With the launch of new AMD Radeon Vega GPUs, there was some fresh life pumped into the graphics card market. Things got exciting once again, we had new GPUs to talk about, and this seems like a perfect opportunity to revisit a fairly common question. Will liquid cooling improve your GPU performance?
With the introduction of the new EK-Vardar EVO cooling fan lineup also came a new feature. EK-Vardar EVO 120ER and EK-Vardar EVO 140ER fan (both white and black) models feature the so called “Start-Stop” function which can benefit you in several ways.
“Just an ordinary day at the office” says Rok Spenko one of the EK R&D team members. Coming up with new stuff is not an easy task, and just like every “creative lab”, not all ideas get realized. Some get discarded, some are just too complex, but eventually, some ideas get to see the light of the day. The liquid cooling loop built in this Corsair Carbide AIR 540 case is nothing special. It is a simple one CPU, one GPU, one radiator, one pump loop. But… it has some special parts in it, and you will surely recognize them.
Liquid cooling does not have to be flashy and full with RGB. It does not need to have a heavily modded case. In fact, you don’t even need to have custom sleeved cables. Sometimes, liquid cooling is used for regular power-packed PCs, simply because it offers the best performance. Also, you get to have a very cool looking silent PC. This build is brought to us by Nenad “neSSa” Đorđević, the host of SS PC Modding.
A lot of heated debates have risen during the past few weeks with the launch of our newest Fluid Gaming water cooling lineup, which is made of all aluminum parts. So we just thought this might be a perfect opportunity for a new episode of “Fun Facts” where we will try cover this subject from all possible angles.
What do EK employees do in their free time? Simple, create more awesome stuff! The build that you are looking at comes from EK R&D wizard Simon which is actually a boosted In Win H-Frame Mini. The thing is boosted in every aspect because it is raised on a radiator to conserve space. The other main feature of this mod is the custom flat reservoir that integrates the DDC pump as well!
Project Aorus was initially thought to be a simple show build with some water cooling and custom cables, but as Hans Peder “p0pe” Sahl explains, it often happens that he gets carried away and decides to make his own custom water cooling parts for the build. This project was first exposed live in Leipzig at Dreamhack 2017, Gigabyte – Aorus event.
Time to continue the story about radiators for liquid cooling. We have covered the basics about radiators in the Part 1 blog, and in Part 2 we even showed some charts. Part 2 clarified things about radiator performance, how radiator performance is expressed and how do we read radiator performance charts. We have shown how two of the most popular radiator sizes (120 and 140mm), with different thickness variants, relate to one another performance-wise.
It is hard to go unnoticed when you build a PC in one of In Win`s D-Frame 2.0 open frame cases. Malik Custom pulled off a clean and minimalistic look while he managed to exploit the stock gold paint job of the D-Frame, which is not an easy task. For this magnificent build, Malik Customs was inspired by motorization and industrial design, while the specific character of the In Win D-Frame 2.0 has just added a pinch of elegance to it.
Even though soft tubing is considered to be the beginner’s option, we cannot claim it’s easier to use than hard tubing. Some bends are just impossible to pull off with soft tubing. We have talked about various types of tubing in our “Fittings and tubing guide” where we mentioned the kinking effect on soft tubing. Soft tubing kind of “has a mind of its own”. It tends to go its own way… and if you make a bend too tight, the tube will collapse and stop the flow of coolant.