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Asetek Antarctica WaterChill CPU Cooling Kit Review

Former staff writer    -   April 25, 2004


Installation:


First step is make sure you have all the parts. This is really important, since you need all the parts (duh). Now, since I'm running on an Abit Nf7-S v2.0, they've subtly ignored the Stay Clear Zone, and put some big freakin capacitors to the left of the CPU slot. So, the Antarctica, with its Universal head, cannot fit. Solution? Antarctica AMD-only block top. Below you see the two side by side, and the difference between the two in terms of mounting holes.




AMD block left, Universal right


Simply remove the Universal blocktop with the provided Alenn key, and replace the blocktop. The AMD head will provide the exact same performance as the Universal head, with easier clearance around the CPU bracket. As previously mentioned, this will be a requirement if you have an AMD board that breaks the rules, such as my NF7-S. Last, we see the completed top.



Next steps are pretty simple. Stick your feet onto the bottom of the pump, the suction cups just push into place. Next, screw the long screws through the fan, and into the holes on the radiator. You come up with this:

 


After this, its mostly finding the best fit for wires and tubing within your system. Remember - less tubing = more cooling. Also, try to avoid sharp corners and bends, cause the slightly heated (or bent) tube, may become a kink, and that's the end of your CPU. After fitting, TEST YOUR KIT! Using either the wire trick (using the included wire) to hot-wire your CPU to active (simply connect the green power wire to any black ground wire in the large ATX power plug) or using a piece of desk and your current box (which is what I did) leave it running for at least a day, if not more, to check for any leaks, and get all the air out of your system.

The push-on connectors are fabulous in this kit, especially for someone just getting into the watercooling game (like myself). Simply firmly push the tubing into the connector - be sure to get it all the way in, some are deeper then you might think - and bam, you're connected and sealed. Since the entire kit is done like this, it makes for an easy setup.






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