Danger Den Water Box Plus Case (Part 3)
Reviewed by: ccokeman
Reviewed on: August 29, 2007
: Danger Den
: Danger Den
Price: Radiator $99.95 , Tubing $2.80 ft , Fans $19.00 ea USD
We have looked at the case and pump for our project and now have reached the next item in the cooling loop, the radiator. This is the device that actually transfers the heat generated by the cpu, graphics card and pump from the liquid medium to the surrounding atmosphere. This is accomplished the same way as on a motor vehicle. With the motor vehicle the heat is generated by the combustion cycle instead of a piece of silicon. The heat is transfered to the liquid coolant (antifreeze), and that is continuously recirculated through the motor by a water pump. The radiator has a fan pulling air through it, exhausting the heat to the atmosphere and lowering the temperature of the coolant. In all, its a pretty efficient process that is the same across both platforms.
The box the radiator came in is a simple cardboard box labeled on the end to identify the product.
Opening the box we can see that the radiator is nestled inside with a blocked-off section containing the fittings and mounting screws.
The fittings we have chosen for the kit are 1/2" and are included along with the mounting screws for the fans and case mounting. The fittings come with an o-ring seal, but no additional means of sealing. I used teflon tape as an additional means of sealing the fitting to prevent any leaks.
The fittings screw into the face of the end of the radiator. Screw the fittings in until the o-ring touches the base and tighten down until the o-ring starts to bulge.
The fans that we have chosen are made by Papst and are 120mm x 32mm and push 55.9 CFM. Two will be mounted to the radiator to provide the airflow to effect the heat transfer from the cooling fluid to the atmosphere.
The fans mount onto the radiator with a series of short stainless steel screws. The length is critical to keep from hitting the cooling tubes on the radiator. The fans sit two wide and cover the surface of the radiator.
The tubing that that we have chosen to use is manufactured by Tygon and was chosen for its elasticity and ability to bend without kinking. The dimensions of the tubing are 1/2' inside diameter and 3/4" outside diameter.
The clamps and fittings that come with the kit we have chosen are the basics to get the job done without a lot of flash. Included in this kit are the clamps, T-fitting, line plug and some Ceramique thermal paste.
The clamps are plastic and push together to lock. The clamp encircles the tubing to provide a leak proof seal.
One handy tool that was included in the kit was a 60cc syringe for filling the system.
- Two-pass pre-cool/aftercool front-rear dual-core flow configuration with a 30% increase in internal flow rates.
- Custom MaxFin™ 25 micron Copper Splitter Fin Configuration utilizing 45% thinner fin material yielding up to 50% less pressure drop.
- Unique fin configuration eliminates intra-louver accumulation of dust particles for trouble free operation.
- Radically optimized 20 FPI (Fins Per Inch) fin density providing dramatically increased heat transfer surface area.
- Custom low-profile 2-row 19.0 x 1.2mm MaxFlow™ tubes with twice the waterside surface area of the GTS and 60% frontal area reduction for superior low air-resistance aerodynamics and lower internal flow requirements.
- Yields up to 45% more heat exchange capacity than the Black Ice® Xtreme in both Stealth or Performance modes.
- Achieves Black Ice® Xtreme level performance in stealth mode (low-noise/low-airflow conditions).
- M4 Threaded Screw Holes for easier mounting and greater adaptability.
- Now standard G 1/4" female threaded fittings.
- Full high-temper brass structural construction for weight reduction and superior corrosion resistance.
- High performance compact radiator compatible as an upgrade to the Black Ice® Xtreme 2 and most 240mm form factor radiators.
- Uses 100% Non-corrosive water-solluble fluxing process.
- Fully RoHS compliant.
- Full electrostatic polyurethane painting finish for uniform coating with high temperature curing for increased finish durability.
- Renowned Black Ice® quality.
- Patent Pending Design.
- 120mm x 32mm
- 55.9 CFM
- Bare wire or 4-Pin power connector
- DC fans with electronically commutated external rotor motor
- Fully integrated commutation electronics with electronic protection against reverse polarity, blocking and overloading by PTC-resistor; partially impedance protected
- Fan of fibreglass reinforced plastic. PBTP housing, PA impeller
- Air exhaust over struts
- Rotational direction CCW looking at rotor
- Electrical connection via 2 leads AWG 24, TR 64. Stripped and tinned ends
- Mass 175 g
Property ASTM Method Value or Rating Durometer Hardness Shore A, 15 Sec D2240-91 55 Color ------ Clear Tensile Strength (MPa) D412-92 1,650 (11.4) Ultimate Elongation % D412-92 450 Tear Resistance lb-f/inch (kN/m) D624-91 Die B 125 (22) Specific Gravity D792-91 1.18 Water Absorption, % 24 hrs. @ 23°C D570-81 0.24 Compression Set Constant Deflection% @158F(70C) for 22hrs. D395-89 Method B 61 Brittleness By Impact Temp., F D746-79 -58 (-50) Maximum Recommended Operating Temp., F (C) ------- 165 (74) Dielectric Strength, v/mil (kV/mm) D149-93 608 (23.9) Tensile Modulus, @ 100% Elongation, psi (MPa) D412-92 650 (4.5) Tensile Set, % D412-92 107
Value or Rating
Durometer Hardness Shore A, 15 Sec
Tensile Strength (MPa)
Ultimate Elongation %
Tear Resistance lb-f/inch (kN/m)
D624-91 Die B
Water Absorption, % 24 hrs. @ 23°C
Compression Set Constant Deflection%
@158F(70C) for 22hrs.
Brittleness By Impact Temp., F
Maximum Recommended Operating Temp., F (C)
Dielectric Strength, v/mil (kV/mm)
Tensile Modulus, @ 100% Elongation, psi (MPa)
Tensile Set, %
Though we have seen most of the parts for our water cooling setup, there are a few key items left. The next installment in this series will be a look at the cpu and gpu water blocks. You wont want to miss the next article!Get it here(Project Danger Den Part 4)