Installation and Assembly Process
We don't pretend to be Water Cooling experts; previously we had used the Corsair water cooling system which took about as much effort to setup as pouring water into the top of the system and longer ago the Swiftech water cooling system which in the end gave us a little puddle at the bottom of our Thermaltake Xaser case.
With what we hoped was the worst of our water cooling experiences out of the way, we were ready to read the manual and get stuck into the Asetek Water Chill. The manual we have to say is the best computer related manual we have ever read - it was extremely helpful and really does explain each step very well. By the second block you find yourself throwing the manual aside though because it is that easy to setup.
Below is the CPU block installed within a few minutes thanks to the two screws, washers and springs. You couldn't make a mistake here even if you wanted to.
Moving over to the motherboard chipset, the install is a little more fidgety yet extremely easy none the less. If you pay close attention to the photo you can see that the blocks mounting parts hang out over our little adapter that lets us set the motherboard for Dual or Single graphics card. While it did bother us a little, considering once your system is setup, you won't be touching the adapter so you shouldn't have any problems.
You really begin to have a mean looking system once the GPU blocks are on. In the picture below you can see our two 6600GTs with the water blocks on. When installing the GPU blocks you do have to make sure that the contact with the graphics card is 100% as the first time we installed it one of our cards sky rocketed to 70c due to the block not being on properly. A little looser on one side and tighter on the other gave us 100% contact with the core.
Once all the blocks are on we have something that looks like this:
From here all you have to do is cut your tubing to the appropriate lengths and hook it all up. The tubes are installed by simply pushing them into the provided inlets/outlets with force until you can't pull them out. You can best see the inlet/outlet setup in the picture below.
As we mentioned we have a reservoir in this kit. When we turn the system on we slowly fill the reservoir up with water and it pushes it through the tubes, when it starts coming back into the reservoir you let it continue running until all the bubbles are gone which only takes about 15 minutes.
When testing on the SLI system we went:
Reservoir -> Pump -> Radiator -> CPU -> Chipset -> GPU 1 -> GPU 2 -> Reservoir
When we moved to the MSI system we ran it exactly the same minus GPU 2. While the setup is easy to do we can't stress enough about components fitting - with the Chipset block we were unable to install a graphics card longer then the 6600GT, anything else would hit the chipset block. We tried a few motherboards including the ASUS A8N-SLI, BFG nForce 4 Ultra and MSI K8N Neo 4 and none of them would let us install a card longer then the 6600GT when utilizing the Chipset block.
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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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