Corsair's H100i RGB Platinum; pump up the RGBs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 6, 2018 - 06:04 PM |
Tagged: corsair, H100i RGB Platinum, watercooler

Corsair have updated their all in one watercooler lineup with two new models, the 240mm version of which is the H110i RGB Platinum which The Tech Report recently reviewed.  As with all components recently, this release focuses on adding RGBs to an existing product lineup.  In order to control the lighting, you need to squeeze quite a bit of cabling into a small area, so some may want to skip that setup even though they paid extra for those blinkenlichten.  The pump and fans are quiet compared to previous models, which might tempt those who dislike the noise created by Corsair's Pro line, so check it out if you are looking for improved lights or sound.

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"Corsair's H100i RGB Platinum closed-loop liquid cooler is the company's first with addressable RGB LEDs on its pump head and in its fan hubs. We put this cooler to the test to see whether its performance matches its striking looks."

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EKWB offers Phoenix Down for your system with their new 360mm GPU and CPU watercooler

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 10, 2018 - 02:57 PM |
Tagged: watercooler, EKWB, EK-MLC Phoenix, AIO, 360mm radiator

If you have space in your case and a need to move a lot of heat, the 360mm EK-MLC Phoenix might be a good choice.  It comes with all the features you expect from EKWB, Vardar fans, quick connect tubing and compatibility with most modern sockets, including ThreadRipper with an extra attachment.   You will notice it can include the GPU in the cooling loop with the purchase of additional modules.  The investment is somewhat high, NikkTech priced it at 270 Euros for just the CPU and arund 400 Euros if you include the parts to cool your GPU.  Is that worth it? 

Check out the full review to see.

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"Following the massive success of the EK-XLC Predator line of AIO liquid coolers EK Waterblocks recently released the EK-MLC Phoenix line and on our test bench today we have the top of the line tri-fan 360 model."

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Source: Nikktech

Cause a Disco Inferno with CM's MasterLiquid ML240R RGB

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 22, 2018 - 03:30 PM |
Tagged: cooler master, ML240R RGB, MasterLiquid, AIO, watercooler

The Frag Harder Disco Lights are back, Cooler Master's ML240 RGB lets you have a party in your parts.  In the package you get 4 pin RGB extension cable, a 3 pin RGB extension cable, a 3-way 3 pin RGB splitter, four 3 pin and one 4 pin RGB connectors, which connect to the physical ARGB Controller.  The buttons give you total control over the speed and patterns of your RGBs, and you can use the ARGB Lighting Control Software to program your own preferred display.

Confusingly, the package [H]ard|OCP received also contained some sort of radiator, with a round plate connected by two hoses ... you can see what they did with those in this article.

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"Cooler Master's claim to fame with the ML240R RGB is, you guessed it, "THE MOST COLORFUL WAY TO COOL." Its Master Liquid series has recently gotten high praise from us when it comes to keeping your CPU cool using an All-In-One cooler. Cooler Master has taken its successful model and adorned it with lots of Frag Harder Disco Lights."

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Make your GTX 1080 Ti even cooler with WATERCOOL

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 28, 2018 - 01:56 PM |
Tagged: gtx 1080 ti, watercooler, Heatkiller IV, WATERCOOL

WATERCOOL's Heatkiller IV for the GTX 1080 Ti is up for review at [H]ard|OCP, as you can see below it certainly adds a cool look to your card, but that is only half the story.  WATERCOOL added some features which should improve cooling, such as a flowplate as well as changes to the internals which should improve flow rate.  This results in noticeable improvements over a Founders Edition, with both lower temperatures and higher clocks.  Check out the full review to see if it convinces you to switch your cooling methods.

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"Watercool and its Heatkiller series of custom water components are well known for being some of the best in the world when it comes to performance and design. We give its Heatkiller IV water block for the NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti a good once over, and come away very impressed. Quality and performance all in one package."

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Please don't lick the fusion cells to cool them; pick up Enermax's LiqFusion instead

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 26, 2018 - 07:02 PM |
Tagged: enermax, liqfusion, watercooler, AIO

Enermax's LiqFusion 240 AiO watercooler is a fair sized piece of equipment, measuring 120x272x53mm with the fans installed and sports 400mm tubes to allow a variety of mounting possibilities.  The cold plate is compatible with any modern Intel or AMD CPU; [H]ard|OCP tested with a Ryzen 7 1700 overclocked to 3.9 GHz at 1.475 volts.  The end results show this to be an impressive cooler, with only a small handful able to best it.  The price is a bit high, then again you have to pay extra for four rings of RGB on your cooler.

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"The new Enermax LiqFusion is an All-in-One liquid CPU cooler packed with unique features and desirable options. It has an exclusive RGB-sync waterblock, flow indicator, ceramic bearing pump, as well as a serviceable design, but how well does it cool our highly overclocked Ryzen test system?"

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NZXT Launches Two New Kraken AIO Coolers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 6, 2018 - 03:24 PM |
Tagged: nzxt, Kraken X72, Kraken M22, watercooler

NZXT announced two new AiO watercoolers, the $100, 120mm Kraken M22 and $200, 360mm X72.  They both feature RGBs and NZXT's infinite-mirror effects and are compatible with HUE devices and NZXT's CAM software to give you control over your coolers lightshow.  You won't be able to pick them up until the middle of the month but you can take a look at the details below.

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The Kraken M22 has a single 120mm Aer P fan, specifically designed to work with a radiator and for those fully addicted to adding colour to your machines you can purchase trims in a variety of colours.  As a member of the M series, this model does not have built-in fan controls or liquid temperature monitoring, but is compatible with a wide variety of fan controllers.  The CAM software will still provide you with CPU temperature and pump speed information.

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The X72 is somewhat larger than the M22, as it is the first 320mm cooler NZXT has created.  The radiator is cooled by a trio of the 120mm Aer P fans and should be able to tame even the hottest of CPUs on the market.  This model does feature a built in fan controller as well as the features which the CAM software suit offers, as well as a newly designed pump. 

Hopefully we will see reviews of these two coolers appear as we approach the official launch date.

Source: NZXT

Look ma, no hands! The Ncore V1 waterblock; no frame and no lid

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 6, 2018 - 01:41 PM |
Tagged: LGA 1151, Intel, watercooler, Ncore, V1, waterblock

If you delidded your LGA 1151 the chances are you are overclocking and are looking for even more efficient ways to move heat away from your processor.  [H]ard|OCP just took a look at a unique new prototype from Ncore that might be the solution you are looking for.  The waterblock lacks a mounting frame, sitting directly on top of the CPU socket and using the socket locking mechanism to secure it to your processor.  A KickStarter for this cooler will begin on April 1st, for now you can check out the video showing you how the cooler mounts as well as a teardown.

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"Ncore is a prototype water block that has made its way to us for testing, and it is interesting enough for use to give it some test bench time. This V1 model of the Ncore uses the LGA 1151 socket to mount it to your delidded Intel processor. This block is tiny compared to almost any other air or water cooler on the market. Let's see what it is about."

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Corsair's new H115i Pro and H150i Pro

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 10, 2018 - 03:37 PM |
Tagged: watercooler, H150i Pro, H115i Pro, corsair, AIO

Corsair did more than just wait for CES to announce two new AiO liquid coolers, they also sent them out for review.  The H115i Pro is an update to the H110i Pro and retains its dual 140mm fan design, with an improved pump and new look.  The H150i Pro is new, with a 360mm radiator and three 120mm fans; in both cases they are advertised as low noise fans which is a major change from the previous series which placed performance over quiet operation.  That choice did not hurt the cooling capability of these AiO's, The Tech Report's testing showed slightly better performance with significantly less noise produced.  ThreadRipper owners beware, these coolers support Intel and AM4 sockets only.

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"Corsair's H115i Pro and H150i Pro closed-loop liquid coolers represent the biggest change to the company's popular liquid-cooling hardware in quite some time. We put one of the hottest CPUs around underneath these coolers to see whether Corsair's update was a success."

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Round up at the Threadripper watercooler

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 5, 2018 - 06:21 PM |
Tagged: Threadripper, watercooler, roundup

[H]ard|OCP have published a tidal wave of articles focusing on watercooling Threadripper and have just revisited five of them in video form.  This is to ensure that they are all tested under the same conditions to provide a valid head to head comparison.  The XSPC RayStorm, Phanteks Glacier C399A, Koolance 400A, Swiftech Apogee SKF and EK Supremacy EVO coolers all do a good job at 4GHz but in the end it is the Raystorm which proves the winner.  Check it out right here.

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"We go back and re-test all of our Socket TR4 AMD Threadripper CPU under the same conditions so we can compare all of those directly in one review article. We cover the EK Supremacy EVO, the Koolance 400A-S, the Phanteks 399A, the Swiftech Apogee SKF-TR4, and the XSPC RayStorm NEO."

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Optimus' prime consumer waterblock

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 14, 2017 - 07:14 PM |
Tagged: optimus, V1 Silver, waterblock, watercooler

The name might fool you, but Optimus designs watercoolers for Intel's LGA 115X and 20XX sockets and their V1 Silver is the initial offering to the public, and of reviewers of course.  The cooler is designed with 0.005" fins and 0.004" channels, with directional water flow which is the only challenge when installing, otherwise [H]ard|OCP were very impressed with the ease in which the V1 was installed.  That said, [H] greatly improved the performance of the cooler by adding heavier springs; doing so allowed this cooler to surpass the XSPC RayStorm Neo and take the Gold at the end of the review.  Check out the full review, plus a strip show, right here.

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"Optimus Water Cooling may be a company that you are not familiar with. That is because this is its first publicly available computer water cooling product in retail. Optimus is a US company building products made and sourced right here in the good ole US of A. We just took delivery of it new V1 Silver water block for Intel sockets."

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