[ad#review982-top]It really doesn’t seem that long ago that setting up a watercooled system involved going to the local auto parts store to purchase a Chevette heater core, then to a pet store specializing in very large aquariums to get a pump, etc, etc. Liquid cooling was something reserved for the ubergeek, definitely not something for the timid or squeamish.
Today it is pretty simple. A small handful of companies began designing liquid cooling-specific hardware nearly a decade ago. That number has grown over the years, and today there are many companies producing the complete range of liquid cooling parts and accessories, complete kits, in-case kits, and liquid cooled cases. You can watercool your CPU for as little as $100, but you’ll spend much more than that if you want some real watercooling goodness, attaining those overclock load temps that air-cooled guys just dream of.
Chances are that you haven’t heard of Ikonik Technology. A number of professionals left one of the largest hardware companies in the world, and in February 2008 announced the formation of Ikonik. Starting out already having years of R&D, manufacturing and production management, and sales and marketing experience with a very successful company helped a lot. These guys aren’t a bunch of noobs blundering out into the IT market, they already know the industry, markets, products, and their competition. They presented their first products at Computex last June, including the Ra X10 case. They started winning awards there, and haven’t turned back.
Today I will be looking at the Ikonik Ra X10 Liquid Cooled case, an aluminum full tower with a liquid cooling system installed. Besides having a very extensive liquid system, the case is probably the most ventilated PC chassis I have ever seen. And that’s not all, there are other innovations too. Read on to find out about the Ikonik Ra X10 Liquid!
Model Name: Ra X10 Liquid
Type: Full Tower
Dimensions: 220mm x 572mm x 606mm (8.66″ x 22.5″ x 23.85″)
Materials: Entire aluminum (3.0 mm front door / 1.2 mm body construction / 2.0 mm material thickness construction bars)
5.25″ External Bays: 6 (includes conversion kit for 1 x 3.5″ external drive)
3.5″ Internal Bays: 8
Expansion Slots: 8
Side Panel: Interchangeable mesh/transparent windows
I/O Panel: 2 x eSATA, 4 x USB 2.0, 1 x IEEE 1394, 1 x audio
Cooling: 2 x front 120 mm incl. LED / rear 1 x 140 mm incl. LED / rear bottom 2 x 80 mm incl. LED / 2 x 4 80 mm side fans incl. LED
Mainboard Support: uATX / ATX / CEB / E-ATX (extended-ATX)
Tool Free: One-touch removable front drive-bay cover/removable MB-tray/one-click HDD installation/PCI-slots
Anti-Vibration: Rubber op HDD and PSU railing for anti-vibration and noise reduction
Special Features: Diamond-cut front door/ rotatable & removable anti-dust cover / EPS 12V PSU support/ diamond sandblasted aluminum top cover / top cool LED blue water flow indicator
Weight: Appx 22lbs with cooling system installed
Liquid Cooling System:
Pump: ceramic bearing
Water Pressure: Max 2m height
Noise Level: 20dB
Capacity: Appx 125ml
Radiators: Two 11.5″ x 3.25″ nine channel radiators
Fins: 1620 S-shaped fins per radiator
Waterblock: Solid Copper
Design: 283 copper pillars, wavy pillar bed
Tubing: 3/8″ clear
Coolant: Proprietary Ikonik Coolant, blue in color, environmentally friendly, 600ml
The Ra X10 is packaged in a large, sharp looking box. The front has an image of the case inside, and the rear is covered with features.
The case is very well protected with heavy foam supports, and the included hardware is firmly secured in compartments in the supports. The case is covered with a very heavy glassine bag.