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GPU hot? An aftermarket air cooler can solve your problems

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Future-oriented: German hardware maker Raijintek has announced a new version of its popular Morpheus aftermarket GPU heatsink that promises to keep everything but the RTX 4090 cooler than the stock cooler. It also looks great when you enjoy the industrial aesthetic of two exposed fans attached to a black anodized aluminum hull.

Raijintek rather unceremoniously announced the Morpheus 8069 via Igor’s Lab this weekend after leaked photos of the cooler hit the internet late last week. But it had already had Igor’s Lab run some tests on an early prototype a few months ago, so it wasn’t a surprise.

The Morpheus 8069 takes the opposite approach to most board-partner coolers: instead of strapping more metal to the heatsink and using faster fans, it relies on thoughtful engineering and careful construction to achieve comparable or better results with less material.

It weighs just 515 g (1.1 pounds) and measures up to 245 x 110 x 44 mm. In comparison, the RTX 3090 FE cooler it was supposed to replace weighs 2125g (4.7lb) with the logic board and is quite a bit longer at 313 x 124 x 52mm. The GPU has a TGP of 320W and the 8069 can dissipate up to 360W with two fans, not included.

In the renders, the cooler looks like it has six heat pipes, but Raijintek promises it has 12, each 6mm in diameter. They all meet at the GPU die before half branching out over the PCB and the other half wrapping around the die. Raijintek says they could have been put together into six pipes, but found that dividing them into shorter paths had great advantages.

The plus-shaped nickel-plated copper base of the 8069 extends to cover the memory modules of all modern GPUs, providing ample cooling for them. Included in the box are five copper heatsinks and three smaller aluminum heatsinks that can be glued to any line of VRMs. Igor’s Lab found that they worked well, but risked falling off if the GPU was installed face down. The outlet says the risk is manageable with some knowledge about thermal pads, but doesn’t recommend the process for novice builders.

Igor’s Lab only briefly tested the prototype 8069 with two 125 x 25mm case fans and found it did a good job of keeping an RTX 3080 cool. After running the Furmark stress test for several hours, the GPU stayed at a breezy 55°C in a 24°C room and only peaked at around 70°C in a hotspot, which is a great result. Read their report for the full breakdown (in German).

I’m personally excited to see how the Morpheus 8069 performs as a passive cooler. It doesn’t look like it’s capable of passively cooling anything powerful while a game is running, but because the design is so open, it should be able to hold a little longer than other coolers before the fans spin.

It’s only a week before it hits the market on November 1 and we can find out more. Raijintek will wait until then to announce availability and pricing, but most of their products are available worldwide through their partners. Newegg currently lists their older but comparable Morpheus Vega for $95, so we can imagine the Morpheus 8069 would land in the $150-200 ballpark.


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