Cooler Master Aquagate S1 Liquid Cooling System Review
12 February 2008
Summary: We continue checking out the efficiency of mainstream liquid-cooling systems. Today we will talk about a new solution from Cooler Master. It is inexpensive, simple to install, universal. Will it also be able to prove better than a traditional air-cooler? Let’s find out!
Pros: Low price;, Compact size that allows it to fit inside a system case completely;, Universal design (supports all contemporary platforms);, Very simple assembly and installation;, Quiet pump and fan at low rotation speed;, Modding highlighting of the fan and UV glowing tubes.
Cons: Low efficiency on overclocked processors at comfortable level of generated noise;, Noisy fan at its maximum rotation speed;, No cooling for around-the-socket area.
Conclusion: While I am disappointed with the performance, I am hopeful that I can get it to work better by putting it together with better thermal grease and a better installation. It would also be very good if the installation were easier. I would like to see motherboard manufacturers come up with a standard clip that everything could attach to. This would eliminate the need to take everything apart.
Summary: Silence is golden, but fires are real; running this cooler on silent mode makes your CPU more a hot plate than a processor, and we truly fear the results if we were to attach this to a more powerful chip. We’re hesitant to recommend the Aquagate as a cooling solution for anything but the weakest CPUs. You’re better off sticking cotton in your ears and tolerating the buzz of a better air cooler.
Excerpt: Cooler Master's Aquagate S1 system takes any guesswork out of buying individual components and includes everything needed to get started with water cooling. Now it can be argued that buying individual components and building a custom system is favorable and yields better performance, but the focus of this review will be computer builders who are new to watercooling or want an easier and cheaper solution.