Water Cooling isn't for everyone - it doesn't matter how safe you tell someone it is, some people just don't want to venture over to water cooling. If you do want to do it though and you want to get something better then those all in one kits where you simply have a small little CPU block that doesn't do much more then an average heatsink fan and cost 5 times as much, the Asetek Water Chill is going to be a wise choice.
Over a heatsink like the XP-120 not only do we get a better cooling solution but also less noise. Unfortunately like anything that has so many benefits there is a cost and the base kit is going to set you back roughly $275 US (or $350 AU). A kit closer to what we looked at is going to cost you closer to the $400 US (or $500 AU) mark so its not a cheap solution for anyone but with what the Water Chill can offer it is an excellent product and if you can save yourself money by purchasing hardware not as expensive and overclocking it to get performance similar or better then something that is going to cost $200 or $300 more it can be justified quickly.
The worst thing about the kit is the chipset cooler and its ability to fit on motherboards with some graphics cards. While the actual chipset cooler fits without any problems, when it comes to installing a graphics card like the 6800GT or X850XT you really run into problems. Some people for this reason will choose not to go down the chipset cooling path which is understandable. When looking at buying the Water Chill, do your home work first and make sure everything is going to fit properly.
Asetek make an excellent cooling solution and if you're serious about your computer you should look into a more advanced yet user friendly kit like this one here today and for that reason and so many more the Asetek WaterChill receives our "MUST HAVE" Editors Choice award.
- Very quiet
- Easy to setup (brilliant manual)
- Excellent performance
- Great Expandability "Future Proof"
- Price may not be justified to some
- Chipset cooler can cause problems
Rating - 9 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Editor's Choice Award!
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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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