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Thermaltake Aquarius III Water Cooling System Review

By: Mike Wright | CPU Liquid Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Dec 20, 2003 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 7.0%Manufacturer: Thermaltake

Mounting Hardware



Starting off with the mounting hardware we'll look at devices used to secure the waterblock to your processor. No matter if you use an Intel or AMD rig, you will find what you need to get the job done. For those who are new to the world of water cooling, there is even a series of step-by-step instructions (with pictures) in the manual to get you on the road to liquid bliss.


In a nutshell, the Intel and Athlon 64 systems will make use of the metal plates and long mounting screws to keep things nice and tight. For those using the Athlon XP type processor (like me, for instance) will make use of the clips and side brackets. These brackets fit normally onto the lugs of the processor socket so no modifications are necessary to the board or case to make this work.



To get the water from the waterblock to the exterior of the case, you will make use of this PCI device. It handles the water in both directions and includes cutoff valves for both. You'll also note the power coupling on the rear side of this PCI bracket. This allows you to hook up the power for the unit using a normal 4-pin Molex connector and then piggyback it through a cable to the external unit. This means there is no need for an external power source. This can come in handy if you happen to be at a LAN with a limited number of power outlets (cheesy yes, but it happens).



From the PCI bracket, we connect the plastic tubing to the external unit to get everything in working order. The small bottle with the long snout is the included antifreeze solution. The larger bottle is a simple device to let you fill up the reservoir and can be taken with you at a LAN event to top off the water level for when you reconnect the water tubing.


The tubing itself measures in at 1.5 meters in length and is a 3/8" outside diameter size. Also of note is the metal spring material you can see within the tubing. This is throughout the entire length and keeps the tubing from bending to a level where water flow is inhibited. There is nothing worse than having a water cooling setup and then get a kink in the tubes. You've just found a reason to replace the processor in most cases, but you won't have that worry with this setup.



This photo gives you a better idea as to how the PCI bracket hooks up to the waterblock. The waterblock measures in at 63mm x 54mm x 15mm. Lets take a closer look at the base of the unit:



The finish was very good and the surface area is plenty large enough to handle any of the processor types it will be mounted upon.



Here is what the block looks like after it has been installed onto your processor and system board. I'm really looking forward to the lack of a fan.


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