Corsair and MSI Introduce Hydro GFX Liquid Cooled GeForce GTX 980 Ti

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 16, 2015 - 09:00 PM |
Tagged: nvidia, msi, liquid cooler, GTX 980 Ti, geforce, corsair, AIO

A GPU with attached closed-loop liquid cooler is a little more mainstream these days with AMD's Fury X a high-profile example, and now a partnership between Corsair and MSI is bringing a very powerful NVIDIA option to the market.


The new product is called the Hydro GFX, with NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 980 Ti supplying the GPU horsepower. Of course the advantage of a closed-loop cooler would be higher (sustained) clocks and lower temps/noise, which in turns means much better performance. Corsair explains:

"Hydro GFX consists of a MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti card with an integrated aluminum bracket cooled by a Corsair Hydro Series H55 liquid cooler.

Liquid cooling keeps the card’s hottest, most critical components - the GPU, memory, and power circuitry - 30% cooler than standard cards while running at higher clock speeds with no throttling, boosting the GPU clock 20% and graphics performance up to 15%.

The Hydro Series H55 micro-fin copper cooling block and 120mm radiator expels the heat from the PC reducing overall system temperature and noise. The result is faster, smoother frame rates at resolutions of 4K and beyond at whisper quiet levels."

The factory overclock this 980 Ti is pretty substantial out of the box with a 1190 MHz Base (stock 1000 MHz) and 1291 MHz Boost clock (stock 1075 MHz). Memory is not overclocked (running at the default 7096 MHz), so there should still be some headroom for overclocking thanks to the air cooling for the RAM/VRM.


A look at the box - and the Corsair branding

Specs from Corsair:

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti GPU with Maxwell 2.0 microarchitecture
  • 1190/1291 MHz base/boost clock
  • Clocked 20% faster than standard GeForce GTX 980 Ti cards for up to a 15% performance boost.
  • Integrated liquid cooling technology keeps GPU, video RAM, and voltage regulator 30% cooler than standard cards
  • Corsair Hydro Series H55 liquid cooler with micro-fin copper block, 120mm radiator/fan
  • Memory: 6GB GDDR5, 7096 MHz, 384-bit interface
  • Outputs: 3x DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0, and Dual Link DVI
  • Power: 250 watts (600 watt PSU required)
  • Requirements: PCI Express 3.0 16x dual-width slot, 8+6-pin power connector, 600 watt PSU
  • Dimensions: 10.5 x 4.376 inches
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • MSRP: $739.99

As far as pricing/availability goes Corsair says the new card will debut in October in the U.S. with an MSRP of $739.99.

Source: Corsair

EK Jumps Into AIO Water Cooling With New EK-Predator Coolers

Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling | August 27, 2015 - 12:17 AM |
Tagged: water cooling, liquid cooling, Intel, ek, AIO

EK (EK Water Blocks) is pouncing on the AIO liquid cooling market with its new EK-Predator series. The new cooler series combines the company's enthusiast parts into pre-filled and pre-assembled loops ready to cool Intel CPUs (AMD socket support is slated for next year). Specifically, EK is offering up the EK-Predator 240 and EK-Predator 360 which are coolers with a 240mm radiator and a 360mm radiator respectively.

EK-Predator 240 AIO Water Cooler.jpg

The new coolers use copper radiators and EK Supremacy MX CPU blocks the latter of which has a polished copper base so there is no risk associated with using mixed metals in the loop. A 6W DDC pump drives the loop with the pump and a small reservoir attached to one side of the radiator (allegedly using a vibration dampening mounting system). EK ZMT (Zero Maintenance Tubing) 10/16mm tubing connects the CPU block to the pump/radiator/reservoir combo which uses standard G1/4 threaded ports.

EK pairs the radiator with two or three (depending on the model) EK-Vardar high static pressure fans. The fans and pump are PWM controlled and connect to a hub which is then connected to the PC motherboard's CPU fan header over a single cable. Then, a single SATA power cable from the power supply provides the necessary power to drive the pump and fans.

EK-Predator 360 AIO Water Cooler.jpg

The EK-Predator 360 further adds quick disconnect (QDC) fittings to allow users to expand the loop to include, for example, GPU blocks. EK Water Blocks is reportedly working on compatible GPU blocks which will be available later this year that users will be able to easily tie into the EK-Predator 360 cooling loop.

Available for pre-order now, the EK-Predator 240 will be available September 23rd with an MSRP of $199 while the larger EK-Predator 360 is slated for an October 19th release at $239 MSRP.

My thoughts:

If the expected performance is there, these units look to be a decent value that will allow enthusiasts to (pun intended) get their feet wet with liquid cooling with the opportunity to expand the loop as their knowledge and interest in water cooling grows. The EK-Predators are not a unique or new idea (other companies have offered water cooling kits for awhile) but coming pre-assembled and pre-filled makes it dead simple to get started and the parts should be of reputable quality. The one drawback I can see from the outset is that users will need to carefully measure their cases as the pump and reservoir being attached to the radiator means users will need more room than usual to fit the radiator. EK states in the PR that the 240mm rad should fit most cases, and is working with vendors on compatible cases for the 360mm radiator version, for what that's worth. Considering I spent a bit under $300 for my custom water cooling loop used, this new kit doesn't seem like a bad value so long as the parts are up to normal EK quality (barring that whole GPU block flaking thing which I luckily have not run into...).

What do you think about EK's foray into AIO water cooling? Are the new coolers predators or prey? (okay, I'll leave the puns to Scott!).

The LEPA AquaChanger 240 AIO CPU Cooler, marketing or magnificence?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 26, 2015 - 03:03 PM |
Tagged: water cooler, lepa, AquaChanger 240, AIO

This particular watercooler comes with long list of features which sound interesting on paper but need to be tested to see how effective they really are.  The fans are very effective at pushing air through the radiator but [H]ard|OCP found them a bit loud, on the other hand the pump could not be heard at all so if you were to modify the fan speed you could have a very quiet cooler, at the cost of some performance.  The cooling performance was almost exactly the same as the SilverStone Tundra TD02-E but the LEPA is available for under $100 which makes it a better value while still retaining decent performance. 


"LEPA comes to us today with its new AquaChanger 240 AIO CPU Cooler for review. LEPA lists a lot of cool sounding features like, Central Diffusing Passage Cold Plate, Protrusive Copper Base, Dual Convex Blade Fans, Ceramic Bearing Pump, and maybe the best is Anti-Leakage Tubing...because nobody likes leaky tubing."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Computex 2015: Corsair Hydro Series HG10 N980 and N970 GPU Cooling Brackets

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 1, 2015 - 07:30 AM |
Tagged: titan x, Hydro Series, HG10, GTX 980, GTX 970, gpu cooler, corsair, computex 2015, computex, AIO

Corsair has updated their lineup of liquid cooling brackets for GPUs with models supporting both GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 cards. These adapters provide an easy way to connect a Corsair liquid CPU cooler to these graphics cards, replacing the stock heatsink.



The Corsair Hydro Series HG10 N980

The new models of Hydro Series GPU bracket are easy to identify as they're based on the GPU name, with HG10 N980 for the GTX 980, and HG10 N970 for the GTX 970. But the compatibility doesn't actually end there, as there is also support for GTX TITAN X and the new GTX 980 Ti as well (presumably both from the HG10 N980).

Corsair offers this list of features for the new brackets:

  • Seamlessly pairs any Corsair Hydro Series CPU cooler to your NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics card
  • Reduces GPU temperature for more overclocking headroom, providing as much as 25% clock speed increase
  • Integrated mounting bracket cools the main GPU processor without transferring heat onto other components
  • Included low-noise blower fan cools VRMs and VRAMs quietly and effectively
  • Compatible with reference design cards for NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X, GTX 980, GTX 980 Ti, GTX 970, and GTX 760. See for a full compatibility list.
  • 2-year limited warranty



The Corsair Hydro Series HG10 N970

The retail price for the new GPU brackets will be $39.99, with the HG10 N970 available in July and the HG10 N980 in August.

Source: Corsair

Computex 2015: Corsair Introduces Hydro Series H110i GTX Liquid CPU Cooler

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 1, 2015 - 07:30 AM |
Tagged: liquid CPU cooler, Hydro Series, H110i GTX, corsair, computex 2015, computex, AIO, 280mm

Corsair has introduced their newest in a long line of all-in-one liquid CPU coolers, and the 280mm H110i GTX (not be confused with the prior H110i GT) has a new high-efficiency cooling block for improved cooling performance according to Corsair.

Corsair has posted a video overview of the new H110i GTX:

Specifications from Corsair include:

  • 280mm dual-fan radiator: more surface area for superior cooling performance
  • Improved coldplate and pump design: better efficiency gives you lower temperatures with less noise
  • Dual SP140L PWM fans: better high-static pressure air delivery and customizable speed
  • Built-in Corsair Link software control: monitor CPU and coolant temperature, adjust fan speed, and customize lighting directly from the desktop
  • Support modern desktop CPUs: Support for Intel LGA 115x, 1366, 2011 and AMD AM2, AM3, FM1, FM2
  • 5-year limited warranty

The Hydro Series H110i GTX will carry an MSRP of $139.99 and will be available in July.

Source: Corsair
Manufacturer: Corsair

Introduction and First Impressions

Corsair's venerable single and double-width liquid CPU coolers based on 120mm fans have been refreshed with added style and a new underlying design. How do they perform? We're about to find out!



There isn't much left to say about all-in-one (AIO) liquid CPU coolers these days, other than they are often better performing and more expensive than traditional air coolers. A good design gives an AIO liquid cooler a distinct advantage with overclocking headroom, and often in noise output as well (at higher levels of performance). This is not to dismiss air cooling as massive dual-tower coolers from Noctua and others certainly have the potential to out-perform all but the very best AIO liquid coolers, though not every enclosure will have the room for such a cooler. Thus, a good AIO liquid CPU cooler can offer not only space savings but potentially outstanding cooling performance as well. But this is a road we have traveled many times, with cost often the deciding factor even in the face of compelling evidence in favor of what are often very expensive solutions. Has that changed in 2015?

Corsair has done as much as any manufacturer to make AIO liquid CPU cooling mainstream, and their original H100 cemented the AIO's place as an enthusiast-level cooler and not simply a shortcut to traditional water cooling. The 240mm H100 and corresponding 120mm H80 have been refined a couple of times since their introduction, and though other variants such as the H105 and H75 (at the same 240/120mm sizes) have been released and crowded the market further, the H100/H80 series still occupy an important position.


Continue reading our review of the Corsair H100i GTX and H80i GT liquid CPU coolers!!

360mm of radiator; the Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 16, 2015 - 03:39 PM |
Tagged: thermaltake, Water 3.0 Ultimate, watercooling, AIO

Using the Asetek Gen 4 pump and a radiator measuring 393mm x 120mm x 27mm the Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate is a large cooler designed for serious overclockers.  The fans are rated at 99CFM and are set up properly with PWM connections to balance noise and performance.  Overclockers Club increased their i7-4770K to 4.2GHz and this cooler kept the CPU at an impressive 67 °C, topping the charts of the coolers they have tested previously.  They managed to get the chip running at 4.5GHz on 1.241 volts which raised the temperature to 75 °C but that was the highest frequency that particular i7-4770K could reach.  Check out their full review here.


"Cooling capacity is dependent on air flow and the Ultimate has you covered. You have close to 300CFM of air at your command, so expect to notice the fans when you crank up the heat and with a cooler this size, a little fan noise just goes with the territory. Thermaltake has refined a few components to make the installation about as easy as it can be. The low profile Asetek pump looks good and is quiet. Even at a 4.5GHz overclock, the Ultimate still has some thermal room if your chip can handle a higher overclock."

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Corsair Announces New H100i GTX and H80i GT All-in-One Liquid CPU Coolers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 10, 2015 - 12:05 PM |
Tagged: liquid cooler, H80i GT, H100i GTX, cpu cooler, corsair, All-in-One cooler, AIO

In the automotive world "GT" stands for Gran Turismo (or Grand Tourer), though it often connotes that a model will have more power and speed. Thus, in the parlance of PC components it makes sense that this would represent the fast version of a part - or in this case, a cooler version.


The Corsair H100i GTX

We haven’t reviewing one of the new "GT" all-in-one liquid cooler revisions from Corsair just yet (stay tuned, we will soon!) but we reported on the new H110i GT cooler during CES 2015, which is a large 280mm design. The two new coolers being announced will be the smaller 240mm and 120mm entries in the Hydro series of AIO coolers, and they presumably replace the venerable “i” versions of the well-known H100 and H80 liquid coolers in the lineup.


The Corsair H80i GT

Extending the same new colorful (and customizable) design options from the previously mentioned H110i cooler, the new H100i GTX and H80i GT share these features:

  • Improved coldplate and pump design
  • Dual SP120L PWM static pressure fans
  • Modular, tool-free mounting bracket for faster installation
  • Built-in Corsair Link support for configuring fan and pump speeds
  • Use Corsair Link to customize the RGB LED lighting and monitor multiple system temps
  • Support for Intel LGA 115x, 1366, 2011 and AMD AM2, AM3, FM1, FM2 coolers
  • 5-year limited warranty


The new H100i GTX water block design

There are a couple of important distinctions separating these new models (other than the obvious size difference). With the H80i GT this is the radiator thickness, which is a whopping 49mm thick, making its potential for heavy-duty cooling in smaller spaces a very interesting prospect. The H100i GTX on the other hand offers user-replaceable pump and radiator caps.


The H80i GT's 49mm thick radiator

The MSRP for the H100i GTX will be $119.99, with the H80i GT priced at $99.99. These will be available from the usual retail locations beginning this month.

Source: Corsair

Is the Swiftech H240-X AIO watercooler worth the premium price tag?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 3, 2015 - 01:51 PM |
Tagged: swiftech, H240-X, AIO, water cooling

The Swiftech H240-X will be released with an MSRP of $150, $10 more than the smaller H220-X which [H]ard|OCP had a chance to review previously.  This model shares the same same pump and water block as the H220-X but uses a pair of 140mm fans to move heat away from the radiator.  [H]ard|OCP tested the watercooler twice, once with the included fans which are designed for quiet operation as well as a second set designed for more powerful cooling which did give them slightly better performance.  If you prefer peace and quiet the included fans are definitely the way to go, at maximum speed they hit about 41dBA and can operate at lower speeds and noise levels at the cost of increased CPU temperature.  [H]ard|OCP does find the price to be a bit high compared to the competition but as they point out, these two Swiftech kits are the only ones on the market with enough cooling power that you could easily add a GPU into the cooling loop without needing to upgrade your pump or radiator.


"Swiftech's H240-X is not your typical All-in-One, aka "AIO," CPU cooler. It is also a bit more expensive than your usual AIO. It does however deliver to you a tremendously upgradable equipment set that allows its buyers a economical ramp into a fully custom liquid cooling system for your entire computer."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

New MSI All In One PCs Powered By AMD Beema APUs

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2015 - 12:56 AM |
Tagged: msi, beema, APU, amd, all in one, AIO

MSI will soon release three new All In One PCs under its Adora and Entertainment series. The new PCs are powered by AMD’s Beema APU and are aimed at light duty home computing and commercial applications respectively.

Beema Powered MSI All In One PC.jpg

MSI AE200 5M and AE220 5M AIO PC

The AIOs are clad in a white plastic casing with a clear bezel surrounding the matte display.  The Adora20 5M offers a 19.5” 1600 x 900 screen while the AE200 5M and AE220 5M feature a 19.5” 1600 x 900 and 21.5” 1920 x 1080 displays respectively. All the displays use MSI’s anti flicker, blue light reduction, and optional anti-glare technologies to reduce eye strain. The panels are multi-touch capable as well.

As far as I/O, the AIOs have webcams, optical disc drives, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, HDMI, RJ45 Ethernet, analog audio in/out, and an SD card reader. All of the PCs support 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. The Entertainment series PCs (AE200 5M and AE220 5M) further add a Mini-PCIe connection and a COM port on the back to support barcode scanners, card readers, and other legacy peripherals.

Internally, the PCs are powered by a low power AMD “Beema” APU, up to 8GB of DDR3L memory, and a single 2.5” SATA III hard drive or SSD. The Beema APUs in question are the AMD A4-6210 and E2-6110 with the Adora20 5M getting the latter chip. Both processors are 15W 28nm SoCs with four Puma+ x86 cores and discrete Radeon GCN graphics. The A4-6210 and E2-6110 are similarly configured but the A4-6210 has higher clockspeeds on the quad core CPU (up to 1.8GHz vs 1.5GHz) and 128 GCN graphics cores (600MHz vs 500MHz). Josh wrote up an article following the launch of Beema that goes into more details, but the gist of it is that Beema is competing with Intel’s Bay Trail Atom chips in this area and the chips tend to trade benchmark wins. Depending on the application used under Windows 7/8.1, users should see roughly similar performance versus an Atom based system. I will admit to being surprised to see AMD get a design win here given the huge popularity of Bay Trail, but in this form factor Beema should do well.

Beema Powered MSI All In One PC rear IO.jpg

Rear IO of the AE220 5M and AE200 5M PCs.

As is usually the case with these sort of announcements, there is no word on pricing or availability yet. Keep in mind that the AE200 5M and AE220 5M are aimed at businesses for use as kiosks, checkout terminals, product demonstrations, et al while the Adora20 5M is aimed more towards consumers who need a second PC or a primary PC for those with basic (mostly web-based or media playback focused) needs.

Source: MSI