PC Specialist Announce Stunning Liquid Series Range

PC Specialist has quickly forged a reputation as one of the best system integrators on the market and constantly strives to provide the best possible user experience. Custom water cooling looks spectacular and offers excellent overclocking headroom but it can be extremely daunting for novices. As a result, many people opt for closed-loop-coolers like the H110i GT because of the simplicity. Unfortunately, the majority of these Asetek-based units are bland and struggle to evoke a premium finish. Today, PC Specialist has launched their brand new liquid series designed to cater towards customers wanting a gorgeous custom loop without the headache of sourcing compatible parts.

The new range covers both Z170 and X99 chipsets which allows you to select a system which suits your power requirements. Pricing starts from £1291.00 and includes a standard three-year warranty. The basic Z170 system opts for Mayhems X1 UV Blue coolant, an i5-6600K overclocked up to 4.6GHz, 8GB HyperX Fury 2133MHz RAM, EVGA GTX 970 SC, 1TB mechanical hard disk and Corsair RM850. Of course, you can customise the specification and improve the CPU, memory capacity and more.

In addition to the generous warranty, you can purchase a service pack for £149.00 which includes:

  • Collection & Return of Liquid Series PC
  • Full drain of the loop
  • Flush and clean the loop (including Pumps, Blocks, Reservoirs & Fittings)
  • Replace all tubing & refill loop with new coolant.
  • 24 Hours Leak & Stress Test

The liquid series implements the highest level of expertise and component selection. For example, braided cables are deployed to form an absolutely stunning aesthetic design. Here we can see some of the creations you can expect under the liquid series brand:

If you’re interested in a liquid series system please visit this link to browse the extensive catalogue and perhaps make an order. In the next few days, a review sample will be arriving and I cannot wait to analyse the system in extensive detail. So far, I’m really impressed with the range and believe it’s a great addition to PC Specialist’s impressive line-up.

OCUK Releases Powerful Asteroid mITX Gaming System by 8Pack

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

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

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

 

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

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

Standard Specification:

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

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

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

Alphacool Announces Eisdecken Top For D5 and DDC Pumps

Alphacool is one of the leading experts in water cooling and produces an impressive selection of enthusiast products including pumps, reservoirs, tubing, fluid and more! The latest addition to Alphacool’s extensive range is a TOP for the D5 and a similar product designed to use with the DCC pump. Also, the company has launched a reservoir which accompanies either of the new TOPs remarkably well. Furthermore, the reservoir has been designed to maximize compatibility with smaller cases and measures 3.3 cm for the D5 and 12.1 cm for the DCC.

The TOPs contain easy-to-mount screwable feet, and come in Acetal or Plexi options. Also, it’s even possible to add up to four LEDs on the Plexi addition to create a more ostentatious visual design.

Here is the specification list in full:

Eisdecke TOP DDC Version Acetal/Plexi Version

  • dimensions: 80 x 80 x 23mm
  • Thread: 5 x 1/4″
  • material: Acetal or Plexi

Eisdecke TOP D5 Variante Acetal/Plexi Version

  • dimensions: 80 x 80 x 40mm
  • Thread: 5 x 1/4″
  • material: Acetal or Plexi

Accessories for both versions

  • 2x stands
  • 3x locking srews 1/4″
  • screws for mounting

Eisdecke reservoir

  • dimensions: 80 x 80 x 45mm
  • capacity: max. 123ml
  • Thread: 1x 1/4″
  • Material: Plexi

Accessories:

  • 1x Bubble Down
  • screws for mounting

AMD Officially Responds to Fury X Cease-and-Desist

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

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

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

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

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

BitFenix Pandora ATX Now Available at Overclockers UK

BitFenix is back with their latest chassis, the BitFenix Pandora ATX, a bigger and better version of the stunning Pandora M-ATX. We actually reviewed the M-ATX model, and you can check that out here. We’re expecting a sample of the new one too, so if you’re dying to see what the fuss is about, stay tuned.

If you can’t wait for the review and you want to get your hands on this new chassis, you’ll be happy to hear that Overclockers UK will have plenty of stock of Pandora ATX. There’s are two models at launch, the ATX and the ATX Core, both of which are only available in black, at least at launch. The Pandora ATX is equipped with the 2.8” ICON LCD display in the front, allowing for an added personalized touch of the front fascia, just like we saw on the original Pandora in our original review. (pictured below).

“Internally, the Pandora ATX stays true to the BitFenix DNA of innovation – this time mainly evident in the one-piece power cover design, effectively creating a separate bottom chamber for the PSU and HDDs at the bottom. This solution gives added space for exposure of hardware for modding projects, improves case rigidity and shields HDD and PSU noise.”

The Pandora ATX comes equipped with a 140mm fan in the front, a 120mm in the back, is water cooling capable, with room for a mighty impressive 360mm radiator in the top or front, and even has all the dedicated brackets you’ll need for pumps and reservoirs, so high-end system builders are going to love it!

In terms of expansion capabilities, the Pandora ATX comes with support for up to 440mm long graphics cards, 4x 2.5” SSDs and 4x 3.5” HDDs. Maximum PSU length is 220 mm, while CPU cooler height is a maximum of 160mm.

You can find the Pandora at Overclockers UK here if that link gives you a 404, please use this alternative product page link.

 

EK Unveils ASUS Maximus VIII Series Motherboards Monoblocks

EK is a brand synonymous with exquisite custom water cooling blocks and a highly respected name in the industry. The latest addition to their line-up is the M8G Monoblock which supports the Maximus VIII Hero, Ranger and Gene. Niko Tivadar, EK’s Chief of R&D said about the product announcement:

“With this release, we are bringing Full Board M8G Monoblock for three MAXIMUS VIII motherboards simultaneously and customers have much more liquid cooling options available when choosing their next ASUS ROG Z170 series motherboard.”

“Monoblock for the ASUS MAXIMUS VIII EXTREME is also already in the works.”

Designed and engineered in cooperation with ASUS®, the Monoblock utilizes EK-Supremacy EVO’s award-winning cooling engine to ensure best possible CPU cooling. This water block directly cools Intel® LGA-1151 socket type CPU and power regulation (MOSFET) module as water flows directly over all critical areas. It is a very high flow water block that can be easily used with the system using weaker water pumps.

The Monoblock’s base is constructed from nickel-plated electrolytic copper while the top is made of premium POM Acetal or acrylic glass material, depending on the variant.

From a visual standpoint, both designs are stunning.

The Monoblocks are readily available for purchase through EK Webshop and Partner Reseller Network at a cost of €119.95.

EKWB Unveils Intel SSD 750 Series Water Block

EKWB is one of the leading specialists when it comes to water cooling equipment and sells a wide range of products from CPU blocks to reservoirs. Today, the company announced a water block to fit any Intel 750 series solid state drive which employs two G1/4″ threads and a nickel-plated electrolytic copper base. Additionally, the top section is constructed from stainless steel and adopts a visually pleasing design.

When selecting water cooling components, the SSD isn’t a major priority and I cannot really see the benefit apart from enhanced aesthetics. Although, it’s certainly a talking point when added to a custom loop. As with any EKWB product, the build quality should be exceptional and a great addition to their line-up. Personally, it’s not something I would use as my SSDs are hidden behind the rear tray. Clearly, it’s a very niche product but it might cater to someone’s very specific needs.

Instead of water cooling an SSD for fun, I’d probably opt for a sound-card block instead due to the larger surface area. However, unless there’s an actual performance benefit from custom water blocks, I usually stay with a default setup.

What do you think of the EKWB SSD water block?

The block has a retail price of €89,95 and available from the EK Webshop.

XFX Plans Water-cooled AMD Radeon R9 Fury

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

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

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

Thank you Videozardz for providing us with this information

EK Reveals Full-Coverage Water Block for GIGABYTE GTX 980 Ti WF3

EK Water Blocks has unveiled its new full-cover water block, the EK-FC980 GTX Ti WF3, a custom design engineered specifically for the GIGABYTE Gaming G1 and WindForce 3X (hence the WF3 abbreviation) series NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti graphics card.

The EK-FC980 GTX Ti WF3 is a high-performance water block that actively cools the GPU, RAM, and VRM by flowing water directly over each critical area, adding greater stability to the GPU and VRM under high overclocks. In addition to its full-cover cooling of the entire PCB, the EK-FC980 boasts some great aesthetics.

The water block features EK’s proprietary central inlet split-flow cooling engine design, which allows reversed water flow while maintaining its standard cooling performance and formidable hydraulic performance that can compensate for systems using weaker water pumps for its water cooling needs.

The cooler’s underside is constructed from nickel-plated electrolytic copper while the top is made from POM Acetal or acrylic, depending on the model, while screw-in brass standoffs come pre-installed as standard for safe installation.

The EK-FC980 comes in two models – one nickel and one acetal/nickel, with both connecting via FC terminal/HD tube – priced at €114.95. Additional black or nickel backplates are available for €29.95 and €37.95, respectively. All are available for purchase through the EK webshop now.

NZXT Announces the New S340 Special Edition PC Case

If you are planning a black and green PC build or you just are a Razer fan, then NZXT’s newest special edition chassis might be just the right fit for you. NZXT just announced the new S340 Special Edition PC case and it looks as awesome as we’ve come to expect it from NZXT. It is also a durable chassis, made of 90 percent steel.

This isn’t just a normal NZXT S340 chassis in a new colour scheme, it also brings new features along with it. One of them being a cable management bar that avoids separating the front inlet and the remainder of the housing, allowing complete control of cables for a refined appearance and cooling optimised through better air circulation.

The NZXT S340 has a pretty compact form factor and allows you to create a pretty powerful setup with its dimensions of 445 mm height and 432 mm length. No need to put a giant block next to your desk if smaller can do it.

The chassis allows for water cooling setups with 280mm radiator support at the front and it comes with two 120mm FN V2 fans at the top and rear. The integrated PSU shroud will keep those unpleasant cables out of sight and creates an overall cleaner look in the chassis.

Special Edition Features:

  • Front panel featuring back-lit triple-headed snake logo
  • Cable management bar with triple-headed snake logo
  • Green power LED
  • Green under-glow LED with rear on/off switch
  • PCI slot base cover for a flush look and funneled airflow
  • Signature green USB 3.0 ports
  • Tinted window panel
  • Matt black finish

Common S340 Features:

  • 360 degrees of steel casing surrounding the all-steel chassis
  • Grommet-less cable management bar keeps cables tidy with ease
  • Full 280 mm radiator support in the front
  • Compact form factor coming in two inches below competing mid towers
  • Detailed design and engineering with tons of small touches
  • Very easy to build in for new and experienced users alike
  • Integrated PSU shroud for an ultra-clean build
  • Fully filtered intakes
  • Includes 2x 120 mm FN V2 fans, top and rear

The price of this special edition S340 NZXT chassis is set to £69.99 ex VAT / €99.99 ex. VAT. We will, of course, have a review of this chassis ready for you shortly, so stay tuned.

First EK Predator AIO Benchmarks Revealed

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

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

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

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

Thank you Overclockers UK for providing us with this information.

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.

EK Announce CoolStream CE Radiators

EK is a massive player in the custom water cooling solutions, offering some of the most innovative and best-performing designs on the market. In the most recent press release, EK has now announced the upcoming release of the CollStream CE series.

This new series has been built for the nearly released EK-Vardar 140mm high static pressure fans, these radiators are optimized for maximum heat dissipation across an entire fan operational range, thus delivering exceptional performance at both low and high airflow operation.

EK are known for offering the best levels of quality and aim to release these radiators at an extremely competitive price vs performance price point. The new design is extremely minimalistic, but in the minimalism comes an interestingly quirky characteristic of industrialism; these would fit in almost every build from basic to extreme. The flat sides also lend themselves to modders to sand down and spray fairly easily.

The radiator offers best cooling capacity in the 45mm thick 140mm radiator class. Dual stack copper fins provide massive surface area while the parallel flow cooling chambers reduce hydraulic flow resistance to a minimum. All radiators are equipped with fan mounting holes for push-pull installation to even further increase the cooling performance.

Thank you to TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

XFX AMD R9 Fury X 4GB Graphics Card Review

Introduction


This is what we’ve all been waiting for, the R9 Fury X graphics card is finally here! This particular card has been given a lot of hype in recent weeks and months thanks to rumours and leaked performance benchmarks all pointing towards a ‘Titan X Killer’. These rumours shook the entire enthusiast market and resulted in NVIDIA fighting back with another high-end graphics card; the GTX 980Ti. With the dismissal of a reveal at Computex 2015 by AMD, NVIDIA got the upper hand with the launch of the GTX 980Ti. This meant a huge focus was looming over AMD at the PC Gaming Show event at E3. We covered the event and what it had to provide in terms of graphics cards here!

Previous to this, AMD held multiple conference calls and events to slowly unveil what they had planned for the GPU marketplace. The most notable nugget of information was the ‘Ace’ up AMD’s sleeve; High Bandwidth Memory (HBM). This is the idea of an engineer at AMD and has been in the pipeline for around 7 years. GPU memory technology up until now has been referred to as GDDR memory and in the most popular state, GDDR5 is the current standard of memory technology. HBM hopes to completely demolish what GDDR5 is and bring in a new standard; the key is in the name, High Bandwidth. Compared to traditional GDDR5, the bandwidth will increase from approximately 28BG/s per chip to over 1000GB/s per stack. The key difference between HBM and GDDR5 is the placement of the DRAM chips, in GDDR5, they are laid out around the GPU; in HBM, they are stacked directly onto the GPU die. This massively decreased distance to travel not only increases bandwidth, but also decreases the overall footprint of the PCB. One of the limitations with HBM however, is that HBM v1 will be limited to 4GB, or 1GB per stack; when compared to what NVIDIA has to offer or even the R9 390X, it doesn’t look very appealing.

In our recent news coverage, we have had to gather our information from other sources. This has led us to be portrayed as being critical to AMD due to only primary issues being brought forward. Problems such as poor HBM production speeds have affected the overall availability of the R9 Fury range, undoubtedly annoying water pump buzzing and what can only be described as a poor choice of review linking on the AMD Facebook page; have been the main stories, with very few pro-AMD articles. Due to the poor availability of the R9 Fury X samples, we were skipped over, however, we purchased our own and now we can figure out for ourselves if these issues are in fact issues at all.

The XFX box is very simplistic, with a diamond pattern in the background, it allows focus on the main points of the box.

Inside the box, we find a warranty card, driver disk, manual and screws.

The card is a lot longer than I thought it was going to be, despite all of the pictures I’ve seen already. It has a metal box frame across the entire card with soft touch panels on each side. It is completely closed off apart from a small gap where the pipes enter the card.

Along the top, we see both Radeon logos and the 2x 8pin PCI-e Power connectors; the Radeon logo on the side illuminates when turned on.

A key feature on the R9 Fury X is the load LEDs. These light up depending on how much load the GPU is currently under.


AMD have given the tubing and fan cable extra attention with the addition of dense weave sleeving.

It enters the card so you cannot see any heat shrink or fraying ends.

The radiator is a standard 120mm size design with an addition lip along the top; The OEM for the AIO cooler is Coolermaster.

At the business end of the card, we see no vents for air cooling. However, there is an etched Radeon logo should you forget the manufacturer. The card is also equipped with 3 x DisplayPort and 1 x HDMI.

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

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

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

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

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

EK Releases New X99 LGA2011v3 Water Block

Water cooling your components is a fun thing to do, whether it’s building your first CPU loop to completely redesigning the case interior to fit that 480mm radiator; you can never have too much cooling. In the world of water cooling, EK Water Blocks reign supreme and are the choice of many when it comes to water blocks. The latest release from the company is the X99 LGA2011v3 compatible Supremacy EVO.

The Supremacy EVO series is the best of the best for EK and now it has been brought to the LGA2011v3 socket to give the high-end market that chilly feeling. In use, this can shave off up to 2.2°C thanks to the improved internal flow with low hydraulic restriction. It comes equipped with an error preventing mounting mechanism, resulting in great contact and performance every time.

“The EK-Supremacy EVO uses the same cooling engine as it’s predecessor. The cooling liquid accelerates through jet plate’s nozzle and turbulently continues its path through numerous very thin channels, which provide extreme heat dissipating surface area. Specifically designed and carefully machined copper base (sometimes referred to as ‘cold plate’) is made from purest copper available on the market and is further polished to absolute mirror finish. This alone greatly improves the cooling performance of EK-Supremacy EVO.”

Prices start at 58.95€ for the nickel block and can be found on the EK online store or with selected retailers.

Thank you to TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Liquid cooled AMD Radeon R9 390X Pictured

AMD just revealed the first cards in the new R9 300 series, but that wasn’t so exciting as it could have been as they all were mobile versions and rebrands. This however is far more interesting, as AMD has come out with the first official teaser for the upcoming Fiji XT graphics card, most likely dubbed the R9 390X.

The teased card shows a different image than we’re used to with AMD reference cards. It doesn’t feature the normal single fan cooler nor the hybrid liquid and air cooling solution seen on the R9 295×2 card. It does however reveal what appears to be a fully liquid cooled solution with a 120mm or 140mm radiator in the background.

We also notice a very short card, but with the new HBM memory being stacked on the GPU, AMD needs a lot less PCB space. It’s really only the GPU and VRM that needs to be cooled as the RAM is located on the GPU. On the rear of the card we find three DisplayPort 1.2 and one HDMI 2.0 port as connection options, seeing a move away from the old DVI connector.

The image below was the second tease released shortly after the card above. It is a close-up on the actual Fiji XT chip that will power this new beast of a graphics card with its 4096 CPU cores, 8GB HBM memory, and 4096 Wide IO memory interface.

Thank you WCCFtech for providing us with this information

Upgrade Your System With Antec Competition [US Only]

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

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

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

1st Prize

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

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Take Your Titan X to the Max with New EK Full Cover Water Block

Nvidia has just released their new and quite impressive Nvidia TITAN X and EK Water Blocks introduced their new Full-Cover water block for the reference design (NVA-PG600) of the GeForce GTX TITAN X graphics card.

The EK-FC Titan X is a full-cover cooler meaning that it directly cools all the vital parts of the graphics cards: the GPU, RAM as well as VRM. Water flows directly over all these critical areas thus allowing the graphics card and its VRM to remain stable even when heavy overclocked.

EK-FC Titan X water block features EK’s unique central inlet split-flow cooling engine design for best possible cooling performance and it also works flawlessly with reversed water flow without adversely affecting the cooling performance. Moreover, the design offers great hydraulic performance allowing this product to be used in liquid cooling systems with weaker pumps.

The base is made from electrolytic copper, either bare- or nickel-plated depending on the variant while the top is made of either acrylic- or POM Acetal material. Plexi variants also feature two pre-drilled slots for 3mm LED diodes so you can light it all up and show off even more. Screw-in brass standoffs are pre-installed and allow for a safe and painless installation procedure.

EK are also offering a long list of backplates to go along with the new cooler and in a lot of colours. It’s available as normal Black and Nickel versions, but also Blue, Gold, and Red are options to choose from.

The new full cover water blocks should be available now at both the EK Webshop and Partner Reseller Network starting from €99.95.

Thanks to EKWB for providing us with this information

Galax and Diamond Cooling Show off First GTX 980 HOF WC Prototype

Galax and Diamond Cooling have come together to create a magnificent looking card that packs an amazing punch. At the base, we find the great GTX 980 HOF card with its white PCB while the cooling is being taken care of a white full cover water block designed by Diamond Cooling.

“We have changed the design internally slightly after initial testing. But this block has good cooling performance. We expect to be taking pre-orders very soon. We do this to get a certain idea of how big the demand is so we can create a first batch,” Diamond Cooling said.

These are the first prototypes and will come as both a full copper base and nickel plated base versions. The full cover water block takes care of all components on this card that in return should allow this record-breaking card to achieve new heights.

Design:

  • Full copper base
  • Nickel plated base
  • Microfin cooling solution
  • Active cooling of all components
  • White POM top
  • Water channels designed to have a similar flow no matter which port is used as the in- or outlet of the block.

There are also plans for a similar water block for the GTX 970 Hall Of Fame (HOF) card. Diamond Cooling said that they put a little easter-egg on the card. Can you spot it? I’ll give you a hint, it’s plugged into the rear of the PCB.

The new GALAX GTX 980 HOF WC graphics solution should go on sale in January or maybe February 2015, a short wait for an amazing looking card.

Thanks to Galax for providing us with this information

Images and video courtesy of Diamond Cooling

Thermaltake Core V1 mini-ITX Chassis Review

Introduction


Thermaltake are easily one of the best chassis manufacturers around. This is especially true for those who want to utilize the latest and greatest technology in their system builds, even more so with those who love to modify their rigs. Thermaltake has proven time and time again that they’re able to provide innovative and practical features that can help you build a better high-end gaming rig, with extensive support for advanced features such as water cooling.

The Core V1 caught our attention earlier this year at Computex 2014 when we saw this tiny chassis fitted out with a glorious custom loop water cooling setup. This was very impressive, as the chassis exterior dimensions are just 276 x 260 x 316mm! Despite its small size, the V1 still promises to house up to four hard drives, a 285mm graphics card, plenty of cooling hardware and a PSU of up to 200mm. There is no doubt that you can get a lot of high-end hardware in here. If you’re looking for a super-compact gaming rig for LAN or for your living room, then the V1 certainly sounds promising.

The V1 may be tiny, but it has a massive amount of ventilation. This extensive amount of airflow will help keep your high-end build as cool as possible, but it may cause some issues with dust if you’re not careful.

The main I/O panel is tucked away on the left side of the front panel and comes equipped with everything you should need.

The right side panel is the same as the left, so much so that you can actually remove the panel and swap them around.

The curved metal mesh of the front panel looks a little industrial, but its very nicely finished and provides a huge amount of airflow to the 200mm fan which is mounted behind it.

Around the back you’ll find a pair of 80mm fan mounts, the motherboard I/O, two expansion slots and the PSU mount. The PSU cut-out and the expansion slots really put into perspective how small that chassis really is.

The top panel features a large clear perspex window.

On the base of the chassis you’ve got four hard feet and a slide out dust filter for the PSU section. Here’s where things get interesting, the top, bottom and side panels are all the same dimensions. This means you can put them in any order you want. If you would like the top window panel on the side? No problem, want to go crazy and put the feet on the side of the chassis? You can! It’s a little strange, but chassis modders are going to love this flexibility.

The Swiftech MCR140-X AIO Pump, Radiator and Reservoir Revealed

Swiftech is well-known for their great looking water cooling gear, but their new all-in-one radiator, pump and reservoir unit, the MCR140-X Drive, sure is ugly!

The new unit features a 25mm thick 140mm radiator, but features an extended housing on the rear that allows them cram in the reservoir and the pump. This means it is a custom loop equivalent of an all-in-one unit. You simply plumb the unit into your existing CPU or GPU water cooling block and you’re good to go.

It’s pretty garish in terms of design, but what it lacks in looks, it oozes in practicality. Suddenly you’re able to cram all this custom loop equipment into a massively compressed space. This could prove extremely useful for those wanting to use something like a GPU water cooling block in a small form factor chassis.

It comes equipped with a SATA power connector for its 1200 – 3000RPM pump, there is an additional fill port, a side window to view coolant levels and it features G1/4 fittings. The unit should be available immediately with prices of around $89.99 US.

We look forward to finding out how well this unit performs in real world test.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

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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

Massive Lian Li PC-V2130 Aluminum Full Tower Announced

Lian-Li, the masters of the aluminium chassis market, have finally announced their PC-V2130 brushed aluminium full tower. I say “finally” as it was over a year ago that we first saw this case sitting proudly on their booth at Computex 2013 and we absolutely loved it.

The PC-V2130 is an update to their popular PC-V2120, but with the addition of extensive water cooling support, an improved and more versatile hard drive systems, better cable management and more, the V2130 is already shaping up to be one of their best high-end cases to date. It’s far from cheap, but this is not your average consumer chassis and the sheer size, capabilities, build quality and features will go a long way to justifying the price tag.

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A tool-lessly removable top panel allows for 240/280mm radiators to be easily installed. Two more 280mm radiators can be installed at the front and bottom of the chassis, respectively. Two grommeted holes above the rear 120mm exhaust fan allows for more water cooling support.

The PC-V2130 features 8 grommeted holes for simplified cable management. 31mm (1.2″) behind the motherboard tray gives builders plenty of space to work with.

The PC-V2130 is stacked full of high-end tool-less features to ease installations. On the inside of the chassis, Lian Li’s tool-less PCI slot mounting mechanism allows for simple expansion card installation. On the outside, the entire front bezel can be removed with just the removal of a couple of thumbscrews – enabling easy access to the 2 front 140mm fan dust filters. The side panels can be taken off with just the press of two latches.

The wheels design enables easy moving of a fully loaded system. A locking mechanism on the rear wheels prevents the chassis moving when set in place.

The I/O panel is located on the top of the PC-V2130, and is hidden by a stealth cover when not in use. Connectivity includes four USB 3.0 ports and HD audio connections.

The PC-V2130 will be available in black PC-V2130A (Silver), PC-V2130B (Black) and PC-V2130X (Internal Black with Window) in North America for the suggested retail price of PC-V2130A / PC-V2130B $499 ; PC-V2130X $569.

Thank you Lian-Li for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Lian Li.

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.