Corsair has released a brand new product for its Hydro X lineup called the XD7 RGB distribution plate. This distribution plate doubles as a pump and reservoir combo and comes in the form factor of a 360mm radiator, meaning you can install this distribution plate into any case supporting 360mm radiators.
The XD7's biggest features are its internal pump combo and its form factor, which allows you to delete any large reservoirs or pumps you might have taking up significant space in your system. All you're left with is radiators and tubing, which can give custom loops a cleaner look.
The XD7 design is quite interesting. It mimics Corsair's MagLev 120mm RGB fans, making you think it's a real radiator with fans when in reality it's just a distribution plate. This is largely thanks to the XD7's mounting system that requires support for a 360mm radiator. Still, this makes the XD7 look right at home in your case and will match any other radiators and Corsair RGB fans in your system.
Each "fan housing" has 36 controllable RGB LEDS with the Corsair logo in the middle, similar in appearance to the central hub in a Corsair fan. The see-through acrylic allows you to watch your coolant flowing through the distribution plate as well as the Xylem D5 pump. To run the RGB leds, you'll have to pair the XD7 with a Corsair iCue controller that's sold separately.
The XD7 also comes with a 24-pin power supply jumper bridge, specifically designed for starting up the XD7 without turning on your PC, and features a temperature sensor inside so you can keep an eye on coolant temperatures. To connect your CPU block, GPU block, and radiators together, the XD7 comes with six inlet and outlet ports to connect all your components together.
The Hydro X Series XD7 Distribution plate is available now on Corsair's website for $249.99. It's not available yet at popular retailers like Newegg or Amazon, but we expect that will change soon enough.
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