We’ve been hearing about Hydro X – Corsair’s line of custom liquid cooling components – for a while now, but today marks the official launch for the watercooling hardware. There’s a range of parts, from CPU and GPU blocks, to radiators, fittings and tubing, meaning you will be able to create an entire custom loop using Corsair components.
Starting with its CPU blocks, Corsair has two models at launch – the XC7 and XC9. Both sport RGB lighting with 16 addressable RGB LEDs, but the primary difference is the XC7 is designed for LGA 115x/AM4 sockets, and the XC9 is for LGA 2011/2066/TR4. Because of that, the XC7 has ’60+’ cold plate fins, while the XC9 has ’70+’. Aesthetically they are very similar with the transparent flow chamber, and both come with pre-applied thermal paste.
For its GPU blocks, Corsair currently has five models of its XG7 RGB block – to fit RTX 2070, 2080 and 2080 Ti (Founders Editions), and also GTX 1080 Ti FE and Vega 56/64 (reference). These are full-cover blocks and come with included aluminium backplates, while there is also a transparent section to match the design of the XC CPU blocks. There’s more RGB lighting in the GPU blocks as well, and each comes with pre-applied thermal paste and thermal pads.
Corsair is also offering a XD5 RGB Pump/Reservoir Combo which utilises the popular Xylem D5 pump, with a 330ml reservoir that comes with an integrated fillport. On top of this, there’s more RGB LEDs to illuminate the reservoir itself (ten of those), while Corsair has even integrated a temperature sensor to provide real-time coolant temperatures from within the loop itself.
There’s also two radiator options – 30mm and 54mm thick – with the former available in 120/140/240/280/360/420mm sizes, while the thicker rad is available in 240/360/480mm sizes. These radiators have been made by Corsair in cooperation with HardwareLabs. Corsair is also providing both soft and hardline tubing options, a variety of fittings in different colours that are designed in collaboration with Bitspower, as well as XL5 coolant – currently available in clear, red, green, blue and purple colours – that is a result of cooperation between Corsair and Mayhems.
As this is Corsair, all of the RGB-enabled hardware is compatible and controllable with Corsair iCUE, and Corsair is also keen to point out its easy-to-use custom loop configurator that’s available on its website.
Corsair Hydro X is available to buy today, directly from Corsair. CPU blocks start from £69.99, GPU blocks start at £134.99 and the XD5 pump/res will set you back £149.99.
KitGuru says: There is clearly a big focus on aesthetics and RGB with the Hydro X series, but it will be fascinating to see what a full Corsair custom loop looks like.