DT Sniper Review

Published On 30 de Agosto de 2012 | By admin |

Today at benchx we have the new DT Sniper waterblock, a block that came directly from the USA, let’s see how does  it unfold.

The DT Sniper shows up as the younger brother of the DT 5 Noz, the predecessor made by DT Waterblocks, the Sniper focus is to improve performance while cutting costs.

DT Waterblocks gave us this sample, thank you for that !

First look: 





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An acetal top joined together with a bowed copper base for a better fitting with intel LGA CPUs it was design for.

DT Sniper

You will notice that it is very similar to the 5Noz waterblock, it is really just a further refinement of that concept. This waterblock started life as a nozzle improvement study on the 5Noz, the end result was a completely new block. I have also made many changes to reduce the cost and improve the function.

You will notice that the waterblock top is one piece acetal, this reduces the cost quite a bit compared to two pieces with 5Noz. Massive port spacing, expect no fitting problems. Thumbnuts are expensive enough that I can just build them myself. These nuts have a 12mm hex, you can spin them with a nutdriver if you want, but they are quite easy to spin with fingers. The internal M4 thread in the thumbnuts bottoms out on the top of the mobo mounting screws when the springs are properly compressed, this feature controls the block mounting pressure.



DT Sniper is low cost and yet remarkably high performance waterblock.  Sniper is built with the same nozzle concept as the DT 5Noz, but uses only three nozzles.  Sniper is designed to work only with Intel processors using sockets 775, 115x, 1366 and 2011.  The base is bowed to work well with the geometry of Intel processors.  Sniper is constructed of a top, a nozzle and a base.  The base is made of Alloy 110 copper with machined microchannels.  The top is made of Acetal and includes an O-ring groove, mounting features for Intel socket motherboards, and G 1/4 threaded in/out ports.  The nozzle is machined from Alloy 360 brass.

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Internal shots:

A microchannels macro, 36 in total with extremely good machining quality.

The new injection nozzle which allows high flows


Flow test:

For this one we use a flow meter from Koolance (FM17N) and we used various speeds on the two MCP-35X pumps we are using [10%; 25%; 50%, 100%].

Without a doubt one of the best blocks we have ever seen in therms of flow which is an important factor to consider when planing a watercooling system.


Temperature test:

With our testing methodology we try to achieve exact results and at the same time make them easy to reproduce. Although we recognize the inclusion of graphic cards on testing bed might not be consensual, we think they won’t thinker with our final results. Keep in mind that although they add some restriction and heat dump to the circuit this will be kept constant throughout all the tests. This way our circuit will also reflect in a better way a “real-life” one.

  Test system
  • ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Professional
  • 3770k overclock to 4800Mhz with 1.38v
  • Samsung SFF 30nm 2200Mhz 10-11-11-12 1.55v
  • 2x AMD HD7970
 Watercooling system:
  • MagiCool Slim 360, FeserXChanger 360, Thermochill TA120.3
  • 12x GentleTyphoons AP15 @ 1850rpm
  • DT Sniper
  • 2x EK FC7970
  • Artic Cooling MX-2
  Measuring equipment
  • T-Balancer BigNG
  • Two thermistors coupled to a copper pipe
  • CoreTemp logging at 1 second rate.
Test conditions

To load the CPU at 100% on all cores we use the 64bits version of prime95 running a custom 8K test. It was ran for 30min of which we cropped the first 10min to give the system enough time to reach stability. Results are shown as a difference between two temperatures ( average core temperature minus average water temperature ). After each test the block is remounted, with a new application of TIM. We will be doing 5 mounts in total.

Temperature table

Temperature graphics



Performance (50% of final value): 7.5

One of the best blocks in therms of flow (10) although we confess we were expecting a little bit more in therms of temperatures, not that it is a bad block but rather an average one.

Price/Availability (20% of final value): 5

Costing around 54€ and at a competitive market where we can find similar blocks for less money and only being sold at the USA at the moment (bringing it over to Europe will increase the price even further) this is the weakest points of this block.

Build quality (20% do valor final): 9

With an excelent overall build quality, starting with the extremely good machining of the micro-channels and ending with the very good top quality, our only negative comment is about the amount of copper used to build the base (We guess it was a trade-off favoring the price) .

Aesthetics(10% of final value): 9

A sober-looking block, you can personify the top for an extra 16€.


Final result: 7.5


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