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Cooler Master Aquagate S1

Price: $80.00 US


As predicted by the experts back in the day, the biggest hurdle to overcome in CPU frequency is heat dissipation.  When computers were first being made available to the home user, CPU’s didn’t even require a heat sink, let alone any other kind of cooling method.  Today there are a few more options available for the diabolical dissipation dilemma.  Along with the tried and true air cooling methods, you now have the option of purchasing water cooling systems, phase systems, Peltier systems, and a host of combinations therein.

As water cooling is one of the most popular methods for cooling, some manufacturers like Cooler Master are introducing simpler and simpler systems to allow everyone, no matter the level of skill, to take advantage of the water cooling craze.  One of the most recent additions to the Cooler Master water cooling line up is the Aquagate S1.  The Aquagate S1 is a preconfigured, turn-key water cooling solution that doesn’t require any real formal knowledge of water cooling and associated components.  Simple installation is one thing, but the measuring stick for cooling has always been temperature.  In this review, we’ll see how the Aquagate S1 stacks up against some higher end air cooling.

Cooler Master has been a fixture in the computer cooling industry almost as long as I’ve been a computer nut.  Founded in 1992, Cooler Master supplies cooling related products to almost all areas of high technology, as well as to the general public.  An ISO 9001 certified company, Cooler Master always strives to supply a quality product and to maintain a strict adherence to its driving principles of innovation, speed and customer satisfaction.


Closer Look:

The packaging the Aquagate S1 comes in is very impressive.  The package is quite large, with a viewing window in the front to show the radiator.  The product information is clearly laid out through pictures and descriptions on the back and side of the box.




Opening the package, you can see that the contents are well protected inside the clam shell enclosure.  The cooler looks to be in good shape and there is no sign of leakage or damage anywhere.


Inside the clamshell casing are the water cooling system components, installation hardware, and a manual.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (Continued)
  3. Installation
  4. Installation (Continued)
  5. Specifications & Features
  6. Testing
  7. Conclusion
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