Welcome to my preview of the all new Danger Den M6 CPU block recently announced. My last Danger Den block test included the acrylic top MC-TDX that I tested as part of my Q6600 CPU block round. While the MC-TDX was a simple and effective two piece acrylic top and hold down design, the M6 steps it up several notches in a completely redesigned all metal 4 piece form of metal artwork. In my experience Danger Den products have always been leaders in producing low restriction / high flow designs and the M6 continues that trend while also improving thermal performance significantly over the previous MC-TDX. The all metal build and heft of the block is worthy of note and inspires confidence in purchasing a product that can take a beating with high mounting pressures. The sample I received for testing was actually provided prior to the retail package being released and as part of this test, I have been working on evaluating a special shim/nozzle package that will compliment and further enhances performance. Rather than hold onto all the data until complete, I figured I’d release what I have so far and update as I complete evaluating more shims/nozzles.
Before getting started, I would like to give a special thanks to Jeremy & Dennis from Danger Den for sponsoring the preview sample as well as the prototype shims soon to also be regular products.
Before digging in on my own review, I thought I would quote the manufacturers specs info available:
from Danger Den’s website:
Danger Den® introduces a new CPU Cooling Block – DD-M6 CPU Block™ the highest performing CPU block to date from Danger Den.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Astoria, OR – December 28, 2011, 7:16 PM Pacific Standard Time – Danger Den announced the release for sale the new highest performing CPU waterblock, the DD-M6 CPU Block™ with shipments beginning January 2nd, 2012.
The DD-M6 CPU Block™ replaces the long running MC-TDX block improving upon the performance and reliability. Thermal performance is significantly improved while maintaining a low flow restriction design. Available in solid copper and brass parts that are non-plated or nickel plated. A new and improved mounting system is also part of the DD-M6 CPU block package allowing reliable mounting pressure in an attractive package.
“Danger Den released a CPU block that we are proud of. Improved performance, built like a tank, and almost 100% produced in the US. The Top Plate, Mid Plate, Hold Down Plate, Hold Down parts are all machined in our facility or within 50 miles of Danger Den”, said Jeremy Burnett Danger Den’s President, adding “ The hold down package has been significantly improved for the LGA 2011 socket and previous socket versions. It looks great and makes the mounting process simple for the consumer.”
Developing a solidly constructed CPU block was imperative to the Danger Den product line. It provides the protection and reliability that customers demand. Danger Den does intend to offer a lexan version for the customers that prefer the aesthetics of a clear block.
Stock and availability for the Intel Sockets including the LGA 2011 is January 2nd, 2012. The AMD version is to follow in two weeks.
MSRP & Product Page Links:
DD-M6 CPU Block – Brass: from $74.95
DD-M6 CPU Block – Nickel: from $79.95
Photo Gallery: http://bit.ly/m6-cpublock
from Danger Den’s website:
- 100% copper 110 Base with Micro Fins
- EN Nickel Plated Mid Plate and Top
- *NEW* Stealth Spring Mounting System
- 1/8″ Powder Coated Steel Hold Down
- Threaded fitting ports are G 1/4 BSPP
- Complete Block with all O-Rings
- Pressure Tested to 50psi
- Fittings sold separately
- Machine lapped and flat mirror polished
- 58 Heat Dissipating Fins at a 0.5mm pitch and 0.25mm channel.Providing enhanced transfer of heat to the water and optimum coverage of the CPU
- Significant temperature drops on high TDP processors and major Overclocks. Observed over 7C drop versus MC-TDX.
- Ready to install designed and tuned for your system for top performance
- Anti-Tarnish coating applied to prevent finger print or environmental changes. This specialized formula also has no effect on cooling potential.
- Corrosion will not occur when used with other Copper and Brass parts. Avoid using non-anodized aluminum (or all aluminum) if at all possible for maximum component life.
- Danger Den always available Tech Support via phone, email, andforums!
- Installation Documents and Videos on most products!
- Verify proper mount before power up. Check the thermal compound imprint and verify the block isn’t touching any capacitors.
- Optional back plate is 1/8″ acrylic and covers the Intel back plate. A gasket surround the Intel back plate for additional protection.
Of particular interest to me is the .25mm channels and while it’s not noted here the fins are skived rather than machined allowing this micro structure. The block really is a totally new design over the previous generation.