PNY on Monday announced it was working with Asetek to "deliver liquid-cooled, high-end graphics cards that far outperform equivalent air cooled models," but stopped well short of providing any real details, like which cards would get the Asetek treatment and for how much. It looks like PNY was just waiting for the right moment, that moment being the E3 Expo that's now taking place, and has answered all the questions we had.
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.
How do you an overclock an Intel Core i7 980X processor to 4.6GHz with an idle temperature below zero degrees Celsius? Most people don't, but boutique system builder Digital Storm does with its new Sub-Zero Liquid Chilled System.
"The R&D conducted on this liquid chilled system has been the most labor intensive, but rewarding initiatives ever attempted by our engineers," said Rajeev Kuruppu, Digital Storm's Director of Product Development. "With constant innovation happening in the hardware space, the demands on our engineers to design systems that optimize these components are unyielding. The Hailstorm gaming computer with the new Sub-Zero Liquid Chilled System fully maximizes the potential for each component like no other system we've ever built."
The Sub-Zero is made up of a series of TEC peltier coolers working in tandem with other liquid cooling components. Freezing liquid is delivered to the CPU, making ultra chilly temperatures (and high overclocks) possible.
As always, you have to pay to play, and a base configuration for rigs utilizing the new cooling solution start at $3,900.
As one of the few players in the all-in-one liquid-cooling market—which marks the midpoint between air-coolers and custom water-cooling loops—CoolIT’s coolers have to compete with Corsair’s Asetek collaborations as well as both other categories of coolers. CoolIT’s Eco A.L.C. cooler (reviewed June 2010) performed to within a few degrees Celsius of our champion air- and liquid-coolers, but its single fan was noisy and it didn’t significantly outpace our category leaders. The CoolIT Vantage A.L.C. has all the features of the Eco but adds an LED screen and a wireless receiver that will tie in with CoolIT’s upcoming Maestro control software. Can it match the performance of our category leader, the Corsair H70 (reviewed October 2010)?
The Vantage A.L.C. uses the same mounting system as the Eco—a three-position Intel Socket 775/1156/1366 bracket with backplates for each, plus an AMD bracket. The radiator is the same, though CoolIT uses a spacer to add a fan’s-width of space between the radiator and rear of the case, allowing for less turbulent airflow. The spacer is easily replaced with another 12cm fan if you want a two-fan configuration.
Kingston has zeroed in on water cooling enthusiasts with its latest memory line, the HyperX 'H2O' series. Available in dual- and triple-channel packages, these kits run up to 2133MHz and include water cooling barbs integrated onto the heatsinks.
"Water cooling is desirable for its quiet operation and long-term reliability. We are bringing HyperX H2O to market as a solution for PC enthusiasts who want to build water-cooled systems using high quality Kingston products," said Mark Tekunoff, senior technology manager, Kingston®. "HyperX H2O is a natural extension of Kingston’s offerings for performance users. Our goal is for users of all levels and interests to have a Kingston product that meets their needs."
Kicking off the line are three kits, including:
4GB DDR3-2000 (CL9-11-9-27 @ 1.65V), two sticks
4GB DDR3 2133 (CL9-11-9-27 @ 1.65V), two sticks
6GB DDR3 2000 (CL9-10-9-27 @ 1.65V), three sticks
All three kits are available now, with pricing set at $157 (4GB DDR3-2000), $205 (4GB DDR3-2133), and $235 (6GB DDR3-2000).
Boutique system builder iBuyPower is bringing its portable LAN Warrior back into battle, this time equipping the mATX rig with a liquid cooling setup.
"LAN party gamers push their systems to the limits, making liquid cooling a necessity," said Darren Su, Vice President of iBuyPower. "The liquid cooled LAN Warrior II provides gamers with a way to keep their system safely overclocked without forcing them to haul around a full sized rig or sacrifice power."
Pricing starts at $750 for an AMD-based setup, $800 for an Intel P55 configuration, and $1,000 if stepping up to Intel's X58 platform. If you have the jingle, you can stuff up to two videocards into each one, including a pair of ATI HD 5970 graphics cards for quad-CrossFireX fun.
CoolIT is prepping it's Omni ALC cooler, a self-contained universal liquid cooling solution the company claims "provides aggressive heat dissipation for optimal graphics performance," and that includes Nvidia's Fermi architecture.
"When you pair the world's fastest GPU with the first-ever universal GPU liquid cooling solution, the results are visually astonishing," remarked Geoff Lyon, CEO of CoolIT Systems. "This combination will shatter benchmarks and deliver the most pulse-pounding graphics performance to date."
CoolIT says the Omni ALC represents a departure from traditional GPU cooling design, in that you'll no longer need to purchase an entirely new cooling solution for each generation of videocard. Instead, only the GPU-specific interposer plate will need to be changed.
The Omni ALC will ship this summer - no word yet on price.
Asetek is no stranger to boutique OEM builders, and the latest rendevous involves iBuyPower teaming up with Asetek to deliver the "first and only liquid cooling solution for [Thermaltake's] Level 10 tower."
"When iBuyPower decided to liquid cool the Level 10 chassis, Asetek's Total Solutions Team was quick to respond with the guidance on how to optimize liquid cooling performance in this unique chassis," said Steve Branton, Asetek's Director of Marketing. "This is our commitment to 'Thermal Management Done Right!'"
Marketing goofiness aside, it's no small feat integrating a liquid cooling solution into the Level 10. Individual compartments and an overall unique design makes mounting a standard liquid cooling apparatus nothing short of a challenge.
Stepping up to Asetek's liquid cooling solution runs $20, which for the time being is negated by a $20 mail-in-rebate offer.
Just in time for the holiday gift giving season, iBuyPower has come out with five new liquid cooled gaming PCs. The PCs are available from NewEgg and can be purchased right now. The low end model, the Gamer Extreme 922 SLC, runs a Core i7 860 and the Nvidia GTX220. Price wise it clocks in at a mere $989. There’s even a box for the AMD fans out there. The 559 Gamer runs the AMD Phenom II X4 965 and will cost $1,549.
If you need more power, the Gamer Supreme 979 SLC may be an option. It comes equipped with the Intel Core i7 975 and two GTX 295s in SLI. The 979 will also have 12GB of DDR3 RAM, a Blu-ray drive, and a 128GB SSD. Indeed a real monster of a rig with a monstrous price of $3,999. Is it worth it? Maybe, but that’s your call.
The remaining rigs fit nicely in-between the extremes. You won’t be able to fit one of these in a stocking, but if your gamer has been extra nice this year, you might be able to cram one under the tree.
Researchers at Purdue University claim to have developed a new kind of cooling technology. Tannaz Harirchia and Suresh Garimella are using boiling liquid inside microchannels on specially fabricated chips to more efficiently cool components.
Fluids do not behave in the same way in microchannels as they do elsewhere, allowing for increased heat exchange. “Allowing a liquid to boil in cooling systems dramatically increases how much heat can be removed, compared to simply heating a liquid to below its boiling point," the researchers wrote. The device constructed at Purdue is basically a small one inch square heatsink. After liquid has boiled off in the microchannels, a small compressor disperses the heat, returning it to a liquid.
The technology has possible applications in both PC and automotive cooling. PCs are relying on numerous fans, or bulky water block cooling. Similarly, cars use both air and water cooling to remain in working order. Both these areas could see advancement if this microchannel cooling technology takes off.