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  Product:     Corsair HydroCool 200 External Liquid Cooling System  
  Price:     $315 (CAN) / $241 (U.S) 
  Supplied By:     Frogtuning
  Author:     Mantis
  Date:     November 21st, 2003
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Jeff from Frogtuning for sending the Corsair HydroCool 200 External Liquid Cooling System for review.

Introduction:

As water cooling slowly gains a greater level of acceptance amongst enthusiasts and the retail market, the associated risks have since decreased due manufactures producing a greater amount of quality components. Some of the inevitable aspects of making the transition from an air-cooled environment to that of a water cooled one are maintenance, space constraints and portability. Earlier this year, MTB had the opportunity to feature a unique external water cooling solution from Koolance, which allowed consumers to gain the benefits of water cooling without the complicated installation or know-how. Today in MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the Corsair HydroCool 200; an external water cooling solution developed by world leading memory manufacturer Corsair and Delphi Automotive Cooling Technology.

Specifications:

The Corsair HydroCool 200 is an external based, fully contained unit designed to provide users with an easy to maintain, high performance liquid cooling solution for personal computers. A patent Delphi Thermal systems universal water block supports both the Socket A 462 and Socket 478 platforms. The Corsair HydroCool 200 is capable of removing up to 200 watts of heat. Here are some specifications taken directly from the Frogtuning and Cosair websites:

Corsair HydroCool 200 External Liquid Cooling System - Key Features:
Corsair HydroCool 200 External Liquid Cooling System: Manufactured by Corsair
External Cooling Unit Dimensions: 6" (W) x 6" (H) x 14" (D)
Water Block Dimensions: 2" (W) x 2" (H) x " (D)
Dual Mode Operation
Two Stage Alarm
F and C Temperature Read Out
Flow Meter
Low Fluid Alarm
Self Healing Safety Fuses
Diagnostic Mode

Corsair HydroCool 200 External Liquid Cooling System - Key Specifications:
Thermal Rating: 0.13 C/W
Maximum Power Dissipation: 200 W
Tubing Dimensions: 0.25" ID x 0.375" OD
Fan Speed: 1700 RPM (Normal), 2600 RPM (Turbo)
Pump Rating: 125 Gals/Hr
Default Temp Set Points: 40C (Auto Turbo), 50C High Temp Warning, 55C (Shutdown)
Power Consumption: 14 W
 
Corsair HydroCool 200 External Liquid Cooling System
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Corsair HydroCool 200 External Liquid Cooling System
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The Corsair HydroCool 200 External Liquid Cooling System ships in a large white corrugated box free from any retail logos. The unit itself wrapped in a clear plastic bag and is secured by two formed polystyrene pieces on either end. The accessories are divided into a separate brown box. Included in the package is everything needed to complete installation, which includes the following items:

  • Corsair HydroCool 200 unit
  • Cool block with 10ft of tubing
  • Interface slot card
  • AMD retention bracket
  • P4 retention bracket
  • Syringe with thermal compound
  • 15-pin D-Sub control cable
  • 2 Pole power control cable with fly lead
  • 4 Pole power extension cable
  • 2 x Quick connect right side angled self sealing connectors
  • 4 x Quick grip clamps
  • 2 x Oetiker clamps
  • 1 x 300ml bottle of additive
  • 1 x Funnel
  • 1 x Operation manual

Corsair HydroCool 200 External Liquid Cooling System
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Corsair HydroCool 200 External Liquid Cooling System
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Out of the box, my initial impressions of the Corsair HydroCool 200 External Liquid Cooling System were very positive. The Corsair HydroCool 200 measures 6" (W) x 6" (H) x 14" (D) which provides an easy to manage unit that will sit alongside or on top of any mid to full tower case. The exterior is simple yet stylish and features a smoked acrylic shell with white HydroCool and Corsair logos throughout. The front portion of the Corsair HydroCool 200 facilitates the LCD temperature display and control features. A series of buttons labeled Set, Celsius, Fahrenheit and Turbo are used to control several aspects of the HydroCool 200 unit.
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