Corsair's Hydro X: Making Custom Loop Water Cooling More Mainstreamby Gavin Bonshor on June 7, 2019 8:00 AM EST
During Computex 2019, jack-of-all-trades manufacturer Corsair unveiled its brand new range of liquid cooling products to the world with its new Hydro X series. As the demands on current generation components increases in terms of power and heat, the Hydro X looks to offer users a more accessible way into the world of custom water cooling where traditional air cooling and closed loop liquid coolers aren't quite enough.
The Corsair Hydro X series of custom liquid cooling products expands across the entire range of parts needed to create a full custom loop which includes a pump, reservoir, radiators, fittings, tubing, coolants, and blocks; essentially everything needed to create a custom loop without needing to mix and match between different manufacturers.
What makes the Corsair Hydro X series different from the rest comes in the company's ability to mass-produce the components with one key change. Corsair is using nylon as opposed to acrylic which is not only more versatile under taxing conditions, but acrylic is somewhat unreliable with different fluid types and prone to cracking under intense temperature shifts - and nylon is also more cost-effective, and easier to mass produce than acrylic. This gives them a manufacturing advantage over brands such as EKWB, which the Hydro X series is targetting on the market.
In its range is a variety of components including two CPU blocks, the XC7 RGB which is designed for the mainstream LGA115X/AM4 sockets, and the XC9 which caters to HEDT with support for LGA2011, LGA2066, and TR4/SP3. Both CPU blocks include a total of 16 addressable RGB LEDs which can be customized with the Corsair iCUE software, just like the rest of its ARGB enabled products. For graphics card are five different variants of its XG7 RGB GPU blocks which are full cover and offer support for the RTX 2070, 2080, and 2080 Ti founders edition models, with another set compatible with the older AMD Vega 64/56 reference models, as well as another for reference GTX 1080 Ti's too. Each CPU and GPU block comes pre-applied with thermal paste so users can directly install onto their components with minimal fuss.
Corsair's Hydro X XL5 coolant produced by Mayhems
Also on offer from Corsair is a range is a new range of radiators which are available in two different thicknesses; 30 and 54 mm. The 30 mm thick radiators are available in 120/140/240/280/360, and 420 mm with the thicker 54 mm limited to just 240/360, and 480 mm. A full range of fittings with G 1/4 threads is available which have been developed in cooperation with Bitspower, with two different types of tubing offering users the option to go soft, or hard. The Hydro X hardline tubing is available in 14 mm OD which is constructed of PMMA, whereas the PVC soft tubing comes in 13/10 mm (ID/OD) sizing. For its fluid, Corsair outsourced the fluid to the legendary coolant manufacturer Mayhems and is available in green, red, blue, purple, and clear.
Corsair even developed its own custom liquid cooling configurator which features an easy to use and intuitive design. Users can allow Corsair to work out what's required for optimal performance by entering their components including CPU, GPU, case etc, or select their own and tally up at the end.
The Corsair Hydro X series of liquid cooling components are now available directly from the Corsair store, with the stock currently filtering into retailers at various prices depending on the components.
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BMM - Friday, June 7, 2019 - linkGreat looking kit,and cheaper then the competition. I am using a eVGA RTX 2080 TI Black and a R7 2700 non X. This is making me want to switch over to a open loop when I upgrade to Zen 3k.
darkswordsman17 - Friday, June 7, 2019 - linkWhile most people on here will probably bemoan the RGB, this seems well thought out (the product stack and support) and I like that they have that tool to enter your config and case and they'd then recommend the components and I assume layout for you. Which if that can include premade tubing (like that shown in the first pic), with them doing leak testing on their end, or maybe shipping it in a way where you can do it first thing (to make sure nothing was damaged in shipping). Then from there you'd just follow their instructions like a Lego kit, it wouldn't really be much more complicated than building a PC already is.
I do wonder though. If nylon had so many advantages over while also being cheaper than acrylic, then why wasn't it being used?
I was curious if their configurator just included Corsair cases. It does have some other brands, but not a lot yet (hopefully they add more). Antec and Thermaltake for instance didn't return any, but Cooler Master did.
I'd be a little cautious about the pre-installed thermal paste too. Seems like it would be a limiting factor, although obviously they're targeting easy installation, and it being water cooling will compensate some.
Lord of the Bored - Saturday, June 8, 2019 - linkI actually saw them doing a Q&A with another news site, and apparently the grade of nylon they're using is both expensive and difficult to work with.
I'm assuming the advantage comes in speed. Injection molding should be far faster than machining, particularly if a glossy finish is desired. If you want to put millions of coolers on store shelves worldwide, speed matters a lot.
https://www.bit-tech.net/features/modding/watercoo... The second video in this article, the relevant part starts at 3:30.
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Oxford Guy - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - link"The Corsair Hydro X series of custom liquid cooling products expands across the entire range of parts needed to create a full custom loop which includes a pump, reservoir, radiators, fittings, tubing, coolants, and blocks; essentially everything needed to create a custom loop without needing to mix and match between different manufacturers."
"For its fluid, Corsair outsourced the fluid"
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