BLAST FLOW Siberian Rev2 Modular VGA WaterBlock

Packaging and Contents

Packaging and Contents
 
The BLASTFLOW Siberian I received was clearly a review sample, and packaged as such. I also received the three current 'cooling plates' that BLASTFLOW has available for the modular waterblock. So please bear in mind that when you order yourself one you will only receive the GPU block and one cooling plate, and yours should be significantly more securely packaged than the one I received. Mine was bundled in a mass of bubble wrap.
 
BLASTFLOW Siberian with mounting hardware
 
At this point in time, or until I receive clarification from the manufacturer, you should expect the following:
 
* 1 x BLASTFLOW Siberian GPU waterblock
* 1 of either the 8800GTX, 8800GT/GTS (G92 variant) or the ATI 3850/3870 cooling plate depending on your graphics card.
* 1 x sachet of mounting screws and plastic washers.
 
 
A Closer Look
 
My first impression of the BLASTFLOW Siberian Modular VGA waterblock is that it is visually stunning. This block is quite literally a piece of art. The observant may notice the similarity to the Maltese Cross or the West Coast Choppers logo.
 
BLASTFLOW logo
 
The Siberian has its BLASTFLOW namesake inscribed upon the perspex top, as well as the the lady with flowing tresses which is BLASTFLOW's logo.
 
BLASTFLOW Siberian top view BLASTFLOW Siberian side-on
BLASTFLOW end-on BLASTFLOW lapping
 
The review sample that I received here had a few minor imperfections: there were a few reasonably deep scratches present on the side of the block, and the base of the copper block had some slight scuffing from the machining process. I am pleased to report though that it is incredibly flat.
 
The memory cooling plates that came supplied with the Siberian are just as visually appealing as the VGA block itself. Constructed of machined aluminium plate and protected from oxidation by beamblasting, the cooling plates are extremely lightweight. Due to the large amount of cards currently available there are restrictions as to what the BLASTFLOW Siberian will fit. BLASTFLOW has a compatibility listing on their website here, but I have taken the liberty of including it below for you so you can see what options are available for your chosen graphics card.
 
Current full cover compatibility with the existing cooling plates:

* Nvidia 8800GTX/Ultra
* Nvidia 8800GT/GTS512
* ATI 3850/3870

Currently pending cooling plate developments:

* Nvidia 9800GX2
* Nvidia 9800GTX
 
Anodised Aluminium cooling plate 8800GT/GTS 512 cooling plate
8800GTX/Ultra cooling plate ATI 3870 cooling plate
 
From the images above and below you should get an idea of how the BLASTFLOW Siberian Modular VGA Waterblock all fits together.
 
BLASTFLOW Siberian with GTX plate
 
I have included an image of the BLASTFLOW Siberian on my GeForce 8800GTS (640mb) so you can see how large this block really is. I haven't included any of the cooling plates as there aren't any currently available for my model of card, so the comination of Swiftech and Thermalright ramsinks and VRM heatsinks will have to do.
 
8800GTS with BLASTFLOW installed
 
It is worthwhile noting that if you decide to purchase the BLASTFLOW Siberian for your chosen card and there isn't a compatible cooling plate available, then you will need to source yourself some longer threaded screws, nuts and plastic washers. The screws supplied with the cooling plate and waterblock are not long enough for GPU-only purposes, as they are meant to fix the cooling plate to the pcb and then the waterblock to the cooling plate. As a result I had to scavenge some longer Alphacool screws in order to fit the block.
 
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Most Recent Comments

11-03-2008, 07:27:35

PV5150

11-03-2008, 08:19:52

Mr. Smith
Nice block, I almost got a rev1 a while back and they were going for 100.

I love the modular idea, detach block from GPU leaving loop in-tact, whack on new gpu plate, reattach block... Awesome. No draining the loop, no messing around.

THe only problem is you depend on blast flow staying in business and producing new plates for new gpus...

11-03-2008, 08:47:11

FarFarAway
Looks a nice block but I don't like the huge size of it (vertically)

11-03-2008, 10:00:13

nunzio
why cant they make a 2900 fitting

18-03-2008, 17:48:33

PCFlip
I see that you stated that they are working on a 98x2 block but what about a 3870x2 block? or the upcoming 4###x2 series, can you see if they have any plans for this and I would assume that it would use two Siberian blocks. Thanks

18-03-2008, 18:36:45

ali_james
I'm not sure if it was covered in the review.. but can you use the memory cooling plates without the w/c block? I was thinking of going for the 8800GT plate to use along with my AC Accelero 'cos the horrible little memory sinks kept on dropping off.

Cheers!
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