Ncore V1 No Frame Water Block Prototype Testing

The Ncore V1 is a prototype CPU water block for custom built PC cooling loops. It has a couple of big draws when it comes to enthusiast features, namely it is a direct-die cooler, and the other feature is that no mounting hardware is required. We have put the Ncore V1 through some cooling and have results to share.

Ncore V1 No Frame Water Block Prototype

We originally came across the NudeCNC Ncore water block on January 9, 2017. It was promoted as having a 12-second install time, which surely raised a lot eyebrows. It was also a direct-die water block, meaning that you would be required to delid your CPU in order to use this water block. That got a lot of folks excited and rightly so in our opinion, it certainly got my attention as well. NUDEcnc owner, and Ncore water block inventor, Arek, dove into our forums to champion his Ncore and put his money where his mouth is, and that is something you have to appreciate.

Arek shipped us a prototype block that we showed off about a month ago. He wanted to hold testing results till he got his Kickstarter campaign off the ground. As of typing this, he is already almost $2000US towards his goal of $14,000. NUDEcnc is located in Southampton, UK.

The video below shows you how the Ncore V1 mounts and we take it apart to show you how it works inside.

Here we are a little over a year later, since we first saw the Ncore, and we are finally able to share some of our testing results and thoughts on the Ncore v1.

Our system that we are using for temperature testing today is comprised of an Intel Core i5 7600K (Kaby Lake) running at 5GHz with a 3600MHz memory bus using Corsair Vengeance RAM. The vCore at idle runs at 1.44v and under full Prime95 SmallFFT load at 1.354v. (This is due to how CPU LLC works on this board.) The motherboard is an MSI Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium.

Our cooling loop is comprised of an XSPC D5 Photon Reservoir/Pump Combo V2-270mm, an XSPC RX480 Radiator V3, and the water block we used for our comparison is an XSPC RayStorm Pro RGB Water Block.

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You might be wondering why the springs are not used with our XSPC RayStorm Pro. We have found that this block makes a much more solid mate, giving us better temperatures, than if we use the stock spring kit. Surely we are exceeding the recommended torque on this socket, but we have not found any damage to our CPUs or sockets after doing it this way for quite some time. YMMV.