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Asetek Antarctica WaterChill CPU Cooling Kit Review

Former staff writer    -   April 25, 2004


Testing:



So, after everything, finally we come to the bread and butter of this experiment. Does this system work? Well, let me give you a bit of a preview (Yes it does).

As before with our Chaintech ZNF3-150 ZENITH Motherboard Review we're going to be taking a 'real life scenario' view on testing the Waterchill system. Simply put, as with real life, most people upgrade from Air cooling to Water cooling, so we'll be taking a similar look to truly demonstrate the usefulness of the upgrade. All the system I'm using has remained identical throughout testing, with the one change of air to water cooling.

The system I will be using is:
  • Abit NF7-S v2.0
  • AMD Barton 2500+ (@1.83 stock and @2.2 overclocked)
  • Antec 1040BII SOHO case
  • ATI Radeon 9600 Pro
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.7Pro 120G HDD
  • AIR COOLING: Modded Aero7 Lite cooler (blower fan replaced with normal 80mm fan)
  • WATER COOLING: Asetek Waterchill Antarctica Kit [With Water Wetter]

    All Idle temperatures are taken after 20 minutes of 0% CPU usage
    All Load temperatures are taken after 45 minutes of 100% CPU usage created with Prime95 Torture Test and Folding@Home
    All temperatures are recorded using the onboard temperature sensor on the NF7-S and Winbond Hardware Doctor.

    So, lets see what we have at stock speeds on this Barton CPU




    Wow, already we have the Waterchill kit clearly in the lead with a whopping 5°C delta even on silent(7V) mode at load! With the fan running at full tilt we have an astounding 8°C load delta!

    Of course, watercooling can only mean one thing: We have the NEED to overclock. So, of course, that is what we have next!








    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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