Reference XTX Giving You the Vapors? Put Your Card under Water with Alphacool
Water won’t turn into vapor if you block it
A new generation of GPU blocks from Alphacool have been introduced, and the company says that numerous optimizations have been made compared to previous models “in order to dissipate the enormous waste heat of the new graphics card generations in the best possible way”. Well, when you put it like that, YES.
The new waterblocks are available for all reference design Radeon RX 7900 XTX and XT cards, as well as select GeForce RTX 4080 models (MSI SUPRIM, ASUS STRIX).
The Alphacool Eisblock Aurora RX 7900XTX Reference with Backplate
So, what exactly is new here? I will quote the press release:
The fin structure has been modified and allows an optimal water flow while increasing the cooling surface. The modified jet plate with improved inflow engine ensures the best possible distribution of water on the cooling fins. The fully chrome-plated copper base is resistant to acids, scratches and damage. In addition, the chrome plating provides homogeneity and shine that cannot be achieved by nickel plating.
The Eisblock cooler has not only been improved technically: the Aurora design has become visually quieter and simpler, because only one O-ring runs around the entire cooler. In addition, the design around the cooling fins and jetplate provides a cleaner look. The illumination from the digitally addressable RGB LEDs is even better distributed throughout the cooler as a result of the chrome plating.
As to pricing/availability, Alphacool has already put these new GPU blocks up for preorder at their online shop, with a price of €159.98 (roughly $172 USD) each.