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.
Holy moly, someone came prepared to show off some new products at CES, and that someone is CoolIT. The cooling company unveiled not one, but four new cooling items.
First on the list is CoolIT's ECO A.L.C. CPU cooler, which the company claims "breaks a world record for the ultimate price/performance cooling benchmark." CoolIT says it made a ton of refinements to the ECO's pump, radiator, and water block, resulting in an easy-to-install and whisper quite cooler. Designed for mainstream systems, this one's available now for $75.
Next on the list is CoolIT's Vantage A.L.C. CPU cooler. Sporting a new design from the ground up, CoolIT's aiming this one towards the enthusiast crowd and hopes to lure them with a programmable 84x48 pixel LCD screen. The display includes a custom color backlight and 2.4GHz wireless communication module, along with two buttons for controlling all chassis fan speeds. This one will start shipping mid-February for $125.
The last of the actual coolers is the OMNI A.L.C. for graphics cards. It's a full-coverage cooler with a two-stage system consisting of a simple interposer plate customized for each model videocard, and a universal water block. No word on availability, and pricing will vary with each graphics card type.
Finally, there's the Maestro E.S.P., which is a wireless solution for use with the Vantage and OMNI. However, it's also capable of optimizing and monitoring any third-party fan or pump, CoolIT says. The Maestro automatically detects ESP-enabled devices and can control and monitor up to 3 fans, water pumps, or other gadgets powered with a 3- or 4-pin fan header. The Maestro retails for $90.
It's that time of year again, when CES looms just around the corner and company's giddy with anticipation begin teasing with sneak peeks of what's to come. Enter Kingston, the memory maker who over the weekend released a few photos of its upcoming liquid-cooled memory modules.
To be released under the company's HyperX brand, the liquid-cooled DDR3 kit comes with barbs for connecting to existing water cooling loops. And while these modules will obviously be aimed at overclockers, Kingston didn't say what frequency the upcoming chips will ship at, or any other specs, such as voltage or latencies.
According to Bit-tech, the modules are currently undergoing testing in Kingston's labs before the company makes a formal announcement during CES next month.
One way to intimidate your opponents right off the bat is to show up at your next LAN party lugging around a water-cooled rig, but in a SFF enclosure.
Now you can do that, thanks to CyberPower's new LAN Mini H20. Measuring just 11.25 (L) x 8.75 (W) x 7 (H) inches and weighing about 10 pounds, the OEM managed to cram an Asetek water cooling solution into the cramped confines of a Silverstone SST-SG05 Mini-ITX enclosure that integrates both the CPU and GPU into a closed loop.
Also included in the sub-$1000 base configuration is an Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 (2.83GHz, 1333MHz FSB, 12MB L2 cache), Zotac GeForce 9300-ITX motherboard, 4GB of DDR2-800 memory, Nvidia GeForce GTS 250 videocard, 8X DVD burner, and Windows Home Premium 64-bit.
Despite the strides that have been made with high-end air coolers, serious overclockers still turn to water to gain that extra cooling edge, and with it a few extra MHz as well. But diving into water can often be a costly venture, particularly in the prebuilt sector. Or at least it used to be.
The good news is you can now purchase a pre-assembled OEM rig with water running through its veins. The sub-$1000 watercooled PC - being called the Red Blizzard - comes courtesy of Visionman Computers and will be sold through WidowPC. Providing the watercooling is CoolIT's PURE CPU cooler, an all-in-one solution that combines a radiator, pump module, and CPU Fluid Heat Exchanger (FHE) into a single apparatus which, by itself, streets for around a C-note.
The bad news is that you won't find any voodoo magic taking place behind the budget price tag. At the heart of the system sits a modest Intel E5200 processor nestled in an Asus P5N73-AM motherboard based on the aging nForce 650i chipset. Other components include 2GB of DDR2-800 RAM, a 500GB Western Digital hard drive, a single LiteOn 20X DVD burner, and a 9600GT videocard with a 512MB frame buffer. To be fair, there isn't much of a markup on the individual parts, but we can't imagine this self-described "disturbingly powerful" system will live up to its promise of "blow[ing] the socks off all the latest titles."