EKWB Issues Full Recall of Predator 240 and 360 AIO Coolers

If you purchased one of EKWB’s Predator 240 or 360 all-in-one liquid coolers, then you should read this. EKWB has issued a full recall of all EK-XLC Predator 240 and 360 pre-filled and pre-assembled all-in-one (AIO) CPU liquid cooling units due to a potential risk of leakage of liquid from the unit. Affected are all Revision 1.0 models of both the 240mm and 360mm version with the EAN-codes 3831109863343 and 3831109863350.

At first it was estimated as a limited risk situation where only a single batch of units were affected and could develop leakage over time, it quickly turned out to be a more widespread problem and that is why EKWB issued a full recall. The good news in all of this is that a new and fixed version is ready, any revision 1.0 product will be replaced or refunded, and EKWB even covers damage to other parts that resulted from a leaking Predator AIO.

EKWB first identified the issue as a faulty O-ring in the EK-Supremacy MX CPU water block that was used in the unit. At first, it was thought that it only affected the November batch of O-rings, as pre-orders and early testers hadn’t reported any issues. That quickly changed and EKWB found the problem to affect all units. The leakage may occur between the copper cold plate and bracket on the water block after it is heated up and pressure rises. Current statistics show that 1 out of 10 units leaks.

If you currently use one of these units, then you are strongly recommended to stop doing so. EKWB has redesigned and released a new version of EK-XLC Predator (Revision 1.1) on the 4th of January 2016 that prevents any leakage under normal working modes. For the full details on refund or exchange, please visit EKWB’s official note about this issue. You’ll also find contact email addresses and phone numbers for both EU and US customers.

Errors in productions are something that can happen to anyone at any time, what is important is how you handle the aftermath. EKWB has shown a prime example of how it is done. They are taking full responsibility for it and giving their customers multiple fix options from a refund to replacement units. No secrets but full disclosure all the way through. Well done EKWB, it might cost you some money to fix the issue right now, but you’ll win some loyal customers with it.

ID-COOLING Released Their Hunter Duet AIO Liquid CPU and GPU Cooler

All in one Liquid coolers for your CPU and GPU have been around for a while now, but this is the first time that we see a combined unit that does both. ID-COOLING officially released the world’s first integrated AIO cooler for both the CPU and GPU with one radiator and a two-pump design. The new cooler is named Hunter Duet and is part of ID-COOLING’s Frostflow series.

The Hunter Duet is equipped with a 240mm radiator and comes with a pair of SF-12025 high static pressure fans. The fans are RPM controlled and can run between 800 and 2000 RPM for a maximum airflow of 84.5CFM each. The fans also come with rubber mounts on the corners to prevent vibrations between fans and radiator.

The pumps feature LED lighting on the top, the bearing type is ceramic, and the pump speed is set to 2500 RPM. The copper base contacts the CPU and GPU with a microfiber design to increase the heat dissipation surface. The water block has a diameter of 65mm and a height of 36mm.

The tubing is made from EPDM Rubber and from the CPU to the GPU block and from CPU to the radiator, the tubes are 25cm long. Between the GPU and the radiator you get a bit more length as the tubing is 38cm here, clearly indicating a design for a top mount of the radiator.

The universal mounting brackets included with the Hunter Duet is compatible with Intel LGA2011/1366/1150/1155/1156/775 & AMD FM2+/FM2/FM1/AM3(+)/AM2(+) CPUs. For GPU, the mounting kit supports mounting holes 58.4*58.4mm; 53.3*53.3mm; 51*61mm. The MSRP is set at $139.99.

Cooler Master Nepton 240M AIO CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


Cooler Master are well known for their cases, power supplies and of course cooling products and with over 20 years experience it’s no surprise that they are a market leader in all of these areas. It’s always nice to see companies that are passionate about their products designing and developing new ones and more importantly see how they compare to whats currently on the market. One of the new products from Cooler Master is the Nepton 240M and we are going to look at it today. The Nepton 240M is a closed loop AIO cooling solution which promises high performance, good quality and an excellent user experience. With more and more AIOs hitting the market it will be interesting to see how this one compares. Cooler Master have promised a lot with this one so let’s see how well it does on our test bench and see if it can hold its own.

The box for the Nepton 240M follows the same theme as many of the other Cooler Master products, a picture of the product on a black background with purple trim. I really like this idea as when the products are on display at retailers they always look professional and you know straight away who makes the product. You instantly expect a certain standard from products you have already used and keeping to a certain style of packaging helps to remind you about products you may have used previously. Plenty of information is relayed on the sides of the box such as the specification and contact information. One interesting thing to note is that the Nepton 240M carries a 5 year warranty which is quite simply excellent, it gives you a piece of mind and it gives us an indication that Cooler Master have a lot of faith in this product.

The Nepton 240M, as the name suggests, has a 240mm radiator which has a very good quality black coating. A ribbed FEP tubing connects the radiator to the pump and during testing and taking pictures of this cooler, I was bending the tubing a lot and I was very impressed with it, the tubing never kinked and it certainly has a durable feel. Having said that it is a little stiffer than some tubing that I’ve used, it can still be manipulated enough to fit most positions but it is a little trickier.

The fans are a new addition for Cooler Master which are called Silencio FP 120. These fans are made to produce a high air pressure whilst keeping noise and power to a minimum. In terms of aesthetics the fans are simple yet stylish. I prefer all black fans as they easily fit in with many computer colour schemes. It’s also nice to see the cables for the fans are sleeved, to me all cables should be sleeved as aesthetically it improves everything and it is a very cheap improvement that a company can make.

The Nepton 240M fits most AMD and Intel sockets so there are plenty of fittings included to enable the smooth installation. There is a universal back plate, plenty of screws, brackets for Intel and AMD, a fan adapter which allows the use of 2 fans from 1 fan header and a rubber fan gasket. The gasket is made from a soft rubber which stops vibration from the fans being transferred to the radiator and the chassis which will reduce noise. Its an excellent idea and a great addition to the product, however it is a little tricky to install.

Installing the Cooler Master Nepton 240M is very easy, the instructions included are clear and easy to read and they explain how to fit everything well. It’s just a case of fitting the bracket for your chosen socket type, then using the universal back plate and the screws provided to secure it. The only bit that was a little trick, as mentioned, was installing the fan gasket. It’s made from a very soft rubber which means you could just do with the extra hand whilst trying to hold a fan the screws the radiator and the gasket.

Once installed there is plenty of room between the cooler and the ram, this allows you to use RAM with large heat sinks. One other feature that this cooler has is a glowing logo, which unfortunately I couldn’t capture on camera very well as I needed to use a flash. The addition of this LED is nice, it stops the Nepton 240M from being a plain black box and gives it a little extra class. It’s not over the top or tacky, it just has a certain feel of sophistication about it.

Cooler Master Nepton 120XL &240M AIO Liquid CPU Coolers Now Available

Cooler Master created their first AIO solutions back in 2004 and last year they introduced the Nepton series with the 140 and 280mm models. Building on their experience and improving on the design, they’ve now released the Nepton 120XL and 240M AIR Liquid coolers based on 120mm fans. We’ve actually already had a peek at these new coolers a couple of months ago during our Computex coverage.

The only thing anyone had to put their finger on in the last series was the pump noise and that has been corrected in the new series. The new pump design is using a Jet Impingement technology to pass 120 liters of liquid through the copper skived fin water block. This gives the ability to cool CPUs with a TDP of up to 300w. The new pump is rated for 70,000 hours and has a noise level below 15dBa. For the design aspect, the company logo on the water block is LED lighted. Besides the improvements on the pump, the fans also got an upgrade and the overall noise levels have been tuned and reduced.

The fans used in the new Nepton coolers are the Silencio FP 120 pressure optimized PWM fans that produce as little as 6.5dBa with their 120mm size. The fan speed ranges from 800 to 2400RPM with an air flow of 16.5 to 76 CFM. The new fans will only produce about 27dBa of noise when running at maximum speed. Cooler Master also used a thicker and more durable FEP tubing and as well as thicker radiator designs.

The new Nepton 120XL and 240M are both backed by a 5-year warranty and have support for all major AMD and Intel sockets, including the new 2011-3 socket. Availability is set to late November in the UK and the two new coolers will be launched at an MSRP of £69.99 and £79.99 inc VAT respectively.

Thank you Cooler Master for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Cooler Master

AMD Radeon R9 390X Cooler Pictured

It’s been Nvidia who has been in the headlines the last couple of days, with their upcoming GTX 970 launch, but we shouldn’t forget about AMD who also are lining up their new series of GPU’s. While we don’t know much about them yet, it isn’t long since we reported about Asetek scoring their biggest deal to date with an undisclosed OEM partner. We, and everyone else, speculated back then that this could of course be AMD.

Asetek has had a big success with the AIO cooling they provided for the the R9 295×2 card, and it looks like AMD and Asetek both want to continue this fruitful cooperation. Images of the upcoming R9 300 series cooler-shroud have surfaced, confirming our previous speculation. The new cooler is almost identical to the previous by Asetek, except that fan hole has been moved to the end instead of the middle, as this is a single GPU card.

We can see the cut-out for the PCI power connectors as well as for the liquid cooling tubing on the side, and the bold Radeon print leaves any doubt aside. It is believed that we are looking at the cooler for the new R9 390X, expected to run with a Fiji GPU. We can also spot the base-plate of the cooler through the fan hole, which will cool the VRM’s and memory under the fan’s air-flow.

Whether an all-in-one liquid cooling solution is a good or bad thing comes down to preference. One thing is for sure though, AMD needed to work on their reference coolers, as it is their most critiqued side. It’s also with almost certainty that we can say that the AMD partners will release versions with their own cooling solutions, for those who don’t want to have an AIO cooler in their system, or just don’t have room for it.

Thank you videocardz for providing us with this information

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