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Date: March 14th, 2007
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Thermaltake USA
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PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING



Mounting the waterblock is basically the same for many types of processors with only a few slight differences between them. For this review I will be using an AMD socket 754 chip. The first step is to remove both the stock retention module and plastic plate on the back of the motherboard. Next I attached the two pieces of tape to one of the metal H brackets and then stuck the whole pack to the underside of the motherboard. A long screw is then inserted on each side of the bracket.


 

 

 

 

 


After turning the motherboard over, a washer is slipped over each of the long screws and then a brass standoff secures each one in place. The other metal H bracket is then screwed into the waterblock and then is slipped over the long screws. Thumbscrews are included to tighten the block down. With the block now mounted, all the hoses can be attached.



In order for the hoses from the inside of the case to reach the Mini, a pci bracket with two holes is provided. The tubing is simply put through the holes and held in place with a nut. The tubing coming from the Mini then has to be clamped onto the connectors with the included clips. The pci bracket also has a molex connector to connect to the PSU. A power cable is then run from the back of the pci slot to the Mini. No extra power outlet is required; it all runs off the PSU.



The last step is to connect the hoses together. These simply snap together and are advertised as automatic non-spill valves, although after running the Mini for a while and then taking them apart a few drops of coolant still spilled out.


For testing, here's the system I used:


-Athlon 64 3200+ processor
-DFI Lanparty nF3 250 GB motherboard
-2 x 512Mb Patriot PC3200
-Radeon X800 XT PE
-2 x WD800JD in Raid 0
-NEC ND-3520A DVD-RW
-Lite-On XJ-HD166S DVD-ROM
-Thermaltake 480W PSU


The conditions I used during testing are:


-Room temperature was kept at a constant 21C.
-Idle temps were recorded after the PC had been sitting for one hour under zero load.
-Load temps were recorded after two hours of torture testing with Prime95.
-Temps were recorded first at stock speed (2.2GHz) and then again after overclocked (2.5GHz).


Here are the temps before installing the Mini:


Stock Speed

Idle

Load

CPU

33C

42C

Case

34C

38C

 

Overclocked

Idle

Load

CPU

36C

48C

Case

34C

40C


And now the temps after installing the Mini:


Stock Speed

Idle

Load

CPU

30C

36C

Case

34C

40C

 

Overclocked

Idle

Load

CPU

33C

40C

Case

35C

42C


I was impressed with the results, particularly after overclocking. The Mini does it's job well. I was also extremely impressed with how quiet the system is. The fans and pumps are virtually silent and the first time I turned the unit on it was so quiet I took the back panel off to make sure everything was working properly.

 

 


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