Date: October 5th, 2008
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Thermaltake USA
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
The radiator comes with a 120mm fan pre-installed, so in order to use this kit your case must have a 120mm fan opening. It is sturdy and compact though, so installation in most cases should not be an issue.
Flipping the unit over gives us a look at the radiator. It utilizes dimpled tubes inside to create a vortex and swirl the coolant within the radiator better than a traditional design.
The pump and reservoir combine to create a single unit that is meant to rest on the bottom of the case. To prevent this assembly from sliding around, screws are included to fasten it to the case. For cases that don't have mounting holes on the bottom, Velcro strips are included.
The waterblock is made of pure copper and has an “H” bracket already attached for mounting it to the CPU. Holes for the tubes are covered with black rubber caps until they are ready for use.
Dr. Doom shows us that the bottom of the block has a nice smooth mirror finish allowing for the best possible contact will the CPU. Better contact with the CPU equals cooler temperatures.
Installing the flow meter isn't required, but it will provide peace of mind by giving a visual confirmation of liquid flowing through the tubing. The red blades inside the meter spin when liquid passes through.
So far the 850i is looking pretty impressive, now it's time to install it.