Posts Tagged ‘water block’
With the release of the AMD R9 Hawaii series GPU came top notch single GPU gaming performance. The R9-290x quickly took the #1 spot in most reviews. However there was a universal gripe when it came to heat. The 290x packed 2816 stream processing units(cores) on a 438 mm²die, running at 1Ghz. This combination apparently was a recipe to reach epic load temperatures. While some of us was waiting for AMD partners to come up with after-market cooling solutions to correct this reported problem, XSPC went to work on an enthusiast class answer to the heat. The XSPC Razor 290/290x full cover water block was designed to provide the best cooling solution without having a large heatsink and the noise of air cooling. XSPC is known for providing great cost effective water cooling components for water cooling enthusiasts. We expect the Razor 290/290x to continue that trend. Let's read on to find out if it does.
At PureOC we are not only hardware junkies but we’re also water cooling addicts. It’s sad to see Danger Den ceased its operation. On the other hand, it is a joy to see another new water block released. Liquid cooling has become more popular these days in the PC cooling world, but if you’re not yet ready dive into the deep end of the water cooling pool by yourself, then let us take you there vicariously.
Fans of Koolance might notice that the company recently launched the new flagship CPU waterblock. Continuing its two tones theme, the CPU-380 block is an innovative design which incorporates some of the most up-to-date water block technologies.
The CPU-380 might be Koolance’s most eye catching CPU water block. It sports Acetal black and nickel plating, and is a dazzling compliment to any Intel or AMD motherboards. Koolance is no longer including both AMD and Intel mounting mechanisms in one-complete-package. The CPU-380 is now available in Intel or AMD version, the block is designated with a capitol letter “i” for Intel and “a” for AMD.
Today we’re going to take a dive with the CPU-380I to find out how this new flagship waterblock stacks up against the other competitors.
As NVIDIA infiltrates the mainstream playground with its bang-for-the-buck GTX660 lineups, and the high-end GPUs are getting special treatment with liquid cooling, what happens if you own one of the mid range GPUs, like the GTX660Ti, and want a full coverage water cooled card?
Sadly, you are out of luck. You have been left out in the cold without any support from full-cover water blocks, and you have no choice but to use the universal (GPU only) block. However, the universal GPU only water block has its own disadvantages. We’ll discuss this further in the review.
The fact is, there are no full-cover or limited water blocks for the mid-range graphics card, even if you own the GTX660Ti series. Consequently, most Ti cards are non-reference PCB designs and water block manufacturers are reluctant to provide any blocks for non-reference design cards.
However, if you are the owner of the Asus GTX660Ti DCII or GTX670 DC II series, then you are in luck today. There is only one manufacturer brave enough to offer the full-cover water block for this non-reference design card, and that is EKWB.
Overclockers, gamers and water cooling fanatics, meet the EK-FC670 GTX DCII block. The EK-FC670 GTX DCII is particularly designed to support most Asus GTX670 and GTX660 DrirectCu II lineups. A full coverage block support single or multiple graphic card configuration that utilizes high flow and micro-fins to provide maximum thermal performance.
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I have been anxious to test the EK-Supremacy since the date it released. The Supremacy name piqued my interest because the name “Supremacy” reminds me one of my favorite action flicks – “The Bourne Supremacy.” It was about a ruthless and bad-ass assassin who could terminate anyone with a bat of an eyelash.
Supremacy means to dominate, control, and that one is superior to others. EK claims the Supremacy outperforms its legendary Supreme HF block by 2°C, and has better hydraulic flow by 20%.
Finally, I have my hands on the EK-Supremacy and today we’re going to put this water block in the ring with some of today’s top CPU water blocks to see how it defends against the other ruthless arse-kicking water blocks.
Read on to find out what this new flagship cooling block is all about.