Date: Oktober 20th 2002
Article by: Peer van Empelen (Webmaster & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by : Next-Cool
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Next-Cool chronologically is not the first one in the European panorama in the industrial development of fittings of liquid cooling for PC, but it has from his a cultural package matured for years together with those people that have made of water-cooling a hobby and a style of life. A background rich of experimentation's, discussions on the forums and comparative test on the tenth part of degree edge with whom, as Next-Cool, search always to improve him and to get the best in the elaboration of his own PC.
Next-Cool is born from the mind of Damiano Desogus (in art "SUGO") and it is supported in his searches and productions by centers of mechanical workmanship to elevated automation and centers of workmanship with laser technology.
I tried building a water-cooling set before ... and it left me with some pretty bad nightmares. What materials are needed, what kind of block do I want, how will I mount it, do I need a radiator, what kind of pump is strong enough ? As you can see there are a lot of blanks to fill before you have a good running system. This particular review has been plagued by some small mishaps that make it fall behind schedule and made the producing company blow steam out of their ears. To sum it up : one dead CPU, one dead pump and a radiator that I wasn't able to connect unless I modded it badly. But enough wining: here's the review.
Product Specification and "what do I get"
As you can see it holds a copper bottom piece which really had a nice shine to it because of a protective sticker covering it while in transport. The top is colored blue which gives it an attractive look for people fortunate enough to have a window.
When you connect the hoses it makes it more clear that the block isn't that large. It covers most part of the CPU socket.
Taking a look from the side had me worried for a while because there is a definite separation between the top and bottom half. I suspected it to leak badly. But after some testruns it turned out that the connection between to the two half's are done correctly. Notice the good hose-connectors on top. Those were without a doubt waterproof.
The mounting clamp is one of the best I laid my eyes on. It uses every little ridge that the CPU-socket has so you can't go wrong there. Well ... I did ... I didn't align the block correctly and the clamp couldn't compensate that. So I was left with a crispy burned CPU.
This is how it should look when mounted onto the motherboard. The reason you don't see a motherboard below it is that I did not have a CPU to mount under it so, no use trying is there ?
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