The Hardware Labs Black Ice Nemesis GTR series of radiators was only announced and available for purchase 2 days ago from the date of this article, making it hard to source at the moment. In fact, I am fairly certain the only reseller who has stock is Performance PCs in the USA where the Nemesis GTR 480 costs all of $159.67 today. This is a tough pill to swallow, considering that the next most expensive quad 120 mm radiator I have tested so far is the Nemesis GTX480 at ~$142. That is not to say this is the most expensive quad 120 mm radiator, there are offerings from Aquacomputer that cost in excess of $200 even and I have yet to see them used anywhere in person for this reason. As such, there will be some points lost here by the Nemesis GTR for relative and absolute pricing.
In terms of build quality and packaging, it will gain some back. I have had all of 1 issue with Black Ice radiators wherein a core had particles that needed 3 flushes with distilled water and the rest were ready to go after one flush- this was the same. On the outside too, a matte black finish goes well with anything although I would like to see a matte white color option too. Perhaps a special red edition too? Let’s see.
Liquid flow restriction was average so no points traded either way, although some points will again be deducted for the high air flow restriction. Note that this came about as a result of innovative fin geometry engineering that helped out a lot with thermal dissipation which is really what most people care about and it performed as advertised and met expectations so points come back on here.
What I am getting to is this- Hardware Labs had a gap in their inventory till now. They had radiators for low airflow performance, radiators for low liquid restriction and they were missing radiators for high airflow performance. Enter then the Nemesis GTR. I can already see some HWBot benchers getting interested in this where absolute performance trumps everything. If you can’t fit this in your budget, look elsewhere- the EK Coolstream XE performs similarly and costs $30-40 less depending on where you purchase it from, while also offering two spare ports as well. If you can spare the coin needed and want the best possible performance at good overall quality, all I have to say is.. Rev it up!
The Black Ice Nemesis GTR 480 gets:
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