Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards, Cases and Cooling | September 15, 2014 - 09:50 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: amd, R9, r9 390x, liquid cooler, liquid cooling, liquid cooling system, asetek
Less than a year after the launch of AMD's R9 290X, we are beginning to hear rumors of a follow-up. What is being called the R9 390X, because if it is called anything else, then that was a very short-lived branding scheme, might be liquid cooled. This would be the first single-processor, reference graphics card to have an integrated water cooler. That said, the public evidence is not as firm as I would normally like.
Image Credit: Baidu Forums
According to Tom's Hardware, Asetek is working on a liquid-cooled design for "an undisclosed OEM". The product is expected to ship during the first half of 2015 and the press release claims that it will "continue Asetek's success in the growing liquid cooling market". Technically, this could be a collaboration with an AIB partner, not necessarily a GPU developer. That said, the leaked photograph looks like a reference card.
We don't really know anything more than this. I would expect that it will be a refresh based on Hawaii, but that is pure speculation. I have no evidence to support that.
Personally, I would hope that a standalone air-cooled model would be available. While I have no experience with liquid cooling, it seems like a bit extra of a burden that not all purchasers of a top-of-the-line single GPU add-in board would want to bare. Specifically, placing the radiator if their case even supports it. That said, having a high-performing reference card will probably make the initial benchmarks look extra impressive, which could be a win in itself.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 21, 2014 - 12:36 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: coolermaster, Nepton 280L, liquid cooling system
FrostyTech have seen a lot of coolers over the years, lately there has been a large influx of liquid cooling systems to review which for the most part all perform relatively the same. It has been a long time since they saw a new product offer a big increase in performance but Coolermaster came through with their new Nepton 280L. Part of the great performance is likely due to the heat exchanger, 30mm thick and 311x140mm in size with a pair of 140mm PWM fans to allow you to choose the most powerful cooling possible or to reduce fan noise at the cost of temperature. On high nothing could touch this cooler and even better, it stayed near the top when running quietly and you can pick it up for $150.
"Coolermaster's Nepton 280L is the best performing all-in-one CPU watercooler Frostytech has tested... thus far. More surprisingly for us, the Nepton 280L managed to rise to the top of the 200W Intel LGA2011, 150W & 85W Intel LGA115x/775 and 125W AMD synthetic thermal heatsink test results charts. After testing +750 CPU thermal solutions, it's kind of nice to be surprised."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- NZXT Kraken G10 Liquid Cooling GPU Adapter Review @ HiTech Legion
- Corsair Hydro H105 CPU Cooler @ Kitguru
- Zalman LQ320 Liquid Cooling System Review @ Frostytech
- be quiet! Dark Rock 2 CPU Cooler @ TechwareLabs
- Antec Nineteen Hundred Ultimate Gaming Case @ NikKTech
- Fractal Design Node 304 Mini-ITX Case Review @ Legit Reviews
- NZXT Phantom 530 @ Kitguru
- SilverStone Raven RV04 @ Benchmark Reviews
- NZXT Talk Us Through The New H440 Chassis @ eTeknix
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 15, 2014 - 11:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: zalman, LQ315, liquid cooling system
Zalman's new LQ315 liquid CPU cooler will fit just about any modern socket except for LGA775 and sports a compact 38x153x120mm heat exchanger. 11mm OD rubber tubing and a Propylene Glycol based coolant move the heat from your CPU to that exchanger and its single 120mm fan. FrostyTech tried it with two fans and saw some additional improvements but still felt the shape of the exchanger might have been holding back performance somewhat. The performance was decent but FrostyTech prefers the LQ320 to this model.
"Zalman released three water coolers in the hand of PC enthusiasts earlier this year, in this review Frostytech is testing out the LQ315 model - the middle child as it were. The LQ315 ships fully assembled, plumbed and filled with a coolant. It installs onto Intel socket LGA115x/1366/2011 and AMD socket AM2/AM3/FM1/FM2 processors. It uses a 120mm wide aluminum heat exchanger equipped with a single 120mm PWM fan that operates at 2000-900RPM. The pump/waterblock is built around a novel micro-skived copper base plate that is connected to the heat exchanger via a 30cm length of flexible rubber tubing."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Coolermaster Seidon 120V Liquid Cooling System Review @ Frostytech
- be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 CPU Cooler Review @HiTech Legion
- CORSAIR Hydro Series H105 CPU Cooler Review @ Madshrimps
- Top 5 Liquid Cooling CPU Heatsinks - At A Glance @ Frostytech
- Nanoxia Deep Silence 4 @ techPowerUp
- Cooler Master HAF Stacker 935 Case Review @ Legit Reviews
- Cooler Master CM 690 III @ Kitguru
- BitFenix Ronin @ dvhardware
- Cooler Master COSMOS SE Computer Case Review @ Madshrimps
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 24, 2013 - 05:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: liquid cooling system, Hydro Series, H75, corsair
Fremont, California — October 24, 2013 — Corsair, a worldwide designer of high-performance components for the PC hardware market, today announced the Hydro Series H75 dual-fan 120mm liquid CPU cooler. The easy-to-install H75 provides PC users with quieter and more effective cooling than stock CPU coolers, all in a 120mm footprint that is widely compatible with most PC cases on the market. The Hydro Series H75 will be available in November at a suggested retail price of $84.99 (USD).
The Hydro Series H75 is comprised of a low-profile CPU cooling block connected to a 120mm radiator and fan assembly via kink-resistant rubber tubing. The H75’s new cooling block is designed with a micro-fin copper cold plate and a high-quality, ceramic bearing pump that provides reliable, low-noise heat transfer away from the CPU. The slim 25mm thick radiator is surrounded by dual SP120L PWM 120mm fans resulting in design that is quieter and thinner than other dual fan coolers, and more effective at dispersing heat than single fan designs. The H75’s fans work with PWM motherboard fan headers, allowing users to control the fan speed and noise levels from their motherboard’s built-in software or BIOS.
“The H75 is a great choice for PC enthusiasts who want the streamlined features of our H60 120mm cooler but desire the additional cooling performance of a dual fan design,” said Xavier Lauwaert, Director of Product Marketing at Corsair.
The Hydro Series H75 features a simple, tool-free mounting system and wide Intel and AMD socket compatibility. Like all Hydro Series liquid CPU coolers, the H75 is completely self-contained and does not require filling or maintenance.
Features and Specifications
120mm aluminum radiator
- 120mm x 152mm x 25mm
Two SP120L PWM 120mm high static pressure fans
- 120mm x 25mm
- 2000 RPM (+/- 10%)
- 54 CFM
- 31.4 dBA
- PWM fan control for customizable cooling
- Support for AMD and Intel CPUs
- AM2, AM3, FM1, FM2, LGA 1156, 1155, 1150, 1366, 2011
- Advanced copper cold plate and manifold design
- Tool-free bracket for simple installation on most Intel and AMD motherboards
- Sealed all-in-one design, pre-filled and maintenance free
- 5-year limited warranty
Video Overview of the Hydro Series H75 A video overview the Hydro Series H75 and the installation process can be viewed here:
To learn more about Corsair PC cooling products, please visit: http://www.corsair.com/cpu-cooling-kits/hydro-series-water-cooling-cpu-c...
The AMD Closed Loop System
Closed loop water cooling is not new, but it certainly is a pretty hot topic now. Some of the first units out there had some interesting issues (like internal corrosion clogging everything up), but once those teething problems were solved the closed loop systems turned out to be pretty effective and easy to install. Initially these units had the performance of a top end air cooler, but with a lot lower noise. The latest generation of liquid cooling systems (LCS) is now further improved and provides performance approaching that of larger, more complex cooling systems. These products will not replace exotic systems like phase change, but they provide a lot of cooling in a fairly decent sized package.
Clean lines and graphics give this box a striking look without being tacky.
Last year with the introduction of the AMD FX-8150, AMD decided to create a SKU which not only included the CPU, but also a fairly robust LCS. This unit is based on an Asetek design which features a double wide cooler/reservoir with the push-me/pull-ya fan combination. Other manufacturers offer this particular product under a variety of names, but this is simply an AMD FX branded unit with some small cosmetic changes to differentiate it from other units.
AMD will eventually offer this cooler with the new Vishera based FX-8350 CPU (or at least we assume they will), and we wanted to take this combination out for a spin. In our FX-8350 review we did not hit the overclocking targets that AMD had set. In most literature that we were provided AMD stated that most FX-8350 parts would be able to hit around 5 GHz with some aggressive cooling. In our review I was able to get to around 4.6 GHz max and around 4.5 GHz stable with better than average cooling. The results were not as impressive as we had hoped, but we again did not have a top end cooling solution such as what AMD provides with this particular LCS.
With a brand new LCS in hand, I retested the FX-8350 to see how hard it could be pushed. I also wanted to see how this particular unit performance in terms of thermal properties. The results were quite surprising for me, as this is my first real experience with a LCS.