Unboxing and Overview
Hardware Labs by itself does not operate a web shop and so we begin with the product packaging directly. Also, I will note here that this is the first Thermal Bench review to be fully done in 2017 meaning my new photography setup was inaugurated for this:
It’s a good thing too, since my previous table top setup was barely able to contain a 560 mm rad but now I can easily cover this and larger things too! Back to the Nemesis GTR 560 now:
The colors chosen for the Nemesis GTR are black and red, with their “Rev it up!” slogan leaving little doubt on the application here. The packaging is two piece with an outer sleeve that is decorative having illustrations, names, logos and features on it and an inner cardboard box with two flaps and a seal that also acts as a warning label concerning the use of screws longer than optimum.
Included here is a reminder that the Nemesis GTR is not a standard U-flow radiator in that the flow is top-bottom (or bottom-top) rather than side to side and as such there is a small performance optimization depending on the choice of inlet port and direction of airflow. Also included are 16 each M4 threaded screws that are 6 and 30 mm long with Phillips head to be used with 25 mm thick fans or direct installation of the radiator to a case. There is thus enough to use fans in push or pull, in intake or exhaust. You will need 16 more M4 threaded screws of appropriate length to go push-pull. This sample thus has a change of screws from the older 5/28 mm to 6/30 which is much more usable with cases using thicker panel materials now. I was told there will be 43 mm long screws included soon as well to use with 38 mm thick fans, although given how few of those end up being used I don’t mind their absence at all.
No more dark matter powdercoat finish here, the Nemesis GTR radiators will be available in a black carbon finish only at launch. This is a matte black finish with a light satin touch that is easier to maintain, and was used on the SR2 series throughout to provide some context. No company or product logo anywhere which is also nice to see, the unique looking end tanks help distinguish them immediately as it is. Only two ports here, unfortunately, although that was not a surprise considering how all the dual core style rads from Hardware Labs have been so till now with multiple ports being a unique selling point of their SR2 radiators instead. Having multiple ports here is harder than with more traditional U-flow radiators, however it is not impossible and so it would have been nice to see them included here. Perhaps a future iteration with ports on the top and bottom (as opposed to one side vs the other)? That would be nice. The end tank is brass, and both G1/4″ threads were threaded perfectly and perpendicular to the frame.
The fan holes are threaded perfectly as well with no issues here. They are spaced the standard 15.5 mm apart for 140 mm fans on radiators and cases, and note that these are aligned close but not directly over coolant tubes. In case you were still worried, there are screw shields included as well so longer screws used by accident will be stopped by them and at best bend some fins. Best to use screws of appropriate length as always though!
As covered in the previous article, the core uses their new Type R fins which are 25 micron thick at 16 FPI but are 5.7 mm high (vs 7.9 mm for the Nemesis GTX/GTS and 9.4 mm for the even older GTX/GTS that this Nemesis GTR directly replaces). There are also more coolant tubes here at 20 (vs 16 on the Nemesis GTX 560) which will help with liquid flow restriction considering they are the same 1.2 mm thick ones. Let’s now see how the radiator ends up performing, beginning with liquid flow restriction on the next page.