The corsairs’ newest flagship product, the Corsair VN Series 3, is billed as the next-generation of a series of products that started life as the Corsair Elite line of computer cooling.
But is it really that?
The VN 3, which costs $299, is the latest iteration of the company’s popular fanless liquid cooling products that the company had been selling in its line of watercooling models.
But, according to the Corsair website, the VN series 3 “is not only the first in the line of corsars watercooled liquid cooling units, but also the first liquid cooled liquid cooling product that features a full-size fan for optimal air flow and low noise.”
Corsair says it has developed a new cooling system called the VX-N5, which has been described as the first watercooler liquid cooling system with an 8-phase liquid-cooled CPU fan.
But that description doesn’t really convey the real power of the VxN5.
The Vx-N3 was Corsair’s first liquid-filled liquid cooling unit, and the V-N2, which launched in 2005, had a 8-pin power connector that was the first to use a full size 8-pins connector, instead of the 4-pin connector that has become standard in modern watercoolers today.
Corsair claims that the V3 is the most efficient liquid cooling solution it has ever produced.
And while it’s true that Corsair’s new VN-series 3 is quieter than the V2, the company is not making any claims about how quieter the V7 is.
The company is claiming that the new V3 has an efficiency of 1.07 dB/w (which is the same as the V4’s efficiency of 2.25 dB/W).
The company also says that it has reduced the temperature of the air flowing through the V1 and V3 by 20 percent.
The actual numbers don’t show how much of a difference the V0 and V7 actually make, though.
Corsair’s claims are accurate, though not exactly.
The new V5 is the first of the corsets liquid-liquid cooling products to use 8-PORTS (push-on) connectors instead of 4-POP (push and pull) connectors, which can lead to slower fan speeds.
The 8-port connector was also the only part of the Corsair Liquid cooling product line to feature dual-rail cooling (where one rail is the bottom of the unit and the other is the top), which allows more fans to be installed at once, making the overall system cooler.
The Corsair V7, on the other hand, is a four-port unit that features four 8-pulse fans that each have a combined 120mm (5 inches) of height, and each can spin at up to 20,000 RPM.
The difference in fan speed between the V5 and V2 was only 4.6 dB (or 7 percent) in a full load test.
Corsair says the V8 will offer a “significant improvement in fan performance.”
But that’s a bold claim.
While the V6 and V6S are Corsair’s most efficient, the CX-7 is a quieter product.
The CX7 is rated at 0.8 dB/rpm, which is a little quieter than Corsair’s previous offerings, the XC-7 and XC7S.
But Corsair says that its new liquid-powered liquid cooling systems have “significantly improved cooling performance” than its previous models.
It says that “the V7 has a 10 percent reduction in fan noise over the previous V series.”
And Corsair says its V8 is quieter (0.2 dB/100W) than the previous models, and that the “V9 is also quieter than previous models.”
Corsair is touting that the improved cooling will allow the V9 to reach an overall cooling capacity of up to 250W, which means the company can use the VFX-N9 as a single system to cool both its V1, V2 and V5.
But the company says the higher-performance cooling offered by the V10 and V10S is not the same cooling offered on the VV and VV5.
“The V10 is not only quieter than any previous liquid cooled unit, it is the quietest of the liquid cooled systems,” the company said.
The other Corsair liquid-based cooling product, its VX Series 2, was also billed as a liquid-driven liquid cooling device, but the company only claims that it offers “the best liquid-fueled liquid-flow performance ever seen.”
The company says that the liquid-burning technology has been optimized to “maintain thermal efficiency for the longest time, at a reduced operating temperature,” which means it will remain cooler than any other liquid-related cooling solution available today.
So, what is really going on with the new liquid cooled products?