Aqua Computer Starts Selling a Full Cover Water Block for AMD's R9 Nano Graphics Card

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 16, 2015 - 06:29 PM |
Tagged: water cooling, kryographics, GPU Water Block, copper, aqua computer

AMD officially launched its R9 Nano graphics card last week, and aftermarket coolers are already starting to ship. German-based Aqua Computer is the first company to offer a custom cooler for AMD’s pint-sized powerhouse. The Kryographics R9 Nano is a full cover water block that takes the already tiny card to a single slot design.

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The Kryographics R9 Nano cooler is a machined copper block that covers the entire PCB and is paired to the VRMs using thermal pads and the GPU (and HBM) using thermal compound. The single slot cooler comes in two options including a see-through translucent ruby colored acrylic glass variant and a version with a brushed stainless steel top cover. In all cases, the block itself is all copper with microchannels over the GPU portion.

The cooler uses standard G1/4 threading on the ports and is compatible with CrossFire multi-GPU watercooled setups by removing the terminating screws and adding ports on the oppposite side of the card..

According to Aqua Computer, the Kryographics cooler was able to keep the R9 Nano GPU under 35 degrees C throughout their testing using Furmark. It will be interesting to see if the new cooler would allow the chips to maintain higher clockspeeds, especially with the power target maxed out in CCC. The need to fit a radiator, pump, and tubing in the case does while still needing to use a Nano (in lieu of a Fury X) makes this a niche within a niche product, but I’m sure some enthusiast will find a use for it!

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The Kryographics R9 Nano is available for purchase now (though there is currently a shipping delay of 10 days). The base version without the see-through window has an MSRP of 89.90 EUR while the Kryographics Acrylic Glass Edition has a slight premium at 99.90 EUR. (At the time of writing, that pricing works out to about $102 and $113 USD respectively.)

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September 16, 2015 | 10:24 PM - Posted by Samuel Asevado (not verified)

Completely agree why not just get the fury x at that point. You spend the money on the cooler block and the nano and you pretty much bought a fury X not to mention your not going to fit that in a mini case with the water cooling very easily or if at all.

September 18, 2015 | 06:04 AM - Posted by Edmond (not verified)

You could say this is a more expensive Fury X solution.

Where for the extra money spent you get your card to be even smaller and take up only 1 slot.

September 16, 2015 | 11:51 PM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

SsssssMMMMMEXY!

September 17, 2015 | 12:50 AM - Posted by Briguy (not verified)

The big difference between this and the Fury X is this is a custom loop and not AIO. This makes a lot more sense in a crossfire build vs. a single card for sure. Someone's going to find a creative way to utilize this.

September 17, 2015 | 12:56 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Yeesh, wasn't it small enough? I'm betting some enthusiasts will find interesting things to do with this thing though.

September 17, 2015 | 07:48 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Single slot baby batter! Not going to argue about the value between the nano + block vs fury x. I just think it looks insanely good and people will buy this regardless. Especially since the nano downclocks it self.

Think we're going to see mini pc's on a whole new level.

September 18, 2015 | 06:06 AM - Posted by Edmond (not verified)

Mini PCs are awesome, but this way towards them is dumb.

Check out Zotac Zbox en970. I rather have we all switch to THAT size of mini PCs. And them getting cheaper as they get more popular.

And yes, i dont mind if the mobile and desktop gpu lines get merged into one. I think that would be even MORE awesome.

September 17, 2015 | 07:59 AM - Posted by Bri (not verified)

I'd like to see a review of how far the Nano can be pushed with water cooling!

September 17, 2015 | 08:19 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

This is moronic. The nano only has a single pci-e connector preventing it from achieving the power of a fury x, so liquid cooling this card will never achieve the same performance of a proper fury x.

September 17, 2015 | 12:43 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

PCI-e power limits are very conservative and can be safely violated if you have even just decent hardware, AMD did that with the 295X2. I'm more worried about the smaller VRM (vs Fury X) limiting overvoltage under custom water.

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