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Whoah, Lian Li Built A Water Block

When I woke up this morning there were a number of emails in my inbox, but one I did not expect to see was Lian Li's latest announcement: the arrival of the CB-01 water block. The manufacturer that is known for its high-quality all-aluminum cases, and that hardly built anything else, has built a water block for cooling your CPU.

The block is built in collaboration with some of the folks from Overclockers UK and CaseKing from Germany. It features a fairly straightforward design: two inlets at the top, a cold plate below, and a couple of mounting brackets. The inlet and outlet ports are based on the G1/4" threading, which has become the universally used threading in the world of custom water cooling.

The cold plate is machined from a solid block of copper, which is then nickel plated, followed by a tin-cobalt plating for the best thermal transfer and corrosion protection. The actual cold plate area is 60 x 60 mm, above which resides a 32.2 x 27.3 mm microchannel structure to further increase thermal transfer.

The top of the block is clear, with pre-drilled holes for 5 mm LEDs.

Included with the block are backplates to enable mounting on AMD and Intel sockets; 1 cc of heat sink paste; a spare rubber gasket for in case you decide to open the block up; and all the nuts, bolts, and washers you'll need to complete the mounting process.

Lian Li won't be bringing the water block to the U.S. just yet, though. It will first be shipped to the folks over at CaseKing and Overclockers UK in December, where it will have a price tag of £44. Exact U.S. availability wasn't given, but chances are it will be sometime at the start of 2016.

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Niels Broekhuijsen has been with Tom's Hardware since 2012, and works as a Contributing Editor on the news team. He covers mostly hardware, components, and anything else that strikes his fancy. Outside of work, he likes to travel, cook, and fix things that are broken.

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  • Lutfij
    Looks very much like a Bitspower design...
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  • thundervore
    I wonder what the Lian Li tax will be just for their brand?
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  • kyle382
    Great, more clear plastic for water loops....so when you forget to add your biocide you can grow an algae garden in your PC! yayyyy
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  • jas69
    Go Lian Li
    Thanks Niels
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  • blazorthon
    Great, more clear plastic for water loops....so when you forget to add your biocide you can grow an algae garden in your PC! yayyyy

    Think about the possibilities. With clear loops and water blocks, you can now put green food dye in your buddy's loop to make him think he forgot the biocide.
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  • Markotob
    Great, more clear plastic for water loops....so when you forget to add your biocide you can grow an algae garden in your PC! yayyyy

    Well, now you can truly claim that your PC is environment friendly.
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  • beetlejuicegr
    ohh my dream comes true, a transparent pc comes even closer :P
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  • Skypine27
    Im an EK fan myself. A couple of drops of Mayhem dye (I use red) has kept my custom loop plant free for a 1 year stretches between flush/fills:

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