Reviews

We add to our detailed coverage of CORSAIR's Hydro X series of custom watercooling products with their XD5 pump/reservoir combo unit. It uses the ever-reliable Xylem D5 PWM pump paired to a polished nylon reservoir and continues the trend of a user-friendly installation and rich feature set for the money.
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Continuing our coverage of CORSAIR's Hydro X custom water cooling products, we take a look at the XG7 RGB GPU water block. It features integrated dRGB lighting, a flow indicator, backplate, and pre-applied thermal pads and paste. Pricing is solid, offering good value for your money.
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Author:VSG
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CORSAIR enters the PC custom watercooling market with a big splash through their announcement and release of an entire product portfolio. We begin our coverage of their Hydro X series with a detailed look at the flagship XC9 RGB CPU water block, which aims to offer a feature set that is of interest to newcomers and experienced users alike.
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This review examines the Bitspower Leviathan SF 360, a triple 120 mm radiator with multiple port options, and increased case compatibility compared to the Black Ice Nemesis GTS while retaining high thermal performance and build quality.
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Bitspower partners with Hardware Labs to present an updated Leviathan series of radiators. This review examines the Leviathan XF 360, a triple 120 mm radiator that offers the Bitspower branding, multiple port options, and increased case compatibility compared to the Black Ice Nemesis GTX, while retaining the excellent thermal performance and build quality.
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Alphacool has added years to the lifespan of their current CPU water block, the Eisblock XPX, by offering new versions and first-party accessories. We take a look at a nylon top version, which uses their patented ramp design aiming to optimize coolant flow and thermal performance, while retaining aesthetics as a high priority as well.
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Alphacool adds to their ever-increasing Aurora lineup of RGB products with the Eiszyklon Aurora RGB LT fans. Available in 1100 or 1300 RPM options, these fans feature 16 RGB LEDs to make for a noise-optimized light-show on your new watercooled PC.
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The chromax series from Noctua is their answer to the many requests from customers wanting more color options beyond tan and brown, while retaining all the new technology from their R&D department. The NF-F12 PWM chromax is an all-black version of their NF-F12 fan thus, with six color options to choose from for corner pads and compatibility with other chromax accessories as well.
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Author:VSG
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Part of the new EK Classic product lineup, the EK-XRES 140 SPC PWM Classic RGB is a reservoir/pump combo unit using their SPC-60 pump for decent performance at low noise. It is coupled to an acrylic reservoir with integrated RGB lighting and aims to offer value for money to those wanting a more minimalist, classic reservoir.
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Author:VSG
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Noctua's recent addition to their budget-friendly redux series is the NF-P12 series, which introduces a pressure-optimized fan design at an affordable price point. It delivers good performance at more-than-acceptable noise levels and aims to encourage Noctua adoption in the PC DIY watercooling market.
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Author:VSG
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EKWB releases an all-new product lineup under the EK Classic name including a more budget-friendly EK-Supremacy Classic RGB CPU block. It aims to provide a minimalist design while retaining RGB-lighting support and good value for money by offering high coolant flow and good thermal performance alike.
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Author:VSG
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EKWB has listened to market demands and came out with an RGB-lit version of their already-excellent Vardar EVO 120ER fan. With bold claims of no performance reduction in spite of 9 RGB LEDs added and a re-worked fan design with a different impeller/hub and bearings to before, the fan merits a detailed look in more ways than one.
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Author:VSG
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EK Water Blocks has released their newest CPU block four years after the EK-Supremacy EVO came out. The new EK-Velocity attempts to not only bridge the gap of these past years, but also work for the next few by streamlining the cooling engine for higher flow, adding more customization options, including two different RGB lighting effects, and retaining popular features.
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XSPC decided that they could do more than just compete for that extra decimal point of thermal performance improvement and have introduced an ultra-thin radiator with their new TX series. Measuring in at just 20.5 mm thick, it provides a compact heat dissipation solution for watercooled SFF builds.
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Author:VSG
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Noctua's long awaited NF-A12x25 fan hits the market with a bang in more ways than one. With more features than I can count with my fingers, all of which have been used to optimize performance and acoustics, it is a fan that makes no excuses about the lack of RGB lighting as it puts up a great showing against the competition.
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Author:VSG
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Swiftech has updated their Maelstrom reservoir series in nearly every single manner. With the use of thick glass in a rectangular form factor for the reservoir and integrated RGB lighting, it offers color options via LEDs or a coolant of your choice. Adding to this is their new MCP655-PWM pump that offers increased compatibility with PWM controllers, while retaining the reliability, performance, and quiet nature we have come to know and love from the Laing D5.
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Author:VSG
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Phanteks has added a reservoir to their Glacier lineup of watercooling products. The R160, and its taller brother, the R220 come with a frosted acrylic body and a black, sandblasted aluminum heatsink on the back. Also included is an integrated pump top for the Laing DDC.
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Author:VSG
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Koolance's new CPU-400I water block promises excellent thermal performance and boasts a new design using POM acetal, a brushed metal cover, and nickel-plated copper to go along with a new cooling engine. Today, we see how well it does in a crowded and competitive market.
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Author:VSG
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With Phanteks getting ready to launch new acetal top versions of their Glacier C350i CPU water block soon, we take a detailed look at the acrylic top version of the same. This was the product that launched their entry to custom water cooling - with aluminum side covers, integrated RGB lighting, a user friendly installation, and low coolant flow restriction providing a new, and yet fresh option for DIY enthusiasts.
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Author:VSG
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The Silverstone FHP141 is a 38 mm thick, 140 x 140 mm fan that can be mounted to a single 120 mm fan slot. By virtue of the added space to the motor and rotor, and some other tricks up its sleeve, it aims to provide an excellent balance of performance and noise for those low on radiator space.
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Author:VSG
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The Alphacool Eiskoffer Professional is a collection of mandrels, rulers, and other tools contained in a luxurious stainless steel briefcase that help you achieve that perfect watercooling build via effective measurement, bending, and cutting of either 13 or 16 mm OD hard tubing.
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Author:VSG
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XSPC has added memory watercooling to their new "Neo" lineup, offering side plates and an acrylic top block in chrome and dark chrome finishes. The aim is to provide users with both matching, RGB-lit waterblocks for their entire system and better cooling than stock RAM heatsinks.
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Author:VSG
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EKWB takes their high static pressure optimized Vardar fans and improves upon them by adding a zero RPM mode to PWM-controlled fans. The dual ball bearings also get replaced to reduce bearing noise, and at $20, these aim to be the best-performing radiator fans for PC DIY watercooling around.
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Author:VSG
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Corsair finally added RGB lighting to their excellent ML fans, and with it added, we possibly have the best balance of performance, noise, and aesthetics. Featuring a magnetic levitation bearing, a fine-tuned rotor for high static pressure applications, and four addressable RGB LEDs.
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Author:VSG
In:Watercooling
Corsair decided that having 12 RGB LEDs on a fan was not enough, and with the LL RGB fans, we get 16 addressable ones split into two light loops. Featuring software control via the Lighting Node PRO, these are all about maxing out on the bling factor.
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Author:VSG
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