Welcome back to our coverage of Day 2 – we apologize for the late update but today was packed full of meetings, and we got back to the hotel not too long ago.
We started the day with a by invite only tour of the latest Corsair products at the Grand Hyatt. Some brands, even the big ones, don’t necessarily want to exhibit at the main exhibition halls, and instead simply book out hotel rooms and showcase their products to only a select few partners. This allows them to spend more quality time in a conducive business setting to answer any questions or give their sales spiels.
The main highlight is of course their Hydro X range of open loop liquid cooling solutions. Corsair is now getting into the liquid cooling space and when paired with their iCUE system, really makes things interesting.
They’ve basically hired some senior guys from EK to impart their knowledge into the new Hydro X system, adding some new technology and improvements to create a competitive offering. It’ll definitely be an interesting space to watch to see how they fare over the course of 2019.
The cool thing about the GPU block is that it is fashioned after their older DOMINATOR memory modules, with a strong crossbar type design. Their CPU block (seen below) is actually injection moulded aluminum, which is quite a feat. Most would have simply CNC-ed. The Corsair logo is actually individual cut out minuscule holes – extremely impressive workmanship.
After wrapping things up with Corsair, we then proceeded directly to the main exhibition hall itself. Cooler Master had a pretty sick booth and they showcased quite a number of new products. We especially like the cool looking Mastercase H100, made for lan parties in mind, but only supports shorter length GPUs.
The other exciting product launches are their new AIO watercoolers, sporting a brand new design language.
They’ve also introduced some industrial looking fans that are supposed to compete with Noctua in terms of performance. The MF120M reworks the typical RGB rings that are so common these days with 4 elegant lines. I personally love this look, but YMMV.
Hot on the heels of ASUS’ Ryujin AIO, CM has now also launched their own programmable CPU AIO. It can tell you temperature, speed or a custom picture if you so wish.
Some other cool booths (warning: lots of photos inbound!)
A watercooled Odyssey! (Streacom DA2) Sadly no GPU in sight, but then again Linus already did that.
Speaking of which, here he is right now, hanging out with the ever dependable Dennis!
Zadak had quite a bunch of cool PCs on display as well, and we also managed to get into Antec’s booth to check out what’s the latest they have for 2019.
Team Group had a pretty unique SSD with a screen where i’m guessing you can also customize to display whatever it is you want.
We met up with Kolink to discuss some new collaborations. Here we can see a pretty old design, the Kolink rocket – this looks familiar, i wonder why…
Last but not least, we caught up with the guys over at EK to find out what’s new. They have a bunch of new stuff, most notably their new Quantum series.
All in all an extremely packed day and we can’t wait for more cool stuff to check out tomorrow! It’s 2AM and we’re going to crash – goodnight!