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Thermaltake Releases to Market TH120 and TH240 Liquid Coolers

Thermaltake, the leading PC DIY premium brand for Cooling, Gaming Gear, and Enthusiast Memory solutions, is excited to introduce a new all-in-one liquid cooler, the Thermaltake TH120/TH240 ARGB AIO. This high-quality AIO features stunning ARGB fans set at an affordable price point, giving consumers more value for their money. The glossy surface of the copper base plate guarantees high performance and impressive heat extraction.

The top-quality pump, hidden in the glowing ARGB water block, ensures excellent coolant circulation that would keep the copper plate always cool. The large surface radiator combined with the radiator fans dispatches heat in a highly efficient way. On the high-static pressure designed radiator fans are the 16.8 million color LEDs that are ready to sync with 5 V RGB capable motherboards from ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, and ASRock, allowing users to show off their creativity. Users can also control the lighting effects of the fans through the Smart Fan Controllers that are attached to the TH120/TH240 ARGB AIO. Looking for an easy and cost-effective all-in-one solution to cool down the CPU? The TH120 and TH240 ARGB.
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Bitspower Announces the CPU Block Summit ELX Waterblock, Marrying the AMD TRX40 Platform with OLED

Bitspower has announced pre-order availability of its long-named "Bitspower CPU Block Summit ELX for AMD TRX40 Platform with OLED". The Summit ELX block is compatible with both AMD's TRX40 and X399 platforms, so you can deploy it on a last-gen Threadripper and look to upgrade in the future without having to replace your entire watercooling setup.

Bitspowers says the selling points are the OLED illumination and cooling capabilities of this waterblock, with its "clean look and high-density heat sink fin design". The "two-way tunnel design", according to Bitspower, saves you form the hassle of having to route waterways in a specific direction - you are free to routa ientry and exit points of your heatsink as it better suits your PC-building options. The Summit ELX for AMD TRX40 with OLED features a narrow footprint to ensure it doesn't interfere with the RAM slots, as well as a metal top layer and a copper base plate. The lighting elements are compatible with ASUS AURA Sync, GIGABYTE RGB Fusion, MSI Mystic Light Sync, ASRock Polychrome, and Razer Chroma. The preorder is available for TWD 4,200, which amounts to some $140.

Phanteks Announces Glacier G2080 ASUS GPU Waterblock

Phanteks today announces the release of the new water block designed specifically for the ASUS Dual EVO RTX 2080/2070/2060 Super cards. Engineered to deliver high cooling performance, the Glacier G2080 ASUS is the latest addition to the Glacier Series.

Like all our Glacier Series products, the water block comes with anodized or chrome-plated cover plates, polished acrylic surface, and a high-quality nickel finishes copper base. The water block features a minimalistic design that covers the entire PCB and is compatible with the original ASUS Dual EVO backplate to highlight your hardware.

EK Waterblocks Unveils VTX-Powered Kinetic Reservoir+Pump Combo Units

EK, the premium liquid cooling gear manufacturer from Slovenia, EU, is releasing new Quantum Line VTX pump-based combo units. These new VTX pumps feature a DDC-compatible mount, very high head pressure, and good flow rates in a small footprint that is ideal for smaller cases. EK-Quantum products come with sophisticated addressable D-RGB 5 V LEDs that can be controlled through your motherboard's RGB control software or EK-Connect controller unit. Besides the upgraded loop routing capabilities of the new small form factor combo units, EK is putting a lot of emphasis on the D-RGB implementation with no visible LED hot-spots.

The most popular small form factor cylindrical pump-res combo on the market is redesigned, upgraded, and better in every way. The top is now featuring three G1/4" ports. One of the ports can be used with the included nickel-plated brass internal tube, which helps prevent the splashing of the coolant inside the reservoir if the top is to be used as an inlet. This reduces the chances of air being sucked in by the pump and foaming of the coolant as well. Any of these ports can also be used for filling the system or adding additional upcoming accessories (thermal probes, LEDs, etc.) The internal tube can not be used in conjunction with the anti-Vortex insert on 120 models due to height restrictions.

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.

EK Waterblocks Launches EK-Quantum Reflection Obsidian 1000D D5 PWM D-RGB Distro Plate

EK, the premium water cooling gear manufacturer, is launching the EK-Quantum Reflection Obsidian 1000D D5 PWM D-RGB, a reservoir, routing, and pump solution specifically engineered for Corsair Obsidian 1000D case. This distro plate is made to provide a unique water-cooling solution with dual D5 pumps for users who demand premium aesthetics, silence, and enough flow for multiple GPUs or even dual systems in one case.

This distribution plate is designed to bring the slim-lined EK Quantum aesthetics to the front of the 1000D case and to offer high flow and silent operation thanks to two serially connected genuine D5 pumps. While it is slim, it's absolutely massive in surface and weighs in at a whopping 5.3 kilograms. EK-Quantum Reflection Obsidian 1000D D5 distribution plate will only fit the Corsair Obsidian 1000D Super-Tower.

EK Waterblocks Releases EK-Quantum Distribution Plate for Popular Phanteks Cases

EK, the premium water cooling gear manufacturer is launching the EK-Quantum Reflection Evolv X D5 PWM D-RGB - a custom-designed water cooling reservoir, routing, and pump solution made to fit two Phanteks cases - the Phanteks Evolv X and Phanteks P600S. This distro plate is specifically designed to provide advanced water cooling with a market-leading D5 pump for users who demand premium aesthetics, silence, and powerful flow.

EK-Quantum Reflection Evolv X D5 PWM D-RGB offers an all-in-one solution that includes a D5 pump, reservoir, simple mounting mechanism, and multiple industry standard G1/4" threaded inlet and outlets. The placement of these inlets and outlets is aligned to match other EK cooling components and to minimize the number of bends the user has to make when creating the loop. The distro plate can support up to one CPU water block, four GPU blocks, and a top-mounted radiator.

EK Unveils EK-Quantum Momentum TRX40 Aorus Master D-RGB Monoblock

EK Water Blocks, the European premium computer liquid cooling gear manufacturer, unveiled another sTRX4-based monoblock made for TRX40 AORUS MASTER motherboard. This time, during the development of the monoblock, EK's engineering team went for a more elaborate approach, which can be seen from the shape of the monoblock. This is a complete all-in-one (CPU and motherboard) liquid cooling solution for the Aorus motherboard that is based on AMD TRX40 chipset for AMD Ryzen 3rd generation Threadripper processors.

EK Launches Direct Vector Waterblock - Developed for Reference Design NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti Graphics Cards

EK Water Blocks, the premium computer liquid cooling gear manufacturer, is introducing a new variant of the extended compatibility high-performance water block specially designed for reference design based NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards. The EK-Quantum Vector Direct RTX RE Ti D-RGB.

EK-Quantum Vector Direct RTX RE Ti D-RGB
EK-Quantum Vector Direct RTX RE Ti D-RGB water block is the version of EK-Quantum Vector water block from which the terminal is removed for added compatibility with space-constrained cases. Instead, the fittings are screwed directly into the top, allowing for a narrower enclosure. This water block uses the signature EK single-slot slim look and covers the entire PCB length. This sophisticated cooling solution will transform your powerful NVIDIA graphics card into a minimalistic, elegant piece of hardware with addressable D-RGB LED lighting.

Ek Waterblocks Announces the EK-Loop Connect

EK, the leading premium water cooling gear manufacturer, is proud to introduce the EK-Loop Connect, a straightforward information and control hub for all the relevant parameters of your liquid cooled PC.

EK-Loop Connect
A Fan, Pump, and an Addressable D-RGB controller unit that is designed from the standpoint of an enthusiast. With this control hub you can easily set your desired RGB lighting effects with just a few clicks, as well as optimize your cooling performance, and noise levels through a simple PWM chart or pre-defined profiles. That's not all though, as you'll have the option of using external temperature sensors, flow meters, and coolant level probes.

Walkthrough of the EK Waterblocks Suite at CES 2020

CES might be over, but our coverage from the event continues. TechPowerUp prides itself on visiting a lot of brands, big and small, and bringing to you our first-hand account of everything new. EK Waterblocks, or simply EKWB henceforth, had a large room in the Mandalay Bay with a big open window spanning the room, which made for challenging photography, but a well-laid out open plan made it easy for us to go over the various product segments they had to display. This post will go briefly over them, but keep in mind that nearly all products showcased do not have set retail availability info just yet.

The very first thing that caught our eyes was their new line of AIO cooling solutions, now simply called EK-AIO. These are the successors to the EK-MLC Phoenix, and the EK-Predator from before, both of which did not really change the status quo of the pre-filled AIO CPU cooling market. EK hopes that the new series, of which again they are working to finalizing the design before committing to a release window and pricing information, will change this. As with most of their new products, the EK-AIO coolers integrate RGB support with 9 dRGB LEDs in the pump/block and more on the EK-Vardar RGB fans that are used on the radiator itself. The EK-AIO series is planned to come in 120/240/360 mm radiator size options, with 1/2/3 fans respectively. Read past the break for more from the Slovenian watercooling brand.

EK Announces Quantum Momentum Chipset Waterblock for AORUS X570 Motherboards

EK, the European premium liquid cooling gear manufacturer, is releasing a unique chipset water block made for Aorus motherboards based on AMD X570 chipset - the EK-Quantum Momentum Chipset Aorus X570. The EK-Quantum Momentum Chipset Aorus X570 water block completely replaces the PCH (chipset) heatsink and the small fan which is the primary source of the noise. This water block-based solution removes a moving part, thus providing a more long term solution with 0 noise and far superior thermal performance.

This chipset block is specifically made for the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite, Gigabyte X570 Aorus Ultra and Gigabyte X570 Aorus Master motherboards. The EK-Quantum Momentum Chipset Aorus X570 water block is made in Slovenia, Europe and is available for pre-order through EK Webshop and Partner Reseller Network. This Quantum Line water block will start shipping on the 22nd of January 2020 for €39.99.

EK Introduces the The EK-Quantum Vector Strix RTX D-RGB Series Waterblocks

EK Water Blocks, the Slovenia based water cooling gear manufacturer, is introducing its new generation of EK-Vector RTX Strix D-RGB water blocks designed for ROG Strix GeForce RTX series graphics cards, based on Turing graphics processor. The EK-Quantum Vector Strix RTX D-RGB series water blocks feature four integrated addressable LED sources, two located in the terminal cover and one digital LED strip on each end of the water block.

EK-Quantum Vector Strix RTX D-RGB
The EK-Quantum Vector Strix RTX water blocks are specially designed for multiple ROG Strix GeForce RTX Turing based graphics cards. The water block itself uses the signature EK single slot slim look, and it covers the entire PCB length. This sophisticated cooling solution will transform your powerful ROG graphics card into a minimalistic, elegant piece of hardware with rich and addressable D-RGB LED lighting.

EKWB Introduces D-RGB Version of Quantum Vector RTX RE Waterblocks

EK Water Blocks, the Slovenia-based premium computer liquid cooling gear manufacturer, today announces the product launch of EK-Quantum Vector RTX RE D-RGB water blocks, EK-Quantum Vector Upgrade Kits, and EK-D-RGB 6-Way Splitter Cable.

The RE water blocks use the signature EK single slot slim look and cover the entire PCB length. The block also features a unique aesthetic cover over the block Terminal which is designed to showcase the graphics card model via LEDs, visible from the side. The water block comes in 2 different models tailor-made for either reference NVIDIA RTX 2080 or NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti. The water blocks are equipped with 5V D-RGB (addressable) LEDs which are compatible with the motherboard 3-pin 5V D-RGB (addressable) LED header.

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.

Bitspower Introduces New Mono Block for ASUS Crosshair VIII Hero

Bitspower informed us earlier today that they have a new mono block out for the ASUS Crosshair VIII Hero motherboard based on AMD's X570 chipset. Titled the BP-MBASX570CVIIIH, it features an acrylic top to allow the end user to see through into the cooling engine and the coolant flow in use and a nickel-plated copper coldplate. The latter, as with any mono block, is massive relative to just a CPU water block since it covers the CPU in addition to the critical power delivery section of the motherboard to ensure no thermal throttling, be it direct or indirect.

The direct injection of the coolant over the microfins via the split central-inlet flow design allows for the CPU to be cooled first, before a parallel split through the VRM section and also a flow indicator wheel as seen in the images below. The mono block also has integrated lighting support via Bitspower's digital RGB LEDs, which in turn are compatible with ASUS Aura Sync and onboard LED headers in addition to Bitspower's TouchAqua dRGB controller. Bitspower also teased more mono blocks on the way, with owners of the ASRock X570 Taichi and Gigabyte X570 Auros Master going to see support coming up shortly.

Phanteks Announces Glacier Gigabyte Aorus Xtreme Kit and C360-series Blocks

Phanteks today announced the release of three new Glacier products, the Gigabyte Aorus C621 Xtreme Kit, C360i, and C360a water blocks. Like all Glacier Series products, the blocks are made from premium materials and have a high standard of quality to ensure maximum cooling performance. The water blocks feature a nickel-plated copper cold plate and acrylic top for an elegant look and optimal cooling for your extreme hardware.

The kit includes a VRM water block for Gigabyte's Aorus Xtreme motherboard and CPU water block for Intel's LGA 3647 Narrow Socket P processors. Providing the perfect combination of premium design and optimal cooling solution for Gigabyte's Aorus Xtreme motherboard.

Bitspower Releases Lothan GPU Waterblock for NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20 Series

Today Bitspower, a well know watercooling supplier, launched a full cover waterblock for NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20 series of graphics cards, including the new Super lineup. The waterblock features a copper base that is nickel and chromium plated to give the block a nice shiny look. It uses 0.5 mm fins over the GPU die to provide efficient heat dissipation. Waterblock's body is covering whole graphics card including the VRM power delivery area. Rest of the block is made out of acrylic that integrates digital RGB LED strip in order to provide additional color customization.

In addition to new design of the block, Bitspower is also including a GPU backplate and IO cover with it. The backplate is coated in black, while the IO cover is silver. Waterblock uses standard G1/4 inch threading and has four of the threads.

Thermaltake Announces Floe DX RGB Series TT Premium Edition CPU Coolers

Thermaltake, the leading PC DIY premium brand for Cooling, Gaming Gear and Enthusiast Memory solutions, announced that their top-end liquid CPU cooler Floe DX RGB Series TT Premium Edition has already hit the store shelves. Available in 240 mm, 280 mm, and 360 mm, the Floe DX RGB Series is an all-in-one cooler with a vivid-colored LED waterblock and digitally-controlled Riing Duo RGB high-static pressure fans. This new cooler series by TT Premium features fantastic cooling performance, exceptional quality, and addressable LEDs. Both the waterblock and the fans are equipped with multiple addressable LEDs that can be controlled by the exclusively designed software. Functions within the software allow users to personalize colors for each LED, monitor fan performance and track CPU temperature.

TT RGB PLUS Ecosystem is the intelligent lighting system for PCs that combines the most advanced addressable LED lighting with Thermaltake's patented TT RGB PLUS Software and Amazon Alexa Voice Service. TT RGB PLUS ecosystem provides nearly unlimited possibilities for playing with colors, synchronizing lights to games, music, CPU temperatures and other TT RGB PLUS products, including case fans, CPU/VGA waterblocks, AIO CPU coolers, PSUs, LED strips, gaming keyboards, headsets, mice and mouse pads. The patented TT RGB PLUS software allows users to change the light modes, colors, speeds, brightness, fan speeds via TT AI Voice Control and Amazon Alexa Voice Service.

Phanteks Announces Glacier Asus ROG Dominus Extreme Kit Waterblock and Glacier C3647i Standalone Waterblock for Narrow/Square Socket P

The Dominus Extreme Kit is made specifically for Asus ROG Dominus Extreme EEB motherboard and Intel LGA 3647 Narrow Socket P Processors. It is made from premium materials and finest standards of craftsmanship to ensure maximum cooling performance. From military standard Viton O-ring to the Digital-RGB LED lighting, all of our exceptionally high-quality materials are carefully selected. The water block features a nickel-plated copper cold plate, acrylic top for an elegant look and optimal cooling for your extreme hardware.

Phanteks Announces Glacier Radeon VII Full-coverage Water Block

Phanteks today announces its first AMD waterblock designed specifically for the AMD Radeon VII graphic card. Engineered to deliver high cooling performance, the Glacier Radeon VII is the latest addition to the Glacier Series. Like all our Glacier Series products, the waterblock comes with anodized or chrome plated cover plates, polished acrylic surface, and a high-quality nickel finish copper base. The water block features minimalist design that covers the entire PCB and is compatible with the original Radeon VII backplate to highlight your hardware.

The integrated Digital-RGB lighting illuminates the whole waterblock evenly and can be synced with other D-RGB products and motherboards. The full cover waterblock directly cools the GPU, RAM and VRM efficiently thanks to the optimized high flow routing design. This ensures optimal performance and cooling to keep the GPU stable even at high clock speeds or massive workloads.

Phanteks Prepares Glacier G2070 Strix Waterblock for Release

Phanteks today announces the new Glacier Series water-block designed specifically for ASUS RTX 2070/2060 cards. The new Glacier G2070 Strix is engineered to deliver high cooling performance for the Asus RTX 2070/2060 cards. Like all our Glacier Series products, the waterblock comes with anodized or chrome plated aluminum cover plates, polished acrylic surface, and high-quality nickel finish copper base.

The waterblock features minimalistic design that covers the entire PCB length and is compatible with the original ASUS Strix backplate to highlight your hardware. The integrated Digital-RGB lighting illuminates the whole waterblock evenly. The full cover waterblock directly cools the GPU, RAM and VRM (Voltage Regulator Module) thanks to the optimized high flow routing design. This ensures optimal performance and cooling to help keep the GPU stable even at high clock speeds or massive workloads. The Glacier Series Waterblocks will be available in Satin Black and Chrome color finishes and with Digital-RGB lighting. Available this month of June for $149.99.

Thermaltake at COMPUTEX 2019: Introducing the Floe DX RGB Series TT Premium Edition AIO

Thermaltake, the leading PC DIY premium brand for Cooling, Gaming Gear and Enthusiast Memory solutions, reveals their top-end liquid CPU cooler Floe DX RGB Series TT Premium Edition at COMPUTEX (TWTC Nangang Exhibition Hall 4th floor, booth number M0120). Available in 240mm, 280mm, and 360mm, Floe DX RGB Series is an all-in-one cooler with a vivid-colored LED waterblock and digital-control Riing Duo RGB high-static pressure fans.

This new cooler series by TT Premium features fantastic cooling performance, exceptional quality, and addressable LEDs design. Both of the waterblock and the fans are equipped with multiple addressable LEDs that can be controlled by the exclusively designed software. Functions within the software allow users to personalize colors for each LED, monitor fan performance and track CPU temperature.

Glued Die on ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Affects Some Aftermarket Cooling Solutions

Update April 4th: This post has been corrected based on new information provided by ASUS, EKWB, as well as other parties. The original story mentioned a silent change to the glue used on the PCB which, as we now believe, is no longer the case in that ASUS is not to blame.

Update April 5th: ASUS has confirmed to us that there has been no PCB change (in terms of components and their heights), it's only a problem of tolerances due to the glue being liquid during production.

ASUS has glued the GPU die to the PCB for many generations, which helps ensure contact and avoids microfractures in the solder balls from physical force or thermal expansion. The nature of this glue, typically an epoxy resin, means that aftermarket cooling solutions, such as full cover or die-only water blocks, have to accommodate for this around the holes around the die. Previous graphics cards had no issue here, because the mounting holes were far away from the GPU die. With RTX 2080 Ti and its super large GPU chip this has changed, and there's only a few millimeters of space left. If a waterblock uses wider standoffs than the design merits, or if the glue spreads out farther than intended, it can result in poor/inconsistent contact between waterblock and the GPU, which in turn can lead to worse thermal performance than ideal.

This time, EK Waterblocks alerted us that the ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 Ti had poor contact and fitting issues with their GPU water block for the same, as seen in images below provided by their customer T. Hilal, which interferes with the four standoffs surrounding the package. EK recommends removing these standoffs to ensure a good fit and thermal paste spread, and this does not affect water block performance much in their internal testing. In previous such occasions, EK and others have had to come up with a second version of the block for added compatibility, however it remains to be seen if the ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 Ti will merit a similar treatment this time round. As an external reference, Phanteks has separately confirmed to us that their water block remains compatible.

Alphacool Announces Presale for Eisblock Plexi Light for Radeon VII

The dream of addressable Digital RGB
The Eisblock GPX Plexi Light cooler comes from Alphacool's high-end series and perfectly reflects Alphacool's philosophy. High performance, outstanding aesthetics, and the latest technology are all bundled together to create a fantastic cooler.

The Alphacool Plexi Light graphic cards water cooler is characterized by several design features. The clear Plexiglas allows you to see the water flow. The cooling block is made of solid copper, and is then completely nickel-plated. The generous water flow covers all important components of the graphics card. Not only the GPU, but also the voltage converters, the V-Ram and other components that generate heat are actively cooled with water.
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