ATXCases.com Escape Pod Films Sketch Comedy
Case, Power Supply, Fan Reviews
  Product:     Corsair COOL Water Cooling Kit  
  Price:     $234 (CAN) / $193 (U.S)
  Supplied By:     Corsair
  Author:     clsGrinder
  Date:     August 4th, 2005
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Vivian from Corsair for providing the Corsair COOL Water Cooling Kit for review.

Corsair COOL Water Cooling Kit

Introduction:

The water cooling market has changed dramatically with the release of high performance kit solutions from a wide variety of manufacturers. Corsair has been a leader in the design and manufacture of high-speed modules since 1994. The company's main focus has always been on supporting the special demands of mission-critical servers and high-end workstations, as well as the performance demands of extreme gamers. Corsair extends its product offerings to extreme PC users with the inclusion of the Corsair COOL line of water cooling systems. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the Corsair COOL Water Cooling Kit, an all-inclusive water cooling system designed for the PC platform.

Specifications:

The Corsair COOL 120MM kit includes everything you need for a complete water cooling system. The system has been designed to be cross compatible with all socket types, this is a “one box fits all” type water cooling solution. Here are some specifications taken from the Corsair website:

Corsair COOL Water Cooling Kit - Key Specifications:
Corsair COOL Water Cooling Kit: Manufactured by Corsair
CPU water-block stepped for P4 (socket T) and K7 (Socket A) with 2 feet of tubing pre-installed
CPU water-block for P4 (Socket 478) and K8/A64 (Socket 754/939/940) with 2 feet of tubing pre-installed
Retaining brackets for 462/478/754/775/939/940 pin processors
120mm radiator w/120mm fan
“RadBox” external radiator mounting kit
6 foot length of 3/8 inch (ID) clear vinyl tubing
255ml of environmentally safe coolant
DDC 12volt DC industrial pump
Reservoir
(6) Nylon hose clamps
Fan guard
1g tube thermal compound
PCI bracket with power cable
Pump mounting pad (foam)
7 page Quick Install Guide
Detailed CD-ROM install guide (PDF)
 
Corsair COOL Water Cooling Kit
Click image for larger view
Corsair COOL Water Cooling Kit
Click image for larger view
 

The Corsair COOL Water Cooling Kit arrived in a colourful cardboard retail box. The front of the packaging clearly shows the socket adapters included within, while the back illustrates the various components.

Corsair COOL Water Cooling Kit
Click image for larger view
Corsair COOL Water Cooling Kit
Click image for larger view
 
Inside, we see the system components carefully placed within two foam trays then double-stacked. Everything was in mint condition and ready for assembly.

Corsair COOL Water Cooling Kit
Click image for larger view
Corsair COOL Water Cooling Kit
Click image for larger view
 
As stated, this is a complete water cooling kit and all components are all of high quality and reliability. The modular design of this system allows for modification and customization of the system. While this spells good things for the hard core enthusiast who is constantly tweaking and changing their rig, the Corsair COOL Water Cooling Kit still delivers an excellent package right out of the box. Documentation is supplied in the form of a 7 page quick installation guide, and a more comprehensive installation manual via PDF on the CD-ROM. The quick install guide walks you through the install process step by step; however thorough reference of the PDF is urged. It contains details of the socket mounting clips, as well as filling and maintenance instructions. Also on the CD-ROM is a switchboard to Corsair’s Forums, an Adobe Acrobat viewer download link, and a link to Corsair’s web site.

The reservoir is designed to fit snug into a 5 ¼” expansion drive bay. It’s made of high density polyethylene and has a very rugged feel. Dual inlet ports are a nice feature, and help to illustrate the potential of this system. The “stepped down” portion of the reservoir holds the outlet valve. This design eliminates the chance of air getting sucked into the pump, lowering the cooling capacity of the system. Installed, the Corsair COOL 120mm will hold ~800mL of water (whole system with the full compliment of vinyl hose). Corsair supplies enough coolant for two applications. Green in color, it contains corrosion inhibitors and additives to help with cooling efficiency.

Back Forward

AddThis Social Bookmark
Button
[ Home | Archives | Articles | Reviews | Gallery | Contact Us]
All trademarks used are properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.
ModTheBox.com Copyright © (c) 2003-2009 Prine Systems Inc