Corsair Hydro Series H5 SF AIO CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


Picking the right cooler for your system can be tricky, but when it comes to sticking a high-performance CPU in a compact gaming system, your choices are often quite limited to a range of low-profile air coolers. Corsair is looking to solve this issue with the new Corsair H5 SF Hydro Series Low Profile Liquid CPU Cooler, an AIO unit that’s small enough to mount over the top of a mini-ITX motherboard! Unlike most AIO that must be mounted on a 120/140mm fan fitting, this cooler is a similar shape and size to a 5.25″ drive and comes with a special bracket that mounts it above the CPU like you would expect an air/tower cooler to install.

“The Hydro Series H5 SF is a low profile liquid CPU cooler that provides efficient cooling for small form factor Mini-ITX systems. Building a small form factor system shouldn’t have to mean compromising on processor speed, and with the H5 SF you can provide reliable cooling for your system’s high-performance CPU.” – Corsair

While I’m not expecting huge performance from the new cooler overall, when it comes down to cooling a compact gaming rig, it’s very likely that it’ll still be better than most low-profile air coolers that would fit the same system. Corsair has some impressive figures of their own, but how do they hold up in the real world? That’s what we hope to find out.

“It has a pump assembly with a copper coldplate and flexible, low permeability tubing, just like our larger Hydro Series models. They’re matched with a one-piece blower which cools the circulated liquid by drawing cool air from the inside of your PC and exhausting it outside the case. So, in addition to keeping your CPU cool, the H5 SF provides additional cooling for the motherboard and other components by constantly pulling cool air across them.” – Corsair

Equipped with copper and aluminium construction, high-quality tubing and support for all major sockets, the H5 SF is certainly promising. So let’s move on and take a closer look.

The packaging is typical Corsair, with the usual black and yellow theme at work, as well as a nice big image of the product, showing us the design of the pump and radiator.

Around the back, a nice technical breakdown of the specifications, design and a little image of how the radiator looks when mounted on a mini-ITX motherboard.

The packaging is nicely done on the interior too, with lots of protective cardboard around all major components, as well as protective plastic bags and stickers to prevent any minor marks or scratches.

In the box, you’ll find everything you need to get the cooler installed on major Intel and AMD mini-ITX platforms. All the screws are really good quality with a nice dark nickel finish and there’ sa durable L-shaped support bar for mounting it above the motherboard.

LEPA Announces Exllusion 240 Liquid Cooler

All in one liquid coolers have become incredibly popular among hardware enthusiasts and made a large number switch from traditional air cooling. When it comes to performance, air coolers tend to offer similar heat dissipation at quieter noise levels. Although, this is usually the case with closed-looped-coolers from Asetek which use an aluminium radiator. While air coolers still exhibit great performance numbers, many people don’t care for the lack of space around the CPU socket. Furthermore, the large size can impact on memory compatibility and even stop you from inserting a graphics card into the first PCI-E x16 slot.

On the other hand, custom loops leverage extra performance and look absolutely stunning. However, they are an expensive proposition and quite daunting to anyone without water cooling expertise. Originally, closed loop coolers from Asetek and CoolIT adopted a very mundane, and uninspired design. Thankfully, this has changed in recent years and products like the Rajintek Triton include various dyes and clear tubing to create a striking finish. The latest liquid cooler to enter the market adopts a similar look to the Triton and includes a fill port. The Exllusion 240 by LEPA has a transparent block to monitor your cooler’s water levels. Here is a detailed run-down about the unit’s capabilities:

  • 400W+ TDP Cooling Capacity

    Performance-capable, refillable and customizable AIO CPU water cooler for most stable CPU operation even under extreme overclocking.

  • Rapid Heat Dissipation

    Nickel-plated copper base with patented Dual Central Diffusing Passage (CDP). The two channels within the micro-fin structure accelerate heat dissipation and eliminate CPU hot spots more efficiently.

  • Voluminous Transparent LED Water Block

    The water block has a higher coolant capacity to increases the coolant circulation. The transparent chassis and tubes allow for an easy monitoring of the coolant flow & volume status. Stylish LED lightning.

  • Colour Your Cooling!

    LEPA provides three RGB dyes (red, green, blue), so that you can colour the coolant individually. Mix your favourite colour!

  • Durable & Silent Pump

    The ceramic bearing prevents from corrosion and ensures a durable and silent operation.

  • Dual Convex Blade Fans

    The advanced aerodynamic design of the fan blades generates a high static pressure and increases the air flow rate. The Dual Convex Blades fans achieve a higher cooling performance at lower speed.

  • Refillable Water Block

    Add or modify the coolant composition. Additional 500ml LEPA coolant included for future refill processes.

  • Universal & Solid Mounting Kit

    Easy and user-friendly installation. EXllusion supports the latest Intel® and AMD© desktop sockets.

  • Large 240mm Radiator

    Higher heat exchange rate for maximum cooling performance.

The Exllusion 240 of LEPA is now available from participating retailers and has a suggested price of 109.99 Euro (+VAT). The LEPA CXcoolant kit will also be available from March with a suggested price of 14,90 Euro.

Do you prefer air cooling or liquid cooling?

Antec Kuhler H20 H1200 & H600 Pro Water Cooler Review

Introduction


Antec is one of the biggest names in the PC component market, with many years of experience in creating chassis, cooler, power supplies and more.  With Antec having created so many products over the years, it’s more than likely you’ve owned a few of their components over the years, so it’s great to see them continue to push the limits. Antec has been a little behind in the cooling market recently, as their last range of Kuhler H20 products didn’t exactly capture the imaginations of the market, but their latest versions, the H1200 Pro and the H600 Pro look set to change that.

Maximum cooling thanks to large copper base plate and high-performance radiator

“To achieve the best results when used with overclocked processors, both Kühler H2O H600 PRO and H1200 PRO are equipped with a large copper base plate that efficiently transfers heat from any AMD or Intel processor to the radiator. For maximum performance, H600 PRO and H1200 PRO feature a precisely constructed radiator with a 0.2 mm fin interval. The dimensions of the radiator are 275 mm x 120 mm x 27 mm for the H1200 and 155 mm x 120 mm x 27 mm for the H600.” – Antec

The new range features a 120mm and a 240mm slim radiator design, with an AIO (all in one) water cooling setup that aims to deliver high-end performance, flawless designs and best of all, wallet-friendly prices. Spec for spec, the latest Antec products are often half the price of their next big competitor, so it’ll be interesting to see if they can keep up with some of the more established AIO coolers on the market, especially at such competitive prices. If they can, then Antec are about to win over a huge part of the PC system building market.

Extremely quiet operation meets tremendous power

“Despite their excellent cooling performance, H600 PRO and H1200 PRO operate extremely quiet. This is due to the high-quality blue LED 120 mm fans that can reach up to 2,400 revolutions per minute. In addition, the enclosed pump impeller is near completely silent while delivering a pressure of 2.3 meters of water. The pump achieves this exceptional pressure thanks to the higher rotational speed of the winding type three-phase motor, maximising cooling performance for any PC system. For clean cable management, the pump is powered by a SATA interface.” – Antec

High build quality for exceptional durability

All components used for the Kühler H2O H600 PRO and H1200 PRO systems impress with their outstanding build quality and durability. The oil-free lubrication graphite bearing has a service life of up to 150,000 hours. The service life of the carbon metal crystalline ceramic axis is also 50 times longer than that of common models.” – Antec

We’ve got both models in the eTeknix office today and will be putting them head to head with each other, as well as a wide range of aftermarket coolers from many other brands, so it’ll be exciting to see how they perform. As you can see, both coolers come in a stylishly designed box, with a nice image of the product on the front and the main specifications, although I don’t think that lightning effect on the H600 is a feature, obviously.

The H1200 comes bundled with two lovely 120mm blue LED fans, each fitted with a standard PWM connector, anti-vibration screw holes and clear fan blades. It also comes bundled with a Y-splitter, so you only need a single motherboard header to connect them. The H600 comes with just one of these fans, which also means it doesn’t include the Y-splitter.

The fans are certainly of a nice quality and they’re Antec’s own design; having personally used a lot of Antec fans in the past, I have high hopes for their performance.

Both the H600 and the H1200 come with the same set of components, with the exception of the extra fan and Y-splitter for the H1200. You’ll find a universal backplate, AMD and Intel mounting brackets, a small tube of thermal paste, and all black fittings for the screws and other mounting hardware.

Both coolers come nicely packaged in protective cardboard, with durable plastic bag coverings on all major hardware, as well as some thick air pockets to help prevent any of it moving around in transit.

Silverstone Tundra TD02-Slim AIO Cooler Review

Introduction


The design team at Silverstone are the masters of ergonomics, something we’ve seen time and time again with their revolutionary space-saving chassis designs. Not only have they created some masterful chassis, but they also have a great range of cooling products that are perfectly designed for tighter spaces, such as slim fans, low-profile air coolers and slim AIO radiators. Today, we’ll be taking a look at the Tundra TD02-Slim, a 240mm AIO water cooler with a total thickness of just 37mm, with the fans installed! This is going to be a great cooler for mini-ITX and Micro-ATX chassis designs where space is at a premium.

“Due to limited room in smaller cases, small form factor users are often left out of liquid cooling option, so SilverStone has released the Tundra TD02-Slim. Designed for small form factor PCs, this cooler has a radiator and fan combo of only 37mm thick, making it possible to fit into slimmer profile cases or giving more space in tight confines. By retaining many of the high-end features from SilverStone’s other liquid cooling models, the TD02-Slim also has great performance for the money and is a top choice for high performance but small PC builds.”

The cooler is well equipped, with a copper base plate, a 22mm aluminium radiator, high-performance pump, and two 15mm thick PWM fans. Of course, the cooler also comes with support for a massive range of socket types, ensuring compatibility with any modern system.

The packaging shows off a nice image of the cooler, as well as a quick rundown of the main spec, such as the slim form factor and the extensive socket support.

Around the back, much of the same information, just broken down into various international languages.

Virtually everything you need is included, such as a universal backplate, as well as a Y-split fan cable and a Molex adaptor should you not have any available fan headers on your motherboard.

The included fans look really nice, with a contrasting black and white theme. They’re obviously super slim, but with a large number of fins, they’re still going to be able to shift some serious airflow. The only minor gripe is the colour of the fan cables, but it’s hardly a deal breaker.

Phanteks Launches MP and SP Series Fans and PH-NDC Thermal Paste

Phanteks didn’t just release one product today, they have a total of three new ones lined up for us. Phanteks announced the immediate availability of the PH-F120, 140, and 200 SP Series as well as the PH-F120 and 140 MP Series Black Edition fans. On top of that, they are also ready with a new nanostructured thermal compound called the PH-NDC.

The SP fan series is designed to overcome high static pressure, blade deflection, and noise challenges. The fans all have nine blades to be able to provide a better airflow. The bearing systems is called UFB and it stands for Updraft Floating Balance which is composed of MOSS and SCC. MOSS has an effective fan hub-blade ratio to achieve a dynamic balance, thus floating the axis for minimal air noise. SSC increases the bearing life span to ensure that the fan axis is consistently operating without mechanical noise.

The MP fan series is designed for the liquid cooling enthusiasts that need to overcome airflow restrictions from radiators with high fin density. The fans produce high static air pressure for a direct and focused airflow. The blades used in the MP fans are called MVB (Maelström Vortex Booster) and they are precisely angled to generate a silent yet controlled airflow. The downdraft vortex created allows for a greater amount of air passage which in return reduces the airflow turbulence across the surface of the blades.

Both new series of Phanteks fans are backed by a 5-year warranty and depending on the model, they will set you back between £9.99 and £14.99 each.

Phanteks’ new thermal compound is called PH-NDC and the diamond-like particles of the hybrid compound are non-electrical conductive, ensuring that your hardware stays safe. It is also silicon-free to provide long-term stability with an effective thermal cycling and low dry-out features. The PH-NDC has a thermal conductivity of 4.5W/m-k, a thermal resistance of 0.14°C cm2/W, and it is rated for an operating temperature between -40°C and up to 150°C. The compound comes with a 2-year warranty and will set you back £5.50 for a 4G tube.

Phanteks MP and SP Fan Specifications

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.

Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme S CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


Thermaltake have created some fantastic coolers in recent years, with a range that covers everything from air, to water, budget to premium, including their new and rather stunning custom loop water cooling gear. The model we’re looking at today covers several categories, it’s an AIO water cooler, which promises the high-end cooling thrills of their other water coolers, with a more affordable price tag, making it very attractive to those investing in their first water-cooled setup.

Check out the quick overview video below to find out why Thermaltake stripped down some of the features on this cooler and why that’s a good thing for (most) consumers.

The packaging is colourful and has all the major specification information on there that you will need.

The interior is pretty much what we see with all AIO coolers, a carton with protective bags overall smaller hardware components to keep them safe.

A pair of double curved fans, which can operate between 1200 and 2000 RPM, each fitted with a standard PWM connector and a black braided cable.

There’s no shortage of mounting options on offer, with separate rings and backplates for both Intel and AMD, 2011 screws, fan and chassis screws and even a Y-split PWM cable for the fans.

The radiator and pump are nicely designed, but also pretty standard. Those looking for something unique may want to look elsewhere, but it’s certainly presentable.

The radiator is a slim design, maximizing compatibility with most systems, while the 240mm length provides a good amount of surface area to dissipate heat from your CPU.

Two slim and long hoses mean that it’ll be easy to fit the pump inside your system, whether you have a small chassis, or a large one. The back of the pump has a Thermaltake logo on it, which looks pretty cool.

Pre-applied thermal paste is great for a quick and easy install, but there is no extra paste included, so you’ll need more if you plan to re-install in the future.

We won’t be using the stock paste of course, so I’ve cleaned it off. As you can see, we’ve got a good size copper contact plate and lots of screws providing a snug fit for the pump housing.

SilverStone Tundra Series TD02-E 240mm AIO Water Cooler Review

Introduction


Today is a great day, as I get to take a look at my second SilverStone branded water cooler. What’s so special about that you say? The first one that I tested, the TD03, was amazing. It offered exceptional build quality and performance and that’s more than enough to have me excited about one of their latest products. The key difference here of course is that this is a much bigger cooler, featuring a 240mm radiator and that should mean even better performance, especially when overclocking.

As you can see, the TD02-E is pretty well equipped and comes with support for all major socket types, including the aging 755, right up to the newer 2011-V3 and FM2 sockets. The radiator is a fairly standard size, so chassis compatibility shouldn’t be an issue and it comes with a pair of high-quality 120mm PWM fans.

The packaging is nice enough, with a clear image of the cooler as well as a quick rundown of socket compatibility.

In the box, you’ll find everything you need to get you started. There’s a pair of AMD mounting arms, while the Intel ones are pre-installed to the cooler. A high-quality universal mounting plate, fan cable Y-splitter, screws and a syringe of thermal grease.

Both of the fans are over a very high quality and come with a 9 fin design and cut edges to help improve noise from air turbulence; both fans are 4-pin PWM.

The radiator is stunning and feels immediately more durable than those from rival brands. The fin stack is thick and tough, no doubt thanks to the soldered heatsink design. This means that the fins are touching all sides of the liquid pipes, where most coolers use a folded fin design that simply touches two sides of the pipes.

The sides of the cooler are finished with a clear plastic guard that adds a little flair, but I especially like the minor detail of a carbon fiber pattern under the plastic; it’s not much, but it looks a little different from many of the other coolers on the market and that’s a good thing.

The water pipes are nice and thick and feel robust. They’re a little less flexible than some others, but still have enough movement to them to help with installation.

The real star of the show is the cooling block and pump. SilverStone differs from other manufacturers the most in this respect with their incredibly robust and simple looking design. There’s a nice Silverstone logo on the top and there’s more metal here than we usually find on the pump housing.

The base plate is thick and screwless, giving a more uniform contact surface and combined with the nickel-coated aluminum unibody design, it looks simply stunning. The Intel brackets are pre-installed and are made from thick aluminum, not the usual flat steel retention brackets we usually see.

The pipes are fitted on a hinge, allowing extra movement and this will further help with the installation process.

There’s a rubber pad over each screw hole, which helps provide a vibration free mount for the included fans.

Does The AMD Radeon Fury X Radiator Feature a Built-in Pump?

The AMD Radeon Fury X looks set to be a truly amazing graphics card and details just keep cropping up out of the blue. We first saw it on 3D Mark Fire Strike and everyone just went crazy. Soon after, the rumoured GPU was officially confirmed and we even came across some amazing pics of AMD’s monstrous Fury X, NVIDIA Titan X’s true competitor. But something was interesting when we took a closer look at them. Can you spot it?

I’ll give you a hint. It’s near the humongous radiator. Still having a hard time figuring out? Ok then, we will tell you. The key element that we thought was odd is the 3-pin connector which can be seen in the pics below. We even highlighted it for you this time.

So what could this mean? Well, our first thought and the best bet is that it could come with a built-in pump. And guess what? We have found what fan is pictured too!

It’s a Scythe 120mm fan, which makes it just 25mm thick. This means there is plenty of room for a pump in the middle of the radiator and lots of space for a reservoir at the base. Clever, but I think we’ve seen something similar in the past as well. And we did! Antec had a similar All-in-One (AIO) series as shown in the pic above, so this approach may be seen here on the Fury X radiator too. This means we are looking at a solid water cooling solution here, making the Fury X true GPU beast.

 

Images courtesy of GEARNUKE and Scythe

New Leaked Images Reveal Fury X Power Connectors & More!

As the launch of the next-generation of AMD graphics cards approaches, more cheeky leaks are finding their way online. The latest leaks have shown up as an unboxing on YouTube, even one that appeared on eBay, hardware benchmarks and more! The latest leaked images look pretty legit to me, showing off the design of the AMD Radeon Fury X graphics card, its water cooling unit and more interestingly, the power connectors.

As you can see in the images below, the Fury X is going to be power-hungry, requiring a pair of 8-pin power connectors to feed the card and no doubt the reason why it will use that thick water cooling radiator to keep the heat in check. It’s no secret that Nvidia have got the lead for power efficiency but what we’re really interested in seeing is how the new generation of cards use that power to render graphics; I’ll take FPS over efficiency any day.

Also on show, the water cooling pipes for the radiator, They’re heavily braided to help ensure a long lifespan and reduce any chance of damaging them, or coolant leaks. A shorter graphics card this may be, but those power connectors and that big radiator hint at some pretty hardcore hardware on the interior.

Thank you PCper for providing us with this information.

Thermaltake Introduce Riing 12 and 14 LED Radiator Fan Series

Thermaltake has introduced their new Ring 12 and 14 LED radiator fan series. The new series of fans will be available as 120mm and 140mm versions and come in four colours.

The new blue, red, green and white fans use hydraulic bearings for silent operation and the fans also come with an anti-vibration mounting system. The LED ring maintains colour and brightness uniformly and helps you to bring that extra bit of style to your liquid cooling setup.

The 120mm version has a 1500 ROM (1000 with LNC) and a max air pressure of 2.01mm-H2O at an air flow of 40.6 CFM. The noise is rated to 24.6dBA maximum and the fans come with a 40K hours life expectancy.

The 140mm version spins a little slower at 1400 RPM and can provide a max air pressure of 1.58 mm-H2O at an air flow of 51.15CFM. The noise level is rated to 28.1 dBA and it comes with the same life expectancy.

The new Thermaltake Riing 12 and 14 LED Radiator Fan series will be available soon via Newegg and other retailers.

Thanks to ThermalTake for providing us with this information

EK Announces Vardar Series 120mm Fans Designed for Radiator Use

Not all fans are equal and there are many that aren’t really suited well use with radiators. So who better to create a fan for just this scenario than EK Water Blocks. And they have done just that with the new high-pressure 120mm EK-Varder fan that is the first in-house engineered fan from EK.

The simple design should allow for integration into almost any system that can handle a little black, though that isn’t the only colour available. It’s announced in single and two-tone colours with a monochrome fan sticker.

The task at hand was to create a fan with high static pressure  while keeping a low noise profile. EK used a 7-fin fan blade design and the motor windings are actively cooled, double ball bearing and rated for 50,000 hours. An important factor for radiator cooling is a sealed edge so the air doesn’t escape out the side instead of being forced through the fins. EK created just that with the old-school looking, but effective, black square shape.

The EK-Vardar 120mm cooling fan currently consists of five models, four regular and one Furious Vardar with the latter built-in distinctive all-black design. All fans come with four self-tapping screws and are pre-sleeved (F1-F4: black, FF5: red) for your convenience. The new fans will be available for purchase in the first half of January 2015, although a limited quantity will be available in mid-December 2014.

Thanks to EKWB for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of EKWB

Fractal Design Kelvin AIO Water Coolers Revealed

Have you been eager to get your hands on a new CPU water cooler? Then you may want to check out these lovely new models from Fractal Design. The new Kelvin series features an expandable all-in-one water cooling loop design. There are three sizes available to suit your build, with 120mm, 240mm and 360mm radiators making up the range.

The Kelvin coolers feature “silent operation”, and a high performance ceramic pump which is said to be strong enough to support “considerable expansion” and that’s very good news indeed. You can start out with the CPU cooler component, but when you’re feeling the need for more, you could easily add GPU blocks or extra radiators into the loop.

All models are constructed from enthusiast class components. The CPU block and the radiator are made from pure copper and the whole unit requires zero maintenance, making them a friendly option for water cooling first-timers.

  • The strong pump and the full-copper construction places the Kelvin Series water cooling system ahead of the pack in cooling performance.
  • Easily Expandable system. Just open it up to get the full benefits of custom water cooling, with the ability to add any parts you want to the loop.
  • High pressure pump provides impressive water flow rates even when an additional CPU or GPU water block or an additional radiator has been added to the loop.
  • All parts have fully standard G 1/4″ thread fittings for compatibility with the vast majority of enthusiast water cooling products.
  • The tubes are fastened with two-part brass compression fittings, providing a secure seal while being easy to open and re-seal with a standard wrench.
  • Easy refilling with dedicated fill port
  • Made with enthusiast-grade components in cooperation with Alphacool
  • Available with a triple fan radiator, a 30mm thick 360, providing a much larger area than nearly all other pre-filled water cooling units
  • Also available in the two most common formats: thin 240mm and thick 120mm
  • Long lifetime.
  • To avoid Galvanic corrosion of the water cooling loop, the Kelvin Series water cooling system is constructed with pure copper in both the radiator and the water block, along with brass fittings.
  • The strong pump and the full-copper construction places the Kelvin Series water cooling system ahead of the pack in cooling performance.
  • Easily Expandable system. Just open it up to get the full benefits of custom water cooling, with the ability to add any parts you want to the loop.
  • High pressure pump provides impressive water flow rates even when an additional CPU or GPU water block or an additional radiator has been added to the loop.
  • All parts have fully standard G 1/4″ thread fittings for compatibility with the vast majority of enthusiast water cooling products.
  • The tubes are fastened with two-part brass compression fittings, providing a secure seal while being easy to open and re-seal with a standard wrench.
  • Easy refilling with dedicated fill port
  • Made with enthusiast-grade components in cooperation with Alphacool
  • Available with a triple fan radiator, a 30mm thick 360, providing a much larger area than nearly all other pre-filled water cooling units
  • Also available in the two most common formats: thin 240mm and thick 120mm
  • Long lifetime.
    • To avoid Galvanic corrosion of the water cooling loop, the Kelvin Series water cooling system is constructed with pure copper in both the radiator and the water block, along with brass fittings.
    • To avoid the common issue of most pre-filled water cooling units (that tend to lose, over time, performance due to water loss in the tubes), Fractal Design equipped the Kelvin series with a fill dedicated port

The 120mm T12, S24 and S36 have an MSRP of USD $99.99, $119.99 and $139.99 respectively.

Thank you Guru3D for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Guru3D.

DeepCool Captain 360 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler Revealed

DeepCool is a name that is quickly gaining a solid reputation in Western markets and their GamerStorm brand is playing a big part in their success. Their new Captain CPU water coolers have been designed to look like a nuclear reactor, which is pretty awesome. Now they’ve also revealed their powerful 360mm radiator edition which will sit alongside the previously announced 120mm and 240mm editions of the Captain.

The Captain 360 features a 120mm x 360mm radiator, which is 32mm thick and comes bundled with high performance fans that are capable of running between 600 and 2200 RPM with 273 CRM. The Captain series supports all major socket types, including the newer LGA1150, LGA2011V2, AM3+ and FM2 sockets.

No word on pricing just yet, but from what we’ve seen of DeepCool in the past, they’ll be priced very competitively.

Thank you DeepCool for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of DeepCool.

Phantek Release MP Series Fans for Radiator Use

Phanteks has announced the immediate availability of the PH-F120MP and PHF140MP Series High Static Pressure fans. The new MP Series fans are designed specifically for radiators where they have the ability to overcome the airflow restriction caused by high fin density. They new fans will be available in 120mm and 140mm sizes as the name suggests.

The redesigned seven blade fans use the Maelström Vortex Booster (MVB2) technology. The precisely angled blades generate a silent and controlled airflow with a downdraft vortex allowing for a greater amount of air to pass through and reduce the airflow turbulence at the same time. They also use the Updraft Floating Balance bearing (UFB) that further increases the lifespan and reduces mechanical noise.

The MP Series’ PWM functions allow users to adjust the speed from 500 to 1600 RPM on the PH-F140MP and 500 to 1800 RPM on the PH-F120MP. Higher speed for performance and lower for silent operation. Maximum airflow for the 140mm is 68.1 CFM with a static pressure of 1.62mm H20 while the maximum noise is 25.3 dBa. The 120mm can push 53.3CFM at a static pressure of 1.72mm and has a maximum noise of 25 dBa.

The black and white Phanteks MP fans have an MTBF of over 150,000 hours and come with a 5-year warranty.

Thanks to TechpowerUp for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Phanteks

Mayhems Release New Havoc Radiators

Anyone who has watercooled their pc in the last few years will have probably seen the name “Mayhems” knocking around. They are responsible for some of the best looking fluids in the watercooling business and have only been going from strength to strength. Mayhems don’t have much of an advertising strategy, they just let their products do the talking. With some of the biggest modders in the world using nothing but their products you only have to type “water cooled builds” into Google to find Mayhems fluid on show.

Now Mayhems have taken things a step further. They have created 3 sizes of radiators and we have the exclusive pricing for the units, and let me tell you, they are VERY well priced for what you’re getting.

All the radiators have the following spec, as you can see they are quad flow and triple pass so you would certainly mean business.

*         Quad Reflow Chamber
*         Triple Tubed
*         Split fin
*         Medium FPI (9)
*         Anti Piercing Plates
*         Copper Core
*         Brass End Tanks
*         Matt Black Coated
*         2 Port
*         180 Degree Logo
*         Includes a Mayhems Mini Blitz kit (part 2 only)
*         RoHS compliant

Finally, what you have been waiting for, the prices! You won’t find these prices anywhere else yet as Mayhems have given us the exclusive!

First up is the Mayhems Havoc 240 mm Radiator.

  • Dimwensions: 125mm x 63mm x 286mm (Width x Depth x Height
  • Weight : 1.1 kg
  • RRP : 50.00 + vat (£60.00)

Next is the Mayhems Havoc 360 mm Radiator

  • Dimensions: 125mm x 63mm x 410mm (Width x Depth x Height)
  • Weight 1.36 kg
  • RRP : £66.67 + Vat (£80.00)

 

And finally the big daddy the Mayhems Havoc 480 mm Radiator

  • Dimensions: 125mm x 63mm x 520mm (Width x Depth x Height)
  • Weight : 1.75 kgs
  • RRP: £83.33 + VAT (£99.99)

 

All of these radiators will be available directly from Mayhems and will be a limited run for now. The first 60 radiators will come with a newly designed radiator grill from their new venture ‘Mayhems tech’ which will hopefully be bringing some nice products to help you mod your builds.

I am hoping to get a sample of these radiators to put them through their paces but if they are anything like Mayhems fluids they will perform well and look great.

Thanks to Mayhems for providing us with this information

Aqua Computer Releases GTX 980 Cooler and New Airplex Radical 2 Radiators

Aqua Computer might not be a name that is widely known, but liquid cooling enthusiast know them very well. They’ve created many great products and they got a lot of praise for their Airplex Modular Series of radiators. They have now taken what they learned from these and reduced them to the essentials. This allows them to keep the performance and great workmanship, but at a more attractive price. The new line is called the Airplex Radical 2 series and is built without soldered joints which means the radiator comes without any tin residues that can contaminate your cooling fluid.

When we purchase a radiator it is an investment for a longer time period and as such it should withstand being mounted many times. A common problem is that the screw holes get worn down over time. To combat this Aqua Computer introduces a new protected mounting system that is based on threaded sleeves made of nickel-plated brass. These are just plugged into the radiator and can be replaced individually with a new one if they ever should get worn down. Additionally these threaded sleeves aid in mounting the fans by being slightly extended. At the same time they help to prevent long screws from damaging the fins. These threaded sleeves can be turned around and on the other side they’re flat. This is useful when mounting the radiator without fans, allowing it to align right up to the case.

The 360 mm model is available now while the 120, 240 and 480 mm will follow over the next weeks. A thicker model will be made available in form of the Radical 4 series with four tubing rows. Both variants will be available with either copper or aluminium fins.

There isn’t so much to describe on a radiator besides the materials, and size: 40 mm thick, 140 mm wider and 400 mm long, the 360′ model that is. The outer parts are made from stainless steel and it features the company logo. It is available for €74,90 as aluminium and €89.90 as copper variant.

Aqua Computer also launched a full row of Kryographics GPU coolers for the new GTX 980 cards. It will be interesting to see what these new top-of-the-line GPUs can do when put into a custom loop system. They’re breaking one record after another on air.

The block is CNC milled from a 10 mm thick copper block and the cover is also CNC milled from a solid block. While this is a full-cover-block that also cools the RAM, it leaves part of the voltage control free for those who want to tamper a little more with that. It also allows the use of thermal grease for both CPU and RAM instead of thermal pads. That in return should give a much better contact and cooling effect.

The coolers come with pre-assembled distance pieces so the screws can be tightened as far as they’ll go. This will achieve optimal contact pressure and prevent accidental damage. They use regular G1/4″ fittings and offers threads into both directions. For SLI users the connection terminal can be replaced with one that connects multiple cards directly.

There will be a total of six different models and it will be available in a plain copper and in a nickel-plated base version. The top cover is either made from stainless steel, transparent or grey acrylic glass. The first one to be available is the copper version that should be ready at the end of the week. The nickel-plated version will arrive in about two weeks time. The price starts at €89.90 for the basic version and goes up to €109,90 for the nickel-plated grey acrylic glass edition.

To achieve the total finish of your beautiful setup, Aqua Computer will release both a passive and active backplates within the next couple of weeks. Both will be made from black anodized aluminium and will cost 24.90 and 39.90 respectively.

Aqua computer has released a great combo of new liquid cooling accessories with enough options to please most people and setups. I for one am getting restless to get started with my custom loop build.

Thank you Aqua Computer for providing us with these information

Images courtesy of Aqua Computer

Raijintek Morpheus GPU Cooler Review

Introduction


Raijintek are still fairly new to the consumer market, but over the last couple of years they’ve come back again and again with products that offer award-winning performance at wallet friendly prices. Following the success of their CPU coolers, Raijintek are now moving into the world of graphics card cooling, starting with the Morpheus GPU cooler which we are reviewing today.

The new cooler is compatible with many of today’s latest cards ranging from the Nvidia GeForce GTX 650Ti right up to the Nvidia Geforce GTX 780Ti, not forgetting of course the AMD ranges where it’ll find a comfortable home with everything from the older 78xx range, the R9 270 range and the high-end R9 290 range. It’s those higher models such as the 780 Ti and the 290X that are of particular interest, as these are high performance cards with very demanding cooling requirements; that should be some indication of how capable the Morpheus should be.

Today I’ll be putting it through its paces on the Sapphire R9 270X Toxic, I’ve chosen this card due to it featuring one of the best coolers in its class and it represents the level of performance your average high-end consumer is likely to purchase.

As you can see from the features and specifications below, this block is capable of handling up to 360w TDP though its bank of 12 copper heat-pipes.

  • Cooling capacity up to 360 watts TDP
  • 12 pcs copper heat-pipes and 129 pcs fins for efficient heat dissipation
  • 24pcs heat-sink for RAM & 1 big heat-sink for VRM
  • High compatibility with modern & future VGA cards
  • Thermal adhesive to lower RAM and VRM temperature significantly and assure proper bond
  • Compatible with AMD Hawaii chip (R9 290/290x) and Curacao chip (HD 7850, 7870 xt; R9 270/270x)
  • Compatible with nVIDIA GTX Series Chip: 650, 650Ti, 660, 660Ti, 680, 760, 770, 780, 780Ti
  • Supports two 120mm fans (4 fan clips in the box)
  • Whole heat-sink nickel plated

The box is pretty straight forward, it has a run down of the specifications and GPU compatibility, although do keep in mind to check with your manufacturer as some GPUs feature custom PCBs and this could interfere with compatibility.

In the box you’ll find the cooler, four fan mounting clips, a set of universal mounting arms, four screws with plastic washers and springs, a plentiful supply of double-sided sticky pads (enough for multiple re-installations) and a nice assortment of VRM heat sinks.

Swiftech H240-X AIO Watercooler Now Available

The new Swiftech cooler is finally here! The H240-X is their latest all-in-one CPU cooler and it packs a range of cool new features that set it apart from the competition. The H240X features a large dual 140mm copper radiator, a pair of 140mm fans, an enthusiast grade pump and water block; making this more of a hybrid AIO / Custom loop cooler than a true AIO.

Designed for low noise and high performance operation, the Swiftech is designed and engineered to be a premium grade product. The unit is pre-filled and ready for plug and play installation, so it is beginner friendly, but it packs enough high-end performance and features to entertain the enthusiast market. The cooler can be fully customized; it features easily replaceable tubing and fittings, the included pump has more than enough power for you to extend the loop and cool your graphics cards, or even support extra radiators.

The most unique aspect of the H240X is the radiator / pump combo. Most coolers have the pump on the CPU block, but the H240X has its pump built into the radiator, which also features a backlit reservoir so you can see the coolant level.

Gabriel Rouchon, Swiftech’s chairman and CEO declared: “When we released the H220-X last July, the clear message was: “Swiftech is back with a vengeance”, but there were still a few larger size units that came nibbling at the ankle.. Enters the H240-X which further widens the performance gap between our technology and that of the competition: whether it is run-of-the-mill AIO’s or custom offerings, the H240-X delivers superior results at a wallet friendly price-point.”

The H240-X isn’t cheap at $149.95, but given the range of features and the design on offer, we think this is pretty reasonable.

Thank you Swiftech for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Swiftech.

Raijintek Triton AIO CPU Water Cooler Now Available

Raijintek have just launched their new Triton CPU water cooling unit. The Triton works like an all-in-one water cooler, but it retains the cool style of a custom water cooling loop. Equipped with a high-quality 240mm Raijintek radiator, 2 x 120mm Raijintek fans, clear pipes to show off your choice of cooling fluid and a unique pump/CPU block design with a clear chamber and internal LED lighting. The cooler comes pre-filled with clear fluid, but it’s also supplied with three dyes to allow you to customise it to your own build.

This is easily one of the best looking CPU coolers I’ve ever seen and I’ve heard rumours from industry friends that the performance is going to blow the competition away. What has really gotten my attention about this cooler, aside from the fact that it looks incredible, aside from the fact that it’s said to offer industry leading performance, is the fact that it is priced at just £69.99!

  • 240mm Aluminium Radiator
  • Low-noise pump with graphite pipe
  • Nickel-plated copper cold plate
  • Resevoir with 2 Integrated LED’s
  • Red, Green, Blue or Transparent Coolant
  • 2 x 120mm fans, Manually adjustable
  • Easy & Secure installation
  • Compatible to almost all sockets

Specifications

  • Fan Dimension 120 x 120 x 25 (mm)
  • Fan Speed 1000 – 2600 RPM
  • Fan Airflow 38.889 – 100.455 CFM
  • Fan Air Pressure 0.744 -4.819mm H2O
  • Fan Noise Level 21.6 – 41.6 dBA
  • Fan Rated output 0.08 – 0.48 A
  • Power Consumption 0.96 – 5.76 W
  • Connector 3 pin
  • Radiator Dimensions 275 x 120 x 32 (mm)
  • Radiator Material 100% Aluminium
  • Pump Dimensions 38 x 56 x39 (mm)
  • Pump Bearingh Type Graphite Pipe and Ceramix Axis
  • Pump Q-Max 120L/Hr
  • Pump noise 18 dBA
  • Pump Life Expectancy 50,000 hours
  • Pump Speed 3000 RPM @ 12v DC
  • Pump Power 4 W
  • Copper Cold Plate
  • 2 year warranty

The Triton AIO water cooler is already available for pre-order from Overclockers UK and you can expect a full review from us in the very near future.

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Thermaltake Core V1 Mini-ITX PC Chassis Revealed

Thermaltake have officially unveiled their new Core V1 mini-ITX PC chassis. We first saw this case a few months ago at Computex in Taipei and we absolutely loved how much could be done with such a compact chassis design, but now that Thermaltake have hammered out the final details, the case is almost ready for release!

The mini-ITX form factor case may be small, but it still packs a 200mm fan in the front panel, behind which you’ll find a slot cut-away to allow easy installation of graphics cards that typically wouldn’t fit in a chassis of this size, such as the GTX Titan / 780 Ti, whilst still maintaining the airflow needed to cool such powerful cards.

Not content with just one innovation per product, the chassis also features interchangeable symmetrical side panels; want to move that window panel from the side to the top? Then go for it!

The V1 will support 120mm and 140mm fans and radiators, while still utilizing the front 200mm fan mount and two additional 80mm fans in the back. Guaranteed to hold up AIO liquid cooling system Water 3.0 Performer and Pro as well as fan series of Pure, Luna and Odin or any other cooling solutions.

The case will be available shortly and we expect more details on price and regional availability to follow very soon.

Thank you Thermaltake for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Thermaltake.

Thermaltake Debut Their Water 3.0 Ultimate All-In-One CPU Coolers

Thermaltake look set to assert their dominance in the cooling market with the release of the Water 3.0 Ultimate, a new all-in-one liquid cooling system that features a massive 360mm radiator.

Targeted right at the heart of the enthusiast market, the water 3.0 packs enough cooling power to satisfy those who love to overclock their rigs. While many will talk about the benefits of custom loop water cooling, you cannot ignore the plug-and-play friendly nature of an all in one water cooling system, or the fact that they’re incredibly easy to maintain, and often significantly less expensive.

High Performance Waterblock
The high performance copper base plate accelerates the heat conductivity. Additionally, the pre-refilled coolant reduces any stress from liquid replenishment hassle.

High Efficiency Radiator
The specially designed 360 mm large surface radiator not only doubles the cooling surface, but also supports up to 6 x 120 mm fans for additional heat dissipation.

Triple Curve Fans
The triple 120 mm PWM fans provide an instantaneous cooling function. The powerful PWM controlled fan speed is between 1000~2000rpm, reducing the radiator heat from the chassis to maximize cooling off performance.

High Reliability Pump
The high quality and reliable pump enables the maximum amount of water circulation, keeping the copper plate continuously cool. The low evaporation tube effectively decreases the loss of coolant; therefore no refill is either needed or required.

Easy and Simple Installation
The Water 3.0 Series – Water 3.0 Ultimate, Water 3.0 Extreme, Water 3.0 Pro and Water 3.0 Performer feature the latest cooling performance technology from Thermaltake, providing a simple installation system, and a totally maintenance-free operation. The Water 3.0 Series is easy to install and requires the minimum amount of space in the chassis.

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We’re really looking forward to seeing how this cooler performs, but going on the reputation of previous Thermaltake coolers, this should be a pretty awesome product. We’ll update you as soon as we have more information on price and release date, although we would expect something north of £100 and a release within the next month or two.

Thank you Thermaltake for providing us with this information.

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.

Image courtesy of TechPowerUp.

Fractal Design Reveal New AIO Water Cooling Products At Computex 2014

Computex 2014: Fractal Design are well known for their high-end chassis products and robust power supplies, but now they’re reaching further out into the components market with  the release of their very first cooling products. Not only are they now preparing to launch their first range of all-in-one water coolers, but they’re also pushing AIO coolers to the next level with the release of a stunning 360mm unit, something I’ve never seen before outside of the custom loop market.

Three models will be available, a 120mm thick radiator, 240mm slim and 360mm slim, all fitted with Fractal Design fans, a custom pump design, copper radiators and our first hand impression is that the design and build quality are superb. No details on figures just yet, but Fractal say that their 360mm has big benefits over the top offerings from Corsair, Enermax and NZXT.

We’ll have them in for review in a few weeks and more details on pricing and release date will follow very soon.

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.

New Fractal Design Node 804 Chassis At CeBIT 2014

 

Here we are at the Fractal Design booth at CeBIT 2014 to check out their latest entry to the popular node series. Taking hints from their popular Node 304 chassis the new Node 804 looks set to make everything bigger and better than ever before. Featuring a dual compartment design (like that of the Corsair Air 540) you can expect to pack this new chassis full of high end components without the need for a much bigger full-tower chassis.

The overall design is what we have come to know and love about Fractal Design, it’s exterior design is sleek and bold, with build quality that feels strong enough to with stand more than a few serious knocks and bumps. With a focus on cooling performance and maximum configurability this is already shaping up to be one of the best cases on the market and the best new is that it actually launched this week! So expect to see it showing up at retailers very quickly and selling out just as quick.

“The dual chamber layout separates hot running components from the cooler ones and allows for unrestricted airflow over the motherboard, processor and graphics card.” Said Fractal Design.

Fitted with three high quality 120mm fans as standard, with room for up to ten in total should you need them. A Flexible modular internal design to allow for water cooling configurations  with up to four radiators simultaneously or tall heat sinks, and a unique hard drive mounting system allows for the fitting of up to 8 x 3.5″, 4 x 2.5” or up to 10 x 3.5”, 2 x 2.5″ drives HDD/SSD! With that much storage you could even use this as a small server or NAS box.

Every intake features a washable dust filter, the side panel features a windowed section and the front is finished in high quality brushed aluminium. A built in fan controller, slim ODD drive bay and room for up to 5 expansion cards mean that the Node 804 ticks a LOT of boxes that will no doubt prove popular with system builders.

Specifications

  • Micro ATX and Mini ITX motherboard compatibility
  • 8 – 3.5″ HDD positions
  • 2 – 2.5″ dedicated SSD unit positions
  • 2 – Extra positions for either 3,5″ or 2,5″ drives
  • 5 expansion slots
  • 10 – Fan positions (3 x 120mm Silent Series R2 fans included)
  • Filtered fan slots in front, top and bottom
  • CPU coolers up to 160 mm in height
  • PSU compatibility: ATX PSUs up to 260 mm deep
  • Graphics card compatibility: Graphics cards up to 320mm in length. Graphics cards up to 290 mm in length may be installed if a fan is installed in the lower position in the front.
  • Velcro strap for easy cable management
  • Clear Window side panel included
  • Colors available: Black
  • Case dimensions (WxHxD): 344 x 307 x 389 mm
  • Net weight: 6 kg

Cooling system

  • Front: 4 – 120mm fans (included is one hydraulic bearing 120mm Silent Series R2 fan, 1000 RPM speed)
  • Rear: 1 – 120/140mm fan (included is a hydraulic bearing 120mm Silent Series R2 fan, 1000 RPM speed)
  • Rear: 1 – 120mm fan slots (included is 1 hydraulic bearing 120mm Silent Series R2 fan, 1000 RPM speed)
  • Top: 4 – 120x140mm fans (not included)
  • Fan controller: 1 – Integrated fan controller for up to 3 fans (included)

Water cooling compatibility

  • Front (right chamber) – 240 mm radiator configurations up to 60 mm thick (with fans) and 278 mm tall are allowed.
  • Front (left chamber) – 240 mm radiator configurations up to 60 mm thick (with fans) and 278 mm tall are allowed. Using a radiator in this position prevents the use of a fan in the top position just next to it.
  • Top (right chamber) – 240/280 mm radiators up to 130mm hick (with fans) may be fitted if the HDD drive bays are taken out or placed elsewhere. No limitation to thickness.
  • Top (left chamber) – 240 mm radiator configurations up to 130 mm thick (with fans) will fit. Radiators in this position limits the height of memory modules to 48 mm tall.
  • Maximum radiator configuration: 1x240mm,1x280mm and 2x120mm radiators simultaneously.

We really can’t wait to get our hands on this chassis, not only because it looks fantastic from the exterior, but the component compatibility means this could be one of the most versatile chassis in its class.

We’ve got plenty more coverage from CeBIT 2014 to come, check back shortly for even more great new products.

Enermax Liqtech 120mm & 240mm AIO Water Cooler Review

Introduction


It was just over a year ago that Enermax first entered the water cooling market with their ELC 240 and 120 all-in-one water coolers and while we loved their overall performance, Enermax needed to be just that little bit more competitive to take the crown from the slightly better Corsair range at that time. Since then, the water cooling market has become saturated with great products and some impressive budget ranges that make finding the best product harder than ever.

Their new Liqtech range looks set to take the premium end of the all-in-one water cooling market by storm. Everything has been tweaked and improved to offer a high quality, high performance product. The only downside of it being targeted at the upper end of the market is that the new coolers are not cheap. However, paying a little extra is no problem, so long as the actual quality and performance are there to ease the burden of the price tag. The Liqtech 120X will set you back around £79.90, which the Liqtech 240 should be priced around £99.90.

Air cooling is more than enough for most users, even for an overclocked high-end i5 or i7 CPU you can get do just fine with a product that costs no more than £40 and still get great temperatures, acoustics and performance. Water cooling, especially custom loop water cooling, can cost hundred of pounds to get all the required components and requires a lot of maintenance and a fair bit of skill to install. The advantage of an all in one unit such as the Liqtech is that it requires almost no knowledge of water cooling, you just bolt it into your chassis, attach the block to the CPU and you’re good to go. Minimal maintenance, easy installation and a much lower cost than custom loops are just some of the reasons that all in one units are so attractive to system builders. While I know I said you can get great performance from air cooling, water coolers typically offer even greater cooling performance and nine times out of ten, significantly quieter acoustics.

As you can see from the specifications below, both coolers come with wide support for all major socket types, a high quality pump, 310mm long rubber tubes and 2 x high quality Enermax Twister Pressure fans with 4-pin PWM connections.

The coolers both come nicely packaged and wrapped to keep them protected prior to use. In the box of each you will find the following:

  • Liqtech 120 Liquid Cooler (ELC-LT120X-HP) or Liqtech 240 Liquid Cooler (ELC-LT240-HP)
  • 2x High Pressure Twister Fans
  • 1x Universal Back Plate for Intel and AMD
  • 4x Spacers
  • 2x Intel Clip
  • 2x AMD Clip
  • 4x Intel LGA 2011 Screws
  • 1x Square Spacer for Intel LGA 775 socket
  • 4x Insulating Sheet for AMD sockets
  • 4x Position Screw
  • 4x Spring Screws
  • 8x Fan Screws
  • 8x Case Screws
  • 1x Dow-Corning Thermal Grease (TC-5121)
  • 1x PWM Fan Y-Cable

The screws and fitting are all really high quality, nicely finished and should look great once installed.

Both fans are of a high quality construction, with strong fan blades and a switch on their motor that allows you to change the peak RPM to no more than 1300, 2000 or 2500. We will of course be leaving ours at maximum performance. Maintenance should be relatively easy too, thanks to removable fan blades.

Also included in the box is an easy to follow user’s manual which will guide you through the installation process.