Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro Coolers Features Dual Chambers

In recent years, closed loop liquid coolers have risen in popularity, bringing some of the highlights of liquid cooling to consumer segment. The latest in a long line of coolers, Cooler Master has unveiled their MasterLiquid Pro 120 and 240 liquid coolers with a daring new design. The two replace the current Nepton 120XL and Nepton 240M with potentially improved performance and durability.

The headline change is the new and improved pump with dual chambers. By moving critical pump parts to a separate chamber and exposing them only cool liquid, lifespan is improved. Cooler Master has also built the pump using ‘silent driver’ technology that they claim will lead to quieter operation. Another change is to the waterblock, where the coolant is now sprayed onto the middle. This spray down design isn’t actually anything new though as we’ve seen in previous Cooler Master coolers like the Nepton 240M.

The final and most noticeable change is to the radiator. Instead of the usual triangular fins, Cooler Master has moved to rectangular ones. This should lead to improved fin/radiator contact and better airflow at a cost to surface area exposed to the fan. The fans are also improved to MasterFan Pro Air Balance 120-mm models. The Pro 120 carries a $99.99 price tag, while the Pro 240 will sell for $119.99. It remains to be seen if the redesign will get around Asetek’s patents.

OCUK Releases Powerful Asteroid mITX Gaming System by 8Pack

When we here 8Pack, then we know that it is followed by something great and it is no different this time around. Overclockers UK introduced the new Asteroid Mini-ITX gaming system by 8Pack – an impressive and very powerful system. The all-new extreme mini PC is designed and built by Ian 8Pack Parry, one of the best-known overclockers in the world. The hardware has been handpicked and tuned for only the best experience.

The 8Pack Astroid isn’t just a powerful system, it is also a beautiful one with its black and red case. It is also built with hard-line tubing for the custom liquid cooling loop that gives it an even better over-all look. The PC is also supplied with a flight case as standard that has been manufactured for portability, allowing the user to also pack their peripherals with the PC.

So by now you’re probably curious what kind of hardware powers this tiny monster. At the heart, it has an Intel Core i7 6700K Skylake processor that has been overclocked to 4.7GHz and the base configuration comes with 8GB memory that has been overclocked to 3866MHz. The graphics part is covered by a Nvidia GTX 980Ti graphics card that also has been overclocked out of the box, in this case to 1450MHz or more. The operating system gets a 512GB solid state drive while there also is a 1TB SSD for files and your game collection. All this is powered by a 1000W 80Plus Titanium rated Super Flower power supply. Wow.

 

In every single 8Pack Asteroid gaming PC, there is always expert craftsmanship with cherry picked hardware and deep testing. With a setup like this, you won’t run into any bottlenecks and get maximum performance from the hardware without any compromise.

As with all Overclockers UK systems, you can also customize the specification away from the standard setup in order to get just the right match for your needs. While many might go for a memory upgrade, the rest is pretty much solid. So what will all this cost you, you might ask. It starts at £3989.99 which is a hefty sum, but it is also a hefty system.

Standard Specification:

  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 980Ti overclocked (Option to upgrade to Titan X)
  • Memory: Team Group Xtreem 8GB 3866Mhz (Option to upgrade to 16GB 3733Mhz)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 6700K overclocked to 4.7+
  • Storage: Two Samsung 850 Evo Series Solid State Drives. 512GB for OS, and 1TB for games
  • PSU: 1000W Superflower PSU
  • Case: Custom Parvum 8Pack Edition case with built in water cooling reservoir
  • Fan controller: Aquaero 5
  • Flight Case included

While the price of almost £4000 might have put you off a little bit, we got to remember that we don’t just buy the hardware here – this is a little piece of art and it comes with unparalleled support. As a customer of this system, you ‘ll be given 8Packs mobile phone number to contact him if there were any issues or support queries – labour free for 5 years. That isn’t a service that you’ll find anywhere else.

Below you’ll find a lot more images of this beautiful built system and all its details, so have fun drooling and imagining how great it would look on your desk right now.

AMD Announces Radeon Pro Duo Dual Fiji GPU

After many months of waiting, AMD has finally unveiled their dual Fiji graphics card. Though not called FuryX2 as we originally expected, the name Radeon Pro Duo is just as fitting. For now, AMD still has not revealed the full specifications but the most important one, price, is a lofty $1,499 USD. For 2 Fiji GPUs and 16TFLOPs of performance, it may well be enough to entice the VR developers AMD is targeting.

As expected of the most powerful single card GPU yet, the power requirements are massive. The 2 GPUs draw power over 3 PCIe 8pin power connectors for up to 525W of power. Memory bandwidth is doubled but the memory remains split as with CFX or dual-GPU cards, with 4GB of HBM1 each over a 4096bit bus. In total, the card has 8192 Shader Cores, 512 TMUs and 128 ROPs with 4DP display connectors. Cooling is provided by a Cooler Master CLC unit with a 120mm extra-thick radiator.

Targetted towards VR and game developers, it makes sense as it offers the performance necessary to the run the most demanding of titles, especially in their unoptimized form. Furthermore, the use of AMD’s affinity multi-GPU, LiquidVR and DX12 will all serve to limit the impact of having 2 separate GPUs. This should allow for better scaling than we usually see with CFX and other solutions.

By targeting VR developers, AMD is able to get away with the hefty price tag, just as Nvidia was able to do the same with their Titan series. This may limit the market though some AMD fans and prosumers won’t mind too much. The price is only $200 more than 2 Fury X’s but it will use up fewer slots and be less of a hassle to arrange the cooling for it. The late launch however, is more of a problematic issue as Polaris and Pascal are fast approaching. It remains to be seen if AMD’s gamble will pay off.

NZXT Introducing the Manta mITX case

During our visit to CES in Vegas earlier this month, NZXT invited us and a few other partners to have a look at their brand new chassis and there were no doubt that we liked what we saw when presented with the new Manta PC chassis. At that time we were told that it would be officially released today and NZXT were true to their word.

The new NZXT Manta mITX chassis is a unique enclosure for your PC with its soft and round corners. The bold outsides are matched with a level of elegancy thanks to the curved steel panelling. Inside it features double the cable management space usually found in mITX cases, it has support for a dual 280mm liquid cooling setup in the front, and comes with an integrated PSU shroud to hide the things away that you don’t want to show off.

The 245mm wide, 426mm high, and 450mm deep Manta chassis can hold an mITX motherboard as well as a few internal drives. As we can see on the picture below, the front is entirely used by the two 140mm fans which eliminate the option of external 5.25-inch drives for once. But internally you can mount more than enough storage as the case supports two 3.5-inch and three 2.5-inch drives. With the increase in storage capacity, those bays can hold a lot of raw storage capacity.

Even in an mITX chassis you need room for a dual-slot graphics card, at least most of the time. The NZXT Manta can easily fit most graphics cards with a clearance for cards with a length of up to 363mm. That is quite a bit more than the 170mm that the mITX motherboard is sized. The PSU maximum length is set to the same as the graphics card, which should eliminate any possible bottlenecks in that area. Should you go for air cooling rather than liquid cooling of your CPU, than the maximum clearance for that is 160mm.

The front panel ports and buttons are located at the top front of the chassis. On larger chassis this can cause trouble when they’re placed on a desk because they get too far away from your sitting position or be tough to use when placed under a desk because it is so close to it. On an mITX chassis like the Manta, this isn’t a problem. You find two USB 3.0 ports here as well as the obligatory audio and microphone ports.

Within the NZXT Manta you’ll also find other NZXT ideas and features such as rear I/O lighting, integrated PWM fan hub, and SSD display. The new case will be available in several colour options: Matte White/Black, Matte Black/Red, and Matte Black with or without a windowed side panel. A model for every build and personal taste.

The new Manta will be available for pre-order for £99.99 or €139.99 +VAT and the stock is expected in February. The current UK estimate is set for the third February which is very soon.

AMD Officially Responds to Fury X Cease-and-Desist

It has been a couple of months now since Asetek won over Cooler Master’s appeal in the long-time going legal battle in regards to patent infringement in the all-in-one liquid coolers. Shortly after this victory for Asetek we foresaw some issues for AMD’s liquid cooled Fury X graphics card that uses a Cooler Master system and we were right. A couple of days ago we brought you the news that Asetek had made a Cease & Desist orders to AMD in regards to the Radeon Fury X graphics card.

AMD is naturally not taking this lying down and have officially responded to the issue. They, AMD, argue that the jury in the Asetek versus Cooler Master case didn’t mention the specific cooling solution used in the Radeon R9 Fury X models as infringing on the Asetek held patents.

“We are aware that Asetek has sued Cooler Master. While we defer to Cooler Master regarding the details of the litigation, we understand that the jury in that case did not find that the Cooler Master heat sink currently used with the Radeon Fury X infringed any of Asetek’s patents.”

AMD and Asetek have without a doubt entered some sort of discussion in this matter and it is also clear that AMD will battle this outcome in order to keep their flagship GPU on the market. While it all looks a bit grim right now, it isn’t as bad as it could be. First of all, AMD shouldn’t be hit by with any financial burdens even if they should be found using a patent infringing cooling system. If it’s the case, it should be Cooler Master’s problem again. It could however still be removed from the market as it is, but the way the legal system is built, that could take a long time. And with such a long time to work it out, AMD has plenty of time to find another cooling solution and make a revision of their cards before any legal proceedings can be entered.

It will still be interesting to see how this plays out, whether an agreement will be reached or AMD will revise the Radeon R9 Fury X’s cooling solution.

EK WB Releases Monoblock for ASUS X99 Motherboards

It can be of great benefit to cool your CPU with liquid rather than air, but when you do that, you leave one area exposed. The VRM around the CPU area doesn’t get the same airflow as it would with a fan based cooler and as such you need to pay extra attention to the cooling here.

One way to resolve this issue is with a monoblock and EK Water Blocks just released one of these that will fit ASUS’ X99 motherboard models: X99-A, X-99-DELUXE, X99-PRO, and X99-S.

The EK-FB ASUS X99 Monoblock as it is called is a complete all-in-one CPU and MOSFETs liquid cooling solution for these ASUS motherboards. It is designed in cooperation with ASUS and uses the award-winning EK-Supremacy EVO cooling engine. All critical areas are covered with a liquid flow that should ensure a stable and effective cooling.

The base of the monoblock is made of nickel-plated electrolytic copper while the top is made of quality POM Acetal or acrylic glass material, depending on the variant. Both models cost the same, €119.95, and are available directly from EK WB as well as partner resellers.

Which is your preferred cooling method? Traditional air, all-in-one liquid coolers, or maybe even a complete custom liquid cooling setup? Let us know in the comments.

Sharkoon Released The BW9000 ATX Midi Tower

Sharkoon released a new chassis once again and I have to say right away that it’s my opinion that this is the best-looking chassis of theirs till date. The new BW9000 ATX Midi Tower comes with and without a side panel window and it is available in two colors as well: black and white.

The small tower only measures 49 x 21 x 48 centimeters (height, width, and length) but supports a full-sized ATX motherboard, ATX power supplies with up to 26cm length, and CPU coolers with a height of up to 16.5cm. Graphics cards can be up to 43cm long with one of the HDD cages removed and 29.3cm with the cage installed. Plenty of space for most hardware.

You can install up to five 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch drives and two more 2.5-inch drives in the Sharkoon BW9000. The case also has two external 5.25-inch drive bays for optical drives, fan controllers, or liquid cooling accessories. The BW9000 features great cooling abilities with a pre-installed 120mm fan at the back and two pre-installed 140mm fans in the front. You can mount an additional two 140mm or three 120mm fans at the top of the chassis and both the front and top supports the use of radiators (max 5.5cm top, max 6.5cm front).

All fan areas feature washable dust filters. The top has a magnetic dust filter, the bottom PSU area has a pop-out removable dust filter, and the front also features a removable dust filter which, however, requires the front panel of the chassis to removed. The top IO panel features two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports next to the obligatory two audio jacks for surround sound or headset connections.

As previously mentioned, the middle HDD cage can be removed to make space for longer graphics cards and all drive bays features tool-free installation. There are plenty of cable routing abilities in this chassis and there’s also a large CPU cooler cutout.

End customers will find the Sharkoon BW9000-W (Window version) available immediately for the suggested retail price of €69.90 from authorized retailers. The Sharkoon BW9000-V (Value version) is also available starting at €67.90.

CRYORIG Releases The A-Series Hybrid Liquid CPU Coolers

CRYORIG initially unveiled the A-series hybrid liquid coolers about five months ago and while some smiled a bit about the idea, it’s a solid concept. CRYRIG took a normal closed loop liquid cooling system and added a twist in the form of an angled fan directly mounted on the CPU block.

You can very easily get heat-stagnation around the CPU area when you use liquid cooling, as there simply isn’t much airflow going past the area as there would be with air coolers. This is also a problem well-known to people like me that use test benches instead of closed cases and something one has to be careful of: there simply isn’t any normal airflow going over the system and as such, VRMs and memory placed around the CPU area can get very hot.

The CRYORIG A Series HLC is capable of lowering the temperatures of the components surrounding the CPU by up to 20%. This major drop in heat buildup effectively improves system stability, component lifespan and overall system temperatures.

The pump fan is 0 x 25mm and has a 1500-3000 RPM PWM controlled fan that matches the speed of the radiator fans. The CRYORIG A Series will come in three models based on radiator size: The A40 has a normal 240 mm radiator, the A40 Ultimate comes with a 240 mm by 1.5-inch thick radiator, and the A80 has a larger 280 mm radiator for 140mm fans.

Availability is set worldwide for mid to late November and the MSRP of the A40, A40 Ultimate and A80 is $100 USD, $110 USD and $120 USD (excl. VAT) respectably in North America, and 99,95 Euro, 109,95 Euro, 119,95 Euro (inc. VAT) in Germany/Europe.

DARPA Developing On-Chip Liquid Cooling

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is helping to develop on-chip liquid cooling for field-programmable gate array (FPGA) systems that could easily be adapted for use with CPUs and GPUs. On-chip cooling of this manner would allow manufacturers to shrink the size of processors without having to consider the addition of heatsinks and fans, while increasing the lifespan of chips.

Thomas E. Sarvey, Graduate Research Assistant at the Georgia Institute of Technology, presented the paper Embedded Cooling Technologies for Densely Integrated Electronic Systems, revealing its on-chip liquid cooling research to date, during the IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference 2015.

“We have eliminated the heat sink atop the silicon die by moving liquid cooling just a few hundred microns away from the transistors,” Muhannad Bakir, Associate Professor and ON Semiconductor Junior Professor in the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, said. “We believe that reliably integrating microfluidic cooling directly on the silicon will be a disruptive technology for a new generation of electronics.”

The research team cut microfluidic channels into the surface of the FPGA devices and attached a bespoke Altera-supplied water cooling system. It demonstrated the set-up, using another air-cooled FPGA for comparison, to DARPA. The liquid cooled chip clocked in at 24oC, compared to 60oC with the air-cooled control test.

Thank you The Stack for providing us with this information.

Scan Now Stocking Hard To Find Swiftech AIO Liquid Coolers

The Corsair Hydro series popularized closed-looped liquid cooling solutions among hardware enthusiasts and offered cool, visual appealing units without the hassle of a complicated install procedure. Given the popularity of these Corsair products, other manufacturers have entered the all-one-one liquid cooling space including Cooler Master, NZXT, SilverStone and more!

One of the most intriguing alternatives came from Swiftech with the original H220 and H320 expandable liquid coolers. Sadly, availability in the UK was very scarce and a patent dispute resulted in both products being removed from sale. The revised versions came in 240mm and 280mm configurations and opted for an extremely stylish aesthetic design. Additionally, the copper radiator and powerful pump greatly exceeds the capabilities of the competition.

Sadly, the 220-X and 240-X encountered problems with distribution and could only be purchased via US import or an online chain in the Netherlands. As you might expect, import duty from the USA is ridiculously high, and it’s always a risk buying from retailers in foreign countries. Both the 220-X and 240-X have been on the market for some time with no UK retail samples in stock from any retailer. Thankfully, Scan has secured a supply of the 220-X and 240-X and in stock right now for purchase with next day delivery.

In terms of pricing, the 220-X retails for £144.98 while the larger 280mm variant costs £154.99. This isn’t a bad price considering the build quality, LED block, copper radiator and expansion options.

AMD R9 Fury X Production Could Be Halted by Cooler Master Lawsuit

The AMD Radeon R9 Fury X could be facing a complicated production issue due to a legal battle surrounding the Cooler Master closed-loop pump. Back in 2014, Asetek, the manufacturer of many all-in-one liquid coolers such as the Corsair H110, won a patient infringement case against Cooler Master. The final verdict awarded Asetek a 14.5% royalty share on all Cooler Master liquid coolers sold throughout the USA. In total this includes the Seidon 120V, 120V Plus, 120M, 120XL, Nepton 140XL, Seidon 240M, Glacer 240L and Nepton 280L.

Cooler Master’s entire range of liquid cooled products are bound by the royalty fee and cannot be sold in the USA due to an injunction. As a result, it’s theoretically possible that the Fury X pump could become a major issue given its Cooler Master branding and manufacturing deal. CoolIT recently settled a lawsuit with Asetek after manufacturing Corsair’s latest H110 GT liquid cooler. In 2013, Swiftech had to halt production of the H220 and H320 all-in-one coolers due to the Asetek lawsuit and produced the revised H220-X and H240-X designs which didn’t infringe on the patent.

This patent war has been an arduous process and other companies selling closed-liquid-coolers could face similar legal wranglings in the future. Yesterday, Cooler Master’s fate was sealed as their appeal was dismissed and increased the royalty rate to 25.375% on infringing products from January 2015. It’s unknown how this will affect the Fury X’s market position in the USA, but the news is rather worrying.

Thank you GamersNexus for providing us with this information.

XFX Plans Water-cooled AMD Radeon R9 Fury

AMD has been jumping right onto the water-cooling bandwagon lately with their reference cards. Both the R9 295X2 and the R9 Fury X featured superb liquid-cooling in order to keep their hot chips cool. Even Nvidia cards have seen some liquid cooled options like the MSI Sea Hawk 980Ti. Now XFX is joining in with their own liquid-cooled solution for the R9 Fury.

Based off the same Fiji die as the Fury X, the Fury features a cut-down version with only 3,584 stream processors. Despite this, the Fury performs quite close to its older sibling. Another differentiator is that the Fury X is non-customizable by the AIB partners, meaning the stock liquid cooling cannot be changed. With the Fury though, AIB partners are free to do what they want and it looks like XFX has gone this route.

XFX has pretty much taken a Fury X card but swapped out the chip for the Fury and overclocked it. Essentially, this is what you would get when you buy a Fury X but with the Fury inside instead. This is quite interesting as the other Furys have all been air-cooled so far. This card will have to navigate the narrow gap between the Fury and Fury X in order to be viable. It will be interesting to see where XFX will price this card.

Thank you Videozardz for providing us with this information

Thermaltake Launches Full Range of Pacific RL and R Series Radiators

We’ve already had a peak at some of these new radiators that Thermaltake just launched, but not all of them. And there are a lot. Thermaltake has officially launched the full range of Pacific RL and R Series radiators, designed for the most demanding and hardcore enthusiasts.

The Thermaltake Pacific RL & R Radiator are designed without compromise and with high-quality German aerospace-grade materials and constructed with zinc, a powerful anti-corrosion agent. The manufacturing process is one of the most important aspects on a radiator. It has to be exceptional to create a flawless unit that has the same cooling properties over the entire surface. The manufacturing process is using high-temperature brazing at 1022℉/550℃ to make sure that they do.

Integrated G1/4 threads make it easy to install and compatible with most current liquid cooling equipment while rigid connections ensure that they are and stay leak-resistant.

There is a total of 17 different specifications to choose from and there’s even a white series. No need to paint it yourself if you want something else than black.

The only thing left to do now, is to pick the Thermaltake Pacific RL or R radiator that fits your current or future setup best and get building.

AMD R9 Nano Full Cover Water Cooler Released by Aqua Computer

AMD’s Radeon R9 Nano graphics card was only just released upon the market yesterday, and today Aqua Computer are ready to take on pre-orders on their real full cover water block for just that card. You can get some impressive results by replacing the factory-default air cooler on this already efficient mini card with this new water block.

The kryographics R9 NANO full cover water cooler is a true full cover cooler as it covers the entire PCB area. There is already a single-slot bracket available for the R9 Fury X and that will work on this card too, allowing you to make a true single-slot mITX graphics card with a power that hasn’t been seen before. Internal tests by Aqua Computer showed temperatures of just 35 degrees on the GPU (27 degrees water temperature) when running Furmark. Impressive!

We know that the GPU used on the R9 Nano is the same as the one on the R9 Fury X and as such there is a lot of performance to be had, with a few limitation. The GPU is simply clocked into a more efficient area instead of running it to the maximum. So by adding a full cover water block like this to the card, we should be able to almost the same results. There is the limitation of only one PCIe 8-pin power connector, but otherwise you should be free.

The water block will cool the GPU and onboard memory as effective as possible, and the entire VRM area is properly cooled as well, including the regulators. The base is made from electrolytic copper and there are several top versions available as we’re used to from the kryographics series.

Pre-orders for the Kryographics R9 Nano full cover water block can be placed from today and the actual coolers will start to ship the following week.

First EK Predator AIO Benchmarks Revealed

EKWB are synonymous with water-cooling products and fixated on custom-loop solutions for a significant time. However, the company recently announced their first foray into the all-in-one market with the Predator 240 and 360. The Predator range features a copper radiator, extremely powerful pump for expandability and high FPI design. In terms of its specifications, the only models which come close are the Swiftech H220-X and H320. With only 2 days to go until release, temperature results have finally emerged which give an insight into the raw performance numbers.

On the extreme 2011-3 platform, using a 5960X with 1.15V at 4.4GHz, the 240mm Predator achieved a temperature under load of 46.43C which slightly edged Corsair’s 240mm closed-looped-cooler at 46.88C. Impressively, the Predator 240 in within 2 degrees of Corsair’s flagship 280mm cooler. Moving onto the Predator 360, we can see it destroys Fractal’s 360mm product by around 8C.

Benchmarks on the Haswell system are intriguing but please note the voltage of 1.23V is fairly conservative and could be increased in many circumstances. The Predator 240 attained a load temperature of 49C which beat the Corsair 240mm competition by around 4C and came within 1C of the 280mm model. Once again, the Predator 360 reigns supreme but the margin is much smaller on the mainstream 1150 platform.

Overall, the benchmarks are impressive and the fans were all set to 2200RPM in the interest of fairness. However, I would love to see how the EK products fared against Swiftech’s extremely high-quality all-in-one coolers. Unfortunately, they are extremely difficult to get hold of outside the USA.

Thank you Overclockers UK for providing us with this information.

Arctic Release Accelero Hybrid III-140 AIO GPU Liquid Cooler

Many people like the idea of liquid cooling their system components, but daren’t venture into the full do it yourself market. Those people have had great joys out of all-in-one liquid cooling solutions for their CPU and in limited versions also for the GPU. Arctic already had their Accelero Hybrid II-120 on the market and now it is time for a bigger brother, the Accelero Hybrid III-140.

The Arctic Accelero Hybrid III-140 combines a liquid cooling solution with a 300W cooling ability, a 140mm radiator, an 80mm fan, and a heatsink to generate a pretty good graphics card cooler.

Arctic paid special attention to the voltage regulator modules and created individually made VRM heatsinks for NVIDIA and AMD graphic boards as well as generic ones to fit anything out of the norm. The downside to this cooler is that it takes up an expansion slot above your graphics card too and that is due to the memory and PCB heatsink that will be mounted to the rear of the card. There is no need for any gluing of heatsinks on the graphic card either, allowing you to go back to the stock setup if you wish to later on.

 

 

The released performance figures speak for themselves and it can cut half of the temperature when mounted on an AMD Radeon R9 290 graphics card. The stock cooler goes up to 94 degrees on the GPU and 76 on the VRM. With an Accelero Hybrid III-140 from Arctic, those are cut down to 46 and 42 degrees respectively. The noise production is also down with an impressive 60% reduction. The Arctic solution produces 0.3 Sone while the AMD cooler goes all the way up to 1 Sone.

Features:

  • Back-side cooler for lower RAM temperatures
  • Optimal VRM cooling through dedicated VRM heatsinks and an 80 mm fan for all NVIDIA and AMD graphic boards
  • Unparalleled performance with liquid cooling unit
  • Virtually silent thanks to low noise fan
  • Improved fan controller for NVIDIA graphics cards
  • No thermal glue necessary

The Arctic Accelero Hybrid III-140 is now available for a price of £84,99 at ARCTIC, Amazon, and Ebay.

EK Water Blocks Introduced EK-XRES MX Reservoir and Pump Combo

EK Water Blocks is a top player when it comes to liquid cooling and they prove again that a great liquid cooling setup doesn’t has to be neither complicated nor expensive. They introduced the new EK-XRES MX reservoir and pump combo that is available both as a complete standalone unit powered by Laing DDC 3.2 PWM pump as well as a separate upgrade for any Laing DDC series liquid cooling pump.

The EK-XRES 100 DDC MX is a reduced cost variant of EK-XRES 100 DDC reservoir that has been designed to lower the production costs yet still offer premium hydraulic performance at the best price. This unit is a high-performance aftermarket pump top with an integrated reservoir for Laing DDC series water pumps. It is made from injection-moulded ABS material and 60mm OD Acrylic glass cylinder. The hydraulic performance has been increased up to 15% compared to the factory top.

The EK-XRES 100 DDC MX comes with an anti-vibration mounting mechanism based on a dampening rubber mount system that effectively de-couples the pump from the rest of the chassis. The reservoirs can easily be upgraded with longer reservoir cylinder tubes as well as additional DDC upgrades such as Heatsink Housing.

All products are already available for purchase where the EX-XRES 100 DDC MX 3.2 PWM with pump will set you back €106.95, the EK-XRES 100DDC MX Acetal €34.95, and the EK-UNI Holder DDC Spider €4.95.

Nanoxia Built Amazing Looking System for Computex

Nanoxia hasn’t been in the PC case business that long, it was only in late 2012 they released the Deep Silence 1 chassis. Since then their products have been honored with a lot of awards and got a lot of praises.

The highly modular PC cases from Nanoxia are perfectly suited for a variety of setups including liquid cooling and consequentially they began making more and more accessories dedicated to liquid cooling enthusiasts under the label CoolForce.

During Computex, Nanoxia will  be showcasing a lot of new products and they’ve created a unique project with the help of 6 experts to showcase them in the best way.

The NanoXia project was finalized in just two days by the team and Nanoxia hopes to use it to demonstrate how a supreme water cooling system can be created and upgraded using their products.

Nanoxia will also showcase the new CoolForce case series and present further optimized Deep Silence models.

The NanoXia project is a custom built desk that houses two complete multi-GPU systems. The main compartment slides out for easy access, upgrades, and maintenance.

This type of desk surely isn’t for everyone, but I for one think it looks amazing and wouldn’t mind having one. We shouldn’t count on it being mass produced, but one could use it idea for their own creation.

Thermaltake Unveiled the Suppressor F51Mid-Tower

There is no shortage of fantastic Thermaltake cases, but that doesn’t mean that there can’t be another one on that list. As such, Thermaltake just unveiled the Suppressor F51 mid-tower chassis that comes both as closed and windowed version.

The Suppressor F51 supports a wide array of motherboard sizes from mini-ITX to E-ATX as well as great expandability and liquid cooling abilities.

The Suppressor F51 features super-fine dust filters on the top, front, and bottom panels as well as the side panel for the non-windowed version. It also features all around sound dampening to create as silent a system as possible.

The sound dampening isn’t just everywhere, it is also modular. You can remove single parts of it in the places where you need to make room for other parts.

There is plenty of room for fans in the wide chassis that allows the use of up to 200mm fans. It comes with one pre-installed 200mm fan at the front and one 140mm rear exhaust fan. The case supports up to three 120 or two 140mm front fans and two 200mm or three 120 and 140mm top fans. There’s additional room for two 120mm fans at the bottom, and one 120 or 140mm fan in the side panel.

The radiator support is equally great with front and top support for 360mm or 420mm radiators as well as 120mm rear and 240mm bottom radiators for advanced liquid cooling setups.

The internal parts are fully customizable and you can remove all the drive cages that you don’t need. The case can accommodate up to two front 5.25-inch drives as well as six 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch drives.

The wide chassis has plenty of clearance for all your components. You can mount CPU coolers up to 185mm, graphics cards with up to 465mm length without drive cage or 310mm with it, as well as long power supplies up to 220mm.

The tool-free design allows you to modify your setup easily and at any time. The front panel has controls for the built-in fan controller, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports as well as audio connectors for microphone and headphones.

 

Overall the Suppressor F51 allows you to put a lot of hardware into a mid-tower chassis with optimal cooling and soundproofing abilities. No word on pricing yet.

Overclockers UK Lists the Anidees AI-06 v2 Case Packed With More Features

Isn’t it great when manufacturers listen to feedback and adjust their products accordingly? Giving you something that you want instead of telling you want you want. And yes, it surely is. Anidees is one that did just that and they overhauled and improved on the AI-06 chassis and created the Anidees AI-06 V2 chassis.

The Anidees AI-06 V2 case has the same simplistic premium design as the first version, but it packs a lot more features and functions.

The I/O panel got a complete overhaul and now provides you with two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports along with microphone and headphone jacks. Anidees also added a fan controller and an SD card reader at the same time.

The AI-06 V2 can also hold more drives now. You can add up to eight 3.5-inch hard drives in the cages and hide a 2.5-inch drive behind the motherboard tray.

Watercooling is an important factor and it was slightly overlooked in the first version that only supported on 240mm radiator. The V2 supports three 240mm radiators, one in the top, one in the front and one at the bottom of the chassis.

The version that comes with a window in the side panel got more upgrades. The windows is now tinted and 94% larger than the previous design, allowing you to see even more of the hardware you have inside.

Overclockers UK agrees that it is a great chassis and have already listed it as an option for pre-order. The price of £104.99 isn’t bad either considering that you get an amazing looking chassis packed full of features.

NZXT Releases FX-140 V2 Cooling Fans Designed for Radiators

One of the hardest parts of building your own systems is the decision on what fans to get for it. While a lot might go for the default ones provided with whatever chassis you purchase, it might not be to everyone’s liking. Especially the liquid coolers want just the best of the best and NZXT has quite a bit of experience in that area.

NZXT has had quite a lot of experience with their Kraken series All-in-one liquid coolers and the latest series of X41 and X61 coolers have blown most competitors out of the way and they’ve grabbed a lot of rewards from reviewers as well. One of the things that make these coolers so good is the attached fan, the NZXT FX140V2 and just that type of fan can now be yours for any setup you want as they’re being released on their own.

 

The FX V2 series is a complete redesign of the previous generation pressure fan series and it creates effective and high airflow under the most restrictive environments. The fan is controlled by a pulse width modulation (PWM) that can be controlled by either your motherboard, fan controller, or NZXT CAM software. The FX140V2 has a max rotation speed of 2000RPM and allows for a much more gradual increase of speed over traditional voltage control.

High speed and lot of noise isn’t always what you’re looking for and the NZXT FX140V2 has you covered here too, still performing great at 800RPM and limiting the sound level to 20dB.

The NZXT FX V2 140mm fan will be available for purchase at retailers and e-tailers for £17.99 / €19.99 in June.

Thermaltake Debuts Pacific RL and R Series Radiators

Thermaltake has made quite the dip in the modding pool as of late with their release of oh so many amazing products, among the latest being the X9 cube chassis. But they didn’t stop with cases and have also created their Tt LCS series of liquid cooling products. The newest members to join those rank are the Pacific RL (over 50mm thickness) and Pacific R series (under 50mm thickness) radiators with a length of up to 560mm.

The two new Pacific RL and R series radiators are designed with high-quality German aerospace-grade materials and constructed with zinc, a powerful anti-corrosion agent. Using the standard G1/4″ threads makes the setup easy and compatible while the rigid connections ensure they are leak-resistant. With an ideal mounting, fitting and flow set-up, the Thermaltake Pacific Radiator Series is “guaranteed to go above and beyond your current cooling standards”.

The Pacific RL Series is an ultra-thick radiator with over 50mm thickness and a dual-row 13-set flat tube design to increase heat transfer. Water flows down on one side, and then passes through the bottom chamber before being circulated back to the other side of the radiator. The Pacific R Series on the other hand, is a slim radiator with under 50mm thickness using only a single 13-set flat tube design.

 

The Pacific R series is available as 120mm, 180mm, 240mm, 360mm, and 540mm versions while the Pacific RL series is available with 120mm, 140mm, 240mm, 280mm, 360mm, 420mm, 480mm, and 560mm radiator lengths. There should be at least one in between those that match the setup you want to create next.

Thermaltake also released a video on they manufacture these new radiators and it is worth a watch. It’s always interesting to see how parts are manufactured and in this video you get to see all the steps on how a radiator is being created all the way from raw materials to the finished assembly.

Colorful IGame’s next Motherboard Could Feature Armor Style Cover

There is still some doubt whether the motherboard that has been shown from Colorful IGame actually is a new product about to be launched or just concept art, but I like what I see. It looks new and fresh, yet very familiar. The motherboard is built around the Z97 platform and the two first things I noticed in these published renderings were what looks to be 12 SATA ports and the pre-installed full liquid cooling for the vital parts.

I thought that they ‘forgot’ to add a M.2 slot at first, but they didn’t and it’s also present. It’s located between the bottom two PCIe x16 slots as it can be seen in the above shot. The cover, or armor, or however you’d like to label it has the Gamer Customization label printed just as the colour choice is a typical one for a gaming setup. Black and red, but Colorful also added some white to the mix.

There isn’t much known about the features set yet, but we can assume that they will be very similar to the iGame Z97 that we saw introduced not that long ago.

It will most likely use the Atheros KillerNIC E2200 Gigabit Ethernet controller and have onboard 8 channel 7.1 surround sound setup with Voice Gamer and solid capacitors. It would also be logic to assume that they took the new dual-BIOS feature with them onto this motherboard.

EVGA Announced GTX 980 Hybrid Graphics Card and Upgrade Kit

EVGA has introduced their new version of the Nvidia GTX 980 card and this time it’s Hybrid. The all-in-one liquid cooling solution significantly lowers the GPUs temperature and thereby allowing for more overclocking potential, quieter operation, and better performance. The self-contained liquid loop is connected to a 120mm radiator/fan and features a full copper plate for the GPU.

The EVGA GTX 980 Hybrid has 2048 CUDA cores, a base clock of 1291 MHz, and a Boost speed of 1393 MHz. The card is SLI ready for up to four cards, if you should be one of them who can’t get enough. It features the normal 4GB GDDR5 VRAM running at 7GHz and with a bandwidth of 224.3GB/s.

The card supports up to four monitors with three DisplayPorts, one HDMI 2.0 and one DVI port. Maximum supported refresh rate is 240Hz, analog resolution maxes at 2048×1536 and the digital at 4096×2160.

EVGA also added their black back plate to the card, improving the cooling and stability, as well as improving the overall optics of the card. The MSRP of this card is $649.99 and it should be available very shortly.

If you already got the normal card and want to get a hybrid version instead, then you’re in luck. EVGA also offers an upgrade kit with just the essential parts.

For $99.99 you get a new shroud for your card with the right cut outs and the AIO GPU cooler with fitting mounts for your card. An upgrade with such a solution shouldn’t take long to install, as it’s mostly just plug and play.

Thanks to EVGA for providing us with this information

SilverStone Release new TD02-E and TD03-E AIO Liquid Coolers

SilverStone has released their latest AIO liquid coolers, the TD02-E and the TD03-E. The unique alloy water-block is constructed with a copper base and an aluminium body for better durability compared to plastic-built competition.

The block also has a patented design that eliminates screws in its construction to provide excellent cooling performance and integration of mounting bracket for easy installation.

The radiator has another patented design that utilizes brazing fins similar to those used in top air coolers for increased heat transfer efficiency by up to 40% over traditional radiators.

Special Features:

  • Easy installation with aluminum clips and steel back-plate
  • Maintenance free, no refill required
  • Dual (TD02-E) auto adjustable 120mm PWM fans included
  • Durable alloy water-block for improved reliability
  • Patented brazing fins radiator increase cooling efficiency by 40%
  • Socket LGA775/1150/1155/1156/1366/2011/AM2/AM3/FM1/FM2

The two new coolers will be available on the 25th February for an MSRP of $100.21 for the TD02-E and $87.81 for the TD03-E.

Thanks to SilverStone for providing us with this information.

Koolance Releases Compact Chiller EXC-450

Koolance released the Compact Chiller EXC-450, a device that combines a pump, a 1 liter reservoir, and a radiator (chiller) into a single portable unit ideal for open-air benches. Measuring only 152 x 203 x 533mm, this coolant chilling unit works much like a refrigerator or water-cooler, chilling your coolant below room temperature.

At 25°C ambient, the chiller’s capacity is 450W, or 1,535 BTU/hr. Temperature options include liquid set-point (1 to 50°C), external thermocouple set-point (1 to 149°C), liquid and ambient delta-T (-50 to 50°C), and draws its power from an external 24VDC power source (250W power draw).

  • Cooling capacity: 450W (1535BTU/hr) @ 25°C liquid/ambient
  • Temperature options: liquid set-point (1 to 50°C), external thermocouple set-point (1 to 149°C), liquid and ambient delta-T (-50 to 50°C), external thermocouple and ambient delta-T (-50 to 50°C).
  • Select only values you want displayed on the front 2-line OLED display (fixed or rotating)
  • Adjust pump speed with 10 level increments
  • Show pump impeller speed in RPM
  • Show coolant flow rate in LPM/GPM
  • Show condenser fan speed in RPM
  • Adjust audio alarm based on temperature
  • Relay trigger can be configured as NO or NC and adjusted based on temperature
  • Refrigerant: R-134a
  • Power input: 24VDC, 250W or higher
  • Maximum power consumption @ ambient (approximate): 230W @ 25°C
  • Designed for an operational temperature range of 0-40°C (ambient and liquid)
  • Reservoir capacity: 1 liter
  • G 1/4 BSPP threads on back for fittings

Available now, the Compact Chiller EXC-450 is priced at £990.74.

Thanks to Koolance for providing us with this information

Corsair Debuts Hydro Series H110i GT CPU Cooler and HG10 N780 Edition GPU Bracket

Corsair announced the newest all-in-one liquid CPU cooler in their Hydro Series, the H110i GT as well as the new N780 Edition of their Hydro Series HG10 GPU cooling bracket designed specific for the Nvidia GeForce 700 series of graphics cards.

The H110i GT liquid CPU cooler combines a 140 x 322 mm radiator with two 140mm fans and features the new cooling block design from Corsair. The logo in the middle is lighted and can be customized through the Corsair Link software that also allows you to customize the cooling profiles.

The H110i GT comes with a 5-year warranty and an MSRP of $129.99 and support for AMD sockets as well as Intel LGA 115x, 1366 and 2011.

The Corsair HG10 N780 GPU bracket allows you to mount an all-in-one liquid cooler on your Geforce GPU to increase the cooling capacities and either just archive a more silent operation, as well as better overclocking potential. It supports the GTX 770, 780, 780 Ti, Titan and Titan Black graphics cards and is said to reduce the GPU temperatures up to 45 degrees. The bracket also comes with a fan to keep the VRM and RAM cooled. The Corsair HG10 N780 bracket is backed by a 2-year warranty and comes with a $39.99 MSRP.

Both the HG10 N780 bracket and the H110i GT Liquid cooler will be available throughout February, so you don’t have to wait long if you’re in the market for an upgrade.

Thanks to Corsair for providing us with this information