Date: February 3rd, 2005
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product Submitted by: Asetek
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL & SETUP
First up, let's talk about the water block a bit.
The waterblock is actually quite simple with a copper base with a sealed lexan cover containing the tool free water connections. You will have a allen key with your system which allows you to remove the cover for cleaning and if you want to exchange the cover for a different processor.
After the cover is removed, you will see the precisely CNC machined water center cooling fins and left and right water return depressions. The quality is exceptional and to say impressive could be deemed a slight understatement. OOOOOooooooo.....Shiny!
Although this photo does make the surface seem to be very rough, the surface is mirror smooth and no ridges, imperfections or pits could be seen or felt under closer inspection.
The coolant enters through the center and exits via the side connections. Instead of dumping the raw column of water directly on the center, the stream is compressed into a small band to take advantage of the whole center portion of the waterblock and to pressurize and increase the velocity of the coolant on the main dissipation area. This increased fluid force allows the coolant to effective penetrate deeper down into the copper block cooling fins and force the water to either side where the warm water can be pushed out and into the radiator for cooling.
With that being said, we will move on to this gigantic radiator. With the flow configuration, the coolant flows through the either the top or the bottom section (depending on how you set it up) to the end and then flows all the way back again to the exit connection. This allows the system to take advantage of the huge amount of surface area and the coolant is literally cooled twice.