EVGA Reveal Hydro QRG Expandable Cooler @ CES 2016

CES 2016: EVGA may be better known for their PSUs, graphics cards and other hardware, but now they’re expanding into the world of CPU coolers too! This isn’t the first time EVGA has dabbled with cooling through, having had many water cooled GPUs in recent years, so I have high expectations for their new QRG CPU Cooler.

The pump design is certainly unique and comes with a gorgeous LED-lit EVGA logo behind the clear top panel. The hoses are a good length, and come with a thick braiding over the top, and better yet, they come with quick release interlinks, allowing you to easily add a GPU into the mix; such as the Hydro EVGA series!

The cooler is set to launch soon, with just the 120mm version available initially, but expect other models to follow afterwards and if it’s successful, EVGA will be eager to expand on this range even further.

Fractal Design Kelvin T12 Expandable Pre-Filled CPU Water Cooler Review

Introduction


Fractal Design has won virtually countless awards over the years, many of them from us here at eTeknix. Their chassis products are some of the best made, best looking and best performing in the industry, and they continued that success with their power supplies, and more recently, their coolers. Their latest cooler, the Kelvin T12 looks set to take the AIO market by storm, not only is it perfectly suitable for AIO plug-and-play deployment, but it’s also expandable, much like a custom loop cooler.

The Kelvin T12 is certainly well equipped, with a thick-style 120mm radiator, high-quality Fractal Design branded fans, extensive socket support, a high-quality pump and much more.

General Specifications

  • Block/pump assembly measurements: 69*69*40 mm
  • Tubing Measurements: 320mm long, 11mm outer and 8mm inner diameter
  • Fitted with anti-kink coils for worry-free installation
  • Kelvin T12 Radiator Measurements: 46*132*163 mm
  • Thread class for fill port and all tube fittings: G 1/4″
  • Supported sockets: Intel: 775,1150,1155,1156,1366,2011,2011-v3; AMD: AM2,AM2+,AM3,AM3+,FM1,FM2,FM2+
  • Fans included: 2 pcs
  • Fractal Design Zero Thermal Paste ; 1 g syringe, sufficient for multiple mountings
  • Colors Available: Black
  • Net weight – Base unit only, not including mounting or fans: 1.1 kg
  • Net weight – Dynamic GP-12 PWM fan, per fan: 159 g
  • Net weight – Total excluding packaging and manual. Includes fans, mounting kit for all platforms, cooling paste (including packaging for the cooling paste) and adapter cable: 1.7 kg
  • Package dimensions – W x H x D: 350*250*151 mm
  • Package weight: 2.4 kg

Fan Specification

  • Fractal Design Dynamic GP-12 PWM fan
  • 500 – 2000 RPM
  • PWM control
  • Max air flow: 87.6 CFM
  • Max pressure: 2.30 mm H2O
  • Acoustical noise: 32.2 dB(A)
  • DC 12V, 0.20A

Pump Specification

  • Ceramic bearing
  • 2400 RPM
  • Voltage control
  • Maximum water flow: 72 l/h
  • Maximum pressure: 1.0 m H2O
  • Acoustical noise: 25.0 dB(A)
  • DC 12V, 0.27A

The packaging is the usual theme for Fractal and has a nice image of the cooler on the front of the box.

Around the back and the sides of the box, there are plenty of details on the main specifications and features, which we’ll take a closer look at in a moment.

In the box, you’ll find the user guide, a fan adaptor cable and Y-splitter, some high-quality thermal paste, as well as the Intel and AMD mounting brackets.

The fans are both Fractal Design’s own Dynamic GP-12 PWM fans; a very high-quality set of fans that should provide us with great airflow and low noise.

This may be an expandable unit, but it comes pre-built and pre-filled as an AIO unit. I wouldn’t normally look at a solution like this if I wanted a custom loop, but it’s certainly nice to have the option to expand it should you feel the need. The thick radiator looks great and its chunky design looks and feels durable. There’s a large copper base to the pump, which will provide excellent coverage to your CPU of choice.

The radiator is nice and thick, which will help it handle higher cooling loads. Along the base of the built-in reservoir, there’s a small stopper cap that can be removed to top up the coolant levels.

On the other end, we’ve got two G 1/4″ fittings, which are widely compatible with other cooling products, pipes, radiators, etc. The pipes themselves are very flexible and come with a coil that looks great, but also helps with overall durability and prevents kinks.

The pump is nice and compact and quite minimalist in terms of design; the gloss finish on the top is going to look great in any system.

The pump also features the same G 1/4″ fittings, meaning you’ve got more points you can expand the loop from and to.

You don’t have to look hard here to see that the build quality and finish on this cooler are exceptional, it looks stunning and everything looks premium-grade for every angle.

Gigabyte Launch Geforce GTX 980 WaterForce

Gigabyte has just announced their new GeForce GTX 980 WaterForce graphics card, known as the GV-N980WAOC-4GD, if you want to get technical. Gigabyte are known for their premium cooling solutions when it comes to graphics cards and this one is no exception. It features an all-in-one liquid cooler that is going to let the card run harder, longer and cooler, which is always a great thing for a gaming system.

The card boards high-quality components and has gone through “GPU Gauntlet Sorting” so that only the best GPU cores are picked for this lineup, giving you the best chips for overclocking and performance. The AIO cooler and its top cover don’t just sit on the GPU either, and will bring benefits to the VRAM and MOSFET, helping further enhance the performance of the card.

The 120mm silent fan, as well as a low-noise pump mean that the WaterForce will perform up to 38.8% cooler than the reference cooling solution.

Super Overclock – GPU Gauntlet Sorting
The GTX 980 WATERFORCE is fitted with only the top-performing GPU core through the very own GPU Gauntlet Sorting technology that guarantees superior overclocking capabilities in terms of excellent power switching and thermal efficiency. Only the strongest processors survived can be qualified for the GTX 980 WATERFORCE, which can fulfill both gaming enthusiasts’ and overclockers’ expectations with greater overclocking headroom, and higher, stable boost clocks under heavy load.

More Experience-Optimizing Features
GIGABYTE takes multi-display further by utilizing its patented technology to provide dual DVI support in addition to the 3 DisplayPort and 1 HDMI. Compared to the reference, the GTX 980 WATERFORCE offers more flexible output connectivity options. Gamers could optimize their gaming experience at ultra high resolutions with extended flexibility in arranging multiple-monitor configurations and making future system upgrade extremely easy.

You’ll also find an LED Gigabyte logo on the card, a microfiber gaming mouse pad included and support for OC GURU II. No specific details on price right now, but we expect they’ll crop up very shortly.

Enermax Liqmax II 240mm AIO CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


Enermax are one of my all time favourite brands, as they’ve created some really unique chassis designs over the years, some stunning power supplies and most importantly to myself, their AIO water coolers still dominate the top of our charts, giving us some truly incredible cooling performance that would make you think twice about needing a custom loop. Their latest cooler, the LiqMax II 240mm All-in-One Liquid CPU Cooler is certainly something I’ve been looking forward to testing, especially so given the performance of their LiqTech coolers and I’m eager to see how this one compares.

As you can see, the ELC-LMR240-BS as it is technically known, comes well equipped with a ceramic bearing pump, an aluminium radiator and a pair of high quality 120mm fans, which can operate right up to 2000RPM.

The packaging is really nicely designed, keeping in theme with many other Enermax products and features a nice image of the cooler, as well as a quick rundown of the major features and socket compatibility; you’ll also notice that this cooler is rated to handle up to 350W+ TDP, which is way more than you’ll likely ever use.

In the box, you’ll find two very high-quality fans, something I suspect will give the LiqMax II an edge over the competition. They come with very funky shaped blades, as well as rubber anti-vibration mounts on each side of all four corners.

Each fan comes with a slim black cable and a 4-pin PWM connector.

There’s a universal mounting plate included, as well as an arrangement of high-quality and rather nice looking screws and fittings. What’s also nice to see is that we’ve got a tube of thermal grease, rather than a sachet, which is handy for multiple applications, as well as a Y-split fan cable to help connect the two 120mm fans to your motherboard, as you’ll still need another header for the pumps 3-pin connector.

The radiator is pretty straight forward, with a standard 240mm design and a slim form factor.

The cooler is equipped with 300mm hoses, which should make it compatible with most large cases. The pipes are quite thick, so they’re not as flexible as some other coolers and that could make it tricky, although not impossible, to mount it in small chassis.

The radiator is nicely finished with a plate on the edge, as well as a small Enermax logo, so it should blend in with most system builds easily enough.

The pump is very nicely styled with a cool design on the top and a small Enermax logo in the middle.

The hoses are mounted on a swivel joint to allow easier fitting into your system.

There’s an Intel mounting kit pre-fitted here, but with just a few small screws you can remove it and fit the included (in the box) AMD mounting kit. There’s a huge copper contact plate on the bottom which is nicely polished; this should provide a good fit over your CPU of choice.

SilverStone Tundra TD03-Lite AIO CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


We first reviewed the Silverstone TD03 just over a year ago, and I was thoroughly impressed with its build quality, performance and overall design. The TD03 is one of the best coolers in its class, but the only downside that I can see is that it was a little expensive; although you get what you pay for. Today, I’ll be taking a look at the TD03-Lite, a cooler that takes what we knew about the original, but for a much lower price and to reflect that, a few of the design features have been cut back to keep the cost down, offering the product to a much wider market, but has this had an effect on the performance? Let’s find out!

The specifications from the TD03-Lite are promising and the cooler comes equipped with a high-quality 120mm PWM fan, an aluminium 120mm radiator and copper contact block.

The packaging reflects SilverStones budget intentions, a brown box with printed decals, nothing fancy, but a box is just a box after all.

Everything comes neatly packaged in a custom shape carton, with separate compartments for all the major compartments and protective plastic over all sensitive hardware.

The included fan is a 120mm x 25mm design, with a black flat 4-pin PWM cable.

The fan features a 9-blade design and shaped edges to help better direct airflow, reduce noise and improve overall performance.

The included mounting kit supports Intel and AMD, comes with a universal backplate, Molex adaptor, all the required screws and a syringe of thermal paste.

The cooler is nothing too fancy, but it’s certainly presentable. It’s appearance isn’t much different from most 120mm AIO water coolers, with a black radiator, two thick hoses and of course, the CPU block/pump.

The radiator is a slim design, so it should be compatible with a wide range of system builds.The aluminium radiator is pretty straightforward in terms of design and the all-black design means it should easily blend into your system with ease.

The pump is the biggest changes here, the TD03 had a metal housing, while the Lite has plastic. It’s nicely finished and features a nice logo on the top with some small blue LED indicators just behind the logo for some added flair.

The Intel brackets are pre-fitted for a quick and easy installation, but a few screws are all that need to be tweaked to remove it and install the AMD brackets which were included in the box. The pump comes with a 3-pin header, so you’ll need two fan headers on your motherboard; one for the pump, one for the fan.

The copper contact plate is huge, so it should offer lots of coverage on a wide range of CPU types. It’s also well polished and this should help you get a nice uniform fit.

Upgrade Your System With Silverstone Competition!

It’s that glorious time once again, as we’ve teamed up with Silverstone to bring you an incredible prize package that will spark a new lease of life into your current system, or act as a base for your next system build. Either way, we’ve got some great hardware up for grabs!

To say thanks to our sponsor and to stay up to date with all the latest product news, competitions and more, you can like the Silverstone Facebook page here.

Silverstone have been kind enough to provide us with three incredible prizes, all of which will go to one lucky winner!Prizes

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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.

GALAX Reveal Custom GTX HOF Water Cooled Edition Graphics Cards

Do you like your graphics cards to be a faster and cooler? Of course you do! GALAX have signed on the design held of Diamond Cooling to create their stunning Custom GTX HOF Water Cooler Edition graphics cards, something that will no doubt please the enthusiast gaming/system building crowd amongst you.

The Hall of Fame (HOF) series of cards are already well known for their blazing fast, high-end performance and impressive cooling capabilities, but the new custom water cooling blocks are set to take that even further.

“Working in-conjunction with Diamond Cooling based in Europe, specialists in all things custom and cool, KFA2 has developed a water cooling solution designed to fully unleash the raw potential of the GTX 980 and 970 HOF graphics cards with the unprecedented cooling capacity needed for extreme overclocks.”

The cards will feature full PCB coverage water blocks, a stunning design, high-quality materials and will be available in two styles, one with a white acetal top and another with PETG acrylic top.

Key Features:

  • Fits both KFA2 GTX 970 and GTX 980 Hall Of Fame graphics cards
  • Custom engineered design to maximize coolant flow and heat transfer
  • Pure copper blocks
  • Nickel plating
  • PETG acrylic / white acetal top
  • Full PCB coverage including power connectors
  • Coolant channel specially built for optimal flow with bidirectional hookups

The custom GeForce GTX 980/970 HOF water cooled editions are available in limited quantity by special order. Click here for more information.

Will you be ordering one of these gorgeous new graphics cards?

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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Cooler Master New Year New Cooler Competition

The new year is almost upon us and to celebrate, we’ve teamed up with the good people of Cooler Master to help you welcome in 2015 with style. A great PC deserves a great cooler, so we’ve grabbed three of the most popular Cooler Master coolers to help you upgrade your rigs. We’ve got a Nepton 120XL and a Nepton 240 water cooling radiator, as well as the awesome Hyper 612 Ver.2 air cooler.

We’ll be picking three lucky winners at the start of 2015:

1st place

2nd place

3rd place

If you would like to show your support to eTeknix and Cooler Master you can like your respective Facebook pages. It’s a great way to stay up to date with the latest news, reviews and competition announcements.

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Upgrade Your Rig With DeepCool Competition

Following on the growing success of our Best Looking System Giveaway, we decided to have a little more fun with the concept. We want to see how many of you have shoddy computers; we can’t let all the fancy ones have all the fun now can we!?


We’ve joined forces with the awesome people at DeepCool to give away a bundle of prizes to multiple winners! If you want to know more about DeepCool, please head on over to their Facebook page and show them your support for providing us with these epic prizes.

We’re not just going to give the prizes to the worst looking rig, but we’ll certainly be looking for those who could desperately do with the upgrades and will pick the winners accordingly.


Prizes

DeepCool Captain 240mm AIO CPU Cooler
DeepCool Captain 120mm AIO CPU Cooler
DeepCool Steam Castle Micro-ATX Chassis
DeepCool DS500-M Power Supply
DeepCool GF120 x 4

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Rules
  1. Like the DeepCool facebook page.
  2. The giveaway will end on 1st December and the winners will be posted on this thread.
  3. The winner will be picked by eTeknix based on our opinion of the system you have shared
  4. The contest is open to active forum members worldwide. You may have to pay taxes, duties and custom fees upon receipt depending on your country.
  5. Delivery is not in the hands of eTeknix and can take some time to arrive
  6. By entering this competition, you adhere to the above rules and regulations

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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Official Radeon R9 295X2 Pictures And Specifications Unveiled

While we’ve been quick to bring you all the latest rumours and leaks we can find about the new king of AMD graphics cards, it looks like the leaks have now become a full blown storm as the folks over at VideoCardz blow the lid off everything we wanted to know about the new dual-GPU graphics card.

As you can see from the image below, we can confirm that the R9 295X2 will feature two full Hawaii-XT graphics processors on a single PCB, giving it a staggering 5632 stream processors, 352 TMUs and a core clock speed of 1018 MHz.

The card will be backed up by 8GB of GDDR5 memory which runs on the 512-bit x2 memory bus at a speed of 1250 MHz (5000 MHz effective).

The card runs from dual 8pin power connectors, so there is no doubt that this will be a power hungry beast, in fact it’ll be able to churn up a TDP of 500W! Each Hawaii-XT core will have a 5+1 VRM, much like that of the 290X.

Both cores will be connected via the PLA chip and xDMA to help improve scaling and given that this card will be able to push video via its four DisplayPorts and a single DVI port, Eyefinity and 4K should be easy work for the 295X2.

The whole thing is cooled by what AMD are calling Project Hydra, which is just a fancy name for a 120mm water cooling radiator which comes with a push pull fan configurations, and two cooling tubes which are hooked up to individual GPU blocks. In the middle of the card is a red LED back-lit 92mm fan and you’ll also find a red LED light up Radeon logo on the side of the card.

That’s all for now, and while some of these cards show performance figures, I’ve always been wary of manufacturers in-house performance figures, we’ll wait for the real world results before we start weighing this thing up against the competition.

Thank you VideoCards for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of VideoCards.

Coolermaster HAF Stacker And More On Display At CeBIT 2014

We stopped by the Coolermaster both at CeBIT 2014 and while they didn’t have anything we haven’t seen before, it’s always nice to take a nosey around all the top products from a brand in one place. Most importantly of all is the HAF Stacker, an incredible high-end enthusiast case that can be stacked on top of other HAF Stacker cases, making it as flexible and capable as you need with virtually no limits. We’ve actually got a three-part Stacker in the office, so keep an eye on the site over the next few weeks for a full review.

Next up we have the quick Fire Rapid and Trigger Z keyboard, with a choice of mechanical Cherry MX switch types, LED back lighting and superb build quality, these are great keyboards for gamers and generally anyone who has to sit working at their computer a lot. Have a craving for something a little more high-end? Then check out the Novatouch TKL (ten keys less) Keyboard at the bottom right, it features “Electrostatic Capacitive Switches”, which you may know as Japanese Topre switches instead of Cherry MX switches. It’s a tad expensive at around $200, but the build quality and general feel of the switch is nothing short of lush. This keyboard isn’t on the market just yet, but it will be very soon.

The Nepton 280L and the 140 were on display too, representing the latest water coolers in the Coolermaster range and promise big improvements over last years models. Again, we have these in the eTeknix office ready for testing at the moment, we’ll be bringing you a full review of them very soon.

The box like Elite 110 mini-ITX (bottom left) features support for a full size ATX PSU, a pre-installed 120mm fan and room for two 80mm fans, 3 x 3.5″ drives and 4 x 2.5″ drives. The Silencio 652 is a full ATX chassis which comes with a sleek front panel, plenty of filtered ventilation and is packed tight with sound dampening materials to help keep your rig as quiet as a mouse.

 

There are many more great manufacturers here at CeBIT 2014, so stay tuned for even more coverage from this weeks show.

2014 Range Of Lepa Products At CeBIT 2014

Lepa are a component manufacturer that fly under the Enermax banner, and while their products are often similar to Enermax, it is because they share many of the same design team and researchers between the two brands. Lepa has generally been targeted at different markets than Enermax, but now that the brand has built up a solid reputation of their own, we are starting to see more and more of them in western markets.

Below we have their new range of budget friendly coolers, based around the Enermax ETS-T40 (our review) design they offer great cooling performance and funky colour choices that would suit almost any kind of system build.

The new Lepa 120mm and 240mm coolers are again based around Enermax products, but feature high performance fans and a unique exterior pump design.

A wide range of new chassis products will be hitting the market this year, ranging from midi to full towers and we’ll be getting these in for review in the coming weeks and months, so stay tuned for more information on these.

The PSU market get’s their new MX range, offering up the MX Bronze, Gold and Platinum series with the none modular (white), semi-modular (red and black) and semi-modular G800M (black).

Their latest prototype was secured under a cover, but was their demonstration of their future PSU products and features a fully passive design for completely silent performance, perhaps we will see more details about this at Computex later this year.

Boom! Saving the best for last. The P1700M is full modular and features a staggering 1700W of power at Platinum efficiency rating, if you’re interested in building a monster of a BitCoin mining rig, then this GPU should be on your shopping list. Build quality is incredible and all the finest components money can by have been poured into it, we can’t wait to get our hands on one and put it through its paces.

That’s everything from the Lepa booth for today, but we’ll be back later with even more coverage from this years CeBIT 2014 in Hanover.

Enermax Reveal New Air And Water Cooling Products At CES 2014

CES 2014, this year we saw a lot of new products from Enermax as well as a few company favourites that they’re happy to display once again. Most importantly of all was their range of new cooling products that will be available throughout 2014. Starting off we have the Liqmax 120S, a budget friendly solution that comes fitted with a 120mm LED fan, very flexible and durable cooling pipes and a custom CPU block / pump combo.

Next up we have their Twister Pressure fan, a super high pressure 120mm fan which offers impressive airflow performance without being any louder, meaning you won’t need to ramp the RPM up higher to get the great performance.

Keen to show their efforts they had a competitors fan on display (obviously a Corsair fan) that you could use to spin a small windmill fan, as you can see from the spec cards the Twister Pressure has a lower RPM, lower dBA and a much higher airflow rage and static pressure, overall a very impressive fan.

For those wanting a splash of colour in the build, there are their gorgeous LED fans which come fitted with a switch, this allows you to toggle colour and lighting effects. This fan also comes in a 180mm format which can be mounted to both 180mm and 200mm fittings.

The ETS-N30-HE features a new radiator design for improved thermal performance, fitted with a blue LED or standard black fan and looks set to be a nice low-to-mid budget solution for Enermax this year.

The Liqtech 120X and the 240 come with a great new rad and CPU block design that will bring improved cooling performance over the 2013 range of AIO Enermax water coolers.

The 240mm comes fitted with two 120mm fans as standard, but you can of course mount two more in a push-pull configuration for even better cooling performance.

This is just a quick look at what Enermax had to offer, we love the look of their new mid budget AIO water coolers, but keep an eye on eTeknix over the next few weeks when we hope to bring you detailed reviews, where we will take a much closer look at the build quality and performance of each.

Zalman Reserator 3 Max AIO Liquid CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


With nearly 15 years in the business, Zalman have built themselves quite the reputation. They have a loyal following thanks to their high build quality and innovative designs. I must admit, Zalman may not be the first brand that spring to mind when your thinking about components, but we’ve been eager to see what their new all-in-one water cooler can do non the less.

All-in-one (AIO) watercoolers are more popular than ever, in fact it may be safer to say that water cooling is more popular than ever, AIO coolers just make it easy and more accessible to those who don’t want to build custom loops. AIO are often much cheaper than a custom radiator / pump configuration and offer near plug-and-play compatibility with super low maintenance. For the most part, water cooling can offer improved performance over air cooling and reap huge benefits for overclocked systems, so it is easy to see why people are so attracted to it.

Below we have a quote from Zalman’s website that details the special coolant they’ve used to fill the radiator, something which combined with the overall design, won Zalman an Innovation Award at CES 2013;

“Zalman with its unique technology came up with the world first nanofluids refrigerant applied cooler to maximize the cooling performance.”

  • Using nanofluids coolant improves thermal conductivity by mixing nanoparticles with fluids.
  • Nm (nanometer): an SI unit of length, equal to 10?9?m (a billionth of a meter).

So with Zalmans reliable history of making CPU coolers and high consumer demand for accessible and powerful water coolers, the Zalman Reserator 3 Max has a lot to live up to, so let’s get right to it and see what Zalmans new cooler has to offer.

As you can see it’s fairly well equipped and while the radiator does mount on a 120mm fan mount, it isn’t a typical 120mm radiator due to its unique design and integrated fan, but well take a close look at that in a moment.

As you can see from the chart below, the Reserator 3 Max comes with a wide range of support for pretty much all major sockets and CPUs for the last few years, ensuring wide support for all kinds of systems from entry to enthusiast level.

The packaging is nicely designed, featuring a cool looking image on the front that looks like a re-imagined arc reactor from Iron Man.

Around the back we have a quick run down of the major features such as the dual radial radiator design, extra fan support, 120mm built-in fan and the blue LED lighting.

In the box I found a package full of mounting components, an installation manual and of course the CPU cooler.

The mounting kit consists of a multi purpose back plate, an AMD bracket and an Intel bracket.

In the other we have some thermal paste, four bolt clips, four long mounting screws (used to add an extra 120mm fan), A sticker, a dual sided sticky pad and an assortment of screws and bolts for holding everything else in place.