Hey guys, as some of you will know, I received my watercooling yesterday! Took me a little while to install it, and I would have liked having someone elseís opinion first! So I'm doing a kind of casual review for anyone considering it!
I purchased an all-inclusive kit because I didnít want the hassle of buying everything separately, the kit is the ďAsetek WaterChill CPU/VGA Cooling kit KT18-L20Ē for £104 new from ebay. The kit includes: CPU Block, VGA Block, Reservoir, Pump, Radiator & Fan, 1 metre of tubing, bottle of anti-algae fluid, screws and attachments.
What each component does: The Blocks conduct the heat from the processor/graphics card. The reservoir is useful for filling the kit and removing air bubbles from the system. The pump obviously pumps the water around the system. The radiator cools the water with the provided fan.
Putting together the kit wasnít much of a problem, although space is a slight issue. The reservoir & pump together are a rather awkward shape and the radiator is BIG were talkingÖ 5 inches wide, 6 inches long, and about 3 inches high, it may not sound big, but if you think about where that could go in a computer, thereís not many places! So I decided to place the pump and reservoir under the floppy drive, and the radiator on top of my PC! Itís a fine setup and doesnít look weird or anything, Iíll post pictures when my girlfriend next comes round! The tubes look amazing and my computer looks very smooth and high-tech, especially with the neon glow from the internal light strip! Beware that the little magic-box that comes with the pump needs a floppy drive connection to start up simultaneously with the computer.
Well Iím sure youíre wondering if itís any good or not! Well, before I was running my 2200+ (mobile t-bred core) at 2200mhz on air with an ďAkasa 825-CarnivalĒat about 59oC idle (yes to hot I know!) but now Iím at around 41oC! An almost 20oC drop is very impressive in my opinion! This is with arctic silver 5 though, and I believe T-bred mobiles are known for running hotter than the Bartons.
I donít know about my graphics card, but the amount of heat reduction by feel is amazing, and the stock cooler on my 5900U was incredibly noisy.
In conclusion itís an impressive piece of kit and people may argue, ďWhy spend £100+ on cooling?Ē Well if you use your PC a lot, itís much quieter, gives better stability and performance gains you canít get out of processors any other way. Iíd only really recommend it for the overclocking community though
Please post any questions, Iíll be happy to answer.