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 Plexiglass Reservoir
-Precision designed plexiglas reservoir
-Easy to fill and monitor.
-30 second filling & air removal process.
-Easy “Push on” fittings for tube and pump integration.
-Tool less assembly and mounting.
I have to admit, I laughed to myself after pulling out a huge radiator with large cooling fans and a large volume pump only to next unearth this small reservoir. But that is because of my old school water cooling ways where you had a large reservoir to act as a partial passive cooling addition to help keep water temperatures down as much as possible in addition to the radiator. For this system, it isn't really needed. All that this small reservoir is supposed to do is hold a little extra coolant too keep the system topped up and the pump primed. Also, it makes filling the system ridiculously easy. But enough about that, I will talk about that later.
WaterChill Tube Set (3.0 meters)
-Easy bendable non-kinking tubes
-Optimal tube diameter
-Polyether tube - resistant against hydrolysis and aging.
-Easy mounting in WaterChill cooler fittings
-Clear and shining with an appealing visual impact in custom PC systems.
Although tubing is sometimes regarded as being an unimportant part of a cooling system, you will soon come to understand that it actually is one of the biggest parts of making a system easy to manage and setup. Take the tubing included with this system for example. It is lightweight, remarkably flexible without kinking and very easy to cut and trim to size. The only thing I would have liked to have seen is maybe another meter of tubing included so people can have a little leeway if they make a mistake. It may look like a lot in the photo, but even after I put this system together, I noticed a couple things I would have liked to have adjusted but I didn't have enough tubing to change anything.
All Fittings and Mounting Accessories
Now in your kit, you won't have exactly everything you see in the picture above seeing I was sent three hardware kits to attach the three different waterblocks to three different motherboards. Other than the small bags of installation hardware, you will have the power pass through connector for the control module power, the blue water return "Y" connection, and the water pump stand with the included suction cups. I will delve into this more in the installation section.
Anti Algae Fluid - 10ml bottle
-Eliminates the risk of bacteria and algae growth.
-Ensures a long-term - maximum - heat conductivity in cooler blocks.
-Prevents the risk of long term degeneration of heat transfer capacity of tubes and radiator.
-Increases pump lifetime.
The mysterious cooling elixir? The pink liquid ice! Is this some special secret formula? Nah, it is actually Redline's Water Wetter which has been used for quite some time in racing cooling applications and works very well with water alone. If you need more, see if your local autoparts store has it. For a large bottle, it will cost you about US$8-$10 for 355ml which will do 35 10ml applications for this system.
It is actually one of the best water cooling additives seeing it does work best with straight water and will lubricate the pump, increase the cooling effectiveness of the radiator and water, and will significantly reduce or even stop any fungal growth from setting up its' own culture in your new cooling investment.
Again, I found Asetek to be a little on the cheap side with this coolant and only gave you 10ml which is good for one liter of water which is close to one whole application. I would like to see 30mL at least so people won't have to buy more product when they clean their system out from time to time.
Control Unit DYO – CTU01 – incl. SafeStart™ and NoiseControl
-SafeStart™ - Electronically controlled device, which ensures simultaneous, shut down/start up along with the PC system.
-LED connection - to upgrade your Power PC system or cooler blocks with impressive light effects.
-Hermaphrodite power connector to connect directly into the PSU (no cutting of 220V/115V wires).
-PCI shield allowing a tidy and organized wiring of your water cooling solution.
As the main control device for the whole system, if the pump is the heart of the cooling system, this is definitely the brain. With all pump, fan and electrical control function being handled through one handy interface, it definitely takes the confusion out of the equation if this is your first water cooling experience. I will dive into the nitty gritty in the next section.
Other Various Items
Heat Conduction Compound - 2ml tube