Wednesday, September 16th 2020

CORSAIR Quietly Updates Hydro X Blocks, Confirms RTX 3000-series GPU Blocks

CORSAIR announces more new products each year than most companies, and this often means that marketing resources get devoted to the high-ticket items more often than not. Their custom watercooling line, the Hydro X Series, is not always one of them and so we end up seeing quiet updates without a press release or even a direct note from their representatives to the media. With the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3000-series cards coming in three different categories as far as custom watercooling goes (reference, Founders Edition, AIC-variants), we took the weekend to briefly check what the usual custom watercooling suspects were up to. A page on the CORSAIR website confirms, among other things, that Hydro X GPU blocks are on the way for at least the reference PCB, if not more.

More interestingly, we noted that the Hydro XC7 and XC9 CPU blocks had been updated in more ways than one. We have detailed reviews of both (XC7, XC9) for those who want to see, and our review of the iCUE Nexus also showed a rebranding in the making for the company. The updated CPU blocks carry the new wordmark design for the logo on all 5 SKUs and, more importantly, change the mounting mechanism to allow for a captive system with new thumb screws that should make installation even easier on all Intel and AMD CPU sockets. This should bring with it increased compatibility with crowded m-ITX motherboards as well, and we see it reflected in the additional 719 motherboards in the compatibility list relative to before. Finally, a motherboard ARGB LED adapter is now included in the packaging, so you can use the integrated lighting with motherboard LED headers and control software, should you not want to pony extra for CORSAIR's ecosystem. Pricing for the Hydro XC7 is now $5 higher and the same as the XC9, which is confusing given it uses fewer fins on the cold plate and, the launch versions at least, employed a plastic trim compared to the metal on the XC9. We have contacted the company for clarification on this, and will update the post as we receive more information.

[Update, September 16: CORSAIR has a new photo for their example GPU block that looks suspiciously like it is meant for the FE RTX 3000-series cards. Note also the revised I/O port terminal which should help address some concerns people had about the previous design.]
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11 Comments on CORSAIR Quietly Updates Hydro X Blocks, Confirms RTX 3000-series GPU Blocks

#1
AnarchoPrimitiv
"With the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3000-series cards coming in three different categories as far as custom watercooling goes (reference, Founders Edition, AIC-variants)..."

So founder's edition PCB is now NOT the same as reference due to the new cooler?
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#2
Mitsman
I won't be touching any corsair products until they fix the software side of things. Icue is a joke, such a let down!!!!
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VSG
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AnarchoPrimitiv
"With the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3000-series cards coming in three different categories as far as custom watercooling goes (reference, Founders Edition, AIC-variants)..."

So founder's edition PCB is now NOT the same as reference due to the new cooler?
The stock cooler has nothing to do with custom watercooling, it's just the PCB. This time the FE uses a non-reference PCB, and quite a different one too: www.techpowerup.com/review/nvidia-geforce-rtx-3080-unboxing-preview/4.html
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#4
tigger
I'm the only one
Lets hope the gpu block has a centre screw now, to stop it leaking.
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#5
kayjay010101
Woohoo! Corsair's 2080 Ti block was nice as it had an integrated flowmeter, came with a backplate, and had decent RGB. It wasn't particularly expensive either. Only problem was that potential leak if you strained it enough, but I never had that problem. Hopefully they've put in a third screw now, I'll happily buy a block for my 3080.
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#6
phill
tigger
Lets hope the gpu block has a centre screw now, to stop it leaking.
From that second pic in the first post, it seems to show three holes and not two... I know Jayztwocents did a video on them as a few YouTubers did about them leaking...
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kayjay010101
phill
From that second pic in the first post, it seems to show three holes and not two... I know Jayztwocents did a video on them as a few YouTubers did about them leaking...
Which picture are you referring to? The one with the green LEDs? That's the 2080 Ti block, and had just two screwholes. The three holes you see are keeping the acrylic to the block (these are horizontal) and there's just two vertical ones on each side keeping the terminal to the block. This is what resulted in the leaks, as the middle of the terminal could be bent enough (without a middle screw) to leak.
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#8
tigger
I'm the only one

yes this is a old version block. hope the new ones are revised. tbh i don't like the way the pipe block is made. it needs to be just a block oc material with the required holes machined in it. might not look fancy, but is stronger than the style Corsair use on these old ones. look at them without the silver cover on.....yukkkk

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You can see it here on this pic, imo is awful. hope they make it just a big machined block, much stronger and probably will seal better with 3 screws
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phill
kayjay010101
Which picture are you referring to? The one with the green LEDs? That's the 2080 Ti block, and had just two screwholes. The three holes you see are keeping the acrylic to the block (these are horizontal) and there's just two vertical ones on each side keeping the terminal to the block. This is what resulted in the leaks, as the middle of the terminal could be bent enough (without a middle screw) to leak.
My apologies, it looked a little like a screw hole to me lol It's not something that I'd buy personally but as long as it gets fixed, that's all that matters :)
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VSG
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phill
My apologies, it looked a little like a screw hole to me lol It's not something that I'd buy personally but as long as it gets fixed, that's all that matters :)
You might want to check the updated news post :)
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FreedomEclipse
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tigger

yes this is a old version block. hope the new ones are revised. tbh i don't like the way the pipe block is made. it needs to be just a block oc material with the required holes machined in it. might not look fancy, but is stronger than the style Corsair use on these old ones. look at them without the silver cover on.....yukkkk

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You can see it here on this pic, imo is awful. hope they make it just a big machined block, much stronger and probably will seal better with 3 screws
Just to elaborate and put your post into a little more context.


This was his second waterblock from corsair, the first one had the same problem and he thought it was faulty. I think Jayz2cents might of also had the same problem when trying to review the same waterblock.
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