How many times have you been faced with the realisation that when it comes time to upgrade your system, it also means that you may have to upgrade your water-cooling hardware? Now we all know that waterblocks, and in particular graphics card waterblocks, can easily cost a small fortune. Surely there has to be a better way than having to budget for a new waterblock when you decide that you need the latest graphics card!
Well fear not, there is a solution! Thankfully, a company has come up with such a radical, yet simple way of offsetting the purchase price for additional hardware. And that company is BLASTFLOW. BLASTFLOW
are an London, UK based company specifically targeting the high-end water-cooling enthusiasts with innovative designs, and an equally high attention to detail.
Around September of 2007 rumours
began to circulate that BLASTFLOW were working on something quite revolutionary, and most certainly evolutionary. The humble waterblock as we know it is about to change significantly for the first time in many years.
Let's see what BLASTFLOW have to say about themselves:
BlastFlow is a manufacturer of watercooling solutions for Extreme Gaming PCs and Workstations based in London that has branched out from Vadim Computers - High End Custom PC makers. We are not just another manufacturer, we are a team of PC Gamers and Enthusiasts that have been using watercooling in our own systems long before joining BlastFlow. Our mentality is simple - to invent and manufacture products that we will use ourselves, as this is not just our work - it is our hobby and passion and the few products we develop are all made with the gamer's need in mind!
It's certainly nice to know that a company producing hardware for high-end water-cooling setups is equally as passionate about what they produce, as what we are about what hardware we choose to purchase.
Anyway, enough of the chit-chat, let's have a look at the BLASTFLOW Siberian Modular VGA WaterBlock specifications.
The BLASTFLOW Siberian Modular VGA WaterBlock's specifications were taken directly from BLASTFLOW's Product Page.
The Blastflow Siberian is made out of CNC machined high grade copper and 5mm acrylic cover.
Thickness of the main area: 13mm (single slot)
Weight: 361g (with no connectors)
Connectors: Standard 1/4" BSP thread (not supplied)
- 4 m2x20mm bolts (for 8800GTX/Ultra/GTS640)
- 4 m2x16mm bolts (for the rest of the cards)
- 4 m2 nuts
The idea behind making a VGA waterblock modular is certainly a valid one from an economic point of view. If you decide to change your graphics card in the future then all that is required will be the appropriate 'cooling plate' for your new card. Longevity and increased compatibility are the key features here.