
    Network RouterNetGear NightHawk X10
    Accessory #1 NetGear Prosafe 10GBe Switch
    Accessory #2 Qnap TVS-682 NAS modded with I7 CPU

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    To monoblock or not to monoblock?

    For anyone on the fence I’m going to share a little bit. When the rampage VI extreme and apex were released the anticipation to get your hands on a monoblock was mesmerizing to say the least. Very hard to come by in the beginning. To my knowledge there is only one maker, EKWB. A beautiful sight to behold with the choice of acetal or acrylic.*

    Now for he less than desirable part. Most of the reason folks go this route is to cool the VRMs to get a better OC. Well a lot of good going active cooling on the VRMS does when 30% of the IHS doesn’t make contact with the block. I’m not understanding the circular machining, I’m sure it’s just easier and less labor intensive but ends up with a block that isn’t all that it can be.

    Hind sight being 20/20 I’ve pulled the EKWB mono block and gone with a heatkiller pro IV and separate VRM cooler. *Rebuild with refresh is getting closer, should have it done enough to use before Christmas. A few mounting parts that everyone is out of but watercool.de so I had to order from Germany, will be here next Thursday. So another heads up, nothing made by heatkiller is ready as is. Everything is ala carte. Reservoir takes a basic mounting block for almost every type mount yet is that in the box? NOPE!! Is there any mention that it cannot be installed without ordering more stuff? NOPE!


    Here is what I’m talking about with the EKWB block.

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