Rather than celebrate its 25th anniversary year with streamers, balloons, and cake, Antec opted instead to release a new self-contained liquid CPU cooling solution, the Kuhler H20 920. This is the successor to the 620 and was developed in conjunction with Asetek. Unlike a traditional liquid cooling loop, Antec promises high performance in a quick, easy-to-install package that doesn't require any maintenance.
Let's forget for a moment that watercooling a Nintendo Wii console is about as useful as putting racing tires on a Pinto. After seeing what one looks like (a watercooled Wii, not a Pinto), we don't care. The final result is a thing of beauty that makes for a great conversation piece, even if it won't make Super Mario Galaxy load any faster.
Gigabyte claims its new GeForce GTX 550 Ti Overclock Edition graphics card strikes just the right balance between faster clockspeeds and quiet computing. Armed with a custom cooler, the GV-N550OC-1GI, as it's named, boasts "extraordinary overclocking ability" and outpaces reference GTX 550 Ti cards by 6 percent, Gigabyte says.
Corsair on Tuesday said it has begun shipping its new Hydro Series H60 liquid CPU cooler. The H60 is a low-profile, self-contained liquid cooling solution that boasts easy installation and enough cooling prowess to handle high performance systems. And unlike many water cooling setups, this one runs under $80.
If you subscribe the motto that air is for breathing, not for cooling, then MSI's new N580GTX HydroGen is exactly the type of videocard that should float your water cooling boat. MSI ditched the reference air cooling solution and replaced it with its own proprietary HydroGen all-copper waterblock. The rest is up to you. Stick it in your water cooled rig, pop the tubes on the in/outlets, turn on the pump, and enjoy seeing those temps drop by as much as 24C over that of Billy's reference card.
Let's start with what a stock GeForce GTX 580 videocard should be running at. According to Nvidia, the GPU in the GTX 580 is rated to run 772MHz. Nvidia pegs the shader clock at 1544MHz, and the 1536MB of GDDR5 is supposed to run at 2004MHz (effective). What's the fun in that?
Sure, the GTX 580 is already the fastest single-GPU card on the planet, but that didn't stop overclocking guru Shamino, who works at Asus, from putting the pedal to the metal. Shamino jumped straight into LN2 cooling, and by doing so he was able to crank the GPU all the way to 1519MHz, nearly doubling the stock clock. The memory, meanwhile, was pushed to 2500MHz.
The extreme cooling was necessary, both to accommodate the higher clockspeeds and the handful of volt mods Shamino made to the card.
Antec has made its first leap into the world of liquid cooling with the all new KÜHLER H20 620 CPU cooler, the end result of what appears to have been a very productive partnership with Asetek. According to Antec’s Dennis Pang, the KÜHLER H20 offers not just an easy installation, but zero maintenance over the life of the unit. "Forget about having to purchase coolant and filling/refilling," he said. "Ironically, the beauty of this liquid cooling solution is never having to see the fluid."
Pang claims users should expect a 20 percent boost over a stock Intel heat syncs, and the company will over mounting kits for Intel’s LGA 775, 1155, 1156, and 1366. On the AMD side they will support the AM2, AM3, AM2+ and AM3+. "The performance advantage doesn’t just apply to the CPU," he said. "Routing all the CPU heat directly out of your chassis means lower overall ambient temperature, which helps out your other components. And the low profile of the pump (just 27 mm) drastically reduces the footprint of your CPU cooler, which greatly increases overall airflow in your chassis."
The KÜHLER H20 620 has an estimated street price of $69.95, and is backed by Antec’s 3-year standard warranty program. Anyone takers?
Antec, best known for its high quality power supplies, has teamed with OEM liquid cooling specialist Asetek to build and market a new line of self-contained liquid coolers. The first of these is the KÜHLER H2O series, another all-in-one design that requires no maintenance on the part of the end user.
"Antec's global reach and excellent reputation make them an ideal partner to bring Asetek's next generation of sealed liquid cooling technology to the DIY and system integrator markets," said Steve Branton, Director of Marketing at Asetek. "From a technical perspective, we are delighted by the new levels of performance, quite operation, and just plain fun features that partnering with Antec is bringing to the new KÜHLER H2O series."
This is primarly a marketing partnership, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Asetek has a history of churning out solid liquid coolers, but they've mainly been relegated to boutique system vendors. With the Antec label, DIY builders will have easier access to these coolers.
Asetek also builds Corsair's Hydro H50 and H70 series.
Serving up another dose of hardware hotness from CES, Gordon Ung talks to digital storm about their new, proprietary thermal-electric cooling system. How cold is it? So cold that if you remove it from the motherboard, it'll start to freeze the water in the air solid! Check out the video:
Fans? MSI don't need no stinkin' fans, not for Intel's Atom platform, anyway. The motherboard maker just announced its latest 3.5-inch small form factor (SFF) slice of silicon, the I3-945GSE-D.
This new board kicks it old school with an Intel Atom N270 processor slapped onto an Intel 945GSE chipset. It has "onboard power and a fanless design, making it an excellent all-in-one, high-end solution for use in custom enclosures and embedded applications," MSI says.
Feature-wise, the new board supports up to 2GB of DDR2 400/533 SODIMM memory and comes with a single SATA 3Gb/s port, onboard LAN, a mini PCI-E slot, Realtek ALC887 HD audio, CF slot, and "supports onboard watchdog timer for added system redundancy and security."