AMA Aragon 900 Water Cooling Kit ReviewZertz - March 22, 2009
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AMA includes all the hardware you need to get going without too much trouble. There's an undisclosed length of 3/8 inch diameter unnamed tubing of seemingly good quality. The clear blue coolant consists of 72% water, 25% ethylene glycol and the last 3% is various additives including anti-freeze, anti-corrosive, anti-rust, anti-foamer and anti-UV. The user guide is detailed enough and pictures make it easy to follow. Just make sure you don't skip a step or skim through one too fast, or you might end up having to start over. Planning is a huge part of setting up water cooling loop. In the black box are mounting systems for Intel's LGA775 and LGA 1366, as well as AMD's AM2, AM2+, AM3 and socket 1207 for those few owners of their dual socket platform.
AMD owners get a mounting mechanism similar to the one used on the stock heatsink. Each of the brackets attach to a side of the socket and you simply have to flip handle down and the whole thing will tighten itself. Both Intel mounting systems are quite similar, the main difference obviously being their size. They use a backplate with spring loaded screws. The installation part of this review has more details on their functionality and ease of use. Alongside this hardware is a tiny funnel, thermal paste, 4 pin extension cord and PCI bracket to route the tubes. Those two black pieces of aluminum are used as a base to hold the radiator on its side. Finally, AMA bundles just enough barbs and clamps for their kit, so it's important not to lose any.
Here's the main cooling hardware. This kit includes the basics to get started with water cooling, so there is a 240mm radiator equipped with two PWM fans which sport blue LEDs. The pump is Laing's widely used DDC design, powered using a standard Molex 12V rail and it also has a 3 pin fan header to monitor its rotation speed. The water input and output are indicated by an arrow pointing in the respective direction. Under it is a thick layer of noise dampening foam with a sticky surface, so it can easily stay into place. The reservoir is a bit fancy for my tastes and it seems like its good looking appearance might hinder its functionality.
The radiator is nothing less you would expect from one - it's just high enough to fit a pair of 120mm fans which each have a fan grill to keep them safe from various objects, including reckless fingers. Their simple, yet efficient, design shouldn't influence air flow too much.
Lastly, the processor's cooling block. The suggested input and output are indicated by "in" and "out" right beside the nozzle. The top is made out of plastic while the mounting system is lucky enough to get aluminum. The block itself is made of copper and the surface is flat, reflective and doesn't show any machining marks.
Now that we know what we're dealing with, let's get it installed.