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DangerDen Maze 4 CPU and GPU Waterblocks Review

Former staff writer    -   January 15, 2004


One of the biggest things about water cooling is the cost. With a regular heat sink, you spend $20-35 on a heat sink, but with water cooling systems, you can quickly get up over several hundred dollars if you aren't careful. As I mentioned above, I had to purchase several products: Pump, rad, red, tubing, water, and other needed parts. I wanted to take a moment and show how quickly these add up. - All prices are in USD.
Cost Break Down
Maze4 CPU Block $41.95
Maze4 GPU Block $39.95
Enheim 1260 Pump $99.00
Reservoir $25.00
Innovatek innovaRadi DUAL $93.99
Tygon Tubing $29.00*
Addapters $4.00*
2x 120mm Sunon Fans $32.00
Distilled Water $4.00*
WaterWetter $3.50
TOTAL $372.49*
* Estimated amount

Had I purchased everything listed, you can see my total would have been well over $370.00. And this doesn't include the Black Ice Micro, Sales Tax, or shipping charges.


DangerDen has some installation instructions for the Maze4 GPU block on their site available for you, it's included in PDF or a Windows Media Player movie. As for instructions for the Maze4 block there are some instructions for the Intel block, but nothing for the AMD block, but it's just like installing a normal heat sink - if you don't know how to attach a heatsink, you probably shouldn't be doing this. There is a complete system instillation guide available on the instructions page, but it deals with the Maze3. Not really any differance in installing the Maze3 or the Maze4.

The Specific setup I used is as follows:

>> Pump >> CPU >> GPU >> Radiator >> Reservoir >>

I am by no means a water cooling expert, but after looking around and asking I found that this is the most common flow setup.

I also came across several different things that said that it's better to pull air through the radiator, rather than trying to push air through it.

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  2. Closer Look (Continued)
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  4. Costs & Setup
  5. Testing & Conclusion
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