EKWB Releases EK-RAM Monarch Liquid RAM Cooling Modules

You might already have your graphics card and processor coupled into your liquid cooling setup, but what about your memory? While memory isn’t a thing that’s obvious to add to your custom loop right away, there can be good reasons to do so. To name one: Parts of your system that otherwise wouldn’t run hot might start to do so because of the lack of airflow generated by the fans from traditionally cooled equipment such as CPU and GPU coolers.

Liquid cooling for memory isn’t anything new as such, but EKWB just released a new version of the EK-RAM Monarch cooling modules where the existing black variant is now also available as a Nickel plated version. The EK-RAM Monarch Module is a heatsink adapter which allows virtually any DDR-SDRAM memory module of any generation to be liquid cooled – but it also requires the EK-RAM Monarch series water blocks to go on top.

Each heatsink consists of two separate plates with the memory module sandwiched in between. The heat transfer between the memory module and aluminium heatsink adapter is ensured by the use of an enclosed thermal pad. Each set of EK-RAM Monarch Modules contains two adapter heatsinks that are made of CNC machined high-quality aluminium and feature either a nickel finish or a black anodized finish.

The EK-RAM Monarch modules are available now through EK’s own webshop and their partner reseller network. A nickel plated set of two modules will set you back €34.95 while the black version is a little cheaper and only will cost you €29.95. Both prices include VAT.

Besides the above-mentioned reason of missing airflow in the memory area, adding liquid cooling to your memory will also allow you to overclock them higher while still retaining a stable system. While memory overclocking won’t result in as big a real-world difference as other parts such as CPU and GPU, it might be just what you’re missing to grab those last couple of benchmarks points and beat your friends results. Maybe you’ll also just do it for aesthetic reasons – the modules do look awesome.

Images Of Saturn’s Moon Titan Reveal Magic Island

The human race can do amazing things, we’ve discovered how the universe works, figured out the theory of black holes and even set foot on the Moon. With plans ahead to land and even live on Mars, it’s no surprise we are also paying attention to other objects in space. Saturn’s moon, Titan, is one such object.

The surface of Titan is cold, as in around -180ºC. This means that only a few things can be liquid on its surface, and yet thanks to a selection of images that were taken since 2007, we may have an idea of just what happens on its surface.

The “lake” shown in the images, Ligeia, is seen dimming and brightening, the result of what scientists have concluded could be the result of waves at or beneath the surface. The Cassini spacecraft that took the photos will be doing a final run looking for these “magic island”s when it flys by Titan in 2017.

If this wasn’t enough during the 2016 budget, the US Congress created the Ocean Worlds explortation program. With the aim of exploring cold, icy moons of the solar system, the project would see us looking for water on other planets and understanding how it’s interacted with the planet.

The hope is that places like Titan which have the fundamental building blocks of life could be our first chance of seeing “wierd life” in the universe.

Arctic Liquid Freezer 240 AIO Cooler Review

Introduction


Arctic are well-known for their air cooling products, but today we’ll be taking a look at one of their first entries to the high-end AIO water cooling market; the Arctic Liquid Freezer 240. Designed for high-performance cooling for gaming systems, overclocking, workstations and more, you’ll find a fairly thick 240mm radiator, backed up by four high-quality 120mm fans, there’s little doubt that it’ll be able to shift some serious heat from your system. With a max TDP of 300 Watts, as well as support for all major Intel and AMD sockets, the Freezer 240 can easily handle some of today’s fastest CPUs.

Water cooling is becoming increasingly popular, especially with many consumers now running overclockable processors. Being able to push your systems limits to get the most value for money out of your hardware is no bad thing. When you’re gaming, editing video, rendering and more, the CPU get’s pretty toasty, which in turn causes fans to spin faster and can result in more noise. Having a more powerful cooler should help ensure that not only do your temps stay nice and low, but you’ll also be keeping the acoustics in check too; let’s hope the new cooler from Arctic can tick both of those boxes.

The packaging is pretty straight forward, with a good image of the cooler on the front and a bit of branding.

Around the back, things get a lot more technical, with some relative performance figures and specifications. Of course, we’ll be doing our own independent testing, so I won’t focus on their figures too much.

The packaging is pretty crammed, with components and hoses next to each other and minimal padding around anything in here. I would hope then when shipped, the item comes in another box with bubble wrap around this one, as it doesn’t seem sufficient.

In the box, you’ll find all the usual nuts and bolts, a universal backplate, AMD and Intel brackets, as well as a small sachet of Arctic MX-4 thermal paste.

There are four high-quality fans included with this cooler. Each measure 120mm and are Arctic’s own design, promising high airflow and low noise. Each fan comes with a built-in fan header splitter, making it super easy to daisy chain them on a single fan header. Each fan has extra long cables, with black sleeving and a PWM header.

Arctic Liquid Freezer 120 AIO CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


Arctic are well-known for their air cooling products, having made many great products over the years, but now they’re moving into new territory with the release of their first water cooler. The Arctic Liquid Freezer 120 is an AIO water cooler, which means its going to be super easy to install and will need virtually no maintenance, making it an accessible option for those who don’t want to tackle custom loop cooling. It may only be a 120mm radiator, but Arctic are promising big performance, which will no doubt come from the thick radiator design, the two high-quality fans and their high-end pump and block design.

“We fully designed the F12 fan with CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) software and optimized it for high airflow. From all fans tested in our air tunnel and anechoic chamber the F12 offers the highest airflow at a given noise level – by margin” said Arctic. “Dual low noise 120 mm fans mounted on opposite sides of the radiator provide a great airflow. First fan pushes air through the radiator, second fan pulls the air through it. Controllable with PST function to adjust the fan speed based on CPU temperature.” they added. “The Fluid Dynamic Bearing comes with an oil capsule that avoids lubricant leakage. Thus this bearing is as quiet as a sleeve bearing but comes with a significantly higher service life.”

120mm radiators are extremely compatible with a huge range of chassis products, but keep in mind that at 49mm thick, as well as two 15mm thick fans, you’re going to need good clearance to einsure a comfortable fit, although we suspect this will only be an issue for some SFF chassis types.

The cooler offers up support for all the latest socket types, and with an impressive max TDP of 300 watts, it’s going to be able to handy virtually anything you throw at it.

  • Intel Socket: 2011(-3), 1150, 1151, 1155, 1156
  • AMD Socket: AM2(+), AM3(+), FM1, FM2(+)
  • Max. Cooling Performance: 300 Watts
  • Recommended for TDP up to: 250 Watts

The packaging is nicely designed, with a nice clear image of the cooler on the front, as well as a good amount of technical data on the sides.

There are some performance figures here, but as is often the case, I’ll trust my own numbers in our benchmarks, which we’ll take a look at shortly.

In the box, you’ll find a backplate, Intel and AMD mounting brackets, the installation guide, and all the usual nuts and bolts for mounting the fans, radiator, and pump.

Both F12 series fans are Arctics own design, with FDB and PWM speed control. What’s interesting is that both fans have super long cables and each has a Y-splitter so that you don’t lose the use of a fan header.


Antec Introduces Kühler H2O H600 PRO and H1200 PRO

All-in-one liquid cooling solutions are a great way to improve the cooling abilities past that of purely air-based CPU coolers and Antec just released two new of such models. The two new Antec all-in-one CPU coolers are the Kühler H2O H600 PRO and Kühler H2O H1200 PRO. These new Antec Kühler models should provide you with the best possible cooling abilities thanks to the use of quality components such as an extra-large copper base plate, the high-performance radiator, and the silent yet powerful fans included.

 

The Antec Kühler H600 and H1200 are close to identical with only the radiator length and tubing length to differentiate them. The H600 is a 120mm sized model with a tube length of 315mm while the Kühler H1200 is a 240mm sized model with a tube length of 348mm. Both Kühler models have a radiator thickness of 27mm.

Both the Kühler H600 PRO and H1200 PRO are equipped with the same large copper base plate that should transfer heat effectively from any AMD or Intel processor as the coolers are compatible with pretty much any socket. You can mount it on Intel LGA 775, 115x, 1366, and 2011 as well as AMD AM2 and all newer up to the current ones.

The radiator on the Kühler H600 PRO measures 155 x 120 and the H1200 measures 275 x 120mm, which is the room you’ll need to mount these. The radiators are constructed with a 0.2mm fin interval and together with the large base plate lay the foundation for the cooling abilities.

While you can mount any standard 120mm fans on these radiators, there already are some good ones included. Antec bundled their blue LED fans with the Kühler H600 and Kühler H1200 which spin with a speed of 600 to 2400 RPM and create a noise level of 16 to 25 dBa.

 

The enclosed pump impeller is said to be near completely silent while delivering a pressure of 2.3 meters of water. The pump achieves this pressure thanks to the higher rotational speed of the winding type three-phase motor. A fan header can’t deliver enough power to these coolers, so that is delivered via an SATA power connector instead.

The Kühler H2O H600 PRO comes with an MSRP of £39.99 while the H1200 costs a little more with its MSRP set to £59.99. Those are still very reasonable prices and I think these units should sell well. Antec did not reveal when then the new units will be available at this time.

We have just received our review samples here at the eTeknix office, so we’ll have the full reviews ready for you in a couple of days. Stay tuned and see how great these new Antec Kühler H20 can perform.

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.

EK WB Releases Monoblock for the Compact ASUS MAXIMUS VIII Impact

Liquid cooling seems to be on the up and coming again and we have seen quite a few new products released in the category lately. One type of product that we see a lot are monoblocks that cool both the CPU itself like a normal heatsink, but also the MOSFET power regulation which is a crucial factor when overclocking but also something that could increase the overall lifetime of your hardware.

The new monoblock from EK WB that we see released this time is specifically designed with ASUS to fit the compact and unique ASUS MAXIMUS VIII Impact motherboard that comes with several daughter boards due to the mITX size and the amount of features and functions ASUS loaded it with.

The new monoblock is called the EK-FB ASUS M8I and with its unique design, it attaches itself to both the motherboard and the MOSFET daughterboard for optimal cooling of both. It is designed out of the EK-Supremacy EVO cooling engine to ensure the best possible CPU cooling as the liquid flows past all the critical components.

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.

The new EK-FB ASUS M8I should be available at official EK WB resellers now for a suggested retail price of €112.95. Both the Nickel and the Acetal and Nickel versions cost the same, so which you pick is down to your personal choice.

Phanteks Announces Enthoo Pro M Acrylic Window Edition

Phanteks is ready with another beautiful chassis in the Enthoo line-up and this time, it is the Enthoo Pro M Acrylic Window Edition chassis. It is a new Enthoo M variant that features a full acrylic side panel window along with a few other modifications and an overall beautiful finish.

The new version features more modifications towards the older models than just a new fancy side panel that gives a great view on the entire system inside the chassis. The Enthoo Pro M Acrylic Window Edition also features the new HDD mounting system, the PWM hub, the innovative radiator bracket, and the various pump mounting locations for even more build options and hardware choices.

The front IO panel has moved from the top of the chassis and down to the side for better optics and it is also something that prevents extra dust and dirt from settling the same way as it does in upwards mounted ports. There are two USB 3.0 ports along with the HD audio connectors and a reset button on the side while the power button still is on the top.

The large interior space allows you to mount full-sized ATX components, including motherboard and PSU. The motherboard area features a large cut-out for easy CPU cooler mounting and backplate access and there are plenty of cable routing options for a beautiful build.

Phanteks used the same type of innovative top radiator bracket to allow easy installation of a radiator and fans alike, just like the Enthoo EVOLV ATX and the EVOLV ITX already have.

There are multple locations for storage drives and additional HDD brackets can be purchased and used. As a basis, the chassis supports two internal 3.5-inch drives and one internal 2.5-inch drive. Additional brackets can be used for up to eight 3.5-incch drives and three 2.5-inch drives for plenty of storage.

Phanteks optimized the chassis for liquid cooling setups, so there is plenty of ventilation space for your fans. You can add up to three 120mm or two 140mm fans at both the top and front and another 120mm or 140mm fan at the rear. The front and top support up to 360mm radiators too.

Included with the chassis are two 140mm fans, one at the front and one at the rear. The included fans are PH-F140SP that come with a speed of 1200 RPM and a noise level of just 19 dB.

I previously mentioned that you could add full sized ATX components, but there are more clearance factors to consider than that. The Enthoo Pro M Acrylic Window Edition chassis has clearance for graphics cards with a length up to 420 mm, CPU coolers with a height up to 194mm and a power supply unit with a length up to 318mm. That should be plenty for most hardware. There’s also a spacious 35mm cable managements space on the back of the chassis.

The new Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Acrylic Window Edition chassis will be available throughout December 2015 for a recommended retail price of €89.90 and £69.99 including VAT. The Enthoo Pro M Acrylic Window edition chassis is also backed by a 5-year limited warranty.

EVGA Releases AIO-Cooled GeForce GTX 970 HYBRID GAMING

Cooler is better and that isn’t a motto that’s just relevant to the top of the line graphics cards, it’s something that applies to all models throughout the ranks. Those who are in the market for a new GeForce GTX 970 powered graphics card and at the same time want something that runs as cool as possible, they should take a look at the just released EVGA GeForce GTX 970 HYBRID GAMING graphics card. The new graphics card comes with an all-in-one liquid cooler as well as a blower fan for optimal cooling and without the hassle of installing an aftermarket cooler yourself.

Without the trouble of mounting aftermarket solutions, tubing and filling, the EVGA GeForce GTX 970 HYBRID GAMING is pure plug and play like any other graphics card. The only difference is that you’ll also need to mount the 120mm radiator with the fan to the chassis.

The AIO solution is utilizing a pure Copper Base heatsink for optimal cooling and maximum heat transfer. You also get a card with a virtually silent operation as the fans won’t have to work as much as traditional cooling solutions and thanks to the variably controlled fans on both the graphics card itself and on the radiator.

The cooling solution is very effective and the card will hover around 40 degrees during maximum load usage, which is quite nice compared to the up to 90 degrees seen on reference cards.

The EVGA GeForce GTX 970 HYBRID GAMING graphics card has 1664 CUDA Cores, a base clock of 1140 MHz and a boost clock of 1279 MHz. It comes with 4GB GDDR5 memory on a 256-bit memory bus and clocked at 7010MHz. The card is also ready for up to 3-way SLI setups.

Ambri’s Quest For a New Grid Battery Hits Problems

Rechargeable battery-based technology has steadily improved over recent years as demand has risen for lithium-ion based implementations, which include storing energy from intermittent renewable sources. The problem lies with the fore mentioned lithium based tech which are as yet both too expensive to run and also provide a shorter life span than desired for a wider scale role out of grid storage on an industrial scale.

This is where a start-up by the name of Ambri hoped to change that by committing resources with the aim of producing a new type of grid-scale battery. Unfortunately, Ambri has revealed disappointing test results for its novel technology which has led to the company axing one-quarter of its staff in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The start-up has also revealed plans to push back commercial deployment indefinitely.

Where did it all go wrong? The companies CEO, Phil Giudice explained that its down to the seals which keep Ambri’s liquid electrodes enclosed. “These liquid-metal batteries are housed inside steel cans that must be hermetically sealed with materials that hold up for many years”. Researchers have been working on this issue with the aim of developing the correct seals for the most part of this year (2015). However, after much tinkering it was concluded that current designs had failed to meet the correct performance standards which they are expected to achieve.

Ambri’s technology focuses on the usage of two liquid metals as electrodes; these are then separated by a liquid-salt electrolyte.

Another challenge which Ambri faces is the reality of challenging the market dominance of standard lithium-ion batteries, which have more or less taken over the market for electric vehicles and also for residential energy storage. These batteries continue to go up in performance and down in price, so much so that current market prices have dropped by half in the last few years. On top of this, there is also the view that “commercial and industrial use of lithium-ion batteries for energy storage could become economically viable in the next three to five years if the decline in battery prices persists.”

Ambri will need to perfect the technology behind this venture if it’s to challenge current tech at a comparable price point, if not then it will be a steep learning curve which could ultimately end in failure. I do feel there needs to be a more advanced battery power design which is kinder on the environment, after all, the huge quantities of materials and chemicals which are used to produce each battery and the disposal element all need to be factored in.

Thank you technologyreview for providing us with this information.

SilverStone Releases Super Slim AIO Liquid Coolers

Pre-filled and closed loop all-in-one liquid coolers bring along a lot of advantages, but they also come with some downsides. One of the problems that can occur is due to the radiator and their mounted fans, the overall thickness can simply be too much to make them fit into your compact setup. SilverStone have now released two new AIO CPU coolers that combat just this problem, the new and super slim TD02-SLIM 240mm and the TD03-SLIM 120mm CPU coolers.

These two new CPU coolers are specially designed for small form factor PCs and users of those that still want to have a liquid cooling setup. The two new CPU coolers only measure 37mm thickness in total, counting both the fans and radiator. The radiators themselves are only 22mm thin and SilverStone added 15mm thin fans to them.

The pump unit has a motor speed of 2500 RPM and the fan speed is RPM based between 800 and 2200 RPM. The result is a noise production between 16.5 and 27.4 dBa. The baseplate is made from copper and the radiator uses aluminium fins. Both new SilverStone SLIM coolers are compatible with Intel LGA775, 115x, 1366, 2011(v3) as well as all current AMD sockets.

The recommended End User price (excl. VAT) is 95,88 USD for the TD02-SLIM and 73,08 USD for the TD03-SLIM. Availability is set for September 22nd.

Special Features:

  • Super slim 37mm total thickness for radiator and fan
  • Maintenance free, no refill required
  • Dual auto adjustable 120mm slim PWM fans included
  • Thick, leak-proof tubing improve reliability
  • 0.2mm micro-channel water block design for improved
  • Large 100% copper base plate for fast heat transfer
  • Integrated blue LED indicator
  • Compatible with socket LGA775/115X/1366/2011/2011-v3/AM2/AM3/FM1/FM2

EK Water Blocks Enter the AIO Market like a Predator

EK Water Blocks is mostly known for their do-it-yourself parts for liquid cooling enthusiasts, but that isn’t enough for the company. They have set out “to shake up the liquid cooling market” with their newly presented Predator AIO CPU coolers.

EK has taken their top performing and market proven components from the existing enthusiast product line and assembled them together into one compact pre-filled solution. The result is the EK Predator 240 and 360 coolers that promise performance without compromise in a compact form factor, yet expandable, out-of-the-box liquid cooling solution. Being a AIO solution, the EK Predator is pre-filled and pre-assembled and comes with the EK-Vardar high static pressure fans with PWM controls to provide a minimal noise footprint, and noise is a common issue for existing AIO users.

The EK Predator uses the industry standard G1/4 threaded ports and 10/16 mm Zero Maintenance rubber tubing (EK-ZMT) and it is therefore fully expandable with all custom loop gear available on the market. The Predator 360 also features an integrated Quick Disconnects (QDC), a special connector that allows quick and tool-less expansion of the system without the need to drain the unit. This could for example allow you to add a prefilled QDC-enabled GPU water block, something that EK Water Blocks will release too.

The dimensions of the main radiator unit on the Predator 240, with integrated pump and reservoir, are: 295mm x 133mm x 68mm. This should be small enough to fit into most modern computer cases. The Predator 360 is a bigger beast as it measures 415mm x 133mm x 68mm. EKWB will provide a list of compatible cases before launch.

Speaking of launch, the EK-Predator 240 will launch on September 23rd and will come with a $199 USD/€199 EUR MSRP. The EK-Predator 360 will follow and be released on October 19th and cost you $239 USD/€239 EUR. Both units will only be available for Intel CPU sockets, but AMD versions are planned for a release in sometime during 2016.

Technical Highlights

  • Hovercore is a revolutionary design of radiator dampeners that prevents a transfer of pump vibrations further down the unit and into the chassis, thus resulting in vibration free and silent operation.
  • Supremacy MX CPU water block, a top performer in the Enthusiast segment, is specifically designed for Intel CPUs and offers great hydraulic and thermal performance. Carefully machined copper base is made from purest copper available and is further polished to absolute mirror finish. This alone greatly improves the cooling performance of the block.
  • CoolStream PE radiator – 240mm or 360mm, has full Copper core being superior to aluminum alternatives in terms of heat dissipation. In conjunction with EK-Vardar fans, the result is increased performance across entire fan operational range thus delivering results both at low and high airflow operation.
  • Vardar fans – two on Predator 240 and three on Predator 360 – are high static pressure fans developed in-house specifically for liquid cooling systems. With low noise profile and PWM technology built in, you can always control the RPM and keep the fans silent while maintaining excellent cooling performance.
  • DDC pump is a powerful 6W liquid cooling pump providing 2-3x higher flow rate compared to other AIOs on the market. It’s also PWM controlled allowing for automatic pump speed regulation depending on your CPU temperature. Full performance on demand or whisper quiet operation in idle mode!
  • Integrated Fan splitter hub reduces cable clutter and keeps the unit aesthetically clean. Predator pump and fans plug into the unit itself with only one PWM cable going into CPU Fan socket while a single SATA Molex cable powers the complete unit.

AquaComputer Released Full-Cover Water Block for the R9 Fury X

We’ve already seen EKWB with their full-cover water block for the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X graphics card and now it’s the German AquaComputer’s turn with their take on such a solution. The new kryographics for Radeon R9 Fury X comes in various configurations and had to be designed from ground up to meet the demands and changes that come along with the new GPU and onboard HBM memory.

The GPU cooling is constructed from exact 3D data provided by AMD and it has been extensively tested to ensure a secure and powerful performance. The cooling liquid will hit the GPU in the middle which allows it to run off parallel in both directions which reduces the resistance for high-flow systems.

AquaComputer created a true full cover water block as it covers the entire card and doesn’t leave a piece of the PCB at the end exposed, something many users will appreciate as it allows for an optical cleaner setup. The outer voltage regulators get cooled this way too while it also further reduces the resistance in the water block.

The kryographics R9 Fury X is made from electrolytic copper and CNC cut acrylic and an active cooled backplate is also in the works and should be released shortly. The cooler is single slot compatible, uses default G 1/4 fittings, is multi-GPU fitting capable and comes at a price that starts at €99.90 and goes up to €114.89 depending on version.

EVGA Announce Titan X Hybrid

With Zotac teasing a custom hybrid Titan X yesterday, it seems that the ban has been lifted on the custom offerings of cooling solutions for the high-end graphics card.

The cooler will be an all in one unit, requiring little maintenance, you may have to clean dust from the fans and radiator every once in a while. It will feature a similar radiator to the AMD R9 295×2, equipped with a 120mm fan and wired into the graphics card itself rather than a motherboard header.

The actual cooling solution itself looks very similar to that of other reference design EVGA cards, a snug fit to the PCB length and a typical reference blower style fan.

The Titan X, as we know, is currently the most powerful single GPU graphics card on the market; however, the heat was a slight hindrance. This cooler aims to shave off around 30°c from the standard core temperatures thanks to the hybrid liquid and air cooling design.

EVGA will offer this graphics card off the self, but also offer the cooling solution separately for those who have already purchased a Titan X.

It’s about time NVIDIA lifted the ban on offering custom cooling designs. Would you be interested in buying this new cooling solution for your Titan X or would this now push you to purchase one? Let us know in the comments.

Thank you to VideoCardz for providing us with this information.

AMD’s New Flagship GPU Will Fit in Almost Any System

Yesterday we were teased with a blurry shot of the new and upcoming AMD Radeon R9 390x card in its water-cooled version and we could see that it was very short. But just how short it is was revealed with a new photo showing the liquid cooled card pictured next to its 120mm radiator.

A card with this size will fit into pretty much any chassis, no matter how small as long as it allows for full height cards and a 120mm radiator with a fan. If the rumoured performance sticks as well and we get a card that can hold up to the current dual-GPU R9 295×2 and Titan X graphics cards, then AMD has a true winner that will blow users away.

The expected specifications are 4096 stream processors, 256 texture units, 120ROP unit, 4096-bit 1.25GHz 8GB HBM memory (bandwidth of 640GB/s) while we already know that it will have three DisplayPort 1.2a and an HDMI 2.0a port.

There will also be an air-cooled version that will be slightly longer and expected to only feature 4GB HBM memory. While we say longer here, it will still be significant shorter than the current Radeon R9 290x cards.

The new GPU chips will be slightly larger than the current generation due to the integrated memory, but in return it saves a lot more PCB space where the memory modules used to be located. All that’s left is basically the GPU and VRM.

EKWB Warns of Combatibility Issues With EVGA’s GTX 980 K|NGP|N Edition

EKWB has come out and warned users that there are compatibility issues between their EK-FC980 GTX Classy KPE full-cover water block and EVGA’s 980 GTX Classified K|NGP|N Edition graphics card.

According to the post, EVGA made last-minute changes to their PCB design that in return makes the full-cover water block designed for the card incompatible. The EK-FC980 GTX Classy KPE full-cover water block was designed for Revision 1.0 of the card and EVGA has since changed the layout not once, but twice. The revision 1.1 and 1.2 are not compatible with the current EKWB full cover water block and users should be careful to get products that match.

EKWB are working on a new version of the water block to match the new EVGA revisions and they are expected to be ready shortly.

While this news comes from EKWB, other full-cover water blocks from other manufacturers will face the same issue and K|NGP|N Edition graphics card owners that want to water cool their setup should pay extra close attention to the revision number on their cards. It isn’t any fun to order all the components you need to build the high-end system of your dreams, only to find out that the ordered parts don’t match.

AquaComputer Releases New GeForce Titan X Full-Cover Water Blocks

EKWB already released their take on a full-cover water block for Nvidia’s GeForce Titan X graphics cards and now it’s AquaComputer’s time to do the same. The new AquaComputer Kryographics full cover water block for the GTX Titan X comes in six different versions to match your setup and preferences. It is CNC-milled from a 10mm thick high-purity electrolytic copper block and it covers both the GPU, RAM and voltage regulators.

It is CNC-milled from a 10mm thick high-purity electrolytic copper block and it covers both the GPU, RAM and voltage regulators. All relevant areas are covered by the flow path to make sure you have the best cooling everywhere for maximum potential.

The contact surface of the base is high-gloss polished and the Kryographics blocks allow for use of thermal grease instead of thermal pads on the RAM chips.

The water block comes with pre-assembled distance pieces to make sure you don’t damage your precious card when mounting your new water block. You can tighten the screws as far as they go without damaging anything and to achieve an optimal contact pressure.

The water blocks can be used with regular G1/4 fittings and the connection terminal offers threads in both directions. Those who run SLI setups can also replace the terminal with an optional Kryoconnect adapter.

There are also nickel-plated versions available and the Plexiglas cover of the acrylic glass edition and black edition is milled from a solid block, just like the base. To avoid the risk of cracks, Aqua Computer uses cast Plexiglas and the cover is held in place by a stainless steel frame instead of screws with drilled holes that could weaken the structure.

The six versions variate a little bit in price and the basic Kryographics for GTX Titan X will cost you €94.90. The acrylic glass edition, black edition, and nickel-plated version will cost you €104.90 while the acrylic glass edition and black editions with nickel plating will cost you €114.89. The new full cover water blocks are available now, so there’s nothing holding you back from taking your Titan X to the max; that is if you’re lucky enough to own one of these amazing graphics cards.

A Next-Gen Battery for Mobile Devices Is in the Works at Google X Labs

Reports have indicated that a four person team inside Google X labs have switched from testing batteries back in 2013 to actually looking into technology for creating a new and improved version.

The group is said to be led by former Apple battery expert, Dr. Ramesh Bhardwaj, and formed back in 2012. One concept the group is said to be looking into is solid-state batteries, which are made by replacing the liquid chemicals with a solid current-inducing alternative. This is said to lead to smaller and safer batteries which can be produced in thin layers.

While the batteries are being designed for powering mobile devices, Google is said to also be looking into using the battery concept to power human body implants. Google is also not the only company to be working on futuristic batteries, but whoever comes up with the long-lasting, affordable, safer and smaller alternative to the current ones will be able to dominate the consumer market.

Thank you Phonearena for providing us with this information

Upgrade Your System With Antec Competition [US Only]

It’s that awesome time of the week again, as we prepare to bring you an incredible competition courtesy of our friends at Antec US. We’ve got a great prize bundle to give away to one lucky winner, where they’ll receive a new chassis, water cooler and PSU to upgrade their system, or even to use as the basis of a new system altogether, it’s really up to you!

To make things even better, we’ve also got three other prizes to giveaway, with more of the prizes becoming available based on how many entries we receive. The more of you enter, the better your chances of winning! If we pass 600 entries, we’ll be giving away all four prizes to four lucky winners.

We recently reviewed the GX300, which you can read here. It’s a great chassis and the addition of a new water cooler and the stylish new Edge PSU, would be a great addition to anyone’s setup.

1st Prize

  • Antec GX300 Chassis (Black) – $39.99
  • Antec Kuhler 950 AIO Water Cooler – $99.99
  • Antec Edge 650 PSU – $129.95

2nd Prize – Unlocked After 200 entries

  • Antec GX300 Chassis (Black) – $39.99

3rd Prize – Unlocked After 400 Entries

  • Antec Kuhler 950 AIO Water Cooler – $99.99

4th Prize – Unlocked After 600 Entries

Be sure to like the official Antec Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages to stay up to date with all the latest product news, competitions and much more.

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To be in with a chance of winning, just hit up the link below and follow a few simple steps.

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Scientists Come up with Perfume That Smells Better the More You Sweat

Scientist at Queen’s University Belfast have apparently developed the first-ever perfume delivery system which ensures that the more a person sweats, the better they will smell. It is said that the perfume releases more of its aroma when it comes into contact with moisture, leading to the person smelling nicer when they sweat.

The perfume uses a raw fragrance on an ionic liquid, which is basically salt in the form of liquid, which releases its aroma when it comes into contact with water. In addition, the perfume also has the ability to remove bad odours that come from sweat by attaching themselves to the ionic liquid and losing their potency.

“This is an exciting breakthrough that uses newly discovered ionic liquid systems to release material in a controlled manner. Not only does it have great commercial potential, and could be used in perfumes and cosmetic creams, but it could also be used in others area of science, such as the slow release of certain substances of interest.” stated Dr Nimal Gunaratne, the project lead. “This innovative development demonstrates the drive of researchers at Queen’s to advancing knowledge and achieving excellence for the benefit of society as a whole.”

The university is currently in talks with a perfume development company to identify a number of products ideas that could be sold in shops, but given its effects, it is bound to have a lot of marketing potential in the sportswear market.

Thank you Psy.org for providing us with this information

Chinese Scientists Invent Liquid Metal Machines That Move by ‘Eating’ Substances

Chinese scientists from the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the medical school of Tsinghua University have reportedly invented liquid metal machines that can change shape similar to the T-1000 robot in the Terminator 2 movie by ‘eating’ substances.

The machines are stated to ‘eat’ small pieces of aluminium and move spontaneously in various solutions and structured channels for more than an hour at a speed of 5 centimeters per second.

“The biomimetic mollusk is highly self-adaptive and closely conforms to the geometrical space it is in,” scientists wrote.

The power for the liquid metal motor comes from the endogenous electric field of liquid alloys, metal and hydrogen generated by the electrochemical reactions. Based on the latter theory, the researchers then developed several liquid metal machines that move in alkalescent, acidic or neutral electrolytes.

“Such liquid metal transformers and locomotors could provide on-demand use given specific designs,” according to the researchers’ paper

Scientists and engineers alike share the dream of advanced intelligent machines that are flexible and are able to spontaneously shape-shift, therefore real-world application possibilities granted from the prototypes developed by the Chinese researchers are infinite.

Thank you English.news.cn for providing us with this information

DEEPCOOL in stock at Amazon UK

 

After leaving OverclockersUK online store, DEEPCOOL has been out of the UK cooling market for a little while. This left a hole in most of us that loved the initiative designs and cooling capabilities of their products. Well now that hole can be filled with DEEPCOOL being restocked back in the UK through Amazon, HAZZAHH!

DEEPCOOL, what started off as a company producing high-end cooling solutions for laptops and PCs such as the Assassin series air cooler and Captain series liquid coolers, now produces some amazing products that are designed around keeping the inside of your computer icy cool; cases and power supplies being a few.

Let’s hope more competition in the UK market brings us more radical designs from EU companies.

EK Introduces Hybrid Water Cooling Kit for GIGABYTE X99 Series Motherboards

EK Water Blocks introduced a new universal hybrid water cooling kit for GIGABYTE X99 series motherboards consisting of an MOSFET water block and a passive PCH heatsink.

The EK-FB KIT GA X99 LE is a value-oriented hybrid water cooling solution that is compatible with virtually every GIGABYTE X99 series motherboard thanks to the universal PCH cooling solution. The water block directly cools power regulation (VRM / MOSFETs) module while the passive aluminum heat sink cools Intel X99 southbridge (PCH) chip.

The base of the water block is made from nickel plated electrolytic copper while the top is made of acrylic glass material. The screw-in standoffs are already pre-installed on both water block- as well as aluminum heatsink and allow for easy and trouble-free installation by utilizing original motherboard backplates.

The new hybrid liquid Gigabyte X99 cooling solution is available now at either the EK Webshop or partner resellers for an MSRP of €64.95.

Thanks to EKWB for providing us with this information

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Chaintech Announces Colorful iGame Z97 Motherboard

Chaintech was brought back to life as a motherboard brand with the help and partnership of Colorful after a couple of years away from that market. This cooperation has resulted in a new motherboard that doesn’t really know if it wants to be in the overclocker or gaming category, so the iGame Z97 just covers them both.

The first thing that strikes us is the full-cover water cooling setup ranging from the chipset and southbridge all the way up over the VRM. Speaking of the VRM, Chaintech used a 16-phase VRM around the LGA 1150 socket.

It has three PCI-Express x16 Gen. 3 and four PCI-Express x1 Gen 2 slots, six SATA3 ports and a combo mSATA port. Network connection is provided by the Atheros KillerNIC E2200 Gigabit Ethernet controller and the onboard sound is an 8 channel 7.1 surround sound setup with Voice Gamer and solid capacitors. For iGPU users it has a DVI, D-Sub and HDMI connector although I doubt anyone with a motherboard like this would use the iGPU.

The new motherboard features a dual-BIOS with a “feature-rich” setup program. The board is planned for launch on the European and APAC markets, but no other word on pricing and availability yet.

Thanks to TechPowerUp for providing us with this information

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Swiftech H220-X CPU Liquid Cooling Kit Now Available

Swiftech have just revealed that their new all-in-one liquid CPU cooling kit, the H220-X, is now available. The Patent pending H220-X is part of Switftech’s next-generation of all-in-one CPU coolers. It features a dual 120mm copper radiator, combined with an enthusiast grade pump and water-block.

The cooler, like any high quality cooler, has been designed with low-noise and extreme thermal performance in mind. For your average consumers, you’ll find it works just like any other close loop cooler; it’ll be plug-and-play ready and will not require maintenance within its 3-year warranty period. Those wanting a more enthusiast product will reap the benefits of easily customisable parts; the tubing and fittings can easily be changed out for something else, and the powerful pump can easily drive enough power to feed an extended loop for graphics cards and extra radiators.

One unique aspect of the H220-X is that the pump is fully integrated into the radiator, rather than being on the waterblock. The dual 120mm copper and brass radiator features a built-in backlit reservoir with a visible coolant level, and it’s all hooked up to Swiftech’s recently released flagship Apogee XL waterblock.

The new cooler should start appearing at retailers soon with an MSRP of $139.95.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

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Coolermaster Nepton 140XL & 280L All-In-One CPU Water Cooler Review

Introduction


The water cooling market offers up some very fierce competition these days, there are so many great products to choose from that it is becoming harder and harder to find a product that is best for your system. The overall quality and performance of all-in-one water coolers has been increasing steadily over the years and with every company trying their hardest to be the best it’s near impossible to buy a poor water cooler, so long as you stick with brand names such as Enermax, Corsair, Cooler Master, Antec, etc. Cooler Master have long been a popular choice for CPU coolers, many of their air and water cooling products have won awards year after year for their performance and that’s something we’re hoping to see reflected again here today. With a few rival products recently launched the Nepton does have some tough competition on their hands, but the Nepton has proven to be a great product before, and these new ones promise to be even better.

In the office today I have not one, but two new product from the Nepton range and I’ll be putting the new Nepton 140XL 140mm cooler and the Nepton 280L head to head to see what they have to offer, while also seeing how they stack up against the competition. Obviously we’re expecting the bigger, more expensive 280L to perform better, but we really want to find out how much better. When you’re out shopping for a new CPU cooler, it’s important to balance your budget and performance needs, perhaps you’ll discover that the 140XL is more than enough for your rig, or if you’re in the market for the 140XL, you might find out that you really need the bigger 280L.

Check out what Cooler Master had to say about their two latest products:

“The Nepton 140XL is Cooler Master’s latest watercooling kit that aims to bring watercooling to the next level. Nepton 140XL is using CM exclusive designed pump with effective waterblock. It has thicker and longer tubing for upgraded performance. In addition, dual JetFlo 140 fans + 38mm thick radiator also provide great cooling ability for over 300Watt heat dissipation, which enable user to overclock CPU to maximum performance.”

“The Nepton 280L is Cooler Master’s latest watercooling kit that aims to bring watercooling to the next level. Nepton 280L is using a CM exclusive designed pump with a highly effective water block. It has thicker and longer tubing for upgraded performance. In addition, dual JetFlo 140 fans + an extra large 280mm radiator provide substantial cooling power with over 300W heat dissipation, which enables users to overclock their CPU and maximize performance.”

With the 140XL costing around £75 and the 280L around £90, there is no doubt that these are high-end, premium grade products, so they’ll be competing with products from NZXT, Corsair and Enermax (to name but a few) for the money in your wallet, so let’s get right to it and take a look at what they have to offer and see which one would be best for your next system build.

Both of the coolers come nicely packaged, with plenty of details on the front of each box letting you know that they’re maintenance free, feature improved UltraFine Micro Channel CPU cooler blocks and durable tubing. The boxes are nicely laid out with protective plastic over the fans, radiator and pump.

All the fittings, brackets and other components are in a plastic pouch, keeping them safe in transit and preventing them from scratching up your new cooler.

In the box you’ll find all the fittings you could possibly need; a multi-socket back plate, fan Y-split cable, thermal paste, AMD and Intel mounts, spacers, screws and clips. This is the pile of components for the Nepton 140XL, but we’ll skip over the components for the 280L as they’re 100% the same.

Both the 140 and the 280 come with two identical 140mm fans. Both are high quality, nicely designed fans with black sleeved cables to help provide a clean overall design, while also featuring firm rubber pads on each corner to help reduce noise and vibration.