Summary: - Don't consider buying the fan they sell to put on the top, it does not help the performance. I found clipping two 90mm fans to the sides near the bottom boosts the performance considerably. Q6600 OC from 2.4 to 3.2 and runs at 51C and keeps radeon 4870 under 60C all at full load.
Pros: - Dead quite - Striking appearance - Rebuildable - "weak" pump is well matched with cooling capacity of the radiator - Uses good German pump that can be replaced
Cons: - Not ideal for OCing unless you modify it (see below) - Bulky when transporting to LAN party
Summary: I lost the first pump about a year after first use. the 2nd pump I got was a slightly upgraded Eheim unit that still fit inside the body. That pump lasted 1.5 years of constant use before it failed and now i plan on using an external hobby pump.
Pros: Quiet Operation! this thing makes almost no noise at all. Has kept my Q6600 nice and cool for 2 and 1/2 years and is rebuildable.
Summary: If you're looking for something to overclock, you can do better at less money. If you are looking for something gamer oriented, there are better solutions. But if you must have dead quiet, and your goal is a dead quiet PC, there is nothing in anyone's line that competes with this.
Pros: This is one of those products that fits such a certain niche that it often gets overlooked for how successful it is at it. There are those reviews below that discuss using this for an overclocking solution. I will tell you that air fans and other water cooling kits do a much better job at that. S...
Cons: The pump in this is weak, and it does take a bit to get going. You need to work a bit harder to get this going then most. The hosing is not very good IMHO.
Summary: I have a Intel i7 860 and it runs about 82 F to 105 F!! I have not overclock this one yet but the other computer I had cooled it was a Intel core 2 duo 3.0 and ran it a 3.4 at under 102 F!!
Pros: It works really good if you know what you are doing. Awesome after a few tweaks. coolant stays cool when cooling CPU and northbridge.
Cons: Take the pump out!!!! It is garbage. I bought a open box model it is the same as this one only blue and the pump could not push the water out more than a few inches. I am not sure with the new model they have here but I bought a external pump from another site. It works very good.
Summary: So what did I do? I put 2 of them on the computer of course. I already had both from different machines. I also added in a Swiftech MCP350 pump to help push the juice around. The 2 towers are hooked up in series (make sure you plug the vent on tower that is 1st in line on the return else it will...
Pros: It's big and very industrial looking. Plenty of water capacity and great heat transfer capability. They look cool next to my tower. The oldest one is black and the newer a dark silver.
Cons: Considering these have been around for some time now, they have not kept up with modern thermal requirements. Simply put the pumps are too weak. Even with temperatures in my house around 60'F the coolant was starting to boil (off-gas) at the heat sinks causing air to build up in the lines.
Summary: I should have researched water cooling systems in more depth before buying this. I assumed a water cooling system would at least be comparable to air if not better. I was sadly mistaken and will do thorough research before investing in another water cooling system. For now I'm sticking with air.
Pros: It's quiet, that's about it.
Cons: After I installed the system the temps on my cpu went up 3-5 degrees Celsius running idle and 10-15 degrees Celsius under load. I decided it was a giant waste of money and recycled the scrap metal after putting my heat sink with fan back in. Worst PC investment I've ever made.
Summary: My systems loop goes from the reserator to a D.D. 500 lph pump to the cpu, goes out to a 240 mm radiator, back in to 2 ram blocks, back out to an additional D.D. pump and back to the reserator, its over kill but im planning on adding much more to it
Pros: This thing is great for cooling no more than 2 blocks on a single loop, great option for the quiet side, even better as a supplement for a much larger loop, granted if you upgrade it with in-line pumps and additional powered rad's
Cons: The pump is extremely underpowered, it moves water very slowly thru my system, which is kinda nice after the power down it continues to cool the components, but if its on alone my temps get to high on load, with the additional pumps it barely breaks 105F under any condition
Summary: I got the unit, set it up, turned it on and no flow. Since disassembling it and returning it would be a pain, I went out and bought an internal pump to be powered by my PSU. I removed the stock pump (and put in some tubing so the entering hot water was dropped into the top of the reserator) and...
Pros: - Reserator is top quality. Big and solid. - Blocks seem good quality. - Everything is included - Once issues were worked out, PC is cool and silent. So, in the end, I am happy.
Cons: - Pump is AC wall power ed and not controlled by the computer PSU. So, you have to either leave this on all the time, or remember to turn it on or invest in some sort of switch. - CPU block requires a back bracket for 755 sockets. Required me to totally remove the motherboard to install. I wish i...