EKWB Releases EK-RAM Monarch Liquid RAM Cooling Modules

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

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

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

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

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

Boeing’s Echo Voyager Can Last Six Months Underwater

Boeing is known for creating a wide range of devices. A surveillance drone here, a giant rocket there and a sprinkling of the world’s lightest metal all over creates a company that seems to explore everything on this planet and beyond. That seems to continue to be true with the Echo Voyager’s, a craft capable of lasting six months underwater.

The Echo Voyager is the latest in a long-range of underwater exploration vehicles from Boeing. The big difference in the latest 51-foot version, compared to its smaller cousins the 31ft Seeker and the 18ft Ranger, is the use of a rechargeable power system. Measuring at 7.4 miles per gallon, the volt uses a diesel generator to recharge its lithium-ion or silver zinc batteries when it reaches the surface (this avoids the exhaust being pumped into the water).

The Echo Voyager is designed for commercial release, giving companies and individuals alike to explore the depths of the ocean. Built to use standard commercial interface and satellite links, you could own your own remote-controlled underwater explorer.

Typically underwater vehicles could only spend a few days away from a ship before needing to resupply and recharge, some even opting for an “umbilical cord” solution of constantly providing the resources needed via a cable or tube. The Echo Voyager could see groups operating more autonomous from larger vessels, opening up new ways to explore the mysteries of the deep.

Inno3D GTX 980Ti iChill Black Graphics Card Review

Introduction


Closed-loop liquid coolers have become extremely popular in the CPU market due to the cleaner build, and greater space around the CPU socket compared to traditional air cooling hardware. This means you can install an all in one liquid cooler without having to make concessions in terms of memory compatibility or worry too much about your motherboard’s PCI-E arrangement. As you might expect, all in one liquid coolers have progressively moved into the GPU sector to offer improved overclocking headroom and a lower noise output. There are some interesting parallels between CPU and GPU all in one liquid cooling though which needs to be addressed.

Firstly, many air coolers like the Noctua NH-D15 can outperform Asetek units, while being much quieter. It’s a similar picture with graphics cards because proficient air cooling setups including the Gigabyte Windforce X3 and Sapphire Tri-X provide a superb noise to performance ratio. Liquid cooled graphics cards have a price premium and involve a more complicated installation process. It’s important to remember that Maxwell is a very mature and efficient architecture which allows vendors to enable a 0dB idle fan mode. Despite my own qualms about closed-loop liquid cooling, it’s fantastic to see products which cater to a different target market. There’s clearly a demand for pre-assembled liquid cooled graphics cards, and their appeal is bound to grow in the next few years.

Today, we’re taking a look at the Inno3D GTX 980Ti iChill Black which utilizes a very powerful hybrid cooling solution. The GPU incorporates a traditional fan which only switches on during heavy load, in addition to a 120mm fan/radiator combination. The Arctic Cooling radiator fan is constantly on but has a very low RPM curve to maintain silent running. This impeccable hardware allows for an impressive core clock of 1203MHz and default boost reaching 1304MHz. The memory has also been increased to 7280MHz. As you can see from the chart below, this isn’t the greatest configuration we’ve encountered from the factory, but it’s exceedingly fast and should be a top performer. It will be fascinating to contrast this graphics card with the marvellous Inno3D GTX 980Ti X3 Ultra DHS which opts for a hefty air cooling design.

Specifications:

Packing and Accessories

The Inno3D GTX 980 Ti iChill Black comes in a huge box to properly house the closed loop cooler’s tubing and protect against leaks during shipping. Honestly, the picture doesn’t provide an accurate depiction of the packaging’s size. I have to commend Inno3D because they have taken the precautionary steps to reduce the possibility of damage occurring and utilized strong foam inserts as cushioning materials. The box itself features an attractive render of the GPU, and outlines its specification.

On the rear portion, there’s a brief synopsis of NVIDIA’s Maxwell architecture. I’m a bit surprised to see the back doesn’t contain any information about the liquid cooling solution and the acoustical benefits compared to NVIDIA’s reference cooler.

In terms of accessories, the graphics card is bundled with mounting screws, 6-pin PCI-E to molex adapter, case badge, DVI-D to VGA adapter and installation guide. There’s also a driver’s disk which you should disregard, a copy of 3DMark, and other documentation. This is a great selection of items and provides everything you need to get started! The mouse mat is surprisingly high-quality and relatively thick.

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.

Images Of Saturn’s Moon Titan Reveal Magic Island

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

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

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

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

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

Arctic Liquid Freezer 120 AIO CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


EK Releases MSI R9 390X GAMING 8G Full-Cover Water Block

EK WB has expanded their full-cover water blocks a lot lately and that goes for both motherboards and graphics card. The newest cooler is for the last, a graphics card, or more specifically a full-cover water block solution for MSI’s Radeon R9 390X GAMING 8G graphics card and it’s called the EK-FC R9-390X TF5.

 

The new full-cover water block replaces the original TwinFrozr V cooler that comes with the graphics card out-of-the-box, and while it is an amazing GPU cooler, you can’t integrate it into your full custom loop. The new EK-FC R9-390X TF5 actively cools the GPU, RAM as well as VRM (voltage regulation module) as water flows directly over all these critical areas. In return, it will allow you to run the card at much lower temperatures and higher overclocks.

The base is made of nickel-plated electrolytic copper while the top is made of either quality POM Acetal or acrylic depending on the variant. As usual, both versions are available which allows you to match the design you prefer. The cooler also features EK WB’s pre-installed screw-in brass standoffs that allow for a safe installation procedure.

The EK-FC R9-390X TF5 water block also features EK’s unique central inlet split-flow cooling engine design for best possible cooling performance. The system also works flawlessly with the reversed water flow without adversely affecting the cooling performance and it will also work well in liquid cooling systems using weaker water pumps.

To complete the setup, EK also offers a retention backplate made of black anodized aluminum. The backplate offers additional cooling to the backside of the circuit board, especially around the VRM area, besides giving the card a sleeker look.

The new EK WB EK-FC R9-390X TF5 is available now for an MSRP of €122.95 and the backplate will set you back an additional €29.95

Loon Copter – The Drone That Can Travel Underwater

2016 looks to be a big year for technology, with everything from hoverboards and drones making world news for all the reasons possible. Drones recently caught a lot of attention when the Federal Aviation Administration started a system that requires drone users to register. While most drones fly above the ground, doing everything from taking videos to delivering your shopping, it was only a matter of time until someone decided that the air shouldn’t be the only place that drones travel. Say hello to the Loon Copter!

Oakland University started the project in 2014, designing and creating a drone that did more than just fly. The Loon Copter is designed to travel not just above the ground but also in and even under water. After flipping 90 degrees, the drone uses the same blades that it uses for flying to then propel itself underwater. The drone can then resurface and fly again without any difficulty.

With a drone capable of doing all this, search and rescue could use them at sea (on calm days at least) to check for people both above and beneath the water without having to change out the equipment.

The first issue they will face though is getting a wireless stream of video from the drone while it’s underwater, something that normally requires a cable connecting the drone to its controller.

Selected as one of ten semi-finalists for the internal category at the 2016 Drones for Good Competition, what would you use an underwater drone for? Would you like to see a giant one that you can ride in?

Antec Introduces Kühler H2O H600 PRO and H1200 PRO

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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.

Thermaltake Display Latest High-End Cooling Products @ CES 2016

CES 2016: Thermaltake are pushing hard to be a one-stop shop for system components, and their rapidly expanding cooling range is a prime example of this. If you’ve got need for a custom loop, they’ve got it all. Tiny radiators, not a problem, but what if you need a giant 560mm radiator to span two stacked chassis? Yup, they’ve got that too.

It’s also nice to see that they’re now stocking a lot of GPU water blocks, covering many popular variants, or at least the kind that any enthusiast system builder would be buying, as well as dual, triple and quad water block VGA bridges.

This is a real show stopper for me, just look at those colours! Thermaltake now make their own cooling fluid and while you may think this is just for demo builds, Thermaltake promise these colours are all designed to be full-time coolant for day-to-day use.

Need everything in one box? The new water cooling kits come with all the hose, thermal paste, interconnects, fans, reservoirs, coolant, radiators and more that you’ll need to get the job done.

Expanding on that, their huge range of fans, but the most notable being their new Riing, which come with multiple LED RGB lights to allow you to create some fantastic effects.

What’s your favourite addition to the Thermaltake cooling range this year?

Mechanic “Invents” Water Fuelled Car

I don’t think this gentleman will be on the Christmas lists of Shell or BP anytime soon, anyway, a car mechanic from India has claimed to have designed a new and rather a cheap way of fuelling a car and it arrives apparently in the form of water.

The gentleman in question goes by the name of Mohammad Raees Markani who has been modifying an “800 cc engine” for the last five years. He believes to have found a new alternative form of eco-transportation by using a mix of water and carbides (a compound composed of carbon)

Below is a video of this apparent achievement, amazingly, a one-litre mix of this potion costs around 2p. Mr Markani explained that his car “runs on acetylene gas” which is formed from a chemical reaction between calcium carbide and water. He also stated that he needed to make various changes to the engine with the aim of helping the performance of the car.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIWpLTVIFSo

If true, it’s astonishing considering Mr Markani has never been to school and also cannot read or write, it has also been noted that he began to experiment with various techniques around 5 years ago and has since made an efficient engine that runs on water.

Various high-profile companies are said to be interested and Mr Markani is open to offers, if they meet his one condition, this is, any plant or factory that is established in order to manufacture vehicles that utilize this technique will need to be built in his hometown of Madhya Pradesh. Mr Markani explained that he wants “things to change in my hometown

It will be very noteworthy to follow the development of this project and if true, could be a turning point for both eco-friendly vehicles and also the environment, well, until we run out of the water that is.

Phanteks Announces Enthoo Pro M Acrylic Window Edition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ID-Cooling Frostflow 240L AIO Water Cooler Review

Introduction


ID-Cooling is quickly becoming a common name in western markets, having launched several very interesting products this year, many of which you can expect to see reviews of here at eTeknix, and some we’ve already covered, such as the Frostflow 120L, T60-SFX Chassis, IS Series Coolers and the SE 204K Cooler. ID-Cooling has won a few awards from us here at eTeknix and I’m certainly eager to see how their 240L stacks up against their own smaller 120L model and, of course, their competitors products.

Equipped support for every popular socket type you can think of, a TDP rating of up to 200W, a 240mm aluminium radiator, two high-quality fans and a ceramic bearing pump, the Frostflow 240L is certainly seems like a capable piece of hardware, so let’s jump right in and take a closer look at what it has to offer.

The packaging is typical of what we’ve seen on other ID-Cooling products, keeping the same black and red theme that they often use, a nice image of the cooler, as well as some of the specifications on the front of the box.

Around the back, a little statement from ID-Cooling about the product.

In the box, you’ll find everything you need to get it installed, including mounting kits for both AMD and Intel, as well as a universal backplate.

There are two high-quality PWM fans included, which are ID-Coolings own design. We tested this fan model on the 120L review and they really are great fans, lots of airflow, very little noise. There’s also a Y-split fan cable in the box to help you save on motherboard fan headers.

The radiator is a slim-style 240mm design. It’s nothing fancy, but it’s not exactly unattractive either. Most radiators look the same these days and the 240L is no exception, although that’s not a bad thing.

The hoses are covered with a durable weave, this adds a little flair to the design, keeps the pipes flexible, but also increases their durability.

This is an AIO unit, so naturally the pump is pre-fixed to the radiator. The hoses are of a good length, making it ideal for those who have a larger chassis.

The hoses are mounted to the side of the pump with a pivot mount, giving them great manoeuvrability, something that should greatly improve the installation process. The top of the pump has LED lighting around the edge, giving your spinning red light effect that’s reminiscent of the Knight Rider Kit lighting.

There’s a large copper contact plate on the base of the cooler, which should provide excellent coverage over your CPU.

EK WB Releases Monoblock for ASUS X99 Motherboards

It can be of great benefit to cool your CPU with liquid rather than air, but when you do that, you leave one area exposed. The VRM around the CPU area doesn’t get the same airflow as it would with a fan based cooler and as such you need to pay extra attention to the cooling here.

One way to resolve this issue is with a monoblock and EK Water Blocks just released one of these that will fit ASUS’ X99 motherboard models: X99-A, X-99-DELUXE, X99-PRO, and X99-S.

The EK-FB ASUS X99 Monoblock as it is called is a complete all-in-one CPU and MOSFETs liquid cooling solution for these ASUS motherboards. It is designed in cooperation with ASUS and uses the award-winning EK-Supremacy EVO cooling engine. All critical areas are covered with a liquid flow that should ensure a stable and effective cooling.

The base of the monoblock is made of nickel-plated electrolytic copper while the top is made of quality POM Acetal or acrylic glass material, depending on the variant. Both models cost the same, €119.95, and are available directly from EK WB as well as partner resellers.

Which is your preferred cooling method? Traditional air, all-in-one liquid coolers, or maybe even a complete custom liquid cooling setup? Let us know in the comments.

ID-Cooling Frostflow 120L AIO CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


I’m sure a lot of our readers haven’t heard of ID-Cooling before, as they’ve been a dominant brand in eastern markets for a while, even doing a lot of OEM work for other brands. However, all that is quickly changing and they’re new products have been pinging our radar for a while now and gaining interest in the PC building community, so we couldn’t wait to put them to the test. Their latest AIO water cooler is the Frostflow 120L, perfect for those who want to take an adventure into water cooling, without the headaches or the high-cost and maintenance of custom loop cooling.

The 120L is reasonably well equipped, with a 120mm radiator and fan design, which ensures compatibility with a huge amount of chassis products, a nice quality aluminium construction radiator, copper cold plate and a ceramic bearing pump.

The packaging is pretty straight forward, with a clear image of the cooler and the LED lighting on the front, as well as a quick run-down of the main specifications.

Around the back, a nice quote from ID-Cooling that gives a little more information about the product.

In the box, you’ll find all the things you need to get things installed. This includes high-quality mounting screws, a universal backplate, AMD and Intel brackets, as well as a small tube of thermal paste.

The included fan is one of ID-Cooling’s own designs, and that’s no bad thing as this is one great looking fan! The fins have ridges to help better direct the airflow and there are rubber anti-vibration pads on each of the mounting corners.

The fan comes fitted with a 4-pin PWM connector.

The radiator is a slim design, which means it’s likely not as well suited to high-end overclocking, but it does mean it’ll be more compatible with compact chassis designs while only requiring a single fan to dissipate heat.

The radiator isn’t ugly, but it is a fairly standard all-black design and that means it should blend in with your build with ease.

The tubing is really nice, with a tight weave coating that leaves it flexible, but very durable.

The pump is nice and compact, with a stylish red LED array on the top and a small ID logo in the middle.

The copper base plate is very nicely finished, with a large and flat contact surface that should fit nicely over your CPU of choice. The pipes are mounted using pivot fittings, allowing you more maneuverability and this should ease the installation process.

EKWB Launch Pre-Filled Graphics Blocks for Predator AIO

The mighty impressed EKWB Predator AIO is a revolution in terms of water cooling, offering you all the ease of an AIO, with all the thrills of custom loop cooling. Aside from looking gorgeous, the cooler can be quickly modified to add additional cooling components to the loop, such as a GPU block.

EKWB have now launched their Predator ready GPU blocks, which come pre-filled, making them ready to plug and play. You just fit it to your graphics card, hook up the quick-disconnect couplings and you’re good to go.

The Predator-enabled GPU block comes bundled with an EK-AF Angled 90° G1/4″ fittings, two EK-ACF Fitting 10/16mm – Nickel fittings, one quick-disconnect coupling, EK-Tube ZMT Matte Black tubing, and clear coolant, which comes fully assembled, making this seriously high-end pro cooling hardware as beginner friendly as possible.

The new AIO coolers and the GPU blocks are certainly (no pun intended) cool, but they’re obviously not going to be cheap. The pre-filled EK-FC980 for example, is $149.99 and another $29.99 for the interconnect tubing. This is on top of the $199 for the EK-Predator 240 or the $239 for the larger 360mm model. Even then, it’s Intel only until early 2016 when we expect to see an AMD version being launched.

NASA Discovers Flowing Water on Mars

A decades-old investigation into the possibility of life on Mars – a question even David Bowie was asking during the Seventies – has had one of its most important pre-requisites finally fulfilled: NASA has found evidence of flowing water on Mars. Not ice, not vapour, but actual liquid water.

“There is liquid water today on the surface of Mars,” Michael Meyer, lead scientist for the NASA Mars exploration programme, said. “Because of this, we suspect that it is at least possible to have a habitable environment today.”

NASA’s findings, revealed in science journal Nature Geoscience, explain previously discovered streaks seen running down Martian slopes. The dark marks (above), first discovered in 2010, now appear to be salt deposits from evaporated water, quickly stripped away by the planet’s thin atmosphere. The water itself has not been observed, but its effects are now recognised.

While the source of this water is still unknown, NASA scientists presume that it emerges to the surface of the Red Planet from underground aquifers or ice deposits. “The mystery has been, what is permitting this flow? Presumably water, but until now, there has been no spectral signature,” Meyer added. “From this, we conclude that the RSL are generated by water interacting with percholorates, forming a brine that flows downhill.”

Thank you The Guardian for providing us with this information.

Migaloo Your Way To a Mobile Private Island

The opportunities for the super wealthy to indulge their exotic tastes seems pretty endless, from purchasing a premier league club to the finest penthouse architecture; anything is possible for your average Mr B Gates. A private mobile island, on the other hand, must be in the mind of an ideological dreamer, or is it?

A company by the name of Migaloo, not to be confused with Magaluf, is offering what is described as a “Private floating habitat based on semi-submersible platforms” The business touts its piece de resistance in the form of a floating habitat by the name of “Kokomo Island” Which sounds quite like a track from the Beach Boys, this concept man-made construction has a length of 117 meters which is approximately 383 feet long, which is spacious.

Below are illustrations in the form of a video, as you can see, it’s pretty luxurious and the amenities include the following.

  • Private owners penthouse 80 M above sea level
  • jungle deck (whatever this is) with palm trees and vertical gardens
  • Garden deck with al-fresco outdoor dining,
  • spa deck with spa and beauty saloons,
  • 2 beach clubs including beach gym,
  • underwater dining saloon
  • (shark-feeding station (Unless your attached to your arms)
  • heli deck & massive storage for tender & toys (would not need to worry if you have attempted to cuddle a shark)

The company also boasts a chance to purchase a “Private Submersible Yacht” and a video is below to convey this.

So far the company has not managed to sell any man-made islands which leads to a suspicion concerning the legitimacy of the Austrian based company with an idea so expansive as this one.  The idealism of inhabiting your own pop up base would certainly appeal to large corporations who would like to register their ventures in far-flung corners of the globe which benefit from favourable tax legislation, just imagine if say Amazon’s new address was somewhere in the north Atlantic.

Whether we will see pop up islands in the future remains to be seen, as the old saying goes, I will believe it when I see it, and by this I mean in real life, not a computer simulation.

Thank you migaloo for providing us with this information.

NASA Plays with Water and Effervescent in Latest 4K Space Video

NASA recently upgraded their equipment with an amazing 4K camera that is able to capture higher resolution and higher frame rates than prior, allowing the astronauts to record their experiments in a whole new way. But work doesn’t always have to be so series and who doesn’t enjoy playing with water.

The latest 4K video coming from NASA and presented on YouTube shows them playing with a weightless water bubble and then adding an effervescent tablet. The higher resolution images and higher frame rate videos can reveal more information when used on science investigations, giving researchers a valuable new tool aboard the space station. This footage is one of the first of its kind. The cameras are being evaluated for capturing science data and vehicle operations by engineers at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Even such a simple and kind of playful video shows clearly how this technology can help the astronauts and cosmonauts do their job. You can easily see even small particles that bounce out of the water ball due to the reaction happening.

First they showed us their food, now they’re playing with water. It looks like they’re having a lot of fun up there on the International Space Station, it isn’t just work.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Engineers Create Computer That Operates Through Water Droplets

US researchers have developed a novel new computer that uses water to transmit information. Unlike normal computers that use electrons, this synchronous computer uses magnetised water droplets to do everything a conventional computer can do, thanks to its universal logic gates. The only downside is that it is much slower than your average home computer, but it is a remarkable first step in using conventional, natural compounds to create computing devices.

“We already have digital computers to process information … Our goal is to build a completely new class of computers that can precisely control and manipulate physical matter,” said Manu Prakash, lead researcher and bioengineer at Stanford University, in a press release. “Imagine if when you run a set of computations that not only information is processed but physical matter is algorithmically manipulated as well. We have just made this possible at the mesoscale [10 microns to 1 millimetre]. In this work, we finally demonstrate a synchronous, universal droplet logic and control.”

The water-based computer stems from an idea Prakash had around a decade ago, using the clockwork-like properties of magnetised water particles, but the challenge came when attempting to synchronise their movement. Prakash cracked the problem by implementing a rotating magnetic field to harmonise the droplets. The computer operates like a clock, pulling each water droplet in time with each other.

“Every time the field flips, the polarity of the bars reverses, drawing the magnetised droplets in a new, predetermined direction, like slot cars on a track,” Prakash explains. “Every rotation of the field counts as one clock cycle, like a second hand making a full circle on a clock face, and every drop marches exactly one step forward with each cycle.”

The computer can transit binary information in the form of the presence or absence of water, and Prakash and his team envision the system being expanded to carry water particles encoded with more complex information, like chemical compounds. The team is also working on a design tool for others to use in the creation of their own water-based computers. “We are trying to bring the same kind of exponential scale up because of computation we saw in the digital world into the physical world,” Prakash said.

Thank you Science Alert for providing us with this information.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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