There were a lot of compact serially manufactured liquid cooling systems for CPUs at the end of 2012. Nearly every manufacturer either announced or put on sale an inexpensive close-loop solution based on the Asetek platform.
We test liquid cooling systems on a regular basis and have already written a dozen reviews about them but in the last months the manufacturers have for some reason focused in that direction, flooding newsfeeds with their promotions of “new” liquid cooling products. Corsair and Thermaltake have updated their product line-ups whereas Zalman has released as many as three new coolers and showcased one more original product with some liquid inside. Cooler Master has announced four coolers of this class and NZXT, two coolers. Even Scythe has unveiled its very first serially made liquid cooling system.
It’s hard to explain the manufacturers’ increased interest towards such solutions. Our tests have repeatedly proved that compact liquid cooling systems have no advantages over today's top-end air coolers. Anyway, we cannot neglect this trend, especially as we've received over a dozen new products. You can see most of them in the photo below:
Considering the abundance of products to test, we will publish two reviews about them. The one you're reading now covers the less ambitious and less expensive products while the top-end ones will be discussed in our next review. So, let's get started.
Technical Specifications and Recommended Pricing
All liquid-cooling systems reviewed today are closed-loop products. They come pre-filled with environmentally safe coolant and do not require servicing or adding any coolant later on. We are going to discuss them in alphabetical order.