August 29, 2017 // 10:05 a.m.
Alphacool has officially unveiled its latest liquid-cooling reservoir design in two new models, the Eisbecher Helix 250 and Helix Light, which come with the option of an internal ultraviolet cold-cathode light tube for use with reactive coolant additives.
Featuring an internal double-helix structure based roughly on a strand of DNA and looking not entirely unlike the T-virus containers from the Resident Evil series of films, though hardly the first reservoir to adopt such a design, the Alphacool Eisbecher Helix family - the name translating literally to 'Ice Cup' but more accurately to 'Ice-Cream Sundae' - comes in 50mm and 60mm diameters. While the former is of more use to those with cramped cases, the latter includes a hidden UV cold-cathode light tube which when combined with UV-reactive cooling additives will cause the liquid inside the reservoir to glow.
Somewhat confusingly, it's the Eisbecher Helix 250 which includes the integrated cathode tube and which features three G1/4" threads in the top and bottom plus an additional two connection points on the side of the bottom plate for a total of eight along with an external diameter of 65mm. The smaller Eisbecher Helix Light, meanwhile, drops to a 55mm external diameter but loses the cathode and drops to two G1/4" connectors top and bottom for a total of four. Those buying the Eisbecher Helix Light aren't left without the option of glowing tubes inside their rigs, though: The device includes four holes for 5mm LEDs, not included, for aftermarket lighting.
The Alphacool Eisbecher Helix 250 and Eisbecher Helix Light are available in a choice of colours from the Alphacool webshop now, priced at €79.94 for the former and €49.94 for the latter (around £74 and £46 respectively, inc. VAT).