h2o - Premodded Watercooled Case -
Water-cooling has many advantages, let's name a few: it's really efficient, if you choose the proper materials your CPU can run at a room temperature. Secondly, silence as your CPU is passively cooled. But again you need to bare in mind several variables. In this case the radiator is actively cooled by two huge fans. Don't save money, buy the best and run them at 7 instead of 12 volts. That way they are extremely silent yet very efficient. The third point I want to mention is high overclocking potential, your system must have the right components of course as usually you will raise the front side bus speed, which can adversely effect many of your PC's components. Last but not least, CPU's these days are hot... very, very hot. Conventional air cooling works quite well yet the heat is disposed inside your PC case, which when not ventilated properly will have a negative effect on other components. It's a bit of a cascading effect. Now this is also where water-cooling is very efficient. This is because the water is absorbing the generated processor heat, transports it to the radiator and there it's exhausted to the outside. Quite clever huh?
Right then, at h20 you can get basically anything watercooling related, the entire enchilada from a single component all the way to pre-built watercooled systems. Although this manufacturer is relatively unknown I have to give them two thumbs up. The amount of quality and detail for the pre-equipped PC case is just awesome. It's starts with little things like packaging, as you have seen from the photo's they make a big deal of it to get the product to you undamaged. Out case did not have a single scratch on it. Then the craftmanship if pre-modifying, all components are inserted, assembled and equipped into the PC case very carefully. In fact I should add the fact that I just don't have anything negative to say about this product. When we set aside premodding and look at the components again I must conclude that this is high-end gear, with components you can select yourself. You can make it as cheap or as expensive as you want, which leads me to the price. Sure it's not really cheap... but buy yourself a case and a watercooling package and see what you'll end up paying yourself. Products like these are not exactly cheap, but when I look at the entire package from top to bottom I'd say that this is money well invested. Oh and that price ... well I personally think it's a bargain at 250 EUR with the Hydor pump and 260 EUR with the Eheim 600 submergable pump.
Last but not least, h20 is a company that in my opinion is up and coming, this means you can buy their products in Europe and in the USA (Atlanta) already. Of course in the USA the products are 110 volts compatible where it's 230 volts in Europe. Btw if you like to order the case similar to what we tested today; the water-cooling kit inside the pre-cooled case is exactly the 110v version of the Cool Sprinter US. Since both continents are covered they usually ship the product in 12-24 hours, which is really quick.
Okay, the last one-liner; Two thumbs up, highly recommended for people that like silence, very efficient cooling and tweaking. It's not cheap, but in comparison, a hell of a lot cheaper then the latest high-end graphics card.
We give h20 an editor's choice award for this pre-modified watercooled PC case, very nice... very nice indeed!
If you are interested in all kinds of watercooling and modding stuff, then at the very least have a look at their website(s) as it's full of nifty gadgets, systems and peripherals; http://www.h2o-computer.com
Product: Ready2 Go Premodded Watercooled case.
Company: H2O Computers
Price: 250 - 260 EUR
Thanks to Johannes and crew from H2O computers for the opportunity in allowing us to do this product review. We had an awesome time assembling and testing the rig.
Oh come on, how can you not just love that .. and it doesn't make noise !
H2O-computers specializes in custom solutions. The high-end nifty gear that most of us guru's like so much. If you need a sungle small component for water cooling that fine, do you need a watercooled pre modified case ? That's fine also. Do you need a complete water cooled system, hey .. they offer that as well. In fact their 5000+ system is a pre modified water-cooled Pentium 4 3.2 GHz system default clocked at 3.75 GHz on an Asus P4C800 mainboard with 1 GHz memory and so on ... if you need it then they can make you a complete water-cooled PC.