ModdingCafe’s custom waterblock has hidden tubes on the backside
An innovative idea that is not yet a commercial product.
In the latest episode of fascinating projects, the renowned overclocker Roman “Der8auer” Hartung unveils a modified waterblock, designed by one of his colleagues. Previously showcased at Computex just two months ago, this waterblock features a simple yet groundbreaking concept: concealing the liquid tubes. The design achieves this by splitting the block into two parts; one sits on the front side of the motherboard, covering the CPU, while the other acts as a reservoir and tube connector on the backside. This innovation gives the front a clean and sleek appearance, free from conventional tubing.
During the demonstration, der8auer employed a B650E motherboard from AORUS, and although the custom waterblock is expected to fit most AM5 motherboard designs, it was not a perfect match for the AORUS board due to the M.2 heatsink obstructing the fit. However, this limitation is inconsequential since the project is a custom creation intended for the Computex exhibition, not a commercial product. If it were to evolve into a retail offering one day, this issue would likely be resolved.
An additional factor to take into account is the backside of the waterblock, which houses the secondary water reservoir and serves as the point of attachment for the tubes. However, its size may create compatibility issues with many standard PC cases, as the block may protrude beyond the case dimensions. A possible solution is to incorporate this waterblock into a dual-chamber chassis design, featuring a sizable cutout behind the motherboard, or alternatively, to design a custom chassis specifically tailored for this unique waterblock setup.
Der8auer is currently seeking suggestions to enhance this cooler’s design, particularly for a slimmer backside block that may improve compatibility with a wider range of PC cases. Despite the limitations, there is optimism that with the assistance of motherboard and chassis manufacturers, Roman and ModdingCafe could potentially transform this concept into a commercially available product in the future.