Thermaltake this week added a new self-contained liquid cooling kit to its lineup, the Water 3.0 Ultimate. It sports a large 360mm radiator with three "Triple Curve" 120 PWM fans that spin at 1,000 RPM to 2,000 RPM. If that's not enough for your overclocking efforts, Thermaltake says the large radiator supports three additional fans, bringing the potential total to half a dozen 120mm fans.
If you're not already familiar with Mnpctech, take a moment out of your day to familiarize yourself with the company. Founded 12 years ago by Bill Owen, a name you probably recognize if you've been reading Maximum PC for some time (check out our interview with him from earlier this year) or are into the modding scene, Mnpctech kicks out some of the most badass case mods you'll ever see. Interestingly enough, in a recent conversation with Owen, he told us he's been receiving requests for the past several years to make a video series covering the basics of water cooling with a DIY loop, so he finally went and put one together. Here's part 1.
Liquid cooling-obsessed boutique builder thinks inside the small box
Setting up a liquid cooled rig is challenging enough on its own. But liquid cooling a small factor PC? That's taking things to whole new level. In fact, Maingear says its Epic Torq gaming system is the first small form factor PC in the world to feature liquid cooling for both the CPU and GPU. We'll take Maingear's word for it, but either way, the Torq is an intriguing system that can outfitted with some seriously powerful hardware.
With our lab coats donned, our test benches primed, and our benchmarks at the ready, we look for answers to nine of the most burning performance-related questions
If there’s one thing that defines the Maximum PC ethos, it’s an obsession with Lab-testing. What better way to discern a product’s performance capabilities, or judge the value of an upgrade, or simply settle a heated office debate? This month, we focus our obsession on several of the major questions on the minds of enthusiasts. Is liquid cooling always more effective than air? Should serious gamers demand PCIe 3.0? When it comes to RAM, are higher clocks better? On the surface, the answers might seem obvious. But, as far as we’re concerned, nothing is for certain until it’s put to the test. We’re talking tests that isolate a subsystem and measure results using real-world workloads. Indeed, we not only want to know if a particular technology or piece of hardware is truly superior, but also by how much. After all, we’re spending our hard-earned skrilla on this gear, so we want our purchases to make real-world sense. Over the next several pages, we put some of the most pressing PC-related questions to the test. If you’re ready for the answers, read on.
Note: This article was originally featured in the October 2013 issue of the magazine
Less than a week after teasing a shot of a liquid cooled AMD Radeon R9 290X graphics card on its Facebook page, Powercolor has gone and introduced a retail version to market. The Powercolor LCS R9 290X uses an EK water block, the same as identified in the Facebook photo, and comes factory overclocked to 1060MHz for the core, up 60MHz over AMD's reference blueprint.
Getting wet and wild with AMD's rare Radeon R9 290X
Riddle us this: What's even harder to find than an AMD Radeon R9 290X graphics card? The answer is a liquid cooled version, which doesn't yet exist in retail (to the best of our knowledge). Even if it did, it would probably be as hard to find as every other Radeon R9 290X part, as Litecoin miners have been hording these (and other Radeon) GPUs in hopes of cashing in on the virtual currency craze.
You are what you are, and Digital Storm is a boutique system builder focused on power users and hardcore gaming rigs. That doesn't mean Digital Storm isn't capable of piecing together a system for work, just don't expect its penchant for liquid cooling and overclocking to suddenly disappear. Hence it should come as no surprise that both are touted features of Digital Storm's new Pro line of custom workstations.
Corsair's Hydro Series H100i is our Best of the Best pick for the water cooling category, so when the company launches new cooling products, it has our attention. Such is the case with Corsair's Hydro Series H75, a new liquid CPU cooler that uses two 120mm fans to sandwich the radiator and integrated reservoir. It also features a low profile CPU cooling block connected to kink-resistant rubber tubing.
A self contained liquid cooler with modular properties
The market is flush with all-in-one cooling solutions, most of which look similar to each other, though they offer different levels of performance. Cooler Master's new Glacer 240L is yet another self contained liquid cooler for CPUs, but it's not just the performance potential that separates this model from the pack. Billed as being a "semi-DIY CPU liquid cooler," the Glacer 240L is both modular and expandable, allowing for upgrades down the line.
Boutique system builder Digital Storm today introduced its HydroLux desktop cooling solution that combines liquid and air with fully customizable control software. The specialized software monitors your setup for heat fluctuations and adjusts itself accordingly in real time, though you can always take manual control of the situation if you need additional cooling or want to run quiet.