Reviews

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
In:Watercooling
Score:9.1
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
In:Watercooling
Score:7.8
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
In:Watercooling
Score:7.5
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
In:Watercooling
Score:8.0
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
In:Watercooling
Score:9.1
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
In:Watercooling
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
In:Watercooling
Score:8.3
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
In:Watercooling
Score:9.5
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
Score:9.0
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
In:Watercooling
Score:8.3
The Gentle Typhoon made a comeback recently under the DarkSide brand, and in an all-black color scheme too. It was the fan of choice for PC DIY enthusiasts only a few years ago, and in this review, we will see how it holds up against newer fans and features alike.
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Author:VSG
In:Watercooling
Score:8.0
The RayStorm Neo is XSPC taking their flagship RayStorm Pro block and applying a new look to it. Featuring a polished acrylic top, chrome-plated aluminum brackets, and included RGB LEDs with controller, the Neo offers an option to those who want more than a matte/metal top block. Add in a precise installation mechanism and good performance alike and this is a block well worthy of consideration in the sub-$80 market.
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Author:VSG
In:Watercooling
Score:9.3
Today, we take a look at two different watercooling solutions for the non-reference ASUS GTX 1080 Ti Strix from EKWB and Bykski. Both offer a full-cover water block with design twists of their own, and both are put through the full course of testing, including coolant flow restriction as well as GPU core and VRM thermal testing.
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Author:VSG
In:Watercooling
Score:9.0
The Koolance VID-NX1080 GPU water block offers two top options - acetal and acrylic - with excellent build quality, good value for your money, and an optional backplate that puts most others to shame. It does fall short on relative performance, but will be a very strong consideration for those on a budget.
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Author:VSG
In:Watercooling
Score:8.6
The Swiftech Apogee SKF "Heirloom Series" is a flagship CPU water block featuring hundreds of customization options, built-in addressable RGB lighting with a dedicated controller, and industry-new 125 micron thick fins. It is aimed at modders and enthusiasts alike and has the performance to back it up.
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Author:VSG
In:Watercooling
Score:8.8
The Bykski FR-N-GTX1080 is a full-cover water block component from Bykski's high-end FOUR series. It features an anodized aluminum top cover over an acrylic top, nickel-plated copper cold plate with split flow design, an included anodized aluminum back plate, and multiple color options for customizing your build.
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Author:VSG
In:Watercooling
Score:8.8
The cuplex kryos NEXT from Aqua Computer is an extremely customizable water block with features including an integrated display with a 32-bit ARM MCU, the ability to fit the block to your particular CPU, an industry-first physical vapor deposited titanium coating, and excellent performance overall to choose from. With over 90 different configurations ranging from $60 to $260, there is something to suit everyone.
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Author:VSG
In:Watercooling
Score:8.7
Bykski is a watercooling brand that has been operating in Asia thus far, but recently made strides to go global. Their new FOUR series of CPU waterblocks offer five color customization options, a metal top cover on an acrylic top, a massive nickel-plated copper cold plate, and installation all from the back for a clean look when installed.
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Author:VSG
In:Watercooling
Score:8.5
EKWB has turned back time and gone all aluminum in their latest Fluid Gaming series of watercooling kits. Today, we take a look at the Fluid Gaming 240G kit that promises excellent cooling for all the latest CPUs from Intel and AMD and also includes a full-cover GPU waterblock for the higher-end NVIDIA Pascal GeForce GPUs, all at a price point intended to lower the entry barrier to expandable PC watercooling.
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Author:VSG
In:Watercooling
Score:9.2
The EVGA Hydro Copper GTX 1080 is a full-cover waterblock that offers integrated lighting with no cable management needed, a six-port I/O port manifold, and an aluminum front cover for aesthetics and rigidity alike. It also aims to simplify installation by incorporating pre-installed thermal pads out of the box.
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Author:VSG
In:Watercooling
Score:8.2
The Glacier GTX 1080 waterblock is among Phanteks' first ever offerings to the DIY watercooling market. It features integrated RGB lighting, an acrylic top with aluminum side covers, nickel-plated copper cold plate, and a split central flow design scheme for low coolant flow restriction.
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Author:VSG
In:Watercooling
Score:9.3
Bitspower has not enjoyed much success in the sector of CPU waterblocks, owing to average performance and high product cost with limited customization. They aim to change this in 2017 with the new Summit EF that promises to run at up to 6°C less than before; it will also come with top options in acrylic, nickel-plated copper, and a special gold-plated copper edition.
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Author:VSG
In:Watercooling
Score:6.0
The Swiftech MCP655 is perhaps the most well-known retail option of the Laing D5 pump and is Swiftech's attempt at bringing to market a pump that is proven to be reliable, quiet, and high performing. The additional touches provided by Swiftech include a vibration dampening mounting kit and an acrylic top promising good performance and aesthetics alike.
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Author:VSG
In:Watercooling
Score:9.5
Hardware Labs has been a mainstay in the PC DIY watercooling industry for over 15 years now, with an emphasis on radiators for different needs. Today, we take a look at the new Nemesis GTR 360 for those who want the best possible thermal dissipation performance from their radiators.
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Author:VSG
In:Watercooling
Score:8.7
Today we take a look at EK Water Block's EK Supreme. This CPU waterblock features a universal mounting plate, as well as a clear acrylic top that can be lit up with two 3mm LEDs. Performance is excellent on the EK Supreme, making it truly worthy of the name "Supreme".
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Author:t_ski
In:Watercooling
Score:9.6