Ok so my aurora R1 is going on 5 years old and I am getting concerned that I should replace the liquid cooler for the CPU. Where can I get an new XF23D cooler are they still available new?
if I cant get one new.....What cooler can I put in my aurora R1? and will both its plugs (fan/pump) be compatible with the alien Fx daughter board inside top of case?
Hello SOF Phantom!
I don’t think we have that part available any longer, however you can contact the Dell sales department and if they don’t have it you can consult with a third-party retail or reseller.
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Between the Aurora R1, R2, R3, and R4 (including 3rd gen and 4th gen Intel processors) the CPU socket changed but the Cooling Block mount DID NOT change.
Block Compatibility: Intel: LGA 1150 / LGA 1155 / LGA 1156 / LGA 1366 / LGA 2011 (data from Asetek Corsair-OEM unit)
Dell often gives the same part a new part number when it goes inside a different machine. The Aurora R4 hex-shaped Standard Asetek cooler is available from Dell Parts because they are installing them inside Aurora R4s right now.
All the Auroras use the same (or similar) MIO-Board and Asetek cooling technology.
Extrapolating this data:
- An Aurora R4 hex-shaped Standard Asetek cooler should fit an Aurora R1.
- There is also a new round-shaped Premium Asetek cooler for the Aurora R4, that "should" also fit (and plug-in perfectly) to an Aurora R1.
The difference between a Asetek Dell-Alienware-OEM unit and a comparable Corsair-OEM cooler is that Dell uses a proprietary connector that plugs into MIO-Board Top-Lighting Strip Board (daughter board as you call it). Also, the outer case might be shaped a little differently, but that's just because of Alienware branding.
I would not buy a used one. Also, don't accidentally buy one wired for Area-51, because it's proprietary wiring is different from the Aurora (black pump connector has a different number of pins).