Cooler Master Aquagate S1robgs - August 16, 2007
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When I started the system up for the first time after the install, I could hear a distinct rush of liquid through the system. When I checked the system temperatures after a bit of time to allow the system to stabilize, I was pleasantly surprised that the water cooling was working a little better than the air cooling.
In addition, the noise level of this system is very low for what I am used to. With the pump running at 20dBA and the fan at maximum, I couldn’t hear the difference between my old air cooler and the Aquagate S1.
The installation was a little tricky, and at times I felt like I could use a third hand, but nonetheless, it went smoothly. The hose can be a little bulky and difficult to manage. With its radiator’s size and excess cooling hose, you have to ensure that you have enough room in your system to support this cooler.
Although I don’t think this unit has the capacity for extreme overclocking, for the price of a higher end air cooling unit, the Aquagate S1 makes the move toward water cooling much more affordable. The look of the cooler is sharp and with the cool blue lighting, is a welcome addition to my system.
- Reasonably priced
- Good cooling capacity
- No extra cooling fluid