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New CPU Custom Cooling Kits from CORSAIR Make Building a Masterpiece Easier than Ever

[Editor's note: Our review of the new Hydro X Series iCUE XH303i RGB PRO kit is published here for those interested.]

CORSAIR, a world leader in enthusiast components for gamers, creators, and PC builders, today announced new complete hardline CPU custom cooling kits in the award-winning Hydro X Series: the CORSAIR iCUE XH303i RGB PRO and XH305i RGB PRO. With all the key parts you need to build a custom cooling loop, from CPU water blocks, to pump/radiator combos, to all the necessary tubing and fittings, these kits remove the guesswork and streamline the process of building a stunning hardline loop.

The XH303i RGB PRO and XH305i RGB PRO deliver all the necessary components for powerful CPU cooling in one box, in either black or white. An XC7 RGB PRO CPU Water Block, compatible with Intel LGA 1700/1200 and AMD AM4 processors, keeps your CPU temperatures down with more than 110 micro-cooling fins under a nickel-plated copper cold plate. Both kits disperse heat through a 30 mm-thick XR5 360 mm performance radiator, and contain all the hardline tubing and fittings you need, along with an included cutting/bending kit for making beautiful bends.

EK Announces EK-Quantum Vector² Water Cooling Product Series for EVGA XC3 RTX 3080 & 3090

EK, the leading computer cooling solutions provider, is introducing a whole series of Vector² liquid cooling products for EVGA's XC3 graphic cards. We made sure that powerful EVGA GeForce RTX 3080, 3080 Ti, and 3090 XC3 cards get their Vector² water block with passive backplate, new synergistic active backplate, and other aesthetic pieces to customize your water-cooled 30-series EVGA GPU to your own desires. The EK-Quantum Vector² EVGA XC3 RTX 3080/90 D-RGB is a complete liquid cooling solution that includes a new Vector² water block, black-anodized aluminum backplate, and mounting mechanism. Minimalistic straight lines dominate the new look of the next-gen water blocks.

The 3rd-generation Vector cooling engine combines the jet plate with a 3D machined Plexi insert to improve flow distribution and thermal performance. This new cooling engine is still based on an Open Split-Flow cooling engine design, which proved to be a superior solution for GPU water blocks. It is characterized by low hydraulic flow restriction, meaning it can be used with weaker water pumps or pumps running on low-speed settings and still achieve top performance. We went to great lengths to achieve a symmetrical flow domain by utilizing an internal bridge to secondary components. This was done to ensure the cooling of secondary components without sacrificing flow distribution over the GPU core.

Alphacool Introduces Eiswolf 2 360mm AIOs for Various NVIDIA RTX 30-series FE and MSI RX 6000 Graphics Cards

Alphacool today presents the Eiswolf 2 All-in-One solution for GeForce RTX 3080 NVIDIA Founders Edition and Radeon RX 6800/6800XT MSI Gaming X Trio graphics cards. The Eiswolf 2 uses the Alphacool 360 mm NexXxoS ST30 full copper radiator. For the fans, we use the 120 mm Alphacool Aurora Rise. The AIO is completed by the Eisblock Aurora water cooler. This not only cools the GPU chip, but actively cools all relevant components such as the memory and VRAM. It also has brilliant aRGB lighting.

All components used (radiator, fan, cooler, DC-LT 2 pump) including fittings and tubing are part of the Alphacool DIY range and are therefore available separately. The combination of all components results in a solution that is as easy to install as an AIO, but offers the performance of a pre-assembled and pre-filled custom loop.

Xiaomi Introduces New Water Cooling Technology for Mobile Devices

Xiaomi today unveiled its latest breakthrough in heat dissipation - Loop LiquidCool Technology. Inspired by cooling solutions used in the aerospace industry, Loop LiquidCool Technology utilizes a capillary effect which draws liquid cooling agent to the heat source, vaporizes, and then disperses the heat efficiently towards a cooler area, until the agent condenses and is captured via a unidirectional closed looped channel. Compared to conventional vapor chambers solutions, this new technology has twice the cooling capabilities and ranks as the most efficient smartphone cooling solution. Xiaomi aims to bring Loop LiquidCool Technology to its products in H2 2022.

This new technology features an annular heat pipe system that is composed of an evaporator, a condenser, a refill chamber, as well as gas and liquid pipes. Placed at heat sources, the evaporator has refrigerant that evaporates to gas when the smartphone is under high workload. The gas and airflow is then diffused to the condenser, where the gas condenses into liquid again. These liquids are absorbed and collected through tiny fibers in the refill chamber—which refills the evaporator—making it a self-sustaining system.

Extreme CPU Cooling with Your Own Digital Dashboard - CORSAIR Launches ELITE LCD CPU Coolers

CORSAIR, a world leader in enthusiast components for gamers, creators, and PC builders, today announced new, highly customizable additions to its ELITE line of all-in-one CPU coolers: iCUE ELITE LCD Display Liquid CPU Coolers. With a vivid 2.1" LCD screen on the pump head to display anything from system vitals to animated GIFs, ELITE LCD coolers offer a unique window into both your PC's performance and your own style and personality. The ultra-bright LCD screen is also available as an upgrade kit for CORSAIR iCUE ELITE CAPELLIX coolers, letting you add a digital dashboard to your existing cooler.

The new H100i ELITE LCD, H150i ELITE LCD, and H170i ELITE LCD are also equipped with new ML RGB ELITE Series fans, delivering powerful concentrated airflow with the performance of magnetic levitation bearings and AirGuide technology, illuminated by eight individually addressable RGB LEDs per fan. ML RGB ELITE fans are also available separately in both 120 mm and 140 mm sizes and either black or white frames, so you can take advantage of their high performance to cool your entire system as well.

Fractal Expands Water Cooling Lineup with Lumen AIO Liquid Cooler Range

Featuring a duality design that lets users customize their water-cooling from subtle to stunning, the Lumen has six addressable LEDs and connects directly to the motherboard or controller. Lumen is designed to be as easy to work with as possible - that's why we've included our latest Aspect fans, pre-applied the thermal paste, and ensured compatibility with the most common Intel/AMD sockets. There is also a plethora of ways to control the color effects, as the pre-installed settings at launch include Asus AURA, Gigabyte Fusion, MSI Mystic Light, Razer Chroma and ASRock Polychrome support.

Diversify Your EK-Quantum Torque Fittings With Colored Compression Rings

EK, the premium water cooling gear manufacturer, is introducing a wide range of Quantum Torque colored Compression rings. The compression rings come in 6-packs and only contain the locking (compression) rings in the chosen color. The entire Torque soft (STC) and hard (HDC) fitting range gets the same color options, pairing these new colored compression rings with Torque Colored Aesthetic rings gives users infinite possibilities in mixing and matching colors.

Available colors:
  • Nickel, Green, Gold, Purple, Blue, Red, Black
These premium compressing rings are exclusive to the EK-Quantum Torque series fittings. The ring with a nickel finish is made of nickel-plated CNC machined brass, while the Black, Green, Gold, Red, Blue, and Purple are made of CNC machined aluminium. The compression ring has cutouts in the EK Quantum signature shape allowing for the colored aesthetic ring to be shown. These colored rings are available in many colors and are screwed onto the fitting before the compression locking ring. They are sold separately.

Aqua Computer Introduces Innovative Water Cooling System Protected Against Leakage

[Editor's note: Our review of the Aqua Computer LEAKSHIELD can be found here]

The German company Aqua Computer introduces a breakthrough system to prevent leakage in water cooling systems. The system, called LEAKSHIELD, actively creates an optimally calculated negative pressure in the cooling system that prevents coolant from escaping in the event of a leak. If a leak occurs, only air is sucked into the cooling system. This works very reliably even in the case of larger leaks, such as broken acrylic glass components. An integrated vacuum pump is activated in a fraction of a second and maintains the negative pressure. A demonstration video shows several examples how LEAKSHIELD helps to prevent a leak: www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UiRv0nDch0

In addition, the protection system uses a pressure sensor with a resolution of less than 0.0001 bar to detect and indicate even the smallest leaks. This allows countermeasures to be taken at a very early stage - ideally even before the system is filled with coolant. Although LEAKSHIELD was developed by Aqua Computer for the ULTITUBE reservoir series, it can also be used with reservoirs from other brands using an adapter kit. The minimal size of the sophisticated device is impressive: all components have been integrated into the small cover of the reservoir. Power supply and control are provided via USB. The device has an OLED display and a push-button control. This allows the most important functions to be controlled directly on the device.

Sharkoon Unveils TG6M RGB Case

Sharkoon Technologies is an international supplier of high-performance quality PC components and peripherals. With the TG6M RGB, Sharkoon now presents a variation of its popular TG6 RGB ATX case. With this latest addition to the "TG" PC case series, particular importance has been given to a strong airflow, and the tempered glass of the front panel has been thus replaced by an air-permeable mesh grille. And this time, the fans have circularly arranged LEDs, bringing the case closer to the traditional look of previous models.

Thanks to the front panel with the mesh grille, the TG6M RGB aims to ensure a continuously optimal temperature, even when the system is in full operation. Behind the front panel, three 120-millimeter addressable RGB LED fans with rubberized contact points are pre-installed, with no visible screws and in a modular framework. A fourth fan of the same type ensures that the heated air is removed through the back of the case. As an option, three additional 120-millimeter or two 140-millimeter fans can be installed in the top of the case, which is protected by a dust filter. Additional dust filters in the front and in the underside of the case should provide additional protection against dust and dirt.

Alphacool Introduces ES ServerRacks Water Cooling Solutions

Alphacool today introduces three different server racks in 1U, 2U and 4U formats. Alphacool is the first manufacturer to offer server racks that are directly prepared for water cooling components. Previous solutions consisted of expensive and complicated complete solutions from individual manufacturers with external cooling or you could buy corresponding water cooling sets for which you had to subsequently adapt cases.

Alphacool takes a different approach. The enclosures offer a largely classic interior design. However, special and versatile mounting options for reservoirs, pumps and radiators have been taken into account. A special carrier, which is included with every case, offers the possibility of accommodating radiators directly in the case. Further mounting options for the special and optionally available ES Distroplates allow neat hosing in the case. In this way, other components can also be easily integrated with the Alphacool ES quick connectors.

(EKWB) New Class of Cooling - Active Backplates for RTX 3080, 3090 Reference GPUs

EK, the leading computer cooling solutions provider, is introducing a cutting-edge addition to the EK-Quantum Line. EK-Quantum Vector RE RTX3080/3090 active backplate is made to complement the existing EK-Quantum Vector RE RTX 3080/3090 water blocks and actively cool the backside of a reference design NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 and 3090 GPUs.

EK-Quantum Vector RE RTX 3080/3090 Active Backplates
EK-Quantum Vector RE RTX 3080/3090 active backplate links the water block and active backplate part with a new terminal, which replaces the stock terminal that comes with your water block. This way, the whole enclosure requires only one inlet and one outlet, removing unnecessary additional tubing and reducing clutter. It is the ultimate aesthetic and performance solution that finds your GPU sandwiched between two water blocks, allowing maximum cooling.

EK at CES 2021: Active Backplate, New Torque Fittings, Concept Cases!

EK Waterblocks, who have decided to go by EK for the brand presence in the retail stream henceforth, had a stronger showing at the virtual CES 2021 than most other brands, and showcased a good deal of new products amidst their EK Expo ongoing as of this post. The most interesting product to me at least was their upcoming actively cooled backplate solution, which is different from what Aqua Computer has done to date in that it has an actual cold plate and coolant going through a small block on the back rather than just a heatpipe. Now I will mention that Aqua Computer had shown off some renders of their own take of this, but this is the first time a retail solution has been shown off by a company.

EK says that the new backplate offering will come in either acetal or nickel-plexi variants, and will incorporate a thicker terminal that splits coolant flow to the front and back. The backplate, first coming for the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080/3090 reference PCB, will make direct contact with the components on the back as well, with freshly conducted internal testing showing VRAM cooling improvements in significant double digits already. The company plans to make this an option for other popular new GPU releases as well, except for the RTX 3090 FE that gets its own bespoke cooling solution with the backplate connected to the coldplate on the front via thermal pads for a more petite, semi-active cooling solution coming up soon. The first active backplate is due to release in a month, with cost on the order of a typical GPU block itself. Click past the break for more from EK at CES 2021!

Thermaltake Presents the Next-Gen THOUGHLIQUID ULTRA and TOUGHLIQUID ARGB Sync AIO CPU Liquid Cooler

Thermaltake, the leading PC component brand offering premium solutions for cooling, gaming peripherals, and enthusiast memory, today is proud to announce the TOUGHLIQUID Series, the newest member of the Thermaltake AIO liquid cooler line up. TOUGHLIQUID ULTRA and TOUGHLIQUID ARGB Sync are built using the TOUGHFAN 12 high-performance fans to deliver superior cooling performance and stability for system builders. Offering a variety of models, supporting radiators sizes including 240mm, 280mm and 360mm, equipped with a LED display or RGB on the pump.

"Intuitive hardware monitoring and advanced personalization are what the THOUGLIQUID ULTRA series brings to the market," said Kenny Lin, the CEO of Thermaltake. "The important information like CPU temperature, frequency, and performance usage can be displayed in real-time on the smart 2.1" LCD monitor. Users can also personalize the display with GIF pictures or with custom RGB lighting modes through our RGB software. Thermaltake is giving PC builders even more customization options with this next-gen AIO watercooler."

EK Water Blocks Updates EK-Classic Water Cooling Kits

EK, the premium liquid cooling gear manufacturer, is updating EK-Classic Kits by rolling out a special Black Nickel Edition, and that's not where the magic ends. These new, special edition, Classic kits are available for the same price as the previous Classic kits, even though there are now more fittings included.

EK-Classic CPU Water Block 115x/20xx/AM4 D-RGB - a high-end, nickel-plated copper CPU water block for modern Intel and AMD processors. It uses addressable RGB LEDs to light up your CPU area. It features a classic, market-proven design that will perfectly fit the needs of enthusiasts and demanding users. The tool-less mounting system makes the installation process a breeze even for beginners. This block comes with a pre-installed Intel mounting system while the AMD AM4 mounting system is in the packaging and needs to be installed if needed.

Alphacool Introduces a New Range of Water Cooling Tubing

Alphacool presents a new tubing. A wide range of different variants of the new AlphaTube HF tubing are now available: Colored or clear, with or without UV reactivity, the choice is yours! This makes it easy to find the tubing that best suits your taste. The AlphaTube HF tubing has perfect flexibility for easy routing. It is flexible enough to be routed without effort, but at the same time, rigid enough that it does not kink, even with tighter bending radii.

Further variations of the AlphaTube HF tubing will be available in the next few weeks.

Alphacool Releases the Leak Testing Tool

Alphacool have recently released the creatively named "Alphacool Leak Testing Tool", for detecting leaks in your PC water cooling loop. The device includes an integrated hand pump to pressurize the system and a 40 cm flexible hose which can be attached to any free G1/4" port in the loop. The device can help identify leaks in the loop caused by bad connections or fittings before you fill the loop ensuring no damage to the computer. Alphacool recommends you leave the device 15 - 20 minutes after pressurizing the system to record if the pressure has dropped indicating a leak in the system. The Alphacool Leak Testing Tool is now available from Alphacool for €29.19.

iBUYPOWER Introduces New Hardline Liquid Cooled Element CL Gaming PCs

iBUYPOWER, a leading manufacturer of custom gaming PCs, today introduced its new line of Element CL liquid cooled gaming PCs featuring an integrated front panel distribution plate and a new, more affordable, hardline liquid cooling system.

iBUYPOWER has curated a line of prebuilt gaming PCs with an integrated front panel distribution plate and push-to-connect fittings that make tube routing easier and minimizes build time, cutting back on the cost associated with producing a traditional custom loop system. Designed by iBUYPOWER's lab team, the robust cooling system of the new Element CL was created to withstand the turbulent nature of shipping while still providing a best-in-class gaming experience.

Alphacool Releases New 14 mm Eiszapfen HardTube Connectors

Alphacool is expanding its portfolio with the new 14 mm Eiszapfen HardTube connectors. As with all Eiszapfen connections, the paint on these Eiszapfen is applied with a special chromate coating, making them particularly scratch-resistant. For sealing Alphacool uses three O-rings for this connection, which also ensure a high tensile strength. The connections are compatible to all HardTubes with an outer diameter of 14 mm. The connections are available in the colours black and chrome. In addition to the individually available connections, there are also sets of 6 connections. The connectors have a total height of 22.2 mm with a thread length of 5 mm and a diameter of 22 mm which is very compact.

Bitspower Intros Touchaqua Sedna Kit for Antec Torque

Bitspower today introduced the Touchaqua Sedna whole case kit for the Antec Torque chassis (model name: BPTA-WDPTORQUE-KIT). The kit includes a reservoir+pump+distro plate device custom designed for the Antec Torque (BPTA-WDPTORQUE-R-PWM), a Touchaqua Summit CPU water block for Intel sockets, a Lotan full-coverage VGA water block with acrylic top, for NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20-series graphics cards (BP-VG2080RD-A2), two Tarasque 360 radiators which are otherwise EOL on Bitspower's product stack (BPTA-NLSS360-F2PB), six NJord dual-fin 120 mm fans, matching fittings and tubing. Available now, the Touchaqua Sedna for Antec Torque kit is priced at the equivalent of USD $680.

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€.

Alphacool Announces Water Cooling Solutions for Server Racks

As hardware gets increasingly more powerful it generates more and more waste heat. This can lead to thermal problems, especially with server racks that have the hardware packed so close together. Compact air coolers are hardly able to dissipate the excess heat from processors. It becomes even more problematic when one or more graphics cards also need to be cooled. At full load processors and graphics cards struggle with temperatures and can quickly start to throttle down their clock rates early due to thermal throttling.

Many server operators want simple and cost-effective solutions to solve this problem. Therefore, Alphacool has developed and launched a whole range of water cooling sets for 1 to 4U server racks in cooperation with its Enterprise Solutions customers. All sets can also be individually extended or adapted. Quick-release fasteners, additional pumps, radiator, and graphics card coolers can be added by arrangement and the components can be adapted to individual requirements. The sets are delivered to the customers pre-filled.

GELID Solutions Launches the BATTLE STATION X PC Chassis

Tech innovator GELID Solutions launches the BATTLE STATION X-the latest Mid-Tower ATX gaming PC case. The BATTLE STATION X is part of GELID Solution's Gamer product line. The BATTLE STATION X is designed for gaming. It features excellent style with tempered glass panels and robust chassis with highly versatile layout. Tailored to accommodate top-performance components, the BATTLE STATION X provides extended space for the latest GPU and high-power PSU,and also supports full-fledged water-cooling setups with front, top or rear radiator mounts fitting up to a 360 mm radiator and 3 optional 120 mm fans.

The BATTLE STATION X boasts multiple storage options with easy-to-use internal drive bays for 3x 3.5" HDD and 2x 2.5" SSD. And especially, a set of USB ports and HD Audio/Mic outputs are located on the top panel to facilitate connection of gaming headsets and other peripherals. "For gamers, details matter. BATTLE STATION X is energized to pursue perfection in every aspect. And you can craft a perfect home for your gaming rig with it", said Gebhard Scherrer, Sales Director of GELID Solutions Ltd. The Battle STATION X is available now and has a MSRP of USD 85.99 or Euro 79.99.

EK Releases Velocity PreciseMount in both Nickel and Black

EK Water Blocks, the premium water cooling gear manufacturer based in EU, is releasing the sleek matte black PreciseMount sets compatible with all EK-Quantum Velocity CPU water blocks (Magnitude and Velocity sTR4 blocks NOT supported). This mounting set has all the necessary parts to mount an EK-Quantum Velocity on all currently supported mainstream Intel, AMD, and Intel HEDT sockets. It offers fast and easy installation with the perfect amount of pressure, resulting in outstanding performance.

PreciseMount comes with every EK-Quantum Velocity CPU water block but is now separately available for purchase in case you've misplaced some of your mounting parts. It comes in two finishes - nickel and black - to better match your build.

TEAMGROUP Releases T-FORCE Coolant Kit CK5 & ARGB LED Uniform Strip

TEAMGROUP releases T-FORCE Coolant Kit CK5 and T-FORCE ARGB LED Uniform Strip which are specially designed for CARDEA LIQUID Water Cooling SSD and building an eye-catching PC of your own. T-FORCE Coolant Kit CK5 has five colors available at once upon release, so users can change the theme and style of the PC freely. T-FORCE ARGB LED Uniform Strip uses 2020 LED bead which is more refined than 5050 ones on the market. With addressable ARGB LED, the creativity can be limitless.

Bitspower Launches New Summit M CPU Block with OLED Display for Intel and AMD Platforms

Following the success of their Touchaqua-branded Summit MS OLED CPU block earlier this year, which was for Intel platforms only at that time, Bitspower have decided to add the OLED display to their main brand in the form of the new Summit M CPU water block. The design is a departure from the squared-off Summit MS, with a smaller form factor that also increases CPU socket compatibility to the red camp out of the box. The OLED display is housed on a metal top plate, with an acrylic body enabling side views of the coolant, a temperature sensor enabling readout on the display, as well as the integrated dRGB LEDs for lighting options compatible with ASUS AURA Sync, GIGABYTE RGB Fusion, MSI Mystic Light Sync, and ASRock Polychrome.

The cooling engine uses a nickel-plated copper base plate, with 0.3 mm CNC-machined fins and microchannels that are part of a split central-inlet flow promising high coolant flow directly over the fins to remove as much heat from the CPU as possible. This is similar to the vast majority of CPU block designs in practice, but manufacturers tend to experiment with the flow schematic to see if they can do better, so time will tell how the Summit M fares on the TechPowerUp test bench. In the meantime, it is available for direct purchase from the Bitspower store for 4500 NTD (~$150 USD) before any applicable taxes and shipping costs.
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