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.
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.
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.
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
From the images above and below you should get an idea of how the BLASTFLOW Siberian Modular VGA Waterblock all fits together.
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.
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.