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Alphacool shows off first 3D-scanned waterblock

Alphacool shows off first 3D-scanned waterblock

Alphacool has produced its first fully-functional prototype to prove its custom-designed full-coverage waterblock service, and its test figures show impressive results.

Alphacool has released images and performance figures for the first full-coverage waterblock design to come out of its customisation service, demonstrating considerable improvements in GPU and VRM temperatures over the stock cooler.

Announced back in April, Alphacool's service allows those for whom no full-coverage waterblock design exists to send in their boards for 3D scanning. Once scanned, Alphacool will tweak their design to support the board - bringing the benefits of full-coverage blocks to those who eschew reference-layout graphics cards. At the time, the company had only pre-rendered images to show its planned designs, but now it has released the first images of a fully-working prototype produced for the Sapphire Radeon 280X.

While not entirely indicative of the finished product, which will be anodized in black rather than bare silver, the overall design is now complete - and Alphacool claims considerable gains over the stock air cooler. Using the company's dedicated testing lab - which includes the ability to control ambient temperature for accurate results between tests - Alphacool was able to demonstrate a drop from over 100 degrees Celsius to just over 60 for the VRM temperature and from just over 80 degrees to just over 40 for the GPU temperature. The latter is hardly surprising given the direct-contact waterblock, but the drop in VRM temperature without a fan on the cooler shows that the company's design is certain effective.

The company has not yet confirmed pricing or availability for the customised boards, but is still running its 3D scanning service for those whose non-reference designs have not yet been scanned - and offering a free waterblock to anyone loaning a new design of board.

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SchizoFrog 23rd May 2014, 15:05 Quote
I feel that it looks cheap, tacky and fairly nasty to be honest. Certainly not something I would expect from a water cooled system.
Impatience 23rd May 2014, 15:27 Quote
So it's basically a universal cooler, with large aluminium fins going across the card? I was looking forward to this concept! But if THAT is the end product, i'd rather pay the extra for a specific 3rd party card and get a waterblock that I know exists!
Corky42 23rd May 2014, 15:36 Quote
It does look a bit like they have taken a standard water block and then bolted it to a large after market heatsink,
i was expecting a full flow water block.

I guess if the price is right it beats designing and CNC'ing your own custom block.
Big Elf 23rd May 2014, 16:37 Quote
The temperature drop without a fan on the VRMs of 40º is very impressive. I've never managed that with a GPU only block, heatsinks AND a fan. The fins will hardly be visible from the sides and providing the price is right could be a winner.

In a normal case orientation all you'll see will be one side of a heatsink fin, pretty much like looking at the side of a full cover block.
GeorgeStorm 23rd May 2014, 17:05 Quote
Something weirdly nice about how it looks in my opinion actually.
maverik-sg1 24th May 2014, 11:16 Quote
Clever in the design, if it works that good at not only cooling the card but the VRMs and RAM then Kudos to them....I always put performance over visuals, especially for something that is literally looked on from a side elevation once it's installed.
iggy 24th May 2014, 16:41 Quote
thank ****, a return to universal gpu blocks and swappable mem/vrm cooling.

**** paying 90 quid a pop for a block that only fits 1 specific card. swiftech tried something similar but never really took it far, this looks like a win to me. pop a shroud on top of that or anodise the aluminium and it'll look mint anyway.
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While not entirely indicative of the finished product, which will be anodized in black rather than bare silver, the overall design is now complete
you wont even have to anodise it, yay.

well played alpha-cool, looks like you're getting some more of my money soon.
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