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Review: Raijintek Morpheus

by Ryan Martin on 13 November 2014, 13:00

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Conclusion

Regardless of its limitations, the Morpheus is hard to ignore if you’re the owner of a graphics card that sports a reference cooler.

The market for third-party CPU coolers has flourished in recent years while the market for third-party GPU coolers has stayed remarkably niche. Many reasons explain this trend but primarily it is due to the effectiveness of cooling solutions that ship with retail graphics cards and, to some extent, the technical complexity of fitting a third-party GPU cooler that acts as a deterrent.

In an exciting turn of events, competition in this space is now hotting up, if you excuse the pun, which is great news for shrewd consumers. Raijintek’s Morpheus is a good example of this as its two most prominent rivals of late, NZXT’s Kraken G10 and Corsair’s Hydro Series HG10, are both positioned in the liquid-cooling space. Liquid cooling could, in the future, prove to be the most sensible way forward in after-market graphics card cooling, but right now, the comparatively high prices of water cooling solutions make large air coolers, like the Raijintek Morpheus, increasingly viable.

The competitive pricing and impressive performance delivered by the Raijintek Morpheus does, however, come with a size warning; the overall footprint, which spreads across four PCIe slots, is a major limitation for consumers with smaller cases and motherboards. Furthermore, you’ll also need to buy two 120mm fans separately and those two fans have no way to interface with existing fan headers on your graphics card, meaning more cable clutter.

The vertical height of the Morpheus could too be problematic, too, ruling out SLI configurations, although some AMD graphics card owners can avert this issue by using the XDMA CrossFireX feature.

Regardless of its limitations, the Morpheus is hard to ignore if you’re the owner of a graphics card that sports a reference cooler. For a street price of £45 plus the cost of a couple of 120mm fans, which is considerably cheaper than water-cooled equivalents, the Morpheus could revitalise a hot and noisy graphics card and even free up some further overclocking potential.

The Good
 
The Bad

Excellent acoustic and cooling performance
Simple and clearly explained installation
Competitively priced alternative to water-cooling

 

Quad PCIe-slot thickness
Vertical height blocks SLI and CrossFire bridges
No fans or fan adapter cables included



Raijintek Morpheus

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The Raijintek Morpheus cooler is available to purchase from Overclockers.co.uk.

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Suprised how good it is compared to the very good stock nvidia cooler although the monster size is a bit of a drawback.
Be interesting to see one of these employed where it's really need - i.e. on an R9 290X…. Any chance Hexus, or is that just too much reviewing for a niche product?
Wait a couple of days for a face-off between this and a new liquid-cooled GPU block on an R9 290X.
Looking forward to it already :D
Nice :D