Tuesday, May 28th 2019

Corsair Hydro X Series DIY Liquid Cooling: Hands-on

Corsair diversified its cooling business by entering the DIY liquid cooling market, with the new Hydro X series. The company built a whole portfolio of liquid cooling products, which includes CPU water-blocks, full-coverage VGA water-blocks, radiators, pumps, reservoirs, fittings, tubing, coolant, and related accessories such as pressure regulators, inlet ports, VGA back-plates, LED lighting strips, etc.

The VGA water-blocks in particular caught our attention. The operative portion of the block cooling the GPU, VRM, and memory, is made of nickel-plated copper with a clear acrylic top, however, an extensive portion is made of ridged metal to passively dissipate some heat. Corsair's radiators come in almost all major shapes and sizes, including the large 3x 140 mm (420 mm x 140 mm) format. The CPU water-blocks come with factory-fitted addressable-RGB LEDs that plug into a 3-pin aRGB header. Corsair also unified the pump and reservoir into a single component. Coolants come in almost all colors.
The XC7 and XC9 represent the company's first CPU blocks, with a straightforward micro fin-lattice, nickel-plated copper material, acrylic+aluminium top, and pre-applied thermal paste. The blocks support LGA2066, LGA1151, and AM4.
Corsair has full-coverage VGA water blocks for GeForce RTX 20-series, and Radeon VII. These blocks are made of nickel-plated copper, and come with factory-fitted addressable-RGB.
Radiators of all major formats were present, including large ones such as 420 mm x 140 mm, for some serious heat dissipation power. The pump-reservoir is a convenient integration of two key components. The reservoir part is made of clear acrylic, with the 30W pump at its base.
Fittings of almost all kinds you'll possibly need, coolants, and tubing make for the rest of it.
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4 Comments on Corsair Hydro X Series DIY Liquid Cooling: Hands-on

#1
xkm1948
I LOVE the configuration guide! Hope more cases are added in the future. Looking really good!
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#2
Ferrum Master
GPU blocks do not use jet plate design.

I tend to think those are really crap with that vintage approach.
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#3
Ravenas
They should just start selling bottled propleyne glycol for cooling.
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#4
nemesis.ie
I looked these up at OCUK, the pricing is absolutely insane.

A pass from me when you can get equivalent (or maybe better), proven products for less.
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