SUMMARY: Watercooling products are increasing.
I have seen more watercooling products at Computex this year than in the past – manufacturers are responding to the CPU heat challenge increasingly using water. What follows is a view of what’s showing on the floor – these products will be reviewed by us as they are made available:
Global Win has updated their entry level watercooler (“Blofi”) by replacing the integrated waterblock-pump with a mag-drive pump:
The radiator is a new model which is placed outside the case:
The tube on top of the radiator is the fill tube.
EverCool has updated their entry with a very attractive case:
There are also consumer level products, one of which is the AQUAMINI:
This example is a dual CPU application.
Thermaltake is featuring a very full product line, indicative of a major thrust into watercooling. The Tribe
is an external unit featuring a 120 mm fan, waterblock and pump. The Silent Water
is an entry level solution featuring an integrated 120 mm fan/radiator/pump and CPU waterblock.
For the noise-sensitive application, there is the Rocket:
This is a fanless design which uses a cooling tower approach.
Thermaltake also showed a high-end case:
Very pretty but top-end pricing.
A very interesting product is their stand-alone VGA watercooler “Tide Water”:
This product is targeted to taming increasingly hot GPUs:
This unit exhausts hot air through two PCI slots.
Vantec is showing an entry level product:
This features a Hydor waterpump.
Foxconn is showing a fully integrated unit with the pump and radiator as one unit
Not all these products may make it into the market, but the interest in watercooling appears to be very high and may presage even more products as the year rolls on. Whether water cooling makes it into the mainstream is still debatable.