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"Blemish" blocks are A+ performance blocks with small cosmetic imperfections.
We're hyper about quality and we only ship perfect A+ grade product. Of course, this means we have numbers of blocks didn't make the cut. Anything from smudge on a cold plate to a tiny scuff on a bracket will make a product a "blemish".
Blemish blocks will typically look like A-grade in a final PC build. The blemishes are typically only visible when examining up close. In some cases, you may not even be able to find the blemish. Sometimes the blems are in the cold plate fins, so specs or marks are visible, but performance isn't affected.
NOTE: we cannot send pictures of each blemish block to pick and choose.
The Optimus Absolute Threadripper 3+ is made for Threadripper 3's massive core count and thermal requirements, easily handling Threadripper's overclocking potential, even if you're pushing 700 watts into your CPU.
AMD Threadripper 3 combines four of their consumer CPUs for a single XL CPU with up to 64 cores. This groundbreaking CPU needs a truly next-gen cooler to match.
In cooling, more surface area = better cooling. The Absolute Threadripper block features our revolutionary Gen2 XL cold plate design with 225 micro fins, providing over 3.5X the surface area of the next top performing Threadripper waterblock.
With a surface area of ~424 cm^2 (~66 in^2) vs ~119 cm^2 (~18.4 in^2), the Optimus Gen2 XL cold plate's total area is nearly the size of an mATX motherboard.
We provide more than 100% IHS coverage (the metal lid on top of the CPU), allowing fluid cooling across the entire CPU surface area, not just the much smaller die area. Full IHS coverage is the real standard by which Threadripper blocks should be measured, not just die coverage.
Optimus sets another record for flattest cold plate on the market. Optimus machines blocks less than 1 micro-inch (µin) in flatness. This is 0.000025mm of roughness (measuring the peaks and valleys of the surface).Other cold plates are over 400% rougher than Optimus coldplates.
The only way to truly guarantee 0.000025mm level of accuracy is to CNC the cold plate perfectly with diamond bits. Optimus created proprietary diamond tooling that allows the cold plates to come off the CNC with a perfect mirror finish.
Additionally, because we control the fins and cold plate to such a precise level, we can make the distance between CPU IHS and the fins extremely small. Thin cold plates are able to transfer heat from the CPU faster than thicker cold plates.
MICROFIN COLD PLATE
THE FINEST FINS EVER CREATED
Over three years of development went into creating our truly next-level patent-pending fin technology. Using a fully CNC machining process, Optimus is able to achieve 0.1016mm (0.004”) fins with 0.2032mm (0.008”) micro channels. This isn't just superior craftsmanship, it's generations beyond other fin designs.
Extreme corrosion resistance, excellent thermal properties and a lifespan measured in decades. Optimus Pro-XE Nickel is a true professional finish for ultra performance PCs.
Flaking, disintegrating nickel is a widespread problem in liquid cooling. After all, nickel PC fittings and blocks prohibit use with plain water, or you void the warranty. Instead, you must use anti-corrosive fluids to protect nickel components. Why? Because the industry standard electroplated (aka electrolytic) nickel is a cosmetic nickel finish that isn't meant to be used in liquid applications. Often called chrome or shiny nickel, electroplated nickel is cost effective and looks good.
Unfortunately, water, anti-fungals and fancy fluids will rapidly strip electroplated nickel. The gunk that will appear in block fins isn't just broken down fluid, it's often disintegrated nickel, paint and cheap plastics. If this seems crazy, it is. After all, the cheapest home faucet can handle tap water, so why can’t expensive PC parts?
Optimus Pro-XEis our proprietaryelectroless nickel process for liquid cooling parts. Electroless nickel, unlike electroplated, is an aerospace industrial finish with extreme chemical resistance, hardness and superior fluid lubricity. Our Pro-XE nickel is specifically tailored for liquid cooling, providing maximum corrosion protection, even in places normal nickels can't reach, like inside our cold plate's 202 micron channels.
Optimus Pro-XE nickel is able to withstand saltwater, corrosive chemicals and, yes, even plain water.With Optimus parts, you can use distilled water without fear of flaking. Distilled, aside from being cheap, is also the highest performance coolant readily available. Anti-corrosive additives lower the thermal conductivity of the liquid.That's why we can offer a 10 year warranty, even with regular H2O. It has been a herculean task to create Optimus's Pro-XE nickel, but the results look great and are nearly indestructible.
So why isn't everyone using electroless? Cost and appearance. Electroless is far more difficult to manufacture, especially when achieving perfect finishes needed for premium PC builds. And electrolytic can achieve that bright chrome look, even though it's highly susceptible to disintegration.
Traditional CPU mounting has always been a guessing game. The Absolute Threadripper 3+ block debuts a new Optimus method for installation, using the included T20 torque driver included with Threadripper CPUs. The torque driver has a maximum torque of 1.5 newton meters. When 1.5nm is reached, the driver disengages.
The Absolute Threadripper block features flush mounting nuts with a T20 star head made for the T20 torque driver. Simply tighten until the torque driver clicks and you’re ensured the most accurate mounting pressure available.
Famous overclocker Kingpin developed his own thermal paste for extreme performance liquid cooling systems. During our tests, we found the Kingpin KPX paste to have better performance and more consistent results. And it’s blue! While not a performance benefit, blue is easier to see than the gray stuff that blends in, so less chance of the “why is there paste all over my fingers?!” cursing that always happens.
The KPX paste spreads extremely well, which is critical for Optimus blocks with micron-level surface finishes. Combined with the Optimus Absolute block’s full surface coverage, the spread achieved is simply the best available.
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