Aqua Computer water block makes R9 Nano a chilly one-slot card

German accessory manufacturer Aqua Computer is showing off its latest graphics card water block, which can turn a Radeon R9 Nano into a single-slot solution. The company claims the water block can chill the Fiji GPU down to 35ºC while running Furmark (with the coolant at 27º C), which isn't really impressive—merely typical German efficiency.

The water block doesn't just cover the GPU. The whole PCB is enclosed, so the card's High Bandwidth Memory, VRMs, and even the inductor coils receive some love. Oxygen-free copper makes up the majority of the block, while the neat-looking window is made of Plexiglas. You'll need a single-slot bracket to go with the block—Aqua Computer says the bracket it sells for the Fury X will work fine. Cool and quiet 6-way CrossFire, anyone?

Aqua Computer will begin selling these copper slabs next week on its webshop, though there's no word on pricing. Given that it charges 99.90€ ($113) for a similar block for the Fury X, this version isn't likely to be cheap.

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    • Mr Bill
    • 6 years ago

    You will be able to see the corrosion as it happens!

    It is however, very attractive.

      • ImSpartacus
      • 6 years ago

      It’s gorgeous.

      But I don’t see the point of watercooling a Nano. I mean, wouldn’t it be cheaper to just get a stock Fury X?

      If you’re already invested in open loop cooling, then your budget & case are both probably large enough to just get a 980 Ti with a block on it. If you’re spending that much money, you might as well get the best.

        • Mr Bill
        • 6 years ago

        The Fury X did not bother cooling the VRM’s that well if I recall. Maybe better getting a Fury designed for a better cooling setup.

        • Mr Bill
        • 6 years ago

        On the other hand, the Nano may be designed for a specific Power/Thermal envelope and limited that way in the Nano build regardless of what cooling solution you install.

    • Lans
    • 6 years ago

    Really? 35C while running Furmark? Based on AnandTech’s number, that is more than 35C cooler with this? If that holds, I wonder how much more performance can you squeeze out of a R9 Nano…

      • Hinton
      • 6 years ago

      Heat isn’t what’s holding the Nano back, its the power envelope.

      • Meadows
      • 6 years ago

      Not too much, because it only has a single 8-pin power connector.

      • willmore
      • 6 years ago

      Conversely, I wonder how much more efficient this makes the card. As CMOS runs more efficiently at lower temps, 35C drop should cause it to use less power–or be able to run at lower voltages for a given clock speed which amounts to the same thing.

    • I.S.T.
    • 6 years ago

    It’s so pretty…

    • Bensam123
    • 6 years ago

    And the double PCI-E x16 mITX motherboard was born shortly here after.

    • cynan
    • 6 years ago

    Since when do graphics cards with water blocks take up more than 1 slot?

    (Hybrid die water coolers with fans for the V regulators and memory excluded, of course)

    • Chrispy_
    • 6 years ago

    Single slot card, but even with right-angle hose connectors, the hoses use up the second slot anyway.

    /facepalm

      • Waco
      • 6 years ago

      If it’s like most other blocks of this type, the hoses can be routed out either side.

        • UberGerbil
        • 6 years ago

        Which limits you to two right next to each other, though unless you’re willing to drop it into an x1 slot you’re probably not slotting them in like blades anyway. I would’ve been cool if they had two models with offset connectors so you could buy both and alternate.

        Realistically, though, given the Fury’s target market, I doubt many people will be using more than one, just doing so in the smallest case possible.

        • cynan
        • 6 years ago

        But in most cases the hoses are out of the way of most things you’d put in an adjacent slot. The caveat being you just have to have the other card installed first. And as mentioned, you have your choice of which side the hoses attache to the block.

        Still more flexibility than a cooler that simply takes up multiple slots. As long as you have somewhere to put the radiator, of course.

          • Chrispy_
          • 6 years ago

          Other than windowed-case ePeen nerd factor, why would you care about watercooling a Nano when the Fury X is already watercooled and super short?

          You would only buy a Nano to fit into an mITX build anyway, and there’s no second PCIe slot to put anything in, or require the adjacent slot’s space anyway!

      • Shobai
      • 6 years ago

      This is the way basically all modern full cover GPU waterblocks are done. The ports are meant to be out in clear space above any card you might put next to the GPU, and if you do put a second GPU next to the first, it allows the use of either fixed [or variable] length tube connections or the various SLI/CF bridge offerings from the different waterblock producers.

      It’s not as dumb a solution as you’re making out.

        • Chrispy_
        • 6 years ago

        What’s dumb is releasing a waterblock for a card that has been specifically downtuned to be air-coolable with only a tiny heatsink.

        Why would you watercool a Nano when you could watercool the full-fat Fury X (which is also mITX)?!?

        It [b<]*is*[/b<] as dumb a solution as I'm making out, maybe not just for the reason I chose to attack first. It's basically dumb on multiple fronts.

    • anotherengineer
    • 6 years ago

    “Given that it charges 99.90€ ($113) for a similar block for the Fury X, this version isn’t likely to be cheap.”

    Which actually isn’t too bad considering it’s actually made in Germany.

      • chµck
      • 6 years ago

      it actually is pretty bad considering copper prices are pretty darn low now.

        • Mr Bill
        • 6 years ago

        Oxygen free copper is currently about double the ~$2.50/lb price. But back in the early 80’s the price of copper fell below $0.90/lb and oxygen free carried enough of a price premium to keep some copper producers afloat.

        Also, there is some pretty nice machining there. Its very difficult to polish a metal as soft as copper without smearing the grains. That is a very nice finish and probably has a protective coat to keep it that way.

    • Forge
    • 6 years ago

    Oxygen-free copper? Did someone just hear one of those “high-end audiophile” wannabe people?

      • Milo Burke
      • 6 years ago

      Oxygen-free is the only way to eliminate unwanted system noise. That’s why I keep my primary listening system in a vacuum.

        • the
        • 6 years ago

        In space, no one can hear you scream.

          • Milo Burke
          • 6 years ago

          In space, no one can hear the Star Destroyer passing just above you.

          [url<]http://whatculture.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/ZZ5EAF3005-620x700.jpg[/url<]

            • Ninjitsu
            • 6 years ago

            I don’t think lasers in Star Wars are supposed to be light weapons, more like some sort of plasma thing. Could be wrong.

            That’s how it is in the FreeSpace universe, at least. Only “light” weapons are beam weapons, and they’re instantaneous.

            • UberGerbil
            • 6 years ago

            I’m having trouble with the “Weird depictions of exposure to vacuum” column, considering [url=http://filmschoolrejects.com/features/could-you-survive-for-14-seconds-in-the-vacuum-of-space-like-in-kubricks-2001.php<]most[/url<] of the [url=http://www.geoffreylandis.com/vacuum.html<]people[/url<] who've [url=http://www.uh.edu/engines/epi2691.htm<]looked at the scenario[/url<] in 2001 have concluded it's possible. I don't recall anything in the Alien movies that is more implausible than that either (assuming you accept the Alien in the first place).

            • sweatshopking
            • 6 years ago

            GOD YOU PEOPLE ARE NERDY.

            • GrimDanfango
            • 6 years ago

            AKA, interested in stuff. Isn’t that why we’re all frequenting a computer tech site anyway?

            • Tirk
            • 6 years ago

            The vacuum of space is quite varied depending on location so there is no hard statement about what does and does not occur in space. Anyone who tells you otherwise has just enough knowledge to misconstrue it.

            -Yes fires can occur in space from a spaceship as the fire consumes the oxygen that is contained in the spaceship for people to breathe. It is also why the flames at the end of a rocket work in space as the rocket contains oxygen to supply the continued reaction.

            -You might just hear the noise from the rocket in space (if you were in the vicinity behind it) as all the gases being propelled to produce movement also create the required medium to transmit sound. This would include other types of engines that propel matter like an ion engine.

            -Energy is being constantly moved from one part of space to another that doesn’t care if we call it sound, light, heat, microwaves, etc. The universe is not bound by our knowledge of it, despite our arrogance to assume otherwise.

            • jihadjoe
            • 6 years ago

            A small nitpick with a chart that is supposedly about accuracy:

            Lasers are not Faster Than Light weapons!

            • Milo Burke
            • 6 years ago

            I suppose they’d be exactly light speed, yes?

            • Meadows
            • 6 years ago

            Of course.

            I tried to think of a reason why they might’ve made that mistake but can’t find one.

            • psuedonymous
            • 6 years ago

            I’m not sure why 2001 got dinged under “weird depiction of exposure to vacuum”. I even counted during the Pod Bay Doors scene: Bowman is not performing actions for more than the 12 seconds of consciousness that have been verified as the limit of activity on sudden exposure to vacuum (from accidents involving sudden exposure to very low pressures, e.g. the infamous Suit Test incident among others). 2001 got it dead on the money.

          • NeelyCam
          • 6 years ago

          [url=http://www.dugoutproductions.com/images/Meshuggah-Alive-DVD-big.jpg<]In space, no one can hear you unless you scream[/url<]

      • BiffStroganoffsky
      • 6 years ago

      Monster will use this as a precursor for another O-free copper shortage and double their prices.

      • Meadows
      • 6 years ago

      Oxygen-free copper conducts heat even better than “regular” copper, which is why.

        • Forge
        • 6 years ago

        No, it doesn’t. You’re wrong, but thanks for playing.

        Pure copper and OF copper have the same thermal conductivity. There’s another type, usually called “Oxygen-Free for Electronics” (OFE) that has a very, very, very slightly higher thermal conductivity, but it’s completely and totally meaningless in this context.

        OFE copper is better for waterblocks in the same way that multiple-pass reverse-osmotically-purified water makes better ice cubes; Only in theory, and if you have money to burn.

          • Meadows
          • 6 years ago

          I’m not wrong, but thanks for making yourself look like an arse.

          I was talking about OFHC copper and while I couldn’t find exact numbers in an internet search, I could find that its conductivity is slightly higher. Which undermines the audiophile parallel you so desperately tried to present.

            • Forge
            • 6 years ago

            Actually, that’s exactly what wrong is, but it’s cute that you think anyone cares about your protestations of truth.

            Arse: Hey, I don’t like anyone to feel lonely and left out, even you. Now we’re a team!

            OFHC: You might have been talking about OFHC (WTF is OFHC? Did you mean OFEC?), but you made the critical error of saying one thing and meaning another, which is only obvious to other telepaths.

            Please, tell me more about how I’m wrong and you’re right, because of things you thought and meant to type but never typed.

            • Meadows
            • 6 years ago

            Do an online search you twat.

          • Freon
          • 6 years ago

          Anyone downvoting should spend about 5 minutes googling this.

          There’s no substantial difference. It’s a bunch of hocus pocus bullshit.. The -5 this has now is simple more proof TR needs to eliminate the comment voting system because the site is starting to get infected with flunkies. It’s horrible for the site and the community.

            • Forge
            • 6 years ago

            I’ll tell you my secret Cap. I’ve never paid any attention to the voting nonsense.

            • Mr Bill
            • 6 years ago

            Its not hocus pocus. Oxygen free copper is significantly superior to run of the mill (pardon the pun) copper. In this particular use, yeah, its probably more for wow factor. But, the market for oxygen free copper exists because it really is superior and even irreplacable for certain applications.

        • psuedonymous
        • 6 years ago

        By a very, very small amount. All the [url=http://www.copperalliance.org.uk/docs/librariesprovider5/pub-122-hicon-coppers-for-electrical-engineering-pdf.pdf?sfvrsn=2<]non-alloyed Copper standards[/url<] are within a single percentage point of each other in terms of thermal conductivity. And with Copper's propensity to oxidise, there's a good chance that that machine process used to form the blocks will introduce a significant amount of Oxygen and other impurities (I'd be very surprised if AquaComputer did their machine work in an inert or reducing atmosphere). So even if the raw billets were OFHC rated, the end product blocks likely aren't.

          • Meadows
          • 6 years ago

          By the look of this product, I’m pretty sure they’re the kind of people who will take a 1% improvement if given the option. I never said the improvement was large.

      • morphine
      • 6 years ago

      *Ahem*

      You should have not doubted your little brother. [url<]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxygen-free_copper[/url<]

        • Forge
        • 6 years ago

        Oh, there’s no doubting, the brain-dead audiophiles said it, and you faithfully reported it.

        My boggling is WHY would anyone specify OFC for a largely-decorative waterblock. It’s like specifying only the finest gourmet seedless watermelons for a Gallagher show, but even moreso.

          • Krogoth
          • 6 years ago

          Marketing point for people who don’t understand Chemistry and/or Metallurgy 101.

          • Billstevens
          • 6 years ago

          That wiki confirmed exactly what you said. OF is no different for conductivity. And OFE is the very slightly better, but not specifically because it has even less oxygen but probably more due to the removal of other impeding impurities.

        • Mr Bill
        • 6 years ago

        Probably choosen for the wow factor but also because the more pure the copper, the higher its resistance to corrosion, higher formability and machinability, higher thermal and electrical conductivity, and higher ductility, strength, and flexibility (very important in super fine wire).
        This link put it in a table…
        [url<]http://www.sequoia-brass-copper.com/alloy-c10100-ofe-copper.html[/url<] The Main Properties And Benefits Of OFE C10100 Copper Are: Immune to hydrogen embrittlement Very adherent oxide scale Highest homogeneity and reliability of all copper grades Highest possible electrical conductivity of as high as 101.5% IACS Highest possible thermal conductivity Superior weldability, brazability and solderability Extremely good for electron beam welding Most preferred formability and impact strength Highest purity standardized copper (impurities <40 ppm and no single impurity higher than 25 ppm) Typical analysis here... [url<]http://www.sequoia-brass-copper.com/alloy-c10100-ofe-copper.html[/url<] more proterties... [url<]http://www.conductivity-app.org/alloy-sheet/31[/url<] Phelps Dodge Copper Refinery (they invented the technology)... [url<]http://www.copper.org/publications/newsletters/innovations/2001/08/intro_toc.html[/url<] "There are several highly refined grades of copper that contain almost no oxygen or other impurities. These are the so-called oxygen-free high-conductivity coppers. (The acronym for the term, oxygen-free high conductivity copper, OFHCTM, is a registered trademark of Phelps Dodge Specialty Copper Products. Comparable generic products are generally referred to simply as OF copper.) OF copper is produced by casting electrolytically refined copper in a controlled, i.e., non-oxidizing atmosphere. It is used where ease of welding and brazing are especially important. OF coppers exhibit electrical conductivity above 100% IACS."

      • Krogoth
      • 6 years ago

      Not to mention that copper is still exposed to the air and Oxygen tends to become best buddies with Copper. That is unless they threw in a “passivization layer”.

      The only benefit from doing this is that prevents long-term corrosion.

      • TwoEars
      • 6 years ago

      Just be glad you don’t have to remove the static from your computer before powering it on.

    • Firestarter
    • 6 years ago

    I’m struggling to see the point of this waterblock when the radiator would take more space than the stock cooler and the whole point of this card is to fit into mini-itx cases? Aren’t most radiators bigger than the stock Nano?

      • Anovoca
      • 6 years ago

      To move the mass away from the pci slots. Also, since this is not an aio unit, I am guessing it is targeted for people who already have a water cooling reservoir, pump, and rad in their build.

      • w76
      • 6 years ago

      The benefit, I suppose, is that you’re saving a tad of space on the card compounded with the space saved above the CPU, and using a single radiator for both major heat sources in a tiny case — and also efficiently dumping that heat directly out a vent. As is always the case with custom cooling, is it worth the premium? That’s all in the eye of the beholder, since water cooling is rarely (ever?) a necessity.

      If this was the only item on the loop, though, then yes obviously a full sized radiator with a 120mm fan will be a regression in terms of space for the Nano.

    • willyolio
    • 6 years ago

    for the super-enthusiast, this actually makes a lot of sense. While some mITX cases can barely fit a full length video card, they’ll end up blocking a radiator or take up too much space for a proper watercooling setup.

    a mITX watercooled computer would actually have room for maybe a double length radiator up front…

      • Mr Bill
      • 6 years ago

      LOL, I misread this at first and thought you were suggesting a case with a retro double length radiator cap up front. But it has an odd appeal for a water cooled rig…
      [url<]https://www.google.com/search?q=retro+radiator+cap&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0CEgQ7AlqFQoTCIDz19-a-ccCFcikiAod8TgJUw&biw=1093&bih=981[/url<]

    • JustAnEngineer
    • 6 years ago

    That’s a great-looking cooler. The target must be Crossfire builds, since most enthusiast cases allow for dual-slot coolers, even in mini-ITX.

      • Terra_Nocuus
      • 6 years ago

      mITX crossfire (with PCIe splitter cable), perhaps?

    • K-L-Waster
    • 6 years ago

    Interesting product – is it exclusive to the Nano or could it fit other half length cards as well?

      • willyolio
      • 6 years ago

      full coverage waterblocks are pretty much always card-specific.

        • K-L-Waster
        • 6 years ago

        I C. TY

          • Farting Bob
          • 6 years ago

          QWER.TY.

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