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Maingear EPIC 180 Liquid CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Liquid Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Dec 6, 2011 7:42 am
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Maingear

The Maingear EPIC 180 Liquid CPU Cooler Continued




As with all of these AIO coolers, there is the rubber tubing getting stretched over the brass fittings on this radiator. Just above the fittings, the black non-permeable rubber tubing gets a covering of the ribbed black plastic.




During the trip to my house something made contact with the radiator and bent up some of the fins pretty good. Not a big deal to me personally, I will just straighten them out and move on.




The head unit is made of a textured black plastic like all the other CoolIT offerings. To single out this brand, a red Maingear logo is applied to the top. The 1.2W pump inside is powered with a 3-pin header and will run up to around 4200 RPM.




On the side it uses plastic ninety degree fittings that allow the hoses to be positioned in a manner that won't cause odd pressure or kinks in the tubing. This unit did not ship with any AMD mounting legs, so we can leave the screws that mount the Intel legs in place as there isn't the hardware to swap out to.




This unit also comes with thermal paste pre-applied. I have to assume that Maingear is assembling this system into their builds using this application of thermal paste.




For our testing we will be using MX-2, so I went ahead and removed the thermal paste. This exposes the brushed finish of the copper transfer plate. The majority of the base is flat and level, but just like all the rest, once near the screws, the base starts to deviate from square and level. Either way, the area that will make contact to the CPU is dead level and will do just fine installed on any CPU.

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