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  Product:     The Cutting Edge Tsunami Window Reservoir  
  Price:     $54 (CAN) / $40 (USD) 
  Supplied By:     The Cutting Edge
  Author:     Hi-TEK
  Date:     May 26th, 2004
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Chris from The Cutting Edge for sending the Tsunami Window Reservoir for review.

The Cutting Edge

Introduction:

Case modification has had a significant impact on the consumer market that most manufacturers are re-designing their product lines for mass appeal. It is not surprising that you will often see different concepts merged together to come up with new products. Some manufacturers are good at developing their own original concepts while others base their products on ideas and theories taken from the case modding community. The Cutting Edge based out of Houston, Texas first received worldwide attention with a simple popular product known as the PSU Window Mod Kit which MTB reviewed back in July 2002. The PSU Window Mod Kit consisted of an acrylic shell that could easily allow you to see the contents of your PSU. The company has been busy for the past two years and has recently developed a new window and water cooling product marketed under the name of Tsunami. Today in the MTB's Labs, we will be taking an exclusive look at the Tsunami Window Reservoir, a traditional window kit designed for water cooling applications.

Specifications:

The Tsunami Window Reservoir is one of the three different kits currently offered on The Cutting Edge website. Consumers have the option of selecting from three different colour formats which include Clear, Neon Blue and Neon Green. In order to cater to consumers who have different barb fittings for their existing water cooling configurations, there is an option to select 3/8" or 1/2" fittings during the initial purchase. Here are some specifications taken directly from the Cutting Edge website:

Tsunami Window Reservoir - Key Specifications:
Tsunami Window Reservoir: Manufactured by The Cutting Edge
Dimensions: 8" (W) x 8" (H) x 7/8" (D)
Material: All acrylic contstruction
Fits most standard mid-tower and server cases
Includes weather stripping with a built in locking strip
Window Molding adds another 1/2" inch all the way around the window design
Available in 3 different colours
Special Features: 1/2 or 3/8 UV reactive fittings, optional quick disconnect fittings available
 
The Cutting Edge Tsunami Window Reservoir
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The Cutting Edge Tsunami Window Reservoir
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The Cutting Edge Tsunami Window Reservoir Kits shipped in a standard double-walled corrugated box with shipping labels located on the front of the package. The packaging inside the box was excellent and consisted of several sheets of protective bubble wrap located on the top and bottom of the kit. The Cutting Edge was kind enough to send all three kits, but for the purposes of this review I will only be using the UV Blue Tsunami Window Reservoir Kit.

The Cutting Edge Tsunami Window Reservoir
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The Cutting Edge Tsunami Window Reservoir
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The Cutting Edge Tsunami Window Reservoir comes packaged with an assortment of items which include the following:
  • Tsunami Window Reservoir
  • 1/2" or 3/8" UV reactive fittings (optional Quick-Disconnect fittings available)
  • 1/8" NPT fill plug with barb and funnel for easy filling
  • 3 feet of window molding
  • 1 x Metal washer
  • 1 x Razor blade
  • 1 x Plastic installation tool
  • 1 x Installation instructions
The bundled user guide consists of three pages of detailed instructions which cover reservoir installation, liquid installation, as well as fill and bleed procedures. The Cutting Edge has included a disclaimer that advises against using ammonia based products such as Windex which are known to cause clear acrylic to cloud over time. In order to secure the window; the package includes 3ft of weather stripping which uses a one piece design and has the locking strap automatically built-in to the molding.
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