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Thermaltake Symphony Mini

Former staff writer    -   May 6, 2007


Installation:

We begin the installation by first making sure our CPU surface is clean and ready to accept the water block. I like to use ArctiClean and a q-tip to make sure all residue from old thermal paste (and oil from my fingers) is removed. Then we proceed with mounting the water block to the motherboard. I am using a socket 775 board, so I will follow the instructions in the manual for this setup. First off, I need to attach two foam insulators and an iron H-type clip to the back of my board. The foam insulators have a peel-off backing and an adhesive underside for applying them to the board. The insulators are to stop the iron H-clip from grounding out on my board. Once the foam is on, you can line up the H-clip with the holes in the board, and insert the screws from the bottom side through the board.

 


Now with the board flipped over, there are fiber washers to put onto the screws, to prevent any electrical grounding. Then the standoff nuts are threaded all the way down to the fiber washers. This holds the foam insulators and iron H-clip on the back of the board in place, and also helps keep the long screws lined up with each other.


Next we apply a very thin layer of thethe included thermal paste to the top of the CPU.


Now we can turn our attention to the water block. You can see it has a protective layer on the base to keep it from being scratched or damaged. Under this protective layer, I see a finely polished surface. It is quite evident that Thermaltake made an effort to ensure that this was a very flat, highly polished surface.


Once the water block is placed on top of the CPU, it requires an additional H-clip placed over the screws and on top of the CPU. Then using the four included nuts, tighten down the nuts to apply pressure forcing the water block tight to the CPU. Use caution here and do not over tighten the nuts as this may damage your motherboard. We can now place the motherboard back into the case.

 


Now we can install the PCI bracket that has the holes in it for the hoses and the power lead. The holes in the PCI bracket are marked “in” and “out”. You need to make a note of which hose on the water block is going to be in the lower position once you stand your case up. Ideally, if the fluid goes into the lower port of the block and comes out the higher port, which will push out any air in the system because any air will try to float to the top. Once the whole system is connected, the “out” port on the tower (fluid leaving) will be connected to the “in” port on the back of the case (fluid entering).


The hoses on the main unit have quick connectors on them and Thermaltake makes it quite clear in the instructions that these hoses are not to be cut. If you need to make the hoses shorter for any reason, cut the other hoses. The quick connectors are designed to not let any fluid to escape from the hoses once they are disconnected. They can even be disconnected with one hand for convenience. With everything connected, it is time to power the system up by turning on the PC. During the boot process, I hit my delete key as I wanted to enter in the BIOS and not let the system fully boot without the fluid in the water block. Once the system had power, I could tell the Symphony Mini also had power by the blue LED on the front of the tower and by the blue LEDs on the pumps themselves. This was a nice feature that would let you know if only one pump was working or both. With the pumps running, the fluid level in the reservoir was dropping as the hoses and water block were being filled. I added fluid from that supplied by pouring some from the bottle into the filling bottle and then into the reservoir. Another well thought out detail on Thermaltake’s part was that the threads on the reservoir were you placed the cap, were coated with Teflon tape to help prevent leaks. Of the 500 ml bottle of fluid that was included in the package, it took about 125 ml to bring the system back up to the full level. This gives you 375 ml to keep on hand for fillings in the future.

 



Specifications:


Modernly stylish
Home theater speaker appearance
Material
All Aluminum
All aluminum radiator
120 mm (W) x 33mm(D) x 360 mm (H)
Gross weight
9 kg
Dimension
250 mm (W) x 250 mm (D) x 800mm(H)
5 in 1 universal CPU water block
Brazing copper water block

Enhanced universal clip for BTX, Intel P4 Socket 775, P4 Socket 478, AMD K8, AMD K7

User friendly installation
Dual 12V Pumps
Dual black powerful DC 12V water pumps (90 L/hr)
Cooling System
Three 1400 RPM ultra-quiet 120 mm fans(16dB)
Quick disconnect coupling
Automatic non-spill valvesrobust materialone-hand operation
Maintenance free for liquid refilling
10,000 hours


Features:


Massive aluminum radiator
Added surface area to allow high heat dissipation
Brazing copper CPU water block
Maximizes heat conductivity from heat source
Apply to BTX and Intel P4 Socket 775, P4 Socket 478, AMD K8, AMD
Dual pump with 90L /hr flow rate

Liquid flow rate is increased significantly by implementing dual pump design; furthermore, it provides intense yet         quiet and smooth liquid circulation

More silent with high performance

Three 1400 RPM Ultra-Quiet 120mm fans(16dB)Dissipate the ambient thermal generated from the heat source




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Installation and Specifications
  3. Testing
  4. Conclusion
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