- Unboxing, Overview and Disassembly
- Liquid Flow Restriction
- Thermal Performance
The Aquacomputer cuplex kryox NEXT is being launched today, October 28 206, globally. For now your purchase options are directly from Aquacomputer where you will have to spend time and take a look at the different options available. This particular one- standard, nickel plated brass housing, nickel plated copper base plate- costs € 84.90 (inc. VAT) which is less expensive than similar blocks with nickel plated metal tops (albeit many are nickel plated copper) and base plates today thanks to the strong USD. The socket conversion kits do not seem to be out yet as of the date of this article, although earlier versions suggest it will be similar to the € 12.90 (inc. VAT) that the earlier cuplex kryos XT had. Time will tell how the US retailers price this, though. If this is too steep for you, the more basic version start at € 59.90 (inc. VAT) for acetal housing and copper base plate standard versions, and those wanting the most unique of CPU blocks can pay up to € 289.90 for the VARIO-VISION version with the special PVD coating finish and a .925 sterling silver base plate when available. For now, I can only talk about the sample I have although I will try and cover the VARIO-VISION version as well separately simply because of how promising those features are in a market of stagnating development.
The build quality was top notch, and I can see why they proudly bear the “Made in Germany” tag on the packaging as well as on the CPU block itself (although personally I would have preferred a cleaner block with less text). Packaging was also very good with soft foam packaging all over protecting the CPU block, and the accessories in a separate compartment. Aesthetics are personal of course and, while the general layout of the block will not change, the multitude of color and finish options will help grab the eye of more potential customers than ever before. Installation is also very simple and having the spring pass beneath the surface of the mounting bracket means you have a low profile CPU block- again more for aesthetics than anything else. TIM spread and thermal performance was also good- especially on my Intel i7 5960x- and the inclusion of very good thermal paste also gets some brownie points.
Not everything is perfect, however. In order to achieve said thermal performance, Aquacomputer stuffed a lot of microfins in a relatively small area thus making it one of the more restrictive blocks to liquid flow. TIM spread was not uniform across the multiple runs on my LGA 115x socket i7 4770k, and my m-ITX motherboard had some compatibility issues with the block in the regular orientation. Despite this latter point being the fault of the motherboard maker, I wanted to let people know in case your motherboard has components close to the CPU socket as well. No points will be deducted for this, however, as Aquacomputer have gone by Intel specifications. Oh, and these are socket specific now and not just Intel/AMD specific. I am not a fan of having to purchase conversion kits separately, although the lower pricing of the base blocks does compensate for that. Perhaps what irks me here is the need to disassemble the block in order to change the mounting brackets- there is no reason for this, they could have had the screws that hold the housing and base plate together also pass through the mounting bracket as well. Perhaps this was a requirement for the VARIO design? Let’s see. For now, it is a con in my books.
A very promising, and potentially the most original CPU block to come out in years. That is my bottom line for the cuplex kryos NEXT. The standard version as received gets:
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