The fine waterline between genius and madness; toilet water PC cooling

Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling | April 3, 2012 - 12:01 PM |
Tagged: case mods, watercooling, toilet, couric

When Google discusses using toilet water to cool a data centre, they don't exactly mean it in the way that this case mod went, but the latter is certainly easier to set up at home.  Other such inventive cooling solutions have been tried, after all what good is it if the weather outside is -40o if you don't have it vented through to your PCs intake fan?  However this is probably the first time someone popped a water pump into a toilet reservoir to use as an open cooling loop for a PC.  With a slight change to the tubing, you could probably ensure you never have to sit down on a cold seat again. ExtremeTech has pictures of the system and its creator here.

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"Hot on the heels of news that Google uses toilet water to cool one of its data centers, it has emerged that an enterprising hardware hacker had the same idea some seven years ago. As you will see in the following pictures, though, Jeff Gagnon’s computer is much more than a toilet-cooled rig — it’s a case mod tour de force."

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Source: ExtremeTech

PNY pairs with asetek to ensure their new GTX 580 makes a splash

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 8, 2011 - 01:53 PM |
Tagged: pny, GTX 580, watercooling, asetek

PNY tends to have limited releases of their graphics cards and some of them tend to be rather unique, like their new watercooled GTX580.  [H]ard|OCP wanted to test the performance of this cooler in two scenarios, one with only the GTX580 taking advantage of watercooling so that there is hot air from the CPU moving around the case and a second where both the CPU and GPU are watercooled on the same loop.  That makes a fair amount of difference to the amount of ambient heat present in the case, which has an effect on the efficiency of watercooling.  [H]'s results are encouraging but this card does come at a price, $650 for the model that has waterblocks for both your CPU and GPU.  If cooler temperatures and near silent operation are high on your list of requirements then check out what PNY has to offer.

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"While PNY is not a name we have talked about when it comes to graphic cards since 2001, these guys are still around. For the most part there is nothing special about its cards, but today we have something that is special from PNY, an out-of-the box water cooled GTX 580. Let's see what it does for us."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Swiftech's H2O-X20 Edge watercooling kit is effective, if a little loud

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 29, 2011 - 01:14 PM |
Tagged: watercooling, radiator, pump, swiftech, H2O-X20 Edge Liquid Cooling System

Swiftech has assembled a full water cooling kit, including the waterblock, pump and radiator for just over $300.  This is not a self contained cooler like you have seen recently from Corsair and others, this is a more traditional watercooling kit.  That also means it is more powerful when properly set up, in this case you will need to have all three fans on the radiator running or the heat will not be properly dissipated. That need did prompt the only negative comment X-Bit Labs made, which is that for a watercooler this system is rather loud.

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"A high-performance liquid-cooling system will definitely cool off any overclocked processors in summer heat. A system like was recently released by the American Swiftech Company. Read our new review for more details!"

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Source: X-Bit Labs

Corsair's new H100 Extreme Performance watercooler deserves the name

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 26, 2011 - 12:23 PM |
Tagged: watercooling, Corsair H100 Extreme, corsair

[H]ard|OCP takes a look at the new Corsair Hydro Series H100 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler.  It has a very long name for a relatively small self contained watercooling apparatus, though the 240mm radiator will probably not fit in most cases.  That is not really a problem as it is not the best idea to keep your radiator inside the area you are trying to cool, no matter how fast the pair of 120mm fans are going there will be some heat radiated back into the case.   At $120 it is not going to be for everyone and the noise levels are a little high but this new cooler from Corsair is now the best cooler of its type on the market.  You would have to build your own custom cooler to beat it.

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"Corsair comes back to liquid processor cooling with a unit more tuned towards enthusiast needs. Low profile water block and pump unit and a dual length 240mm radiator with two 120mm fans. Let's how well it works when compared to other coolers we already know well."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Swiftech's new self contained watercooler is not greater than the sum of its parts

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 16, 2011 - 01:23 PM |
Tagged: watercooling, swiftech

The Swiftech H2O-320 is a self contained watercooler similar to the other kits which have become much more commonly availabe.  It is assembled from parts that will be quite familiar to those who have been installing their own watercooling loops, an Apogee XTL block and a MCP35X pump/reservoir with a 360mm MCR-320 radiator.  All of those parts are fairly good choices, which is probably why Overclock3D was so surprised at the lack luster cooling performance of the H2O-320.  The kit was loud and could not compete with others available for half the price, which lead to their suggestion to avoid it.

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"We take a look at a very simple kit from Swiftech thats bursting with high quality parts. How does it perform on the OC3D test rig?"

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Source: Overclock3D

Asetek Announces Availability and Preorder Dates for 240mm Super Cooler

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 1, 2011 - 04:45 PM |
Tagged: computex, watercooling

Asetek, the industry-leading supplier of all-in-one liquid cooling systems for computers, today announced that the limited edition Asetek WaterChill 2011C liquid CPU cooler will be available for pre-order on July 1st, 2011 and shipping out to eager customers beginning in early August. First previewed at CeBit this year, the Asetek 2011C, is a 120x240mm, 4-fan ChillControl-enabled powerhouse.

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“Asetek is re-introducing it’s WaterChill brand to showcase its latest liquid cooling technologies and make ultra-extreme, limited-edition products like the WaterChill 2011C available directly to end-users via the Asetek web site,” said Steve Branton, Director of Marketing at Asetek. “Our plan is to make limited quantities of 1,000 units or less of each product available exclusively through the Asetek web store and to introduce new products to showcase the latest in Asetek technology as it develops.”

The 2011C showcases the best of Asetek liquid CPU cooling technology. Featuring Asetek’s brand new 1.5” thick 120x240mm radiator and four fans in push-pull configuration, the 2011C dominates the competition. The low-profile pump is fitted with Asetek’s 3rd Generation coldplate technology and supports interactive fan control technology for all four fans. A USB connection on the pump enables sophisticated user control of fans and lighting effects via Asetek’s ChillControl software app.

“I keep a close eye on the community and jump into discussion quite a bit. After talking with our community and listening to the feedback, it was clear that a product like this is what the people want,” said Stu Grubbs, Resident PC Enthusiast “The Asetek 2011C is the result of feedback and discussion amongst our friends in the community. I’m excited by the opportunities this will bring us to engage directly with the people who use our cutting edge products.”

 

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Source: Asetek