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  Product:     Asetek KT03A-L30/115V WaterChill CPU Cooling Kit  
  Price:     $356 (CAN) / $260 (U.S) 
  Supplied By:     Asetek
  Author:     Mantis
  Date:     April 30th, 2004
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Morten from Asetek for sending the KT03A-L30/115V WaterChill CPU Cooling Kit for review.

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Introduction:

The transition from an air cooling environment to that of a liquid cooled one is increasingly moving into a number of enthusiastís high performance machines. The clear benefit of a water cooled solution is the ability to decrease the noise levels while also providing the option increasing performance of your hardware well beyond average clock speeds. As the latest processor architecture scales, so does the cooling required in order to maintain optimal operational levels and temperatures. The water cooling market isnít as quick to adapt compared to the air cooling counterparts yet yields significant benefits upon new product releases. Asetek, based out of Denmark, is renowned for their phase change Vapochill systems and have since revised their WaterChill line up to adapt a newly designed water block to reflect the current trend in water block design. Today in MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the new Asetek KT03A-L30/115V WaterChill CPU Cooling kit.

Specifications:

The Asetek KT03A-L30/115V WaterChill CPU Cooling Kit is based upon the newly released Antarctica water block. The kit is designed to cool a variety of CPUs based upon Intel P4 S478, AMD Socket A, and AMD S754/S940 platforms. All the necessary items are needed for installation with some mild assembly required. Several alternate kits are offered on the Asetek website which includes additional blocks for GPU and Chipset cooling configurations. Here are some specifications taken directly from the Asetek website:

Asetek KT03A-L30/115V WaterChill CPU Cooling Kit - Features:
Asetek KT03A-L30/115V WaterChill CPU Cooling Kit: Manufactured by Asetek
Maximum cooling capacity
Assembly ease
Unmatched price competitiveness
Reliability & operational security
Broadest possible hardware support
Component superiority & build quality
Unique safety & noise control features
Complete application flexibility
Sharp design & strong visual impact

Asetek KT03A-L30/115V WaterChill CPU Cooling Kit - Key Specifications:
WaterChill CPU Cooler Antarctica supporting Intel P4 S478, AMD Socket A, AMD S754/S940 (AMD 64)
Black Ice Pro Radiator with push on fittings
120mm Low Noise Sunon Fan
700 l/hr 220V Hydor Pump with push on fittings
WaterChill Control Unit with SafeStartTM, NoiseControlTM and LED connection
WaterChill Plexiglas Reservoir
WaterChill Tube Set
All fittings and mounting accessories
Anti Algae Fluid (25ml bottle)
Heat Conduction Compound (2ml tube)
 
Astetek KT03A-L30/115V WaterChill CPU Cooling Kit
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Astetek KT03A-L30/115V WaterChill CPU Cooling Kit
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The Asetek KT03A-L30 WaterChill CPU Cooling Kit ships in an oversized translucent style cardboard package retail branded throughout. Key specifications are neatly listed along the right portion along with the Asetek logo. A series of foam walls and enforcements secure the necessary components inside. Included in the package are all the necessary components needed for installation which consist of the following:

  • Asetek Antarctica Water block
  • Black Ice Pro Radiator with push on fittings
  • 120mm low noise Sunnon Fan
  • 700 l/hr 220V Hydor Pump with push on fittings
  • WaterChill Control Unit
  • WaterChill Plexiglas Reservoir
  • WaterChill Tube Set
  • All fittings and mounting accessories
  • Anti Algae Fluid (25ml bottle)
  • Heat Conduction Compound (2ml tube)
  • WaterChill Manual

Astetek KT03A-L30/115V WaterChill CPU Cooling Kit
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Astetek KT03A-L30/115V WaterChill CPU Cooling Kit
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The included ownerís manual is 48 pages in length and covers topics such as installation procedures, warranty information, and technical specifications. I found the overall documentation provided to be concise and easy to read during my evaluation. Ten feet of soft Polyether 10mm O.D tubing is provided with the KT03A-L30 WaterChill CPU Cooling Kit. The flexible design of the Polyether tubing lends itself to tight bends without kinking and is resistant to aging and Hydrolysis.
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