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Introduction

Aquacomputer is not a new company to the PC DIY watercooling market, and in fact their first CPU block (cuplex 1.0) was launched all the way back in 2001 when most other companies you see today were not even an entity. Their cuplex kryos CPU block was launched in 2010 and it has been fairly long in the tooth now in terms of having a lot of competing products come and outperform it. After an year of development, they have now launched their next CPU block aptly named the cuplex kryos NEXT. Thanks to Sven, we get to take a look at it and test it for ourselves now.

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

Technical details
Dimensions:
Socket 2011: 98 x 98 x 22 mm (not including screws)
Connection threads: G1/4
Distance between threads: 28 mm

Scope of delivery
– Water block
– Mounting material (screws, springs, etc.)
– Thermal compound Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut, approx. 0.5 grams in syringe
– Plastic spatula
– Instruction manual

I note immediately that the cuplex kryos NEXT has the most permutations and combinations ever in terms of a CPU block launch- there are over 90 different variants to choose from. Aquacomputer sent me the “standard” version with a nickel plated brass housing and a nickel plated copper base plate. There are 4 main versions including the standard one, and each subsequently have a variety of housing and base plate materials and finishes- acetal, acrylic, copper, nickel plated brass finish for the housing and copper, nickel plated copper, .925 sterling silver for the base plate. On top of this, they are working with another company in Germany to offer PVD (physical vapor deposition) finishes for the housing. I have experience with multiple PVD techniques- sputter coating, electron beam deposition and so on- and if done well the finish obtained can be very striking. This also enables the application of several colors not otherwise possible easily via electroplating. PVD here would involve the deposition of a base titanium compound layer on top of the material getting coated (nickel plated brass which has undergone a surface treatment most likely here) followed by other metals to get different colors/finishes as need be. Needless to say, I am interested already to find out more. For those wanting just copper, a “nano-seal” is applied to keep the copper finish and not have it oxidize easily.

Another thing to note here is that the cuplex kryos NEXT is socket specific in terms of the SKU you purchase, with socket conversion kits being optional purchases separately. I am not sure how to feel about this to be honest. I am seeing more and more companies shy away from a universal Intel and AMD socket support to just Intel or AMD socket support and now this. Granted that it looks likely the upcoming AMD socket may not be supported as-is, and I am not sure how often a customer would re-use the same CPU block across builds. If this move has led to a decrease in overall price then I don’t mind. As far as warranty goes, there should be their standard 24 month warranty on these CPU blocks as well although any issues with passive components such as these will be found almost immediately. Let’s now take a look at the block on the next page.


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