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Alphacool has a new option for liquid cooling enthusiasts that are fans of hard tubing: Introducing Alphacool Carbon Hardtube. These carbon tubes are made from carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) and are available with 13 mm and 16 mm outer diameters. Alphacool’s Eiszapfen fittings are said to work well so no special fittings are necessary. However, carbon is not bendable, so only straight tubes are possible. Pricing is set at $45.80 for a four-pack of 13 mm tubes (each 80 mm long) or $50.89 for a four-pack of 16 mm tubes. Note: When working on the carbon tubes (sawing & filing), it is important to wear protective equipment due to carbon dust. The use of safety glasses, FFP2 masks, and gloves is advisable and work on the HardTubes should only be carried out in well-ventilated rooms or outdoors. Below is Alphacool’s press release.
Introducing the Alphacool Carbon Hardtube
HardTubes enjoy great popularity. Those who prefer straight and clean lines in their computer choose them instead of hoses for the water loop. The majority of HardTubes are clear and transparent. Alphacool now offers with the Carbon HardTubes an interesting alternative to the common variants made of PETG or acrylic. The smooth surface and the structure of the carbon laminate give every water cooling system a unique appearance.
The HardTubes are made of CFRP (carbon laminate) and have to be sawed to the right length for precise installation. Bending curves is not possible here due to the material composition. The HardTube connectors from Alphacool’s Eiszapfen model range are suitable for connecting the tubes. The connectors in black, white or chrome perfectly match the carbon look. The Carbon HardTubes are available with 13mm or 16mm outer diameter.
Technical data 13mm 16mm Material carbon (CFRP) carbon (CFRP) Outer diameter 13mm (1/2″) 16mm (5/8″) Inner diameter 10mm (3/8″) 13mm (1/2″) Length 80cm 80cm Maximum operating pressure (pressure tested) 0,8 Bar 0,8 Bar Maximale Betriebstemperatur 60°C 60°C Maximum working temperature -20°C to 60°C -20°C to 60°C Weight 47g 58g Color black black