Hey my fellow PC enthusiasts! I'm sitting here behind my PC today during one of the longest heat waves in the history of the Netherlands. As we speak it's 31 Degrees C in my office and I'm wondering what the hell I'm still doing here. Well, it's too hot to do anything else and since the topic today is about water I guess I can spend a couple of hours writing this piece for you.
Do you guys remember that in summer 2004 time ago we reviewed a pre-modified water-cooling PC-casing from a company called H2O Computers ? Well, it really is a tough market and that company has merged with a company that you probably have heard from one or twice, the company AlphaCool.
AlphaCool is a German based company that specializes in wide range of cooling and modding solutions, especially water-cooling. Browsing through their product line I was immediately impressed because whether you need a single small component, pre-modified water-cooled PC or even a complete PC water-cooled .. hey this is a really good place to do your shopping. You can order their products online but also through a various e- and retailers here in Europe. They offer IRC support, support trough phone, email and forums. So from a generic perspective they are looking quite good.
This company, if they do their marketing right, can easily reach the same high standard that Asetek currently offers. Today we will be doing the first article which will be followed by an intensely impressive second review. The first product however is targeted at mid-range/mainstream users. I'll admit straight away that it's weird to look at yet this product is so clever in the way it has been setup. Allow me to ask you a question, what do you hate the most about water-cooling ? Well, besides leakage that is :) Exactly, the installation. You often have to modify your PC, remove your mainboard, make space to mount the radiator even drill some holes for the fans... it can be quite complicated.
So... why watercooling ? Simple, it's one of the most efficient ways to cool down a component, it can be very quiet and if we take it one step deeper... overclocking. But water-cooling is not just for overclocking geeks anymore. The past year or two PC's and their internal components have faced two growing problems. Increased heat has added the need for better (and more expensive) cooling solutions and these cooling solutions have gotten much louder (when air cooling).
So again, the product looks weird when you'll first see it, but I guarantee you .. you can have your system up and running with a processor nicely chilled with water in 15 minutes. There's only one requirement .. you need to have a 120mm fan mount in your case, preferably right under the PSU.
Today's tested product is the Alphacool Cool Answer III 120 Compact, no external boxes, no difficult installation procedure, you mount a waterblock on the processor, mount the Cool Answer III unit, connect it towards a Molex connector and you are good to go bro ...it's even pre-filled with coolant and everything.
For 159 EUR to good to be true you say ? Well, let's find out .. next page please.
Alphacool HF 38 Niagara Intel Core i7 CPU water block review There aren't that many companies out there that offer liquid cooling products which you can purchase separately. There's a handful of them. One of them is the German based Alphacool. Recently they introduced a new CPU block called the Alphacool HF 38 Niagara. This new water-block is designed for Socket 1366 processor, aka Nehalem aka Core i7. A high-end liquid cooling CPU block priced fairly. Let's check it out.
Alphacool NexXxoS XP Core i7 water block review In this article we test the Alphacool NexXxoS XP HIGHFLOW Core i7 CPU water block. We will apply a nearly passive water-cooling kit to it and observe installation and temperatures. Since we could take a Core i7 965 processor up towards an overclock of 4 GHz we'd say this ia a very succesful product from the guys over at Alphacool.
AlphaCool External 240x128 Display Today we are testing this cute External LCD-Display with the colossal 240x128 Pixel dimensions. Now that by itself is cool, but the software controlling the unit is where the magic happens. You can display pretty much any system info, yet it goes way beyond that. RivaTuner is supported, Fraps, Mainboard Monitor (MBM), SpeedFan and it does not stop there.
Alphacool Ready2Go Stacker (Passive) Alphacool can deliver pre-fitted and modified PC Cases with water-cooling (prefilled and leak tested) installed. Today Guru of 3D will test the Coolermaster Stacker Silver with preinstalled water-cooling from their Ready2Go series of products.
Pretty much install your components and you are good to go. The beauty of this beast is the fact that it is passive water-cooling, the only thing connected to the power circuit is an inaudible pump. That means this system just does not make any noise, at least not that we can hear.