Bykski's external liquid cooler packs nine 120mm fans

Shawn Knight

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Bottom line: Most people are not going to need a cooler of this caliber, but there are certain scenarios where it could make sense. Bykski suggests it could be ideal for servers or those with small form factor systems, and it's easy to see how extreme gaming builds or crypto mining rigs could benefit as well.

Liquid cooling specialist Bykski has launched an extreme cooling solution for those struggling to keep their PC temperatures under control.

The Bykski 1080 external liquid cooling station (model B-1080-CEC-X) is a liquid cooling kit designed to sit outside of your chassis. It is comprised of a huge radiator cooled by nine 120mm fans (think three 120mm x 3 radiators slapped together) housed inside a custom chassis that comes with a built-in acrylic reservoir and water pump (model DCC CP-PMD3COV-X) capable of flowing 700L/h. You'll need to supply your own tubing and water blocks.

Power for the pump is supplied via a standard 4-pin Molex connector and a clear cutout on the front of the unit allows users to keep an eye on the water level. The system utilizes standard G1/4 inch tubing and according to Bykski, it has a heat dissipation capacity up to 2,000 watts. The external unit measures 419.46mm x 138mm x 488mm (16.5 inch x 5.4 inch x 19.2 inch).

Those considering Bykski's creation will no doubt want to consider potential noise generation. The product page did not mention the specifications of the nine 120mm fans that ship with the unit, but it's probably safe to assume that nine fans aren't going to be very quiet. PC portability is also going to take a hit but that's not likely to be a concern for most.

Bykski is now accepting pre-orders on its US website for the 1080 external liquid cooling station. It is priced at a steep $599.99 and is estimated to ship from their warehouse within the next 10-24 days. If that's more than you are looking to spend, I suspect DIYers could put together something similar for far less coin.

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Adhmuz

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"It is priced at a steep $599.99"

Actually it's not that bad of a price at all, a pump/res combo sets you back about $100 these days, a 360 rad isn't far off $100 and 9 fans unless getting the cheapest of the cheap are going to be another $100 at least if not more if you opt for quality units, add the chassis and I can easily seeing something like this cost $600.

It's kind of a shame it doesn't come with fittings and all the internal tubing, would be ideal to simply have a G1/4 inlet and outlet that you simple connect to, fill and away you go.
 

wujj123456

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This might be a great fit for upcoming liquid-cooled servers. They have water blocks and pipes all integrated in the chassis, but need to connect to external cooling system. Data centers will be specially built to handle them, but for hobbyists, this looks like a perfect solution.

Why 9 120mm fans though? Wouldn't using larger fans (like 4x 200mm) moves more air while being quieter?
 

Avro Arrow

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I swear, sometimes I wonder just what people are smoking. I tried using a liquid cooler just once because NCIX had a Zalman on sale for like $40CAD. I think it made a 4 or 5°C difference in my CPU temperature.

Before that and ever since, I've just used a CPU air cooler and have never had a problem. I've also never used liquid cooling on a GPU but I've never had one that needed it. I remember the R9 Fury-X being only slightly faster than the air-cooled R9 Fury and thought (Well, THAT'S useless!). However, I think that with the RTX 4090 being what it is, if things don't calm down in the power and heat aspects of GPUs, we may be forced to have liquid coolers as standard issue. Air coolers will be too big or too noisy to be viable. Although, if we can use sonic insulation on the inside of case panels, maybe the noise won't be a problem and the fans can just spin more.
 
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Kam7r

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I swear, sometimes I wonder just what people are smoking. I tried using a liquid cooler just once because NCIX had a Zalman on sale for like $40CAD. I think it made a 4 or 5°C difference.

Before that and ever since, I've just used an air cooler and have never had a problem.
AIOs are useless for more than 90% of the ppl , but hey , their favorite youtuber or streamer said to them that they need it...
 

Uncle Al

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At that price I would expect a window mount so you could blow the hot air out of the house with a converter in winter to blow in back into the house ..... shouldn't do more than triple the price ..... LOL
 

Theinsanegamer

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I swear, sometimes I wonder just what people are smoking. I tried using a liquid cooler just once because NCIX had a Zalman on sale for like $40CAD. I think it made a 4 or 5°C difference.

Before that and ever since, I've just used an air cooler and have never had a problem.
There's a huge difference between custom water blocks and AIOs, which is evident from a short Google search. No air cooler is keeping 400w gpus in the 50c range at full tilt, especially if you have a workstation like pictured above.
 

takaozo

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There's a huge difference between custom water blocks and AIOs, which is evident from a short Google search. No air cooler is keeping 400w gpus in the 50c range at full tilt, especially if you have a workstation like pictured above.
The main difference between custom loop and AIO is that the last one is idi0t proof. The configuration above is for cheap systems. Look at datacenter solutions like this one
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Not 4 but 8x500W cooled with 15k rpm twin blade fans and cold air from AC in a 2HU rack case.
I've been into water cooling since 23 years ago when you need a workshop around you to make custom fittings and other parts. Eiheim aquarium pump was the thing back then.
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I got tired along the years to change coolant each 6-12 months and moved on with air coolers.
 

Avro Arrow

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AIOs are useless for more than 90% of the ppl , but hey , their favorite youtuber or streamer said to them that they need it...
Yeah, I know, eh? To me, it's just another thing that can go wrong. Air coolers have only one moving part, the fan. If the fan ever dies, you can replace that for like $5. AIOs have pumps that can fail, they can get mould or corrosion problems and they can leak. To me, that's just not worth the price, hassle or risk.

I even have an air cooler that came with my Phenom II X4 940 back in 2008 that still works. Since the 940 was rated at 125W, it's a very robust cooler that works on anything. There's no way that I'd even consider using an AIO that old.
 

Geralt

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I swear, sometimes I wonder just what people are smoking. I tried using a liquid cooler just once because NCIX had a Zalman on sale for like $40CAD. I think it made a 4 or 5°C difference in my CPU temperature.

Before that and ever since, I've just used a CPU air cooler and have never had a problem. I've also never used liquid cooling on a GPU but I've never had one that needed it. I remember the R9 Fury-X being only slightly faster than the air-cooled R9 Fury and thought (Well, THAT'S useless!). However, I think that with the RTX 4090 being what it is, if things don't calm down in the power and heat aspects of GPUs, we may be forced to have liquid coolers as standard issue. Air coolers will be too big or too noisy to be viable. Although, if we can use sonic insulation on the inside of case panels, maybe the noise won't be a problem and the fans can just spin more.
Air-cooling is bulky. I have my hot 3950X cooled by an Aorus 360. No problems at all, and no big air-cooler hanging from my expensive mobo. Unfortunately my 6900XT is cooled by fans. It's somewhat bulky and sits too near my RAID adapter. In the past I had an EVGA Titan X cooled by water. Slimmer and with good temps. Some years ago I resisted liquid cooling, but now it's my favorite.
 

Geralt

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Damn, that thing is big as a small car radiator.
Next in line is a truck radiator for Intel 14 series and Nvidia 5000 series, right?
Good joke but those companies are giving me the creeps with their crazy power consumption levels. Hopefully, they will stop the need for performance at any cost.
 

takaozo

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I remember when I build my fist PC with my own money, a AMD k6-2 500 with a Voodoo Banshee.
Cpu was 20W and Vga was 15W. I was coming from a 486 with no cooler and it come like a shock to me to know I had to buy a cooler for K6.
Good joke but those companies are giving me the creeps with their crazy power consumption levels. Hopefully, they will stop the need for performance at any cost.
In this trend continue we will reach 2KW per CPU and 5KW per GPU pretty soon.
Damn 6.8KW@380V was the power required for an IBM mainframe many years ago when I was at my first job.
 

Hardware Geek

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Good joke but those companies are giving me the creeps with their crazy power consumption levels. Hopefully, they will stop the need for performance at any cost.
My fear is this is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. CPUs are consuming so much power they can't run "at spec" without investing in an expensive liquid cooler. I fear this type of setup will become the norm for hig end setups.
 

Avro Arrow

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At that price I would expect a window mount so you could blow the hot air out of the house with a converter in winter to blow in back into the house ..... shouldn't do more than triple the price ..... LOL
I think maybe you just have to turn the fans around to change the direction of the airflow. :laughing:
 

Avro Arrow

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Air-cooling is bulky. I have my hot 3950X cooled by an Aorus 360. No problems at all, and no big air-cooler hanging from my expensive mobo. Unfortunately my 6900XT is cooled by fans. It's somewhat bulky and sits too near my RAID adapter. In the past I had an EVGA Titan X cooled by water. Slimmer and with good temps. Some years ago I resisted liquid cooling, but now it's my favorite.
Well, I can understand that. The reason why I never have problems is the fact that my case is just gigantic. I call my PC "The Monster in the Black Tower" for a reason:
It's old but HUGE. It's also made of much heavier-gauge steel than a standard case. My PC weighs well over 50lbs and it's mostly because of the case. As you can see though, I could probably SLI a couple of 4090s in there (if my motherboard was big enough that is). The bulkiness of air cooling is thus irrelevant to me. :laughing:
 
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Avro Arrow

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I remember when I build my fist PC with my own money, a AMD k6-2 500 with a Voodoo Banshee.
Cpu was 20W and Vga was 15W. I was coming from a 486 with no cooler and it come like a shock to me to know I had to buy a cooler for K6.

In this trend continue we will reach 2KW per CPU and 5KW per GPU pretty soon.
Damn 6.8KW@380V was the power required for an IBM mainframe many years ago when I was at my first job.
Yeah, I remember those days when CPU coolers weren't a thing yet. I remember thinking "What's the fan on that CPU for?" when I first saw one. :laughing:
 

takaozo

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Well, I can understand that. The reason why I never have problems is the fact that my case is just gigantic. I call my PC "The Monster in the Black Tower" for a reason:
It's old but HUGE. It's also made of much heavier-gauge steel than a standard case. My PC weighs well over 50lbs and it's mostly because of the case. As you can see though, I could probably SLI a couple of 4090s in there (if my motherboard was big enough that is). The bulkiness of air cooling is thus irrelevant to me. :laughing:
That thing it's huge. you can fit 2 mATX or 4 ITX systems in that case :)
 

Avro Arrow

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That thing it's huge. you can fit 2 mATX or 4 ITX systems in that case :)
Yup. I only bought it because tigerdirect.ca was going out of business (and good riddance to them, they were terrible) and it was less than ½ price. I do have to hand it to Ultra though because that case has seen a ton of upgrades and it's still solid as a rock. Sure, it has the PSU mounted high but that was never an issue before and it's not an issue now.

It actually has a movable support bar to allow for PSUs rated at more than 2kW. As well, it has the holes for mounting a server motherboard. This thing was probably originally meant for servers and it becomes even more obvious when one looks at the massive storage media capacity of the thing.
 

fb020997

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2x240 rads keep my Vega 64+5600x rig cool and quiet, no more air cooling in my PC. Also, since it is under the desk, it heats up there nicely for winter, and I can change the coolant every 2 years since it never sees the sun light (thus zero algae inside the loop).