Date: August 15th, 2005
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Thermaltake
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS & COMPOSITION (cont'd)
All components are surrounded in a dense foam material and arrived in perfect condition.
The pump and refill tank both have steel mounting brackets that allow them to be attached to some Thermaltake cases. The brackets can be easily removed for custom applications. The pump is powered through a 3-pin connector that plugs into a fan header on the motherboard.
In the above photo, 1 and 2 are, respectively, the intake and outlet of the pump. 3 and 4 are used to fill the reservoir from the refill tank. The reservoir can also be filled via a plastic cap hidden under a metal plate at the top. Some liquid residue inside the reservoir and a QC sticker on the bottom of the housing indicate that the pump unit was tested before shipment.
The acrylic cap on the waterblock gives us a good look at the serpentine channel machined into the copper base. An O-ring keeps the coolant where it belongs and the blue LED is visible in the lower right corner.
In lieu of troublesome clamps to connect hoses to the components, Thermaltake uses a rather elegant hose retention mechanism consisting of a hose barb and threaded cap nut. This system provides a more uniform seal between the barb and hose and makes installation much easier.
While not what one would call a mirror finish, the bottom of the waterblock is very flat and smooth. Proper application of a good thermal interface material should yield very good results.