Date: May 30th, 2007
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Gigabyte
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
Let's go over the main components in more detail.
The CPU waterblock is copper with an acrylic top and is sealed with an o-ring. Lots of round pins protrude from the bottom of the water chamber, enhancing heat exchange. The barbs angle out and away from the block at a severe angle. We'll see why later.
You can get some idea of how big the block is by comparing it to the 80mm mosfet fan. The copper portion of the block appears to be manufactured by the sintered metal process, rather than fully machined from a copper billet. It ships with a protective sticker over the contact area. Peeking out from between the fan blades is one of four blue LEDs that will illuminate the fan while in operation.
As you can see, the contact surface is not very shiny, and shows some machining marks.
The kit comes with a 600ml bottle of coolant. As we'll see a bit later, there are aluminum as well as copper components in the system, so the fluid composition is very important. Gigabyte will not warranty the Galaxy II if a different coolant is used. The pump and reservoir are housed in a single unit with some interesting features for both safety and convenience.