The same applies as already in the review of the model for the GeForce RTX 3080 reference: The market of all-in-one water cooling solutions for graphics cards is, compared to CPU coolers, still plenty manageable, although the possible gain compared to air cooling is significantly higher. Higher boost steps and lower operating noise are only part of the reward, because all other components of the graphics card board also benefit from such cooling.
Since the product will be officially launched only on 29.04.2021 at a RRP of 244.99 euros, but the individual parts are already here in the warehouse, I have cheekily done exactly what you can as a trained GDR citizen usually still quite good: I have taken advantage of the modular system of Alphacool and on my own initiative just so a Radeon card cooltechnisch through itself. Fetzt, so much I can already spoil, because I still had the residual tinnitus from the Asetek beep on the Sapphire RX 6900XT Toxic in the ear.
The Alphacool Eiswolf 2 is a real full copper solution without aluminum in the circuit, so it was quite easy to do exactly what you do with kit components when the stocks in stores are empty and your own archive is well filled: Combine a 360 Slim radiator with the new Alphacool fans and complete in parallel with the pump unit of the Eiswolf 2 (which fits here for almost all current cooling blocks) a standard GPX-A water block for the Sapphire RX 6800XT / 6900XT Nitro+. In my case, it was the RGB-lit acrylic variant marketed as Aurora. Terminal off, pump on – water circuit!
Scope of delivery and unboxing
So, I’m going to pretend that I’m the lucky one who got a complete delivery like that. How does that make you feel as an end customer? After all, before the packing comes the unpacking (ok, I’ll pretend now). And what do we find in the Easter box? The completely pre-assembled and filled water block including pump and the 30 mm thick 360 mm radiator (Alphacool NexXxoS), three PWM-controlled aRGB fans from Alphacool (max. > 2000 rpm, new model), thermal compound and pads, screws for the cooling block and the fans as well as for mounting the radiator, a splitter for the fan connections and the manual. Okay, you still need the map, of course.
This also makes it clear that the pump remains unregulated, which is good. Because you don’t hear the DC-LT 2 despite or because of the approx. 2600 rpm and the flow is really optimal in the current interpretation. The two quick connectors would allow to integrate more cooling blocks or a second radiator, the TPV hose is somewhat rigid but thus also protected from kinking and also not particularly susceptible to diffusion effects due to the material. The two rotatable 90° angles then help to find the right position.
If you want to refill the radiator because of a modification or for other reasons, you will find a plug at the end of the radiator which closes the inlet. The screwdriver is also included in the delivery. If you want to change the fluid after 1-2 years, this can be done quite easily. The inlet is also an outlet. To release, you can also force the pressure to equalize by loosening one of the quick connectors and pushing the spigot inward. By the way, this also gives when filling to get the air out.
Speaking of quick disconnects, this also made replacing (and refilling) the radiator quick and painless. Ok, the parts don’t deserve a beauty award, but they are incredibly practical. However, I would like to make a small additional comment on the extension:
From a technical point of view, everything so far is absolutely usable and also completely sufficient to realize a conversion including a decent result. The nickel-plated copper block of the cooler is quite cleanly processed, dangerous burrs are just as little, as the formerly so unloved tool marks. The spacers (threaded sleeves) sit tight enough and the fit is absolutely fine.
So who wants, here is finally the data sheet for detail lovers, which in this and that form applies equally to all models (Except for the pads):DE_Eiswolf2_Datasheet