Computex 2014: Cooler Master Introduces Low-Noise Nepton 120XL, 140XL, 240M, 280L Liquid CPU Coolers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 5, 2014 - 11:28 AM |
Tagged: Nepton 240M, Nepton 120XL, liquid cooler, cpu cooler, cooler master, computex 2014, computex, AIO

Cooler Master has announced their revised Nepton self-contained liquid CPU cooler lineup, and the existing models have been renewed with lower-noise designs.

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The Nepton 240M

The revised versions seem to be using the the same radiators but employ new improvements in the pump/waterblock, as well as new low-noise fans. Cooler Master says the “Advanced Silent Driver” in the Nepton pumps will offer extremely low vibration levels, providing a120 L/hr flow rate at 11dBA. The units feature a Cooler Master-designed water block with a “large microchannel surface area and a high-efficiency jet impingement system to optimize hotspot cooling performance”.

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New waterblock and fan designs

Cooler Master says their manufacturing process “eliminates microchannel imperfections in the waterblock to prevent blockage and allows for an increased surface area over 4 times greater than the competition, resulting in an extremely high performance waterblock.” The Nepton series also uses all-new “Silencio” fans, which Cooler Master claims will offer 11dBA noise levels and air pressure rated at 1.2 mmH2O. The cooling performance of previous Cooler Master self-contained liquid coolers has been dependent on some pretty loud fans, and while the stated 11dbA fan noise is likely based on the lowest PWM fan speed improvements in this area are welcome.

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The Nepton 120XL

Cooler Master has not announced pricing or availability of the new Nepton 120XL, 140XL, 240M, or 280L models yet, but we should expect these products later this year.

Manufacturer: Corsair

Introduction, Specifications, and Contents

Corsair has added another double-width liquid cooler to their growing lineup of all-in-one solutions with the H105, joining the existing H100i and larger H110 in this category.

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Image courtesy of Corsair

Initially, the H105 might leave you scratching your head. It's listed on Corsair’s site with the same $119.99 MSRP as the H100i, and both are 240mm designs featuring the same high performance fans. The similarities end there, however, as the design of the H105 is more akin to Corsair's new 120mm H75 (which we recently reviewed) than to the existing 240mm H100/H100i. With the H75 already a solid price/performance pick in Corsair’s lineup - and the various other options still available - it's reasonable to wonder exactly where H105 fits in.

While this new cooler is using the same pair of excellent SP120L PWM fans as the earlier H100i (and H80i), it's the radiator they will be connected to that should separate the H105 from prior efforts. Corsair has implemented a much thicker 240mm rad with the H105 at 35mm (vs. only 27mm on earlier products), and this added thickness should have an noticeable impact on cooling performance, and possibly fan noise as well.

Continue reading our review of the Corsair H105 Liquid Cooler!!

Zalman Launches Reserator 3 Max CPU Cooler Using Nano-Fluids

Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2013 - 05:57 PM |
Tagged: zalman, nanofluids, liquid cooler, cpu cooler

Zalman recently launched the Reserator 3 Max, which is a new sealed loop liquid CPU cooler. The new cooler combines two radial radiators, a circular water block, and nanofluids to cool Intel and AMD’s latest processors. The cooler weighs a combined 897 grams and is available now in the UK.

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The Reserator 3 Max is a sealed loop cooler. The CPU block has a pure copper base and internal array of copper micro-fins to increase the cooling potential. A pump is situated over the water block and two tubes connect the block to radiator. The radiator that Zalman uses is interesting as it is actually made of two (a smaller inner radiator, and a larger outer radiator) copper radiators. The radiators route the nanofluid coolant through copper pipes that are surrounded by copper fins. The copper on the radiator is nickel plated in a black pearl color. A 120mm fan with blue LED is bundled with the cooler, and users have the option to set up a push-pull configuration by adding a second 120mm fan. The bundled fan is PWM controlled and spins at anywhere between 1,000 and 2,200 RPM (18.9 to 36.7 dBA).

CPU compatibility includes LGA 775, 1150, 1155, 1156, 1366, and 2011 on the Intel side and socket AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, and FM2 on the AMD side.

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Zalman was not specific on the “nanofluids” used in the Reserator 3 Max, but the company’s site states that “using nanofluid coolant improves thermal conductivity by mixing nanoparticles with fluids.” It must be pretty impressive considering Zalman claims the cooler is capable of cooling up to 400W. This cooler would be well suited for systems using AMD’s 250W FX-9590 processor if it lives up to the marketing!

The Zalman Reserator 3 Max is available now in the UK for £83.33 pounds from Quiet PC. US pricing would probably be close to $100, though importing it now from overseas will cost around $130 at the current exchange rates before shipping. More information can be found on this Zalman product page.

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I think it is a unique design and should perform well as a AIO cooler, though I’m curious to see whether it lives up to the 400W TDP and if the nanofluids make any appreciable difference. Hopefully benchmarks emerge soon!

Source: Zalman

Just Delivered Exclusive: PNY XLR8 Liquid Cooled GTX 580 Combo

Subject: Editorial, Graphics Cards | July 29, 2011 - 02:27 PM |
Tagged: water cooling, pny, liquid cooler, GTX 580, geforce

Just Delivered is a section of PC Perspective where we share some of the goodies that pass through our labs that may or may not see a review, but are pretty cool none the less.

Today is a good day to be working at PC Perspective - the goods just keep hitting the door!  After taking a quick look at a new MSI motherboard we also have the world's first look at the upcoming PNY XLR8 Liquid Cooled GTX 580 + CPU cooler combo!

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You know how self-contained water cooling for processors is all the rage these days?  (And why not, we love it!)  Well NVIDIA and PNY teamed up to create a liquid cooled GPU, the GTX 580 of course, and also have two options for it: one with the GPU only and the other that includes an inline CPU water block as well.

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We literally have the first two production units from PNY in-house and are going through the installation process for them as I type this.  The GTX 580s support SLI (if you want to go that route) and look much like a reference GTX 580 in terms of their external design.  The insides are quite different though:

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Asetek provides a GPU water block that is mounted on the PCB while the fan runs at a much lower speed than normal as it is basically only used for keeping the memory temperatures under control.

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Our units include the CPU water block portion as well which DOES add to the complexity of the installation as well as packaging but I think we are going to find this to be a very efficient (and quiet) way to cool almost your entire rig.

Did I mention we are going to be giving BOTH OF THEM AWAY at our Hardware Workshop next weekend at Quakecon 2011?  Well now I did.  These are valued at $650 each!  Just another reason why you need to be in attendance, don't you think?

Source: PNY

Corsair's H60, an easy to install self contained liquid cooling apparatus

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 30, 2011 - 03:19 PM |
Tagged: corsair, liquid cooler, willitblend, h60

The model numbers that Corsair is using for their self contained liquid cooling devices is a little confusing.  With the H50 and H70 already on the market, one would be forgiven for thinking that the new H60 should perform in between the two existing models.   That is not necessarily true as the H60 is more of a redesign of the lineup.  The installation process has been simplified with a square waterblock to fit your square CPU and they've changed the mounting bracket as well.  The cooling performance is exactly like the H50; it is the acoustic performance that has been improved as this cooler is much quieter than either of the other models.   Head on over to [H]ard|OCP to see their final verdict on this cooler.

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No word on if it will blend yet.

"Corsair's H60 liquid CPU cooler comes to us with different technology than we saw with its H50 and H70 as Corsair has switched up supply sources. Corsair is touting a micro-channel cold plates and a split-flow designed manifolds. But, will it blend?"

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