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  Product:     Asetek Chipset NB01 & Video VGA02 Water Blocks  
  Price:     $66 (CAN) / $50 (U.S) 
  Supplied By:     Asetek
  Author:     Mantis
  Date:     July 8th, 2004
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Morten from Asetek for sending the Asetek Chipset NB01 & Video VGA02 Water Blocks for review.

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Introduction:

The basis of a standard liquid cooling configuration is to provide an efficient, silent cooling alternative to the processor in comparison to air-cooling. This concept can be subject to other components in order to help achieve greater performance and decreased overall system noise levels. The implementation of additional water blocks for components such as Chipset and Video cards has garnered attention to those users seeking absolute maximum performance from their components. Asetek, based out of Denmark, is renowned for their Vapochill cooling systems and their recent Waterchill cooling products. Today in MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the Asetek Waterchill DYO Chipset NB01 & Video VGA02 Water Blocks.

Specifications:

The Asetek Chipset NB01 & Video VGA02 Water Blocks are designed to work on conjunction with existing Waterchill configurations and products. Compatibility ranges from NVIDIA, Intel, SiS and VIA chipsets to ATI and NVIDIA based video cards. Included are all the necessary items needed for installation. Each unit can be purchased separately or in a variety of alternate Waterchill power kits offered on the Asetek website. Here are some specifications taken directly from the Asetek website:

Asetek NB01 Chipset Water Block - Features:
Asetek NB01 Chipset Water Block: Manufactured by Asetek
Supports Intel, AMD, SIS and VIA chipsets
“Push on” fittings for tool-less and easy assembly of tubes on the chip set cooler
Easy mount of the block on motherboard with finger screws
An extremely good plainness and surface smoothness
Pure copper base plate - providing best possible heat removal ratio
Optimized fittings & tubes for maximum flow
All fittings and mounting accessories included in standard package

Asetek VGA02 Video Card Water Block - Key Specifications:
Supports all NVIDIA/Gforce and ATI/Radeon AGP cards
“Push on” fittings for tool-less and easy assembly of tubes on the VGA block
Easy mount of the block on the AGP card with finger screws
An extremely good plainness and surface smoothness
Pure copper base plate - providing best possible heat removal ratio
Optimized fittings & tubes for maximum flow
All fittings and mounting accessories included in standard package
 
Asetek Chipset NB01 & Video VGA02 Water Blocks
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Asetek Chipset NB01 & Video VGA02 Water Blocks
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The Asetek Chipset NB01 & Video VGA02 Water Blocks ship in separate standard cardboard boxes free from any retail graphics. A white label denotes the model number and name. The overall packaging was excellent; two pieces of thick foam secure the water blocks in place and protects against any shipping damage. All the necessary items needed for installation are included with the Asetek Chipset NB01 & Video VGA02 Water Blocks. Each package consists of the respective water blocks, mounting hardware, instruction manual and three feet of Polyether tubing.

Asetek Chipset NB01 & Video VGA02 Water Blocks
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Asetek Chipset NB01 & Video VGA02 Water Blocks
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The included Polyether tubing measures approximately three feet in length. The flexible design of the Polyether tubing lends itself to tight bends without kinking and is resistant to aging and Hydrolysis. Out of the box, my initial impressions of the Asetek Chipset NB01 & Video VGA02 Water Blocks were very positive. Each water block bears a high level of aesthetics and demonstrates quality attention to detail and craftsmanship. Both the Asetek Chipset NB01 & Video VGA02 Water Blocks follow the same overall design and appearance as the existing Waterchill products. Currently, there are no available copper top models for any of the Waterchill series water blocks.
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