Alphacool Rigid Tubing and Fittings Released

HardTube

Alphacool Rigid Tubing and Fittings  

Alphacool HardTube Fittings and Tubing

Rigid tubing used to be a thing exclusive to extreme modders, being exceptionally difficult to produce, fit and disassemble. Recently several companies have came to market with their own Rigid Tubing and fittings, taking away a lot of the time and effort required to accomplish this feat of PC plumbing excellence.

Now Alpacool are being added to the list of premium watercooling companies who supply this kind of gear. Alphacool have not just arrived to the party, but have came in full force offering something unique, they are offering metal tubing which are usable with their fittings unlike other companies which just offer acrylic or plexi tubing.

 

Alphacool Rigid Tubing and Fittings

 

As is usual with these fittings they require the use of specialized fittings, to ensure that if used properly your system will be leak free and easy to use. 

"HT (HardTube) Fitting and tubing system has been under development for many months. The HT fitting use a triple lock system comprising of two o-rings and a flat gasket to evenly secure the HT tube in place.
The HT Fittings also use a standard G1/4 thread so they can be used with any inner thread fittings to add easier routing options. Above you can see the HT fittings combined with a standard Alphacool 90° inner thread fitting. The HT fittings range is also compatible with any 13mm OD acrylic tubes."

 

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Currently these product are available in a Clear Plexi (only tubing), Chrome and Deep Black colour option, with tubing available in lengths of 20cm or 40cm. More sizes and colour options will be made available in the future.

At present these parts are only available at Aquatuning, but further retail availability will come in the following weeks.

Join the discussion on the Alphacool HardTube Fittings and Tubing on the OC3D Forums. 

 

 

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04-08-2014, 15:26:31

WYP
Rigid Tubing has became the latest water cooling craze, but now Alphacool's new HardTube series adds metal tubing into the mix as well as the clear tubing we are used too!

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...150539877l.jpg

Read more about AquaCool's HardTube Fittings and Tubing hereQuote

04-08-2014, 15:31:13

Wraith
Ooooh way to go AquaCool! mmmm Chrome stuffs!Quote

04-08-2014, 15:38:34

JR23
That's a nice touch making the inside hexagonal, not so you can tighten them but if you've ever got one stuck they are a PITA to get out. I had to put a pipe wrench around the threads of one of my ghosts to get it out which really didn't feel nice. The black finish looks sweet, I would of definitely gone for those puppies had I been building now.

JRQuote

04-08-2014, 15:40:14

Aquatuning
Yup the hex is not for installation as fingre tight is enough but for getting them out again Quote

04-08-2014, 15:44:34

WYP
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aquatuning View Post
Yup the hex is not for installation as fingre tight is enough but for getting them out again
That's pretty smart, didn't even notice that in the Pictures.

The amount of times I wished fittings were easier to take out.Quote

04-08-2014, 15:52:00

Agost
Acrylic tubing is relatively easy to cut... but metal? How can you get the right lenght?Quote

04-08-2014, 15:53:58

truesilax
dose the metal tubes keep cooler.Quote

04-08-2014, 15:54:57

Innocent159
That's the tube for my first custom water cooled buildQuote

04-08-2014, 15:57:49

Greenback
oh black and chrome

Quote:
Originally Posted by Agost View Post
Acrylic tubing is relatively easy to cut... but metal? How can you get the right lenght?
You can get pipe cutters that spin around the pipeQuote

04-08-2014, 15:59:35

Aquatuning
You use a simple pipe bender and copper pipe cutter for the metal tube - there will be a cutting kit available shortly.

And yes metal tubes will keep the coolant slightly cooler but not by a massive amount.Quote

04-08-2014, 16:03:04

Reloaded2
Can some one link the products to me because it not showing up for me.Quote

04-08-2014, 16:06:24

Aquatuning
They will be live on Aquatuning sites tomorrow afternoon Quote

04-08-2014, 16:11:26

Reloaded2
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aquatuning View Post
They will be live on Aquatuning sites tomorrow afternoon
Oh ok. Thanks When it goes live can you link it to me still, my internet is being a bit resistant to me for some reason because I can click on links but not the website.Quote

04-08-2014, 16:13:42

Agost
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aquatuning View Post
You use a simple pipe bender and copper pipe cutter for the metal tube - there will be a cutting kit available shortly.

And yes metal tubes will keep the coolant slightly cooler but not by a massive amount.
Thank you

However the temperature drop would be very small ( < 1°C ) even if they were made of copperQuote

04-08-2014, 16:47:14

Blobby 72
I've always wanted to have a hard-pipe build. Was just going to use some sort of regular plumbers copper tubing but this is way betterQuote

04-08-2014, 18:02:51

RizeAllard
Stunning... New wishes for Christmass...Quote

04-08-2014, 18:33:22

Mysterae
This is a seriously welcome addition .

The fittings available today are a bit industrial and a bit large (insert self-promoting image here ! ).

http://xmysterae.webspace.virginmedi.../xpower_13.jpg

I wonder how well the tubing bends. Normally copper tubing that is supplied straight doesn't bend well (it can crack or collapse on the bend, I think due to the thinness of the metal), tubing supplied coiled is good. You could of course use right-angled fittings instead of bending though.

For tools, I'd recommend a good pipe bender and pipe cutter with a reamer blade. The reamer blade helps clean up the cut edges of the copper pipe so they don't damage the o-rings of the fittings when you insert them.

The better bending tool is at top of the picture below, the better pipe cutter is the grey one on the right, and the long thin thing going across is a bending spring. I wouldn't recommend a bending spring as I found it so inaccurate and as you can only bend in the middle of a pipe you can waste a lot of tubing.

http://xmysterae.webspace.virginmedi...14/tool_02.jpg

I'd really like to see more builds with hard tubing, hopefully with Aquatuning being supplier this will happen .Quote

04-08-2014, 19:27:30

Wraith
When bending copper or brass pipe, it's a good idea to fill the tube with soapy water and freeze it before bending I saw this on an episode of "How it's made" when they made a Tuba, it stops the pipe from cracking or collapsing.Quote

04-08-2014, 20:20:01

RadeonHDx
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wraithguard View Post
When bending copper or brass pipe, it's a good idea to fill the tube with soapy water and freeze it before bending I saw this on an episode of "How it's made" when they made a Tuba, it stops the pipe from cracking or collapsing.
Hahaha , best program on TV these days . I've learnt how so much is made from the show surprisingly enough. Jet boat engines to tubas, they've got it all .Quote

05-08-2014, 00:36:55

shambles1980
i wonder why they dont thread the pipe.. would be easier. or supply a small tap / dye set so you can thread them your self.

p.s

some sand in the pipe is just as effective and a lot less time consuming than frozen soapy water. also sand wont expand when freezing so is unlikely to split the pipeQuote

05-08-2014, 01:30:24

RizeAllard
Now i am curious about the prices. If they not more expensive than acrylic one I thought I should change to them.... Quote

05-08-2014, 03:39:23

Xrqute
It's not up on alphacool.com yet. I wanted to have a look at the pricing.



Edit-


Derp. Just aaw the post by alphacool, please ingore me and my stupidity.Quote

05-08-2014, 06:09:17

Reloaded2
What the best way to bend one of these chrome pipes without purchasing expensive tools. And is the product up on Aquatuning yet?Quote

05-08-2014, 07:30:02

Agost
Quote:
Originally Posted by shambles1980 View Post
i wonder why they dont thread the pipe.. would be easier. or supply a small tap / dye set so you can thread them your self.
Why thread something you're goin to cut or bend??Quote

05-08-2014, 07:34:09

WYP
Quote:
Originally Posted by shambles1980 View Post
i wonder why they dont thread the pipe.. would be easier. or supply a small tap / dye set so you can thread them your self.

p.s

some sand in the pipe is just as effective and a lot less time consuming than frozen soapy water. also sand wont expand when freezing so is unlikely to split the pipe
How on earth do you plan on screwing in both ends if the pipe is threaded?Quote

05-08-2014, 07:34:22

Reloaded2
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xrqute View Post
It's not up on alphacool.com yet. I wanted to have a look at the pricing.



Edit-


Derp. Just aaw the post by alphacool, please ingore me and my stupidity.
Can you link?Quote

05-08-2014, 07:43:17

Kushiro
I wonder if they will add UV versions Too bad I just ordered my tubing for the tear down and rebuild.Quote

05-08-2014, 11:39:09

Reloaded2
Quote:
Originally Posted by Newbie_NS810 View Post
I wonder if they will add UV versions Too bad I just ordered my tubing for the tear down and rebuild.
CAN SOMEONE GIVE ME A LINK TO THE TUBING AND FITTINGS!!! I can't click on the website itself.Quote

05-08-2014, 11:48:31

Aquatuning
CHILLAX they are not up yet.Quote

05-08-2014, 12:49:07

Reloaded2
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aquatuning View Post
CHILLAX they are not up yet.
chilling down... when they do go up can you still link me to them. ThanksQuote

05-08-2014, 16:04:18

shambles1980
Quote:
Originally Posted by Watsyerproblem View Post
How on earth do you plan on screwing in both ends if the pipe is threaded?
left hand thread on one end and right hand on the other. With connectors that are the same. but you would need to thread your own pipes. the more i think about it the less it seems like the easier option. still id like to see it as an option.Quote

05-08-2014, 17:32:47

GadgetGarrett
Quote:
Originally Posted by Watsyerproblem View Post
Rigid Tubing has became the latest water cooling craze, but now Alphacool's new HardTube series adds metal tubing into the mix as well as the clear tubing we are used too!

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...150539877l.jpg
Oh shhhheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeat..... ..... now I wanna sling some chrome pipes in my machine!

This is too much for someone who has a soft spot for vintage cars! Quote

05-08-2014, 17:40:29

Xrqute
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aquatuning View Post
You use a simple pipe bender and copper pipe cutter for the metal tube - there will be a cutting kit available shortly.

And yes metal tubes will keep the coolant slightly cooler but not by a massive amount.
Like these ones! That literally were sitting right next to me haha!
http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/...psnogeiiur.jpg

How much longer do you expect till the fittings will be up on your site? Im quite keen. If the price is right ill but some straight away.

Don't you're considering doing an introductory offer for OC3D members haha?Quote

06-08-2014, 21:18:56

Bartacus
Dat chrome! That would compliment my Heatkiller backplate and Dominator ram nicely! Bling bling!Quote

08-08-2014, 07:40:47

Aquatuning
The HT series is finally on line

http://www.aquatuning.co.uk/new-productsQuote

27-11-2014, 09:55:35

ChrisSHIKARI
Can someone point me in the right direction of a good quality pipe bender and cutting tool i don't want the pipe to collapse or get damaged during the bending processQuote

27-11-2014, 10:09:09

WillSK
It's beautiful looking stuff this but how do you look out for air bubbles and other issuesQuote
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