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DangerDen Maze 4 CPU and GPU Waterblocks Review

Former staff writer    -   January 15, 2004


Testing:


For the testing of the Maze3 and Maze4 blocks, we've used the same system and same set up, we just swapped out the blocks, refilled the water to compensate for any that was spilled when changing the blocks, and reapplied the thermal compound. The compound chosen for the review was Céramique by Arctic Silver, as it's the only thing I had enough of to use for the length of the review. - Céramique was applied as directed by the instructions found on ArcticSilver's website. Temperatures were taken via a CompU Nurse lactated next to the CPU die and GPU chip.

Testing was done in 4 modes, non-overclocked idle, non-overclocked load, overclocked idle, overclocked load. To test for the idle temps, all unnecessary applications and services were shutdown, and the system was allowed to sit at “idle” for 15 minutes. During this time, the temperature was taken and the lowest value was used. “Load” temps were taken by running Prime95 for 15 minutes in “torture test” mode, with the highest value recorded.

Also, to make sure that my dust problem wasn't affecting the temperatures, the fans and radiator were cleaned off before each test.

The system used in the test is as follows:

  • Abit KX7-333R Motherboard
  • AMD XP 1800+ CPU
  • Corsair 512M PC2700 DDR
  • XFX GeForce 4Ti 4200 8x (in 4x mode)
  • Lian Li PC 70 Aluminum Case (Side Removed)





Conclusion:


Well, my first venture into water cooling wasn't as easy as I had hoped, yet still managed to be no where near as bad as I had expected. In the end, I got over my fear of water cooling and managed to keep myself and my computer dry in the process.

All of the products that I used were wonderful. That of course speaks for everything except for the Black Ice Micro. I'm sure that I'd have been satisfied with the BIM had I not punctured it early on. There really is no one to blame for that other than myself, however it would have been nice to have been provided with the mounting screws.

Both the Maze3 and Maze4 water blocks are top notch, and achieved much better results than any Air Cooled heat sink that I've tried in the past.



Pros

  • Performs well
  • High quality parts
  • Ability to select copper or Lucite top
  • Ability to mix and match parts in system
  • Looks cooler than a regular heat sink
  • Tested at 1,000+ psi

Cons

  • Fairly expensive
  • Longer setup time than regular heat sinks
  • No instructions
  • Takes up more space than a regular heat sink
  • Accidents could be catastrophic



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