XSPC Razor Neo Waterblock is pretty, effective

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 23, 2017 - 01:30 PM |
Tagged: watercooler, gtx 1080 ti, nvidia, XSPC, Razer Neo

It seems a shame to hide the XSPC Razor Neo watercooler for the GTX 1080 Ti as you will not easily see the polished nickel plated copper waterblock and tempered glass window XSPC used.  [H]ard|OCP found the design to be very scratch resistant and it allows you to completely avoid the cracks which acrylic inevitably develops as it ages.  This waterblock is not just decorative, [H] found the card would hit and remain at 2100.5MHz in game, with temperatures never exceeding 33C, with or without the Frag Harder Disco Lights going.

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"If you are thinking about delving in water cooling your high end NVIDIA GTX 1080 or 1080 Ti video card, the XSPC Razor Neo is certainly worthy of being on your short list. Outside of its incredibly good looks, Frag Harder Disco Lights, and easy install process, does it work well when it comes to overclocking and cooling your GTX 1080 Ti?"

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Keeping your Threadripper properly watered

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 9, 2017 - 04:28 PM |
Tagged: amd, Threadripper, watercooler, phanteks, Glacier C399A, X399

[H]ard|OCP have been working their way through every Threadripper compatible waterblock, the latest model to be tested is Phanteks' Glacier C399A.  The top of the waterblock is clear acrylic, perfect if you plan on adding a little colour to your coolant especially if you make use of the Frag-Harder Disco Lights.  Mounting is reasonably easy, no dedicated in or out connector to confuse and tightening can be accomplished with a small pair of pliers, which you may find necessary.  The cooling performance was in line with the other coolers they've tested, though the C399A does lose some marks because of the need to tighten the mounting mechanism on occasion.  Check out the full review for details.

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"The Phanteks Glacier C399A is a custom-designed water cooling block built specifically for AMD's new Threadripper processors. It has great looks, Frag-Harder Disco Lights, is built like a tank, and seems to be just what the doctor ordered when it comes to cooling overclocked Threadripper CPUs."

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Now that's a waterblock! Cooling ThreadRipper with Enermax's Liqtech AIOs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 6, 2017 - 03:16 PM |
Tagged: amd, ryzen, Threadripper, AIO, watercooler, enermax, Liqtech, TR4 240, TR4 360

As you can see in the picture, Enermax's Liqtech coolers are large enough to completely cover AMD's supersized new processors.  [H]ard|OCP found that the installation process "could not be much simpler", with great contact and an saw an even distribution of thermal compound when they checked.  As you might expect, the model numbers refer to the size of the radiator, the 240 sports a pair of 120mm fans while the 360 sports three for those systems which can accommodate the larger size.  The coolers were not able to keep a 1950X stable at 4GHz but kept the temperatures well below 80C at 3.9GHz; this along with the prices of $130 and $150 respectively show that these coolers are aimed at those on a budget who are not planning on overclocking.  You can see the full results here.

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"Enermax brings to us the first All-in-One coolers that are purpose-built for AMD's Ryzen Threadripper CPUs. We review both the Liqtech TR4 240 and the Liqtech TR4 360 using our overclocked 1950X Threadripper system and compare these to our XSPC RayStorm custom cooling loop. Yes, we are setting the bar high."

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Build your own watercooling loop with the EKWB L360 2.0 Kit

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 24, 2017 - 02:34 PM |
Tagged: watercooler, EKWB, EK-KIT

EKWB's L360 2.0 Kit is a ~$250 pre-compiled watercooling kit which includes a EK-Supremacy MX waterblock, EK-CoolStream PE 360mm radiator with three EK-Vardar F3-120mm fans, EK-XRES 100 DDC MX 3.1 PWM pump and reservoir, 2m of tubing plus compression fittings and a container of EK-Ekoolant EVO Clear coolant concentrate, good for 1l of coolant once diluted. All you need to do is assemble the kit and install it in your system.  Modders-Inc did just that, the installation process was enjoyable and far more effective than air cooling.  If you did plan to add in a GPU waterblock EKWB recommends adding in another radiator which should make your cooling even more effective. 

Check out the full review here.

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"EKWB has been in watercooling since its meager beginnings in 1999. Every package, every kit, every block advancing the genre of watercooling. As the critical mass for watercooling began to grow, and the knowledge barrier for putting these kits into your system began to fall, companies have been putting together pre-compiled kits of components to make it easier on the …"

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Loud is cool when you are a Kraken; NZXT's X52 watercooler

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 2, 2017 - 03:55 PM |
Tagged: Kraken X52, nzxt, watercooler

The Kraken X52 is twice the cooler the X42 is, with two 120mm fans on its 240mm radiator and should fit in more cases than the 280mm X62.  It is fully RGB'd with a wide gamut of colours to dispaly as well as pulsing and rotating effects if a simple glow doesn't satisfy your cravings.  [H]ard|OCP tested it out on a Core i7-4770K with the fans at full speed as well as the minimum possible speed.  At full speed it was only a hair short of becoming the most effective cooler they've reviewed but did take the loudest noise produced by a cooler handily.  Reducing the speed had an enormous effect on the sound, reducing it to being barely audible but unfortunately the cooling effectiveness also dropped significantly; those who are interested in this cooler should be able to find a happy medium between audibility and cooling performance.  The full review is right here.

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"NZXT has been stepping up its cooling game this year, and the Kraken X52 All-In-One represents its "in between" liquid CPU cooler model for those cases with somewhat limited space for the radiator. The Kraken X52 comes with a healthy feature set that has most of the bells and whistles that are needed to make it competitive."

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Who is the coolest of 2016?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 16, 2016 - 02:02 PM |
Tagged: heatsink, watercooler, FrostFlow 240L, ID-Cooling, Dark Rock TF, be quiet!, MasterLiquid Pro 280, cooler master

One product we have not had a dearth of in 2016 are heatsinks and watercoolers, we have seen numerous new products and upgrades to existing product lines.  Overclockers Club took a look back at all of the reviews they conducted this year and picked the top three coolers they saw in 2016.  ID-Cooling is not a particularly popular brand but as its FrostFlow 240L AiO cooler takes third place it may become more famous.  The DarkRock TF from be quiet! is the only air cooler on the list and this hunk of metal with a 220W TDP rating seems to deserve second place.  At the top of the list is a product that is very well known, the Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 280.  Drop by for links to all their reviews.

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"As 2016 comes to a close, it is time for me to talk about the top three coolers. After reviewing many coolers throughout the year, the line blurs and it is really hard to pick, since they are all quite so good. None of them are bad, and it often comes down to price or maybe a certain color scheme that gets my attention."

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Alphacool Eisbaer 240 CPU Cooler, the Germanic Icewind

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 16, 2016 - 02:23 PM |
Tagged: Alphacool, Eisbaer 240, AIO, watercooler

Alphacool's Eisbaer 240 AiO CPU watercooler sports a dual 120mm bay radiator along with a DC-LT pump.  The tubing is also designed by Alphacool and sports an interesting quick disconnect coupling which allows you to integrate another radiator, reservoir, or even an entire second loop for your GPU if you so desire.  As well the fluid reservoir on the waterblock features a window to allow you to quickly check your water levels and to see if there are any bubbles present in your loop.  All of this sounds good but the question of performance remains; stop by Hardware Canucks to see this impressive cooler in action.

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"Prebuilt AIO or a potentially complicated custom loop? Alphacool believes we shouldn't have to choose and their Eisbaer 240 combines both under one roof and could blaze a new trail."

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Is it more than just a name? The Corsair H80i v2 High Performance AiO cooler

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 3, 2016 - 03:37 PM |
Tagged: watercooler, AIO, corsair, H80i v2 High Performance

It is funny to think that just a few short years ago AIO watercoolers were rare as hen's teeth when you look at the number of models on the market today.  Manufacturers now offer multiple product lines and many are starting to refresh their products with new models.  Corsair has created a second version of their popular H80i cooler, which [H]ard|OCP has tested to see if it improves upon the original's performance.  They also delve into the rather impressive software which accompanies this cooler, there are a lot more features on the H80i v2 than on the competition which could influence you when you are deciding which cooler to purchase.

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"Corsair's original All-In-One H80i was a great CPU cooling unit, so we have high hopes for the H80i version 2. Push / Pull two-speed PWM fans come stock with this kit's newly designed water block and tubing configuration. We also have a new 49mm radiator and Corsair has some cosmetic updates as well that make this AIO very good looking."

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Is there still a market for DIY watercooling kits? The Thermaltake Pacific RL240 surfaces

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 11, 2016 - 02:40 PM |
Tagged: Pacific RL24, thermaltake, watercooler

As you can see from the image, the Thermaltake Pacific RL240 Water Cooling Kit comes with some assembly required, it is not an AiO cooler.  Since it is a full kit it will cost you much more than a self contained cooling apparatus, at $284 on both Amazon and Newegg many users will not be interested in installing this cooler.  For those that are still curious, one of the benefits of the kit is that it contains everything you need, including the waterblock, reservoir and pump as well as the radiator and even coolant.  Unfortunately [H]ard|OCP's testing revealed the performance to be moderate at best, so the price premium is hard to justify, as you can see in the full review.

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"In a world now filled with All-In-One CPU coolers, Thermaltake takes it old school with a water cooling kit that has everything you need from A to Z. If cutting your hose to length and perfecting the layout and presentation of your cooling loop appeals to you, Thermaltake makes it easy with a one stop shop."

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Swiftech's new AIO cooler, the H220-X

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 12, 2015 - 02:21 PM |
Tagged: swiftech, H220-X, AIO, watercooler

Swiftech has taken a new generation of their MCR radiators and paired it with the tried and tested Apogee XL waterblock in their new AIO watercooler, the H220-X.  At ~$170 it is more expensive than many competitors solutions and so will need to perform at higher levels in order to get a recommendation from [H]ard|OCP.  The cooler does offer some extras which the competition does not which helps justify the pricing, you can power up to eight fans with the included adapter which makes sense as the modular design of the H220-X allows you to add to the cooling loop if you so desire.  The performance was quite good especially when you consider how quiet the cooler operates at full load but as [H] mentions in their conclusion, the price is quite high and they saw the MSRP at a much lower $130.

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"Swiftech is a standard name in the computer hardware enthusiast arena. Today we review its answer to an enthusiast All-In-One CPU cooler. As you might guess it is strong on hardware, design, and purpose. The H220-X CPU Liquid Cooling Kit focuses on little to no noise while providing excellent cooling."

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