Asetek Antarctica WaterChill CPU Cooling Kit ReviewFormer staff writer -
Closer Look (Cont.)
Continuing on...the last part...probably the most important too.
I present to you, the Asetek Antarctica.
Ooh! Gorgeous, let's take another look.
Yup, I like it already. Upon closer inspection, we see the key to the Antarctica, based in the inflow nozzle, the impingment flow nozzle - basically a slit as opposed to a full circle. The principle is that the slit will provide higher water pressure and speed over the core of the CPU.
On the back of the block, Asetek has covered it with a big white sticker. Be sure to remove this before use. I'm sure you all knew that though...
Of course, what fun would it be to get a fun new part without tearing it apart. That only makes sense, right? Here we see the channels that the jet impingment pushes down upon - the higher area of pressure, flow and surface area directly on top of our oh-so-hot CPU die. The water is forced to wither side, where it flows out the normally shaped (low pressure) outtake tubes. Less surface area is needed, because less heat exists here. The Antarctica shows us a nice clean, well machined block, precisely done with no burrs or scratches, and clean, straight channels.
And with all that done, we can get to some more interesting stuff. Such as the Installation...here we go!