Corsair has announced two new high-end water coolers to their already big line-up, the Hydro Series H100i GTX and the H80i GT liquid CPU coolers.
These two coolers are using the latest generation of Corsair’s cooling blocks for improved performance and decreased noise, and also have Corsair Link support for customizing the cooling performance, temperature monitoring, and colour adjustment.
The H100i GTX has a 240mm radiator while the H80i GT has a 120mm double-thick radiator. Both come with high-pressure SP120L PWM fans and are compatible with pretty much any CPU.
The two new coolers will be available sometime February and come backed with a five-year warranty. The H100i GTX 240mm Liquid CPU Cooler has an MSRP of $119.99 while the smaller H80i GT has a $99.99 MSRP tag.
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Zalman have unveiled their latest innovative water cooling solution. The Reserator 3 is a closed loop CPU cooler which uses a standard heatpipe heatsink with a water cooling pump. Unlike conventional closed loop water coolers which pump water into a radiator the Zalman Reserator pumps water through the heatpipes into a standard aluminium fin heatsink. Thus this CPU cooler is more like an air/liquid cooler hybrid as opposed to being strictly a closed loop liquid cooler.
The core of the design is manfactured by Asetek, though Zalman have been given quite a lot of room for their own customisations. The design draws inspiration from Zalman’s CNPS series of air coolers and features a lot of chrome plating. The whole unit is ventilated by a custom Zalman 120mm fan. In total Zalman say this unit is capable of supporting thermal design powers of up to 400W meaning this can handle every consumer processor on the market with some serious overclocks.
Pricing isn’t going to be cheap. In the UK we are seeing the Reserator 3 MAX product stocked at QuietPC for a retail of £100.00 including sales tax/VAT. Expect other pricing to be similar, in the USA we will probably see pricing in the region of $150 depending on sales taxes.
Swiftech’s H220, which we reviewed here, was a breath of fresh air for the AIO market. It brought a high level of quality, performance and finesse to the market that we hadn’t really seen before. Previously the market had been dominated by budget-orientated closed loop solutions but the Swiftech H220 was a performance orientated open-loop solution meaning it was expandable. It may not have been cheaper than the competition but it was certainly a lot better as shown by the fact the Swiftech H220 is still sold out at most retailers across the world and Swiftech simply cannot produce it fast enough.
That said Swiftech are now making a larger version of their H220. The new version uses an identical design except with a 360mm radiator over the 240mm radiator on its predecessor. The Swiftech H320 will offer better performance as a result of the larger radiator and will also cost slightly more than the H220, my estimate is around 15% more. Swiftech didn’t specify pricing but said about $20 more seemed logical. They also went on to state that anyone looking to grab a Swiftech H220 will see stock appearing in the coming weeks or as they put it the stock “situation is about to change, I GUARANTEE IT”.
Recently we published a review of the Thermaltake Water 3.0 Pro liquid CPU cooler and I was inundated on the forums, main site and on the Facebook page with requests to review Corsair’s H80i. Most people believed the Corsair H80i was a direct competitor to the Thermaltake Water 3.0 Pro that needed to be tested for comparative purposes. Shortly after this I spoke with Corsair and they very kindly sorted us out with a H80i for review which leads us on to today’s review.
Corsair’s H80i is one of the most premium solutions of the Corsair Hydro Series and it sits just below the Corsair H100i in terms of its market placement. You can check out our review of some other Corsair Hydro Series products below, note particularly the H90 and H100i as the closest H80i competitors from within Corsair’s own product series.
The build up to SilverStone’s Tundra series of All-In-One closed loop liquid CPU coolers has been a very exciting one for me. While quite a few of news sites falsely reported that the Tundra is based on a collaboration between SilverStone and Asetek/CoolIT, the Tundra series is unique because it is entirely in-house. That means SilverStone designed everything themselves from the ground up. The model we have here today is the flagship Tundra TD02, the 240mm radiator based version, and this unit (like the TD04) uses an aluminium unibody and has some rather unique aesthetics. Aluminium and alloy is are the materials of choice throughout the majority of the product’s construction making it both high quality and unique looking.
Furthermore, the pump head is fully aluminium too and uses a more durable screw-less design as well as integrated mounting brackets to make installation a lot easier. What is also interesting is the radiator which uses a unique patented design. It is certainly like no other radiator I have ever seen before and the main advantage is extra surface area though they’ve also equipped a very thick 45mm wide radiator which is nearly double thickness. Below you can see the SilverStone Tundra TD02 radiator design and then below that you can see a “traditional” radiator fin design.
So straight away before we’ve even delved into testing we can see the Tundra TD02 is very unique in its design, construction and styling. Below you can see the full specifications of the Tundra TD02 but now let us proceed onto the rest of the review.
Thermaltake slipped the Water 3.0 series of all in one closed loop CPU coolers in rather quietly but they have been showing them off a bit more at Computex 2013. The new line up from Thermaltake includes the Water 3.0 Extreme, Water 3.0 Pro and Water 3.0 Performer. We have actually already reviewed the Water 3.0 Pro and we found it to be a very high performance unit for its relatively compact 120mm form factor.
Both the Water 3.0 Performer and Extreme use a single thickness radiator of 27mm, except one is a 120mm unit (the Performer) and the other is a 240mm unit ( the Extreme).
The Water 3.0 Pro uses a double thickness 50mm radiator. The main difference between the Water 3.0 and Water 2.0 series is that the pump head has been redesigned to give better flow and it is slightly more powerful while the fans have also been tweaked to eek out some extra performance over older generation models. The base design of these units is made by Asetek and Thermaltake add their own fans and warranty to these products.
Cooler Master’s Eisberg series has been out for a while now and we have both an Eisberg 120L and 240L review coming you in the next few weeks. At Computex Cooler Master have been showing off the best and most unique feature of the Eisberg series which is the ability to fully customise it. In their demonstrations they first showed the Eisberg 240L Prestige on an ASUS Z77 Maximus V Formula motherboard (I think) with custom red tubing and with the tubing tied into the motherboard’s waterblock system. The ability to replace the tubing is going to be a very attractive option for many users and no doubt some red LED or red framed fans would go down a treat here too.
As you can see the Eisberg pump block unit allows for replacement tubing and has a fill port allowing you to customise it with your own colour tubing and coolant.
With red LED lighting and some extra radiators Cooler Master were really able to take the Eisberg 240L Prestige to the next level and built a fantastic looking system inside the new Cosmos SE case.
They also demonstrated other units such as a green coloured Eisberg customisations made to match the new Gigabyte G1 Sniper 5 motherboard for Haswell Z87.
Corsair’s Hydro Series is renowned throughout the industry for offering excellent performance at a wide range of price points and at Computex 2013 Corsair were showing the whole series. We will take this as an opportunity to invite you read our reviews of some of these products:
For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the Corsair Hydro series they are closed loop all in one liquid CPU coolers based on Asetek and CoolIT base designs.
The Corsair H60, H80i and H100i are all formed from the CoolIT OEM design and use Corsair SP120-derived 120mm fans
The Corsair H55, H90 and H110 are all formed from the Asetek OEM design and use relatively stock plain OEM fans. The H90 and H110 are based on 140mm fan options while the H55, H60, H100i and H80i are all based on 120mm fans. We do also have a Corsair H80i review coming soon too so stay tuned for that.
It is worth nothing that despite the products not changing since their release last year most of them have been revised to include PWM fans where there were 3 pin fans and the H100i has had the notorious fan rattling problem fixed with continuous firmware updates. Not to mention there have been many other firmware and software updates for the pump units and Corsair Link system to constantly improve these units.
Enermax had a relatively average start into the world of liquid CPU coolers when they released the ELC 120 and 240 back in mid 2012. Since then Enermax have gone back to the drawing board with their liquid cooler designs and come up with several new water cooling AIOs.
At the heart of this redesign is the SCT (Shunt Channel Technology) they have used to completely redesign the pump block unit. The pump unit is visibly bigger which hopefully means more powerful and it also has a much sleeker and more robust looking design.
Enermax have even gone as far as to toy with the idea of rubber tubing with one particular model.
On the other designs though we can see that do mainly stick with the corrugated plastic tubing which although it doesn’t look or feel great, it is more feasible as it has a lower evaporation rate and is more durable.
Like always Enermax will be offering both LED and non-LED versions of these new liquid coolers.
You can also see there is a beautiful grooved finish to the radiator and the pump which looks very subtle. As far as I am aware these new liquid CPU coolers are going by the name “Liqtech” but that is not set in stone yet as far as I know. Pricing and availability will be announced later after Computex.
Just when you thought all-in-one liquid coolers were all the same, and Antec were one of the worst culprits simply producing barely changed rebranded Asetek units, Antec have just gone and done something really different. Their new Antec Kuhler products the Kuhler 650 and 1250 do something very strange, yet it looks pretty awesome. Basically these units have three key changes over their predecessors. Firstly they use more powerful pumps, a very important change given most AIOs are criticized for their relatively weak pumps. Secondly, they use more radiator optimised high airflow fans, something I think is important given I reviewed Antec’s Kuhler 1220 and found the fans to be on the mediocre side to say the least. Thirdly and finally the very unique part is that the fan motors power both the pump and the fan controls so the fans and pump work in harmony.
You can see more clearly that the tubing flows directly into the fan motor and comes out again. This isn’t exactly revolutionary technology as if you have ever seen inside a pump it essentially uses a near-identical motor to a fan – hence why fans have hydraulic bearings. Yet the idea is pretty revolutionary and I don’t think I’ve ever seen something like this before.