WaterCooling Component Guide
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July 4, 2008, 11:05 AM
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WaterCooling Component Guide
This thread has a purpose: To assist newcomers in watercooling to become more knowledgeable about their components. Please use this guide appropriately. If any fixes are needed just enlighten me!
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1. Heatkiller 3.0
2. Swiftech Apogee GTZ
3. EK Supreme
4. Aqua Computer Cuplex XT Double Impact 2 (DI 2)
You're probably thinking, "Why the heck is this section empty?". Well regular GPU blocks are in my opinion, obsolete. At the rate nVidia and AMD/ATi are rolling out GPUs, these blocks never keep up with fitting support. That's why I suggest that you buy some full-coverage blocks.
Full-Coverage GPU Blocks
Well for this section you cannot really rank these blocks. But I can provide you more information about these type of blocks. Essentially these blocks are just a giant slab of metal(copper, nickel, acetal) that are put on to your graphics card. I would also like to mention that FC Blocks cool the GPU Core, the memory, and the voltage regulators, etc. In other words, everything on the card. This makes it very easy for you to water cool the graphics card. The brands that are very popular for FC blocks amongst watercoolers would have to be EK, Heatkiller, Danger Den, and Aqua Computers. The manufacturers often can keep up with building the blocks to match modern GPUs, that's why I recommend full-coverage blocks. These kinds of blocks are more expensive though and cannot be used for any other card, except for the card it was created for.
1. Swiftech MCR Series (120/220/320/Stackable 220/Stackable 320)
A favorite radiator series among watercoolers. Swiftech's MCR series has unbeatable value. It combinesawesome performance with an excellent price tag. The Swiftech's also come in the "stackable" variation, which allows you to sandwich two of these. This radiator isn't very restrictive, though it isn't the most free flowing. Though there are some minor cons. This radiator does have awesome performance, but isn't the performance king. I also wish that this radiator was just a little bit more free-flowing.
2. Thermochill PA Series (120/240/360/420/480)
The famous Thermochills that everybody speaks of. These radiators are special, because they have odd fan spacing. With slower fans these radiators perform the best and take the performance crown. And because these specialize in slower speed fans, this radiator can be very silent. It's also very free-flowing, actually the most free-flowing of the bunch. But because of the odd fan spacing, mounting this radiator to an ordinary case can be very grueling. Though there are some cases that specialize in Thermochill fittings. Also these radiators are extremely pricey. The second most pricey of the radiators here.
3. Black Ice GT Xtreme Series (120/140/240/280/360/420/480/560)
This radiator from HardWare Labs has a wide selection of sizes. From 120mm to 480mm. With higher speed fans these radiators can easily seize the performance king. But after all it is the most restrictive radiator here. These radiators are also pretty pricey, not as much as the Thermochills but still pricey. Lastly, with high speed fans, the radiator can get loud. Not the radiator itself, but the fans.
4. Feser-One X-Changer Series (120/240/360/420/480)
Feser-One has recently joined the watercooling business. Most of their products have worked very well. These radiators are no exception. These look to be like a Thermochill clone. Feser-One radiators specialize in low-speed fans just like Thermochills do. Some tests have shown that these are
a little bit worse than Thermochills
. However Feser-One is creating a 480mm radiator. I am positive that the 480mm will beat the Thermochills.
5. Feser-One X-Changer Monsta Extreme (360 & 420) (Meaning 3X120mm or 3X140mm)
1. Laing DDC 3.25
2. Swiftech MCP655/Laing D5
The MCP655 is often the most popular pump amongst watercoolers. This pump is also a very powerful pump, silent, and fairly affordable considering pumps with higher prices. However there are a couple of setbacks. This pump is not the most powerful on the list, and also this pump is medium-sized. But overall this pump is usually enough for the average set-up.
3. Swiftech MCP355/Laing DDC 3.2
This pump is a pump with quite a bit of power, more than a MCP655. However the stock top is not all that powerful. I would advise that you buy an aftermarket top. Such as the Petra's Top, a very popular aftermarket block made of acetal. With a good aftermarket top, this pump shines. It settles in second place in terms of power.
1. Primochill Primoflex LRT
This tubing has the best bending radius here. Very flexible. Primoflex comes in several colours, including blue, green, red, black, just to name a few. I particularly like this tubing because of it's value. You get 10 feet, compared to the usual 5 feet. The cheapest I've seen it go is $13.
2. Feser-One Tubing
Feser-One is the new kid on the block. I expected this tubing to deliver. And it does. Sure, it doesn't flex as much as the Primoflex, but it's flexes better than Tygon. That means alot right there. This comes in the same colours as the Primoflex, except it doesn't come in black, but it comes in silver. Another reason that Feser-One is not nearly is as good is because that it only gives 5 feet. But at the same time it's slightly more expensive.
3. MasterKleer PVC 7/16" Tubing
For a perfect seal for components, this is the tubing for you. I still advise you use hose clamps and zip ties though. This tubing is very affordable, but it doesn't bend as well as the tubing here. It only bends better than the Swiftech tubing. 7/16" is believed to be the "sweet spot" for tubing, but if you can get a tight seal for 1/2". 1/2" is still king.
4. Tygon R-3603
A few months ago, every watercooler liked Tygon R-3603. But then along came Feser-One and Primoflex. Many people still use Tygon, but they don't realize that Primoflex and Feser-One make better tubing. Though this tubing still bends very well. It's also very transparent, so you can see what's inside the tubing. Still, Tygon is very expensive tubing and in conclusion, not worth it.
None! I hope I will be able to update this section frequently, as I will be juggling school as well.
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