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CORSAIR Launches the $60 Hydro XC5 RGB CPU Water Block

In a somewhat puzzling trend, this is yet another launch from CORSAIR's Hydro X series of custom watercooling components that has not been marketed by the company. It took a careful set of eyes to see the new CPU block, the Hydro X Series XC5, on their website and evidently this is a new release targeting even more a budget-friendly build compared to the Hydro XC7 and Hydro XC9 blocks. The XC5 block is a cost-down version of the XC7, with support for Intel LGA 115x/1200 and AMD AM4 CPU sockets depending on the SKU you go with. Gone is the transparent top, and instead we see a black nylon top with a patterned cutout for RGB lighting. The nickel-plated copper cold plate is replaced with passivated copper, which may also please all you pure copper folks out there, and the 16 RGB LEDs are now set up in 8 lighting zones (two LEDs per zone) as opposed to fully addressable 16 dRGB LEDs on the XC7. This means that the Hydro XC5 blocks can be had for $60/€60 before applicable taxes, which is $20 less than the XC7 on street pricing at the moment.

GELID Solutions Launches GP-Ultimate 120x20 Thermal Pad

Tech innovator GELID Solutions unveils the ultimate performance GP-Ultimate 120x20 thermal pad. The GP-Ultimate 120x20 is a product of GELID Solutions GAMER product line. The GP-Ultimate 120x20 is designed to provide perfect thermal interface to transfer heat to heatsinks when installed on PCB with height differences and uneven surfaces such as DRAM ICs, VRM ICs, power MOSFETs, NVRAM ICs and other high-temperature SMD components.

Thanks to its enhanced multilayer matrix, advanced material composition, and the ultimate 15 W/mK thermal conductivity, the GP-Ultimate 120x20 offers the best performance in class. It is non-electrical conductive, non-corrosive, non-curing, non-toxic and supports extended operating temperature range -60° to 220°C. The GP-Ultimate 120x20 features seamless application and has the thermal pad dimensions of 120x20mm with 0.5 mm, 1 mm, 1.5 mm and 2 mm thickness to best fit enlarged PCB surfaces of RAM Memory modules, GPU and CPU VRM circuits, M.2 Type SSD and other densely packed electronic devices.

CORSAIR Adds 3rd Screw to Hydro X GPU Blocks, Introduces More White Components

We first noticed a silent update to CORSAIR's Hydro X GPU blocks with the upcoming RTX 30-series block, with a third screw and a new I/O terminal added to reflect the design of their Dominator Platinum RGB memory sticks. The third screw is no doubt to help quench any concerns over potential leaks of coolant with the older design, which a few people noted was a possibility when under duress, as opposed to a typical use case necessarily. As it turns out, dealing with any bad PR was worth even retroactively making the change with the older RTX 20-series block too, which we now see on their website and is pictured below.

In addition, the company has been adding white color options of their more popular components for people to use as a change from the typical black. Following the Hydro X theme here, we see the company is now selling white Hydro XR5 radiators with a matte white polyurethane coating over the Hardware Labs Black Ice Nemesis LS radiators they are based off. The larger XR7 radiators will not get the same treatment unfortunately, given they are not as popular clearly as the thinner XR5, although you can now also get both pump/reservoir units in white too. Their cooling configurator has been updated with the white parts as well.

EK Launches Vector Water Blocks for Zotac Trinity RTX 3080/3090 GPUs

EK, the leading computer cooling solutions provider, is ready to offer its premium high-performance GPU water block for the Zotac Trinity edition of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series graphics cards. This new water block is named EK-Quantum Vector Trinity RTX 3080/3090 D-RGB, and it is exclusively engineered for the ZOTAC Trinity RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 GPUs.

The new water block has a small footprint almost like reference designs, which makes it a great fit for smaller form factors PCs. It's 124 mm wide and 231 mm long and cools all key components on the GPU's printed circuit board. This gives the water block advantage on the market of having a clean design, showing off all of the cooling liquid, and cooling all of the necessary components.

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.]

Korean Passive Cooling Company NoFan Reportedly Shuts Down

The Korean NoFan Computer company has released a variety of cooling products that targeted quiet operations such as passive coolers, liquid coolers, and "silent" fans. Their CR-95C series of passive CPU coolers were released in 2012 for the enthusiast market and carried a significant price tag. The NoFan CR-80EH was released in 2013 and brought the technology used in the CR-95C to a cheaper product. The company hasn't released any new passive coolers since and has faced increased competition from the likes of Noctua and SilverStone. A new report from FanlessTech claims the company has ceased operations which is very likely given their site has been taken down and only limited stock remains. If you want a NoFan CR-80EH now might be your last chance as remaining stock sells out.

Corsair Intros Hydro X Series iCUE Custom Water Cooling Kits

Corsair today introduced the Hydro X series iCUE custom water cooling kits. These include the Hydro X Series iCUE XH305i, and the Hydro X Series iCUE XH303i. Both kits are nearly identical, differing with the included radiator fans and reservoirs. The XH305i kit includes an XC7 RGB CPU water block that supports AM4, LGA115x, and LGA1200 CPU socket types; an XR5 360 radiator, an XD5 pump+reservoir combo device, XL5 clear coolant, 3 m XT Hardline 10 mm and 14 mm tubing, eight Hardline 14 mm fittings, a pair of 90° rotary adapters, a 250 ml filling bottle, a Hardline tubing bending toolkit, a trio of QL 120 RGB fans, iCUE Commander PRO, and RGB Fan LED Hub. The XH303i is mostly similar to the XH305i, except that it includes a trio of SP 120 RGB PRO fans, and XD3 pump+radiator combo device. Corsair is pricing the Hydro X Series iCUE XH305i at 579.90€, while the XH303i is going for 499.90€. Corsair is also selling the Hardline Bending Toolkit for 49.90€.

ID-Cooling Introduces SE-914-XT Series CPU Air Cooler

ID-COOLING today announced SE-914-XT Series CPU air cooler, featuring a comparatively big heatsink in the section of 130 mm height. Both coolers have 4 direct-touch copper heatpipes, 92 mm PWM fan and newly designed metal-mecha mounting system which is proved user friendly on the previous SE-224-XT series. Model names are: SE-914-XT ARGB & SE-914-XT BASIC.

With a quite thick heatsink design, these two coolers are designed for a TDP max at 150 W. In a height of 131 mm for the ARGB version / 126 mm for the Basic version, they can fit very well into medium size cases. ARGB version has a black heatsink and a top ARGB cover while BASIC version has only a top black sticker for a stealthy look.

Asetek Collaborates With HPE to Deliver Next-Gen HPC Server Cooling Solutions

Asetek today announced a collaboration with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to deliver its premium data center liquid cooling solutions in HPE Apollo Systems, which are high-performing and density-optimized to target high-performance computing (HPC) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) needs. The integration enables deployment of high wattage processors in high density configurations to support compute-intense workloads.

When developing its next-generation HPC server solutions, HPE worked closely with Asetek to define a plug and play HPC system that is integrated, installed, and serviced by HPE that serves as the ideal complement to HPE's Gen10 Plus platform. With the resulting solution, HPE is able to maximize processor and interconnect performance by efficiently cooling high density computing clusters. HPE will be deploying these DLC systems, which support warm water cooling, this calendar year.

Montech Launches Z3 Pro ARGB Fan 3-in-1 Pack

Montech, a new enthusiast PC Case, Power and Cooling solutions brand is releasing their new Z3 Pro ARGB Fans. The 120 mm Z3 Pro ARGB Fan 3-in-1 pack comes with a fully expansion ready remote controlled ARGB Fan Control Hub capable of controlling a total of 12 fans (6*3-pin + 6*4Pin PWM). The ARGB Fan Control Hub is also compatible with the latest Mainboard ARGB software. Along with proprietary silent fan blades, integrated vibration absorbers, PWM smart fan speed control and full ARGB programmability tied into a 3-in-1 fan package makes the Z3 Pro both highly competitive and feature rich addition to anyone looking to dive into RGB modding.

The 120 mm Z3 Pro ARGB Fan is the upgraded version of the Z3 with a ton of new features. Temperature based PWM Smart Control, industry acclaimed rifle bearing and proprietary fan blade design has made the Z3 Pro even cooler, smarter, quieter and even longer lasting. Besides increased performance the ARGB lighting capabilities are also vastly improved with new and better effects. So you get the best of aesthetics and performance, a cool but also quiet PC system.

EK Waterblocks Unveils New Quantum Series Products

EK has unveiled several new products for its high-end Quantum series at their recent EK Cooling Expo event. The EK-Quantum series targets the premium market with luxurious designs and customizable 5V D-RGB lighting. The new products include water blocks and monoblocks for AMD's Zen 2 Threadripper sTRX4 platform, Distribution Plates for the LIAN LI 011D & O11D XL, Quantum Flow Indicators with GPU block mounting support, standalone Quantum Inertia Reservoirs, and Quantum Power Kits including all the parts to create a high-end custom loop.

EK Planning To Enter The Air Cooling Market

EK Waterblocks has unveiled a new air cooler design at their Computex 2020 replacement, EK Cooling Expo. The company released one image of a prototype cooler which appears to include 4 heat pipes and an EK branded fan. EK representatives confirmed to Overclock 3D that the EK heatsink has not been finalized and is still undergoing product design. EK didn't say if they are planning other models or announce pricing/availability of the heatsink. Will EK become a serious competitor in the air cooling market against established players such as Noctua?

Update 09:34 UTC: EK has confirmed that they will be introducing both single and dual-tower models in the EK-AIR series of products, which will feature modern D-RGB lighting, premium build quality, modern aesthetics, and great cooling.

Thermaltake NeonMaker now supports Riing Trio Fans and Floe DX AIO Series

Thermaltake, the leading PC DIY premium brand for Cooling, Gaming Gear, and Enthusiast Memory solutions, is now bringing some fantastic news for those who have been dying to try out the NeonMaker software without a set of Riing Quad Fans. The NeonMaker software now supports Riing Trio and the Floe DX series coolers. Now is the best chance for users to try out the NeonMaker with different Thermaltake products. Not only will you be able to personalize your lighting effects freely by utilizing the NeonMaker software, but you can also synchronize with the TT RGB Plus software to maximize the control of your RGB effects.

NeonMaker not only provides various default effects, but also lets users customize lighting colors, adjust effects' via the timeline, and lighting directions using the software editor. It also allows users to personalize their lighting effects on each LED, granting access to further customizable lighting options. There's no need to wait, enjoy all RGB related features on the NeonMaker software by using Riing Trio Fans and Floe DX series products.
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Intel to Announce Advanced Cooling Solutions for Project Athena Laptops

According to sources at DigiTimes, Intel will announce its advanced cooling solutions for project Athena thin and light laptops, at 2020's CES. Pushing project Athena to be the finest of all laptop options, Intel wants to give users the ability to have their laptops run even cooler than ever with a new thermal solution that will supposedly enable an additional 25-30% of cooling headroom. The new cooling module will combine two ingredients to make up for a powerful cooling solution - vapor chambers and graphite sheets.

Usually, the cooling modules inside laptops are placed between the keyboard and laptop's bottom shell, where they could utilize only a small space, so thermal management became hard. In contrast, Intel's design is combining the vapor chamber with graphite sheets to create a bigger surface for heat dissipation. The vapor chamber will replace all the current modules and connect to graphite sheets placed behind the laptop screen, where a lot of area is available. Connecting the vapor chamber to the graphite sheet is a laptop hinge, where a graphite cooling solution would pass through. This hints at a complete redesign of laptop hinges, so we can expect to see some creative solutions there as well. Additionally, this design will allow manufacturers to make fanless laptops that use lower-power CPU models, and we can expect to see even slimmer laptop designs than ever before.

GELID Launches SubZero M.2 XL - High-Performance Cooling Kit for M.2 SSDs

Thermal Solutions specialist GELID Solutions unveils the latest cooling kit for the M.2 Type 22110 Solid State Drives. The SubZero M.2 XL is a product of GELID Solution Gamer product line. The SubZero M.2 XL is designed to cool down the M.2 Type 22110 SSD efficiently and prevents thermal throttling. It helps to improve performance, increase durability and enhance data integrity of the M.2 solid-state drives.

The SubZero M.2 XL uses the ultra-slim aluminium heatsink and the specially crafted thermal pads to deliver the best heat transfer and maintain significantly lowered operating temperatures for memory ICs and other electronic components of the M.2 Type SSD. Additionally, the set of 3 ultra-durable silicone ring fixtures is supplied with the SubZero M.2 XL to ensure safe mounting of the heatsink. The SubZero M.2 XL features quick installation and fits all standard M.2 Type 22110 SSD designed for laptops or desktops.

Cooler Master Debuts New CPU Air Cooler MasterAir MA620M

Cooler Master, a global leader in designing and manufacturing innovative computer components introduces the MasterAir MA620M CPU Air Cooler. Continuing the renowned MasterAir Series, the MA620M are dual aluminium towers equipped with a newly designed cross-platform mounting system to provide maximum air cooling.

Peak Performance, Unique Aesthetic
The MA620M features a unique dual tower heatsink with enlarged fins and utilizes 6 copper heat pipes for optimal air flow and cooling performance. Inspired by a stealth-like aesthetic design, the MA620M employs unique lighting effects across the top cover of the cooler, powered by addressable RGB.

Cooler Master Launches MasterFan SF120M Computer Case Fans

Cooler Master, a global leader in designing innovative PC components, introduces the MasterFan SF120M, a new addition to the flagship MasterFan Series of computer case fans. The SF120M is designed purely with performance in mind.

The SF120M features a patented, anti-vibration motor featuring dual ball-bearings to reduce friction, increase performance, and minimize noise during operation. Additionally, the frame's exclusive sound damping design featuring rubber corner pads lessen vibrations, further minimizing noise.

AMD Files a Patent for Cooling of 3D Stacked Memory

Scaling and manufacturing of ever shrinking semiconductor devices is becoming more challenging as smaller nodes are introduced. As we have approached 7 nanometers, economies of scale are becoming more influential than scales of manufacturing. For example, the development of the 7 nm node development cost more than 3 billion USD, while smaller nodes are expected to see that price cross the 5 billion USD mark. So given that we are approaching the limit where we can't squeeze more transistors in two-dimensional space without huge economical impact, we have to utilize another dimension in order to keep performance improvements coming.

AMD has filed a patent for cooling a 3D stacked memory with thermo-electric coolers - TECs, also known as Peltier devices. Being that TECs are made out of P-type and N-type semiconductors, they can easily be integrated into existing silicon manufacturing methods and controlled like a regular device. The process AMD has patented basically describes how to insert the TEC between memory and logic devices, where it draws heat from either logic or memory with each side being able to dissipate the heat. That effect is possible due to nature of TEC, where the direction of heat flow is changed inverting the voltage.

ANTEC at Computex 2019: PRIZM Cooling Matrix Dual Fan Setup, P-Series Cases

Even more Antec was available for would-be lookers into their stand, with the company showing off a number of PC chassis and Antec's suggested cooling solution to be paired with said cases. The Antec PRIZM Cooling Matrix is one such cooling system, which pairs a dual-fan setup with 2x 120 mm fans framed by ARGB lighting. Antec say these are compatible with almost all manufacturers' RGB control systems, and feature hydraulic fan bearings for what Antec feels is the best performance. The PRIZM Cooling Matrix Dual Fan Setup is rated for a 45000 hours operating time.

LIAN LI Launches New Stylish BORA Digital Fans

LIAN LI Industrial Co. Ltd., a world leading manufacturer of aluminum chassis and peripherals, is proud to unveil the latest addition to its family of well-received RGB fan with the BORA Digital. Following the great success of the BORA and BORA Lite cooling fans, the price competitive BORA Digital is here to dominate in style with 3 frame finishes, built-in 12 addressable LEDs customizable via a RGB controller (or motherboard), and one of the most silent performances in the field, thanks to its adjustable speed and fluid dynamic bearings.

DIYPC Introduces Modern Style Casing The Rainbow Flash-R1 Chassis

DIYPC, the leading professional manufacturer of computer cases and accessories DIYPC, is thrilled to announce another addition to its exciting line of chassis for gamers and enthusiasts. The DIYPC Rainbow Flash-R1 is a modern style casing that is aimed to accommodate system builders of all levels and give an inspired chassis that looks and feels premium.

A sleek front and tempered glass side panel give a clean, elegant look while showing off the internals of your build. The DIYPC Rainbow Flash-R1 chassis also features modern usability and maintenance features as well as design cues that make it standout from the rest with a touch of RGB in the front via the integrated lighting.

EK-Classic - Less Talk, More Cooling!

EK Water Blocks, the leading premium liquid cooling gear manufacturer, announces the expansion and global availability of newly released Classic Product Lineup. The Classic Lineup is directly addressing price-conscious users while reusing some of the key technological solutions that set the EK as the market leader in the PC liquid cooling industry. The packaging, just as the products themselves are streamlined and simplified, making Classic Line Products the pure essence of liquid cooling. And now, it's available for everyone.

The portfolio is now bearing all the relevant parts that a user needs to complete his liquid cooling loop. The existing combo unit, CPU block and GPU block are now joined with Classic Line radiators, fittings and even a GPU block for the ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics card. The Classic Lineup is implementing EK's market-proven technologies that ensure high-quality and high-performance liquid cooling products at a more accessible price. Available at about 3/4 of the price of leading EK Quantum series products, our products can now reach more liquid cooling enthusiasts that desire efficient cooling with EK's guaranteed quality and excellent customer support.

Be Quiet! Announces Dark Rock Slim CPU Cooler

Be quiet!, the market leader in PC power supplies in Germany since 2007, announces Dark Rock Slim, a compact high-end CPU cooler that offers high physical clearance for any memory module. With a supported TDP of up to 180 watts, Dark Rock Slim offers enough headroom for silently cooling any mainstream processor while keeping the space above occupied RAM slots clear.

Dark Rock Slim is part of the Dark Rock 4 cooler family and works with all current Intel and mainstream AMD sockets. Cooling characteristics, performance and appearance are inspired by the Dark Rock 4 series, with the new compact heat sink providing high clearance for better RAM compatibility. Its high 180 watt cooling performance is achieved with a maximum noise level of just 23.6 dB(A), which is a result of a perfect synergy between cooling fan, heat sink and heat pipe design.

Fractal Design Presents the Define S2 Vision and new Dynamic X2 PWM Black

Leading PC case designer and manufacturer Fractal Design today revealed a stunning new take on one of their most popular new case designs with the Define S2 Vision, a modification of the S2 chassis with a range of upgrades including dark tempered glass panels on all sides. Define S2 Vision comes in two variants: the RGB version equipped with a full ensemble of Prisma ARGB accessories, and the Blackout version outfitted with all new Dynamic X2 PWM Black fans, also available separately today.

The Define S2 Vision was designed with the goal of bringing together beauty and function, and with its full tempered glass exterior, you'll experience the radiance of your system from every angle. Be the center of attention with the Define S2 Vision RGB, or choose the Blackout edition with Dynamic X2 PWM Black fans for a more subtle yet equally eye-catching effect.

Bitspower at CES 2019- New Blocks, Sensor Displays, Fans, and LN2 Cooling!

CES may have officially ended but our coverage from the trade show continues. Bitspower had invited TechPowerUp to come visit their suite, mentioning there would be something new and unexpected, and that indeed was the case. Our tour began with the customary showcase of the new GPU water blocks compatible with reference, and board partner designs, for the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 and relatively new AIC RTX 2070/80(Ti) cards as well. These feature integrated RGB lighting compatible with all major motherboard lighting solutions for control, and adopt the split central-inlet flow design as well.
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