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Asetek Antarctica WaterChill CPU Cooling Kit Review

Former staff writer    -   April 25, 2004


Closer Look (Cont.)


So, to summarize, it's top of the line in its class for heat dissipation (at 440W) and comes built for silent operation. The only point I have a problem out of that is the high-durability paint. After really basic handling, we see the paint...isn't so durable.



The copper fins are well painted, and fairly stable, they don't bend too quickly (and I don't really suggest bending them anyways...)



As previously mentioned, the Radiator has push-on fittings, a very useful feature that we'll talk about that later on in this review.

The fan is a Sunon 120mm Low Noise fan.

Specifications:



Voltage: 12VDC, 3,2W
Airflow: 141 m3/hour
RPM: 2300 (Max)
Noise: 34dBa (Max)
Dimension: 120x120x388
Durability: 50k hours


The Waterchill kit allows the fan to be run at 12V full speed, or switch to 7V which will cut down the noise to the point where you really don't hear it anymore. The fan doesn't have an RPM sensor, so unfortunately I don't have the RPM number at 7V. The Sunon fan has scooped fins, which grab and pull air better then traditional flat fin fans, and this thing pushes a TON of air (not to mention that it's huge to begin with). Definately a good choice for pulling air through that big Black Ice Pro radiator.

With the included screws, we get:



Man, that thing's a beast, getting a bit more excited about putting this thing together now.

Next up we come to one of the oft neglected yet still important pieces of a watercooling kit: the reservoir. While some would argue that a fill/bleed line works better as a whole, I like the reservoir as it allows for a very simple line filling - no hassles with the extra t-line. As well, the reservoir (in some setups) will allow water to cool a bit more, after resting in the reservoir, allowing for a better overall system temp. The Asetek reservoir is a bit small for that though (as well as its odd place in the system line), and really only allows the added ease of kit filling.



Again we see the push-on fittings. The only problem I can see is that 90° difference in the inlet/outlet tubes. This might cause a couple problems in fitting it into the case properly.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (Continued)
  3. Closer Look (Continued)
  4. Closer Look (Continued)
  5. Installation
  6. Installation (Continued)
  7. Installation (Continued)
  8. Testing
  9. Testing (Continued) & Conclusion
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