My first time working with hardline tubing, mainly used for gaming/video editing. The GPU I ended up using is underpowered paired to my 7820x, the GTX 1060 is just a stand-in until GPU prices fall, or the GTX 2080/1180 series cards launch. I have the GPU running at 2021mhz on the core clock and 4417mhz on the memory clock. The GPU runs at about 50-58C under full synthetic load (Tested using Furmark) albeit the VRMs/Memory on the GPU were overheating so I improvised the sketchy heatsinks and fan on the waterblock, the water block only partially covers the GPU and did not cool the VRMs or memory at all, only the main core. The CPU was thermal throttling clocked at 4.2GHz on all non-turbo cores, easily reaching 105C while using Intel's stock IHS w/Intel TIM, so I decided to delid the CPU. After delidding using the Der8auer delid-die-mate X and applying some Conductonaut liquid metal and re-sealing, the CPU is running 4.5GHz all non-turbo cores and 5.0GHz on the two turbo cores, at around 86*C under full synthetic load (Tested using FurMark's CPU Burner utility). I am aware that the Enermax Reservoir has aluminum components inside, and I plan on replacing it sometime in the future. I was originally using Primochill VUE coolant until it had a reaction with the aluminum in the reservoir and gunked up my system, making me tear the whole build down, and clean the entire loop.. The whole rig weighs in at a weighty 56 pounds while the liquid reservoir/radiator is full. All in all a great amout of effort, but just so much fun!
The stock cooler on this GPU was simply a copper slug with aluminum fins, it was in no way adequate for the amount of heat this GPU produced, Thermal throttling after seconds even at stock speeds. However, once water cooled, this card had great potential at overclocking. Two out of four stars, because most people will not water cool this card, I would reccomend buying virtually any other card on the market other than this one if you buying a GTX 1060.