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    EKFC Titan X (Pascal) waterblock

    Hello

    I have a question about the 3mm led's.

    Is there a certain type of 3mm led's to be used with these waterblocks? I installed two but they prevent me from seating the gpu into the pcie slot.

    Thank you

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    I don't know details about that waterblock product.

    But I know 3mm LEDs really only come in two basic package shapes - normal/round and square/rectangular. In the usual variety of colours (including UVLED and IRED and "fast"/"slow" RGB versions).

    And they come in smaller sizes, 1.8mm, nano, pico, etc, which might fit. Avoid the coherent-light-emitter varieties meant for laser applications, lol.

    And they come in all sorts of OEM-ordered custom colours/shapes/sizes, but these are basically never sold directly to consumers unless they're surplus or Alibaba oddities.

    Most 3mm LEDs are actually SMT/SMD packages. Probably unsuitable for your application and rarely sold in small quantity.
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    Hey Korth !

    Yeah I need something with super thin wires, the led's fit but the wires are too thick and prevent the gpu from seating.

    With armor on the board it may not be possible.

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    I'm guessing it's a design oversight. EK may have failed to actually test-fit one onto a card with LEDs installed.

    You might be able to mod it. Drill ~3mm holes or countersinks into the underside so the LEDs can sit flush, use tiny drill points to widen LED thru holes, use the edge of a file to cut shallow grooves for routing them, etc. It's a transparent plastic so any tool marks you make will become painfully evident once they're lit up.

    Is there any air gap under that section or does it contact the PCB? Would the LED leads make electrical contact with components or traces on the GPU board (and would using an insulating sheath or electrical tape add too much thickness)? I can't really tell without seeing closeups of the reverse side, or how it fits when in place.

    What does EK recommend for LEDs or say about this issue?
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    Yeah the bottom of the waterblock sits flush with the armor. I think I'll pass on removing the armor and drilling holes for LED's, the holes would have to be precise and for two led's it isn't worth it.

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    Very nice

    You abandoned the LEDs then?
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    Yeah, I was going to use two UV 3mm led's but as you can see it's not gonna work.

    My case and fans are ugly but the rest looks good, I may upgrade my case in the near future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nate152 View Post
    Yeah, I was going to use two UV 3mm led's but as you can see it's not gonna work.

    My case and fans are ugly but the rest looks good, I may upgrade my case in the near future.

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    Moving up in the world I see!

    Looking at their design and the fact that there is a picture with an EKWB GPU block with their leds in it Im guessing it will work, will just have to be crafty. I guessing you can still use the Leds but will have to route the wiring under that armor. My bet is have the leds under and insert them in the block as you are seating it.

    Or you can pick up 4 inch RGB strips and tape them to another area.

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