The Components Continued
As we mentioned apart from the radiator there other no other changes to the kit and it is simply an expansion of the base kit. We have a total of four water blocks which is enough to cool a high performance SLI system which you will see in just a moment. Before we have a look at the assembly processor we will have a look through the three different blocks we have here.
- The CPU Block
The CPU Block pictured below is the K8 version or in other words the version for the Athlon 64/FX line of processors. You will notice that it has three holes in it; this is because the CPU block comes with 1 inlet and 2 outlets - the water is pushed through the center of the core and pulled out the sides.
There is also a LGA version for people wanting to get the most out of their Pentium 4 processors, the block looks almost identical except the placement of the screw holes are in a different position so it can be mounted.
- Chipset Block
One item people tend to forget about when it comes to cooling is their chipset. As your overclock gets higher, the motherboard chipset (Northbridge/MCP) heats up and causes system instability. Your maximum overclock can take quite a hit due to the heat generated by the motherboard chipset so for that reason we have got the Chipset Block here today.
The mounting system on the block is very universal and for this reason you should have no problems at all mounting it on any motherboards. While getting the Chipset Block to fit might not be a hard task getting video cards to fit while it's on is a different story. We will talk about this more in the assembly process though.
- GPU Blocks
We have two GPU blocks for one reason and one reason only...cooling an SLI setup. We installed the two GPU blocks on our 6600GTs which fitted extremely well. The GPU block is similar to the Chipset block except the inlet and outlet are facing out the side. This makes it a lot easier when you are adding the pipes as they come out the top of the graphics card(s).
The mounting system is exactly like the Chipset block, there is no particular model block for each graphics card which is great as if you upgrade to ATI later or move to nVidia you are going to be able to use the kit without any troubles at all. Asetek are trying to push the "Future Proof" aspect of the system and at this point it looks like it's done very well.
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- Asetek Water Chill - Page 1 [Introduction]
- Asetek Water Chill - Page 2 [The Components]
- Asetek Water Chill - Page 3 [The Components Continued]
- Asetek Water Chill - Page 4 [Installation and Assembly Process]
- Asetek Water Chill - Page 5 [Test System Setup & Overclocking Performance]
- Asetek Water Chill - Page 6 [Testing Temperatures]
- Asetek Water Chill - Page 7 [Benchmarks - 3DMark05]
- Asetek Water Chill - Page 8 [Benchmarks - Half Life 2]
- Asetek Water Chill - Page 9 [Benchmarks - SiSoft Sandra]
- Asetek Water Chill - Page 10 [Benchmarks - PCMark 2002]
- Asetek Water Chill - Page 11 [Final Thoughts]
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