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TK Xpressar RCS100 for Radeon HD 4000

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Ready to take the leap into liquid cooling or phase change cooling, but not quite ready to figure it all out yourself? Thermaltake presents us with its Xpressar RCS100. Graphics Cooling solution to follow.

Thermaltake, one of the world leaders in PC cooling technologies is wowing people with its unveiling of the Xpressar line – namely the RCS100. The RCS100 is a phase change based cooling system, currently for your CPU only, in a specialized chassis. AMD based graphics processing unit solutions are to follow. Read on.

Xpressar RCS100 is capable of lowering CPU temperatures by roughly 20 degrees more than liquid cooling solutions. A difference of 20 degrees not only prolongs the life of your processor, which is not a very big concern it seems with the rate at which new products fly to the shelves these days. However, this difference means higher and/or more stable over-clocking in a near ready to run package. Thermaltake spent a great deal of time researching and testing the RCS100 (four years to be exact) before releasing it to ensure rock solid stability and reliability. Something that Thermaltake is well known for.

Aside from the awesomeness of the RCS100, Thermaltake has also announced their initiative with AMD to redesign the Xpressar system for use on ATI Radeon HD 4000 series graphics cards. This is something that some home enthusiasts could be looking for, since all high-end graphics cards are known to run with some heat behind them. Phase change based cooling also makes far less noise than conventional heatsink/fan based solutions. We all know how loud some of those GPU fans get under load, right?

Phase change cooling systems are hardly eye opening news, but the fact that the Xpressar is a DC inverted type compressor in such a small form factor, it is something worth talking about. Most phase change units are designed with the same footprint as the base of your chassis – not very discrete at all and they don’t look very nice either. The Xpressar unit however fits inside the chassis, hidden and out of sight essentially. The RCS100 makes use of an intelligent IC controller to control everything and avoid condensation problems seen with other phase change configurations.

There is no word if Thermaltake has plans for the Nvidia platform at this time. Although it is entirely possible that Thermaltake will provide that fan base with something in the near future.

Link to the Xpressar site here.

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    ravenware , January 9, 2009 4:30 AM
    Quote:
    Thermaltake Xpressar RCS100 soon to be redesigned


    Redesigned? Hell, when is it going to be released?

    No one seems to have the thing in a build or chassis.

    I want one that can be modular though and fit into empty 5.25 bays.
    The thermaltake case their displaying it in is tacky and cheap looking.
    Rather put it in a nicer case.


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    falchard , January 9, 2009 5:55 AM
    I like thermaltake cases. I think it would be difficult for them to design it for cases that aren't their own. I also think they decided on that case because of the removable motherboard tray.

    I would imagine nVidia cards would be a good market for this device. nVidia cards run crispy compared to AMD cards.
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    zodiacfml , January 9, 2009 7:20 AM
    extreme cooling is becoming less relevant these days.
    i rather see from thermaltake an easy to use watercooling kit that integrates a waterpump on the radiator the size of 120mm then sell waterblocks of various cpu's and gpu's.
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    ravenware , January 9, 2009 8:49 AM
    falchardI like thermaltake cases. I think it would be difficult for them to design it for cases that aren't their own. I also think they decided on that case because of the removable motherboard tray.I would imagine nVidia cards would be a good market for this device. nVidia cards run crispy compared to AMD cards.


    They make some nice cases but I don't care for the xaser models.
    I would rather use the TtSwordM, CM830, or CMcosmos RC (the new ltd black version looks awesome)
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    amdgamer666 , January 9, 2009 4:57 PM
    well it's too bad it's gonna cost $800. although luckily it'll be sold seperately requiring 3 empty 5.25" bays.

    http://xtreview.com/addcomment-id-6477-view-Thermaltake-xpressar-RCS100-price-and-performance.html
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    w3iner , January 9, 2009 6:05 PM
    This seemed more like a advertisment then a article.
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    xaositect , January 9, 2009 9:18 PM
    Ha ha ha ha this is great. They are already 2 years late with the Xpressar for CPU's. Then they want us to care about an Xpressar for a graphics card that will be outdated in 6 months? By the time they actually get it to market, the graphics card they designed it for will be outdated by 3 years. YOu will probably need to overclock it to 6ghz just to even play a game.
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    grieve , January 9, 2009 9:25 PM
    Price????

    I can build a pretty killer water cooled rig for 600 bucks.. If this little unit comes in @ $300 it might sell.
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    jaragon13 , January 10, 2009 1:08 AM
    Thermaltake sucks for heatsinks and I think their flashy side-paneled cases are immature...I just think they're targeting the wrong person :) 
    I've seen that most cases that are actually nice are the Antec and Coolermaster cases,although the "Antec gamer" cases have a really bad side panels,scratch way too easily and their smaller design with the metal puffed over the plastic is pointless.

    As for watercooling,I still have to go with what everyone else I know says.Swiftech and Danger Den.
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    jj463rd , January 11, 2009 1:04 PM
    If you really need phase change cooling on the cheap just duct a window air conditioner in your computer room to your PC.
    It works as I use it.