The first of our latest GPU water block reviews went up as a two-parter covering both the EK-Quantum Vector GPU block with the regular backplate and new-to-this-generation EK-Quantum Vector Active Backplate. Today, we take a look at the CORSAIR offering, which is part of the company's Hydro X series of products that have massively shook up the DIY watercooling market within the ~2 years since launch. CORSAIR now takes up nearly a third of most market shares based on my discussions with vendors and is probably the biggest involved name brand here, too. Thanks to the company for sending a review sample to TechPowerUp!
We previously took a look at the CORSAIR GPU block for the NVIDIA GTX 1080 as well as the RTX 2080. As I did then, I will shorten the product name to CORSAIR Hydro XG7 block for the RTX 3080/3090 reference PCB for convenience. It received a few updates to the design, but is still easy to make out as a CORSAIR product. Some things surrounding a PR issue worked out in favor of CORSAIR, and we will go over everything in detail in the review beginning with a look at the specifications below.
|CORSAIR Hydro XG7 RGB RTX 30-Series Reference|
|Top:||Aluminium trim and polished acrylic|
|Cold Plate:||Nickel-plated copper|
|GPU Compatibility:||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 / 3090 with reference layout|
|Ports:||Four, BSP G1/4" threaded|
|Lighting:||Integrated d-RGB LEDs controlled by iCUE or standard 3-pin LED headers|