Date: February 3rd, 2005
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product Submitted by: Asetek
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS & COMPOSITION (cont'd)
WaterChill Antarctica CPU Copper Cooler Block Supporting Intel P4 S478, AMD Socket A, AMD S754/S940 (AMD64) or Socket T (LGA775) if equipped for a new P4 system.
-TOP Performance (on par or better than the competition) and capable of removing at least 200W of CPU-heat.
-NEW “Push on” fittings for tool-less and easy assembly of tubes on the CPU block.
-A machined finish that ensures a high and uniform quality and perfect CPU contact.
-An extremely good plainness and surface smoothness.
-Pure copper base plate - providing best possible heat removal ratio.
-Optimized fittings (/tubes) for maximum flow. ALL fittings and mounting accessories included in standard package.
What you are seeing in the photo above are three water fitting adapters that can all be attached to one single copper block depending on your CPU cooling needs. The left cover is the special Socket 462 cover where the motherboard socket area is hindered by objects too close to the socket area which will stop you from being able to the use the standard water block which is the middle adapter. The middle cover, which at that time had the water block attached from the box, is capable of being used with a standard AMD Socket 462, Intel Socket 478 and AMD64 Socket 754/940 processors. To the far right is the new Socket T adapter cover for the newest LGA775 Intel Pentium 4 processors.
If you in the future need to upgrade to a Socket T from say a Socket 462 Athlon, you don't need to buy the whole block, but just the adapter cover. I will go into more detail in the next section.
Radiator RDT02 120 mm DUAL Black Ice Pro II
-4-pass Radiator specifically developed for PC water cooling based on the same high-performance Black Ice design.
-DOUBLE the performance: rated for 720KCal per hour (2856 BTU per hour) or 837Wh.
-240 mm (9.44 inch) Copper core consisting of flat tubes for maximum heat conductivity.
-High-density louvered copper fin configuration for enhanced heat dissipation.
-Built-in plenum chamber for increased performance and noise reduction.
-Self-tapping and case mounting holes for easy installation of 2 120mm fans.
-Optimized fittings (/tubes) for maximum flow.
-Svelt 150.4 x 248.6 x 25 mm (5.9 x 9.79 x 0.98 inch) dimensions allows it to fit inside most mid-tower cases.
-Specifically designed for the case mod enthusiast.
My lord, LOOK AT THIS BEAST! This can be summed up as the positive way of stating OVERKILL. Seeing most water cooling kits comes with a single 120mm or even a 80mm radiator and perform exceptionally well, this dual 120mm fan capable radiator will absolutely toy with even the hottest systems with complete cooling of the CPU, the northbridge, the GPU and the harddrive. If you are just looking into cooling the CPU itself, I can't see why you would need this large of a radiator, but hey, get it and you will be ready for the upgrade when you need to water-cool your other components.
2 x ADDA AD1212MS-A71GL 120mm Low Noise fans
-Airflow: 80.5 CFM.
-Durability: 31000 hours.
-Dimensions: 120x120x25 [mm].
Now I have been a fan of ADDA fans for quite some time now, but they do have one characteristic and that is noise. At full speed, these fans do emit a high pitched drone that can be annoying after time. If you have the choice, go with the Sunon fans which have a ball bearing system instead of using the sleeve bearing. Sleeve bearing fans are known to fail prematurely. Thanks to the control unit which I will introduce to you in this section, you can run these fans at 7V which by my ears makes them practically silent. Stay tuned to see the performance difference between the 7V and the 12V setting in the upcoming testing section.
Hydor L30 Pump with push on fittings
-Powerful enough to utilize the water block to its extreme potential - 1200l/hr.
-No soldering, cutting of wires or 115/230VAC work for the end-user.
-Easy push-on fittings
-Low power consumption.
Being the literal heart of this cooling system, the water pump needs to perform well while keeping noise down to a minimum. This pump is a dream to setup and use. Not only is it quiet, but it pushes a lot of water. With a rated flow rate of 1200l/hr, wrapping your brain around the fact that this pump will fill a staggering three hundred 4L milk jug bottles in an hour is quite the feat for such a small package. I will go into further detail in the next installation section.