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What do you get when two Germans decide to partner up and start a company? Well, if you are Andre and Finn you form Anfi-tec. It’s still mind boggling to me how you can have companies like this that have been in existence for close to a decade now, and the majority of their target customers have not heard about  them. I certainly had no idea about Anfi-tec till late 2015, and I was pleasantly surprised when they contacted me earlier this year to see if I would be interested in doing a review of their latest CPU waterblock. Having done a similar coverage of the “Nateman Doo” CPU waterblock before, I decided to go ahead with this and see how a product from a 2-man operation stacks up against much larger companies relative to volume sales and resources. Thanks then to Andre for providing the sample(s) of interest.

Let’s take a look at the specs from the product page:

Technical specifications:
material bottom: copper with high purity
material mounting: stainless steel
material nozzle plate: brass
material top: POM
material cover: acrylic glass
Connection thread size: 2x G ¼ Zoll (DIN ISO 228-1)
Connection thread distance: 38mm (hole centre to hole centre)
Sealing: NBR 70

Compatibility INTEL:1150, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011, 2011-3, 2011-3 Narrow-ILM

Scope of supply:
mounting material
Assembly Instructions

not in the Scope of supply:

The information above is taken directly from the default English version of their webshop, but realize that it is a German outfit and excuse any language barriers here unless it is something major. To give some background on the “Drei”, Anfi-tec’s first CPU block named “exFRS” began sales in March of 2008, and their next version named “Soleil” began selling at the end of that year itself with a subrevision the “Soleil02” selling in 2012. As such, this is the 3rd version of their CPU block and is aptly named “Drei” which is the number 3 in German. These blocks were limited to 50-100 pieces each which gives a good reference on the scale of production, compared to companies like Watercool that sell a few thousand blocks per month or EK that sell 5-10x that amount. But this will not influence my review because this remains an open market and the customer has options as always.

The Drei is sold separately for Intel and AMD sockets, and this is the Intel version here. The differences lie in the mounting brackets primarily, and can be purchased separately in the various options available for those looking at a switch from Intel to AMD or vice versa. A lot of companies are doing separate SKUs for Intel and AMD based sockets with purchasable mounting brackets so I am ok with this as long as the end product pricing reflects this. The “Drei” is extremely confugirable to suit different color schemes but the default configuration is listed above. The cold plate is copper for all versions, as is the top itself which is made of acetal (POM) in black although there is also a white POM version for an added fee. There is no acrylic/plexi top option here because they are wary of microfractures as a result of overtightening of fittings, but if you would like to see a metal top option please do express your interest and I will be sure to pass it along.

We see also that the Drei adopts a nozzle plate in lieu of a jetplate, and a brass one at that. Customization is also added by the face covers that come in a variety of colored acrylic and even solid metal options, and we will cover all of this on the next page. The block has 2 threaded G1/4″ ports with a NBR 70 nitrile rubber O-ring that can withstand anything the rest of your watercooling loop can. In terms of socket support, the Drei (Intel version) supports Intel LGA 115x and square ILM 2011 (-3) out of the box with optional narrow ILM LGA 2011 (-3) support available. Please note that there are no thermal pads (unnecessary) or thermal paste (again, an option purchase) provided. As far as warranty goes, a standard 2 year limited warranty applies on the CPU block provided there is no user damage done.

Let’s now take a look at the Drei on the next page.

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