ARCTIC Creates AiO Graphics Card Water Cooler for Inno3D’s iCHILL RTX 2080 Ti

Inno3D iCHILL RTX 2080 Ti Black – Image by Inno3D

While we at ARCTIC do not produce graphics cards, we’ve used our graphics card cooling experience to develop a cooling solution for Inno 3D’s new GeForce RTX 2080 Ti.

Nvidia’s new RTX graphics generation is very powerful; it’s also very energy hungry and therefore demands a powerful cooler.

The ARCTIC GPU watercooler of the Inno3D iCHILL RTX 2080 Ti – Image provided by Hardwareluxx.de

Over 18 months of development, our engineers completely redesigned the architecture of our popular Accelero Hybrid line to develop a new AiO GPU water block for Inno 3D. A newly designed water pump directs the cooling liquid into the cooling block, which not only covers the GPU, but also VRM and RAM.

This, combined with two of our new 120mm P-fans, optimized for high static pressure, ensures comprehensive cooling of all components, even with heavy overclocking.

Hardwareluxx.de put the graphics card and our cooling solution through extensive testing in November 2018. Its testers were impressed by the low temperature and low volume, among other things. Special emphasis was placed on the fact that the graphics card runs “completely silent” in idle mode.

As a deserved reward for outstanding performance and excellent cooling, the graphics card and its cooler earned the

“Excellent Hardware” Award by Hardwareluxx.de

“Excellent Hardware” award.

Where generations meet, mutual learning thrives

Kolleg88 visiting ARCTIC in Brunswick

After ARCTIC won the 2018 Top 100 Innovation Award, Kolleg88, an educational association, took notice and asked if they could stop by for a visit. We were happy to comply with this request, so yesterday we welcomed the inquisitive guests to our Brunswick location.

After getting an overview of the company and our diverse product range, we guided our visitors through our offices and warehouses and gave them insight into how we work. The Kolleg88 guests were particularly impressed by ARCTIC’s open corporate culture. We talked at length about digitalization and the changing work culture. It was a great day, with a great exchange of idea.

The New Alpine CPU Coolers from ARCTIC


ARCTIC Alpine CPU Cooler Series

With the new Alpine 12 and Alpine AM4 series, we are updating our portfolio of cost-effective CPU coolers.

The Alpine 12 series is designed for the 115x sockets from Intel, while the Alpine AM4 series is exclusively compatible with the namesake AM4 socket from AMD. Alpine AM4 series, except the Passive, are also backward compatible with AM3+, AM3, AM2+, AM2, FM2 and FM1.

The Alpine 12 Passive and Alpine AM4 Passive, available since summer 2018, are now being supplemented with the launch of the Alpine 12 and Alpine 12 CO. Further versions for AMD and Intel will follow shortly. The older versions Alpine 11, Alpine 20, Alpine 64 and Alpine M1 are end-of-life products that will no longer be produced.

Product Name Max. TDP Compatibility Availability
Alpine 12 95 W Intel 115x 10 / 2018
Alpine 12 CO 100 W Intel 115x 10 / 2018
Alpine 12 LP 75W Intel 115x 12 / 2018
Alpine 12 Passive 47 W Intel 115x 07 / 2018
Alpine AM4 95 W AMD AM4, AM3+, AM3, AM2+, AM2, FM2, FM1 Q1 2019
Alpine AM4 CO 100 W AMD AM4, AM3+, AM3, AM2+, AM2, FM2, FM1 Q1 2019
Alpine AM4 LP 75 W AMD AM4, AM3+, AM3, AM2+, AM2, FM2, FM1 Q1 2019
Alpine AM4 Passive 47 W AMD AM4 07 / 2018

 

Newly developed heatsinks

All new Alpine CPU coolers feature newly developed heatsinks.

The passive versions achieve an optimized heat dissipation to the environment through the black anodization of the heatsink. This noticeably increases the cooling performance in a fanless system.

The actively cooled Alpine 12 and AM4 models in turn have a new radial heatsink. The high thermal conductivity of the aluminum is fully retained in a new type of extrusion.

The novel production process makes it possible to produce a powerful and at the same time very compact heatsink. The particularly fine cooling fins of the new Alpine coolers are fanned out in a Y-shape. This increases the surface area of the heatsink and also improves the cooling performance.

 

Affordable CPU cooler for AMD and Intel

All actively cooled Alpine 12 and Alpine AM4 models use our advanced, PWM-controlled fan technology. As a result, all Alpine coolers run very efficiently, with low power consumption and at the same time within a very wide RPM range. In addition, the new Alpine series supports a 0 dB mode – if the a PWM signal drops below 5%, the fans turn off, ensuring absolutely silent cooling of the CPU.

All new Alpine 12 and Alpine AM4 CPU coolers are delivered with pre-applied MX-2 thermal compound. This guarantees a quick and easy installation.

Introducing ARCTIC’s New P-Fans

ARCTIC is proud to announce that we’re adding a whole new segment to our fan offering with the release of the new 120- and 140 mm P-fan series.
While our F-series fans – including the BioniX F120 and the BioniX F140 – feature a high airflow, the new P-fans are optimized for a high static pressure while maintaining a high level of airflow.
The engine technology has also been significantly improved for the P-fan models with PWM. Thanks to a neodymium iron-boron magnet of the latest generation, the fans run more efficiently and with significantly less operating noise and vibrations from commutation.
The new technology also allows us to significantly expand the speed range of the new P-fans without sacrificing durability. That’s why our new P-fans with PWM come with a 10-year warranty.
As an additional benefit of the improved motor technology, our PWM-enabled P-fans have the 0 dB mode – with a PWM signal below 5%, the fans turn off, ensuring an absolutely silent system.

Which fan is the right for you: Optimized for high static pressure or high airflow?

The fans‘ different strenghts lead to different performance characteristics, which makes each fan suitable for different purposes. So—when should you choose a fan for high airflow, and when should you choose one optimized for static pressure?
The fans of the F-series are characterized by a high air flow and transport a large amount of air when there is little to none air resistance. This means they are ideal for use as case fans.
By contrast, the new P-fans guarantee consistently high cooling performance due to the increased static pressure in situations with increased air resistance, caused by, for example, a radiator, close-meshed fan grilles or heatsinks. Fans of the P-series are therefore particularly suitable for use on heat sinks.
Of course, all fans can still be installed in push or pull configuration.

More color variations in the product family

In total, six versions of the new P-series fans (P, P Silent, P PWM, P PWM PST, P PWM PST CO, BioniX P) will be available, each in 120 mm and 140 mm.
We’re also offering, for the first time, different color variations for our standard fans. The fan models P12 PWM and P12 PWM PST will be available in three different colors: Black / Black; Black / Transparent (with a black frame and semi-transparent fan blades); and White / Transparent (with white frame and semi-transparent fan blades). Our BioniX P-fans will also be available in the fan favorite colors of white and red.

 

 

Anodization of CPU Coolers

Black, slim and surprisingly powerful for a passive CPU cooler: The undoubtedly most striking feature of the new ARCTIC Alpine Passive coolers is the black heat sink. Unlike the thermal coating of the Freezer 33 eSports family, however, this is not a thermal coating, but the color is created by anodization.

But what is this and how does it work?

Anodic oxidation is a special process in which the object to be treated is placed in a conductive liquid and this liquid is connected to a voltage source. The object to be treated is one of the poles, the opposite pole is usually another, non-rusting metal such as lead, aluminum or stainless steel.

To color the Alpine Passive, the conductive liquid is accompanied by black dye, which accumulates in the oxidation process in the pores of the aluminum.

The advantage: It forms an extremely dense, micro-porous and dust-free barrier layer, which additionally functions as an electric insulator.

Up to 3 °C better cooling performance

For the end-user, this complex process brings one major advantage:

The black anodization ensures improved heat dissipation in fanless operation.

Due to the changed surface structure, micro turbulences occur during heat radiation which lead to a higher cooling capacity.

Compared to other passive coolers of the same size, but without anodization, the ARCTIC Alpine Passive is doing very well: Internal tests showed an improved cooling performance of up to 3 °C. It should be noted here that this improved cooling performance is limited to the passive mode. If a fan provides an active airflow, the improved passive heat dissipation wont have the same effect.

For quiet PC systems

The passive cooler works absolutely silently and cools processors up to 35 W TDP – with optimal air circulation in the case even up to 47 W TDP – effectively.

The ARCTIC Alpine 12 and AM4 Passive are therefore particularly suitable for computers that should be as quiet as possible, such as HTPCs.

ARCTIC Recieves TOP100 Innovation Award, presented by Ranga Yogeshwar

On June 29th, ARCTIC attended the  5th German Mittlestand Summit in Ludwigsburg, Germany. As part of the event, ARCTIC received the TOP 100 award for innovative Mittelstand companies. The award was presented by mentor Ranga Yogeshwar during the evening‘s awards ceremony.

ARCTIC was in good company: 120 of the award winners are world-and national market leaders. In the past three years, the top innovators together filed  a combined 4,511 patents. Collectively, they achieved 40 percent of their turnover with market innovations and innovative improvements.

Needless to say, it was a very beautiful, glamorous evening for us, with many impressive peers, inspiring speakers and a friendly atmosphere.

We are thrilled to recieve the TOP 100 award and thank our customers and partners for their support and well wishes!

More photos from the evening:

TOP 100: the competition

Since 1993, compamedia has awarded the TOP 100 seal of approval for outstanding innovative strength and above-average innovation success to medium-sized companies. Since 2002, the scientific direction has been in the hands of Prof. Dr. med. Nikolaus Franke. Franke is the founder and director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Vienna University of Economics and Business and has worked as a visiting researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). With 18 research awards and more than 200 publications, he is one of the world’s leading innovation researchers. Mentor to the TOP 100 is science journalist and TV presenter Ranga Yogeshwar. Project partners are the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft for the Promotion of Applied Research and the Mittelstandsverband BVMW. As media partners, manager magazin, impulse and W&V Unternehmensvergleich.

KOSATEC 25 – ARCTIC Celebrates a Milestone Anniversary with Braunschweig Distributor

ARCTIC and Kosatec have had a wonderful, long-standing, and successful relationship. So on June 9, when the Braunschweig-based IT wholesaler celebrated its 25th anniversary, we celebrated with them.

The atmosphere at the Kosatec 25 event was perfect for a summer afternoon, as nearly 750 invited guests partied away with barbecue and networking along with live music by Paul Koeninger & Band.

Paul Koeninger & Band

After the welcome and opening by Kosatec founder Andreas Sander were followed by hearty congratulations from IHK President Helmut Streiff and Lord Mayor Ulrich Markurth.

As a sponsor of the event, we were on site with an ARCTIC booth that showcased a selection of our product range. With the World Cup just around the corner, our kicker table and the goal wall proved to be quite popular.

Those who hit the net three out of six times won an ARCTIC Summair Light—a fun and practical prize for the summer season.

The talented Peter Zorn was the only person to score six out of six goals.

 

ARCTIC Distributor Meeting 2018

Hotel Esplanade in snowy Zagreb

The annual ARCTIC Distributor Meeting has already become a tradition. Many of the participants have been there several times, but of course there there were new faces this year and the opportunity to meet our partners from all over Europe in person.

From March 1st to March 3rd we were together in Zagreb, the Croatian capital and largest city in the country. Contrary to expectations of spring-like temperatures, we were greeted by winter weather with snow and arctic-like minus degrees.


Located in the heart of Zagreb, the Esplanade Hotel with its unique style, provided an excellent setting for our meeting. Over two days, our distribution partners learned about upcoming changes to ARCTIC, product news and developments, forecasts and shipping process optimization, and insight into our marketing strategy and campaigns. There were plenty of opportunities for each participant to interact with ARCTIC and its distribution partners from other countries. We took many positive impressions and gained valuable feedback.

The Group during the Casino visit

The varied supporting program with a typical local dinner, a fun and exciting casino evening with an ARCTIC poker tournament as well as a special sightseeing trip with the historic tram were also great.
For us the event was again a success. We are very pleased about the positive feedback from our guests and are looking forward to the Distributor Meeting 2019.

Partner of the month: EraseME Gaming

ARCTIC supports more than 50 esport teams and organizations.
The cooperation with our partners is most-valuable for us, thus, we’d like to present our “partner of the month” in our brand new monthly series:

EraseME-Gaming!

Dominik “NeXxX” Weber

EraseME was founded by Dominik “NeXxX” Weber in 2014 and has been growing ever since. At this point, more than 75 members have the chance to be part of the gaming-history, thanks to EraseMe’s experienced eSport management.

The organization reached a huge milestone in 2016 by becoming a registered association. Despite growing fast and becoming more professional, they never lost their values. A friendly and family-like atmosphere is just as important to them as their performance goals.

We asked the founder and CEO Dominik “NeXxX” Weber: What can we expect to see of EraseME in the future?

“We’ve signed a new CS:GO team, because the last season didn’t go as we hoped. The new team has a lot of potential.
With three players that were previously known as “nooky” in Team Germany, plenty of gaming experience is added to the team. Fai brings a lot of calmness and harmony to the team which rounds it all off.

Additionally, the young talents add a new impulse, thus,creating a unique synergy and team dynamic that will be very hard to stop.”

Where/ What does EraseME play?
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CS:GO:

  • 99 Damage Division 2
  • ESL Championship qualifier
  • ESEA Intermediate

FIFA:

  • “Virtuelle Bundesliga” qualifier
  • ESL Championship qualifier

League of Legends:

  • After ESL championships, the EraseME team was promoted to Division 2.
  • Various ESL Cups and tournaments

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We’re happy to support EraseME on their journey, and are excited to see where it will lead them.

ARCTIC 2018: Facelifts and product launches

Is the new AIO going to get launched soon? When do the ARCTIC coolers start blinking? We are often confronted with some interesting questions about ARCTIC’s technologies and product development. As we like to provide you with some first-hand information, we asked our Technical Director Vincent Andre some tricky questions. So what is our R&D department actually up to?

Can you first tell us about your role @Arctic?

Vincent Andre
Technical Director

My role at ARCTIC has multiple aspects, first, I am the head of the R&D department; bringing the projects from mere concept to reality. It all starts with the product’s functional concept, which is followed by developing an attractive design by our Industrial Designer. Then, our team of skilled engineers develops the mechanical structure and electronic board by using the latest CAD tools. We fine-tune the design by simulating the product performance by computer. As simulation can be thrown off by the slightest configuration deviation, we always double confirm the finalized design with prototypes. Our R&D centre in Hong-Kong has numerous testing equipment to verify all aspects of our products. Afterwards, the purchasing and NPI teams will take care of the last leg of the product development, which is defining the right suppliers and helping them to get the production line ready for mass production, Additional they make sure the quality requirements are followed and every detail is done right.

Besides that, I overview the IT development of the company either internally concerning new equipment and software or externally concerning our website. Lastly, together with Magnus Huber, our CEO and Peter Jankowski, our Sales Director, we define the company’s strategy.

 

Are there some interesting product launches planned for this year?

Yes, definitely.

Our Alpine family, the low-end part of our CPU coolers will soon undergo a total facelift. The aim is to better supply the AMD segment, now relived with Ryzen, but as well to make the product choice for our customers more clear and concise.

Our Freezer family will as well continue to expand in both air coolers and liquid coolers. The existing models will also continue to evolve in order to offer our users the latest performance gain that our engineers identified.

Our fans series will as well be extended with quite a few new models.

Finally yet importantly, on the VGA cooling front, we are now working on a cooler that offers excellent performance. It keeps a GTX 1080 Ti in thirties degrees C, and the VRM in the fifties. We are working with some partners to make it available soon.

Can you tell us some news concerning technical solutions of ARCTIC products?

We have been working lately on improving our cooler performance further, while maintaining their production cost. I am happy to report already that we are successful in this regard and achieved significant progress on all types of coolers. So in 2018, expect to see ARCTIC’s products going higher in the performance charts while remaining in the lower price segment. That is what we believe in ARCTIC: Performance comes at a cost, yes, but that cost can be controlled!

Design and visuality play an important role for gamers. How are ARCTIC products going to look like in the coming years?

Well, it is honestly difficult to predict years ahead of time, but as our latest Freezer 33 eSports Edition/One and TR showed, we are now putting more effort in the cosmetics of our products. But there is a catch. We saw lately a lot of products where the design is greatly improved but impede the performance, the biggest example being the Tempered Glass PC cases with their “fan-choking” designs. We at ARCTIC do not want to lose any performance and therefore, we take our time to get the solution heavily tested so that this kind of perils do not happen. We also want to do it right, some RGB products we saw lately are simply improvable, they have limited configuration, the light is unevenly spread etc. We believe that having a new design feature should be implemented fully, not just added as a last minute change. That’s why ARCTIC products have no RGB… yet.