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  Product:     Xice ExternalCool EC900/H Kit  
  Price:     $495 (CAN) / $362 (U.S)
  Supplied By:     Xice
  Author:     Hi-TEK
  Date:     May 10th, 2004
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Jens from Xice for providing the Xice ExternalCool EC900/H Kit for review.



Water cooled systems provide an alternative for consumers looking to combine silent operation with cooling performance. The current water cooling market is saturated with products that allow any individual to transition easily from air based cooling. There are currently pre-assembled kits, DIY kits and External Water Cooling Systems that all operate on the same basic principles. The advantage of an external mounted water cooling system is the ability to separate the mechanics of a unit from critical system components as well as address space limitation issues. Xice based out of Germany is a relatively new player to the North American market specializing in water cooling systems for PC. The company has recently launched its flagship product marketed under the brand name of ExternalCool. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be taking an extensive look at the Xice ExternalCool EC900/H Kit, a self contained cooling system designed for the AMD and Intel platform.


The Xice ExternalCool EC900/H Kit consists of various components that can be assembled together to form a complete water cooling system. The kit requires some mild assembly and includes all the necessary components for installation. Here are some of the specifications taken directly from the Xice website:

Xice ExternalCool EC900/H Kit - Key Specifications:
Xice ExternalCool EC900/H Kit: Manufactured by Xice
Dimensions: 33cm x 11cm x 30 cm (HxBxT)
Weight: approx. 4kg
External heat exchanger for PC cooling in a designer housing
Integrated expansion tank
Intake and outlet for PUR-hoses 8/6mm
Colour: RAL9500/matt (black)

Xice xpk CPU Heatsink - Key Specifications:
Dimensions: 66mm x 28mm x 60mm
Weight: 420g
Includes Xice X-clip
Central hole for temperature measurement
Clips for socket 478
Includes high grade steel spring
Xice screw based tube connectors for 8/6 or 10/8 PUR-tubes

Xice xgk GPU Heatsink - Key Specifications:
Dimensions: 65mm x 25mm x 60mm
Weight: 0.205kg
Xice tube connectors 8/6mm or 10/8mm
Solid nickel plated copper core with a mounting hole for 4mm thermalcouple
System specific mount with adjustable contact pressure
Different mounting kits for Geforce2, Geforce4/5/FX and ATI Radeon Series

Xice PCP25 Pump - Key Specifications:
Dimensions: 145mm x 80mm x 100mm
Weight: 720g
Performance: 900L/h
Power Connection: 12 VDC @ 10 watts
PC compatible lead approximately 30cm
Includes mounting plate
Xice EC900/H External Water Cooling Kit
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Xice EC900/H External Water Cooling Kit
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The Xice ExternalCool EC900/H Kit was shipped in a colourful corrugated cardboard box with manufacturer's logos and specifications listed on the package. Inside the box revealed an assortment of smaller packaged components each sealed in plastic protective wrap and styrofoam. The composition of the Xice ExternalCool EC900/H Kit includes the following:

  • 1 x Xice ExternalCool unit w/PCP25 pump
  • 1 x Xice xpk CPU Heatsink for Intel/P4
  • 1 x Xice xgk GPU Heatsink for ATI Radeon Series
  • 1 x Lead 12 Volt, 200cm power cord
  • 2 x PUR-hoses 8/6mm, 200cm each
  • 1 x PCI slot bracket with hose lead through
  • 1 x Bottle of Xice Anti Corrosive Protection Fluid
  • 1 x Tube of thermal paste
  • 4 x Instruction manuals
The Xice ExternalCool EC900/H Kit is being marketed as a mid-end product designed specifically for consumers who want silent operation for their PC balanced with good cooling performance.

Xice EC900/H External Water Cooling Kit
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Xice EC900/H External Water Cooling Kit
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The Xice ExternalCool EC900/H Kit comes complete with extensive documentation that includes 5 different user manuals. The manuals cover in detail each component of the EC900 from the external unit to the xgk GPU Heatsink. The kit includes a set of reference diagrams that compliment each instruction and provide a step by step procedure of the installation process. To simplify the process of connecting the various components together, Xice has bundled 200 cm's worth of tubing. The bundled tubing provides a good indication that this particular kit is not designed for high level flow rates. Instead the tubing has an inner diameter of 6mm, which is small enough to fit over the compression nut fittings.
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