Keen to live up to its name, Alphacool took to CES 2018 to unveil a selection of its new watercooling solutions. This ranges includes a new high-end GPU waterblock, an experimental AIO unit and an adapter to illuminate clear CPU waterblocks with RGB lighting.
Alphacool has high-end GPUs in its sights this year, introducing the new Eisblock GPX GPU watercooler. The waterblock sports a sleek matte black design with an acrylic panel to display coloured LEDs for themed builds. The coolant is set to flow one way, so as to prioritise cooling important hardware first and foremost.
While the 280mm variant of the all-in-one (AIO) watercooler appeared at CES, Alphacool and Alpha Tuning are also working on a 240mm and large 360mm version too. All versions use a D5 Pump placed at the end of the radiator, while using open loop components and integrated fans for a more compact, smoother design. Aesthetic is important, with LED lighting seen along the sides of the radiator and within the clear acrylic GPU block.
Alphacool will only be distributing its Eisblock GPX GPU cooler for high-end graphics cards, initially making it available for AMD's Vega platform and Nvidia's 1080 Ti Founders Edition with more custom variants incoming later down the line. Those with lower end GPUs are encouraged to look at other GPX or GPX-Pro lines.
The Eisblock GPX GPU cooler was originally expected to launch around the third quarter of last year, but has since been pushed back to Q2 2018. While prices are subject to change, the 240mm version is expected to retail at around €230, with the 280mm at €250. The 360mm is still a work-in-progress and has yet to see an estimated price.
Those that like the idea of lighting up their clear waterblock but don’t want to have to invest in a new AIO cooler to do so are in luck, as Alphacool is also launching its RGB block attachment that simply plugs into the RGB header on compatible motherboards and is ready to go after assembly.
Making assembling custom watercooled systems a little easier, Alphacool have placed some focus on its cable modding tool kit, which is said to have a competitive price and contain all enthusiasts will need to tinker with their system.
For the time being, Alphacool is playing coy on the current release date and pricing of its new equipment, particularly with its Eisblock GPX GPU cooler, however it doesn't seem like we will have to wait too much longer to see it in action. In the meantime, ModMyMods shows just what can be done with Alphacool products in the custom Phanteks Evolv case above.
KitGuru Says: It’s great that Vega users now have another watercooling option under their belt, but is the demand really there to warrant such a product? The highlight for me is the easy-to-install RGB addition which enables older builds to potentially make use of the newer trend. What do you think of Alphacool’s selection?