If you are an avid Guru3D.com reader that some of you might remember that yours truly personally is somewhat fond of water-cooling. Here in my office there are a lot of PCs. Each and every pc has some sort of water-cooling applied to it. And that's not because I just like to play with water (hey, any kid does), moreover it's due to the fact that I hate the noise of loud aircoolers.
Since you are an avid reader, you guys also know that we recently built a new test PC called Protect X. Project X is to date the most expensive test rig we have had in the history of Guru3D.com. Not only does it come with a Core i7 965 processor and an ASUS Rampage 2 Extreme motherboard, no it also has the expensive 6GB Corsair Dominator memory, 1200 Watt power supply and also comes with a custom paintjob that we had done by the guys from Smooth Creations in the USA (and yes then shipped back the chassis to the EU).
So you can slowly start to understand the dynamics here, this is a hideously expensive project. The one thing still lacking was some sort of water-coolling. So I asked the guys from Alpha cool to ship in their latest water-block, and after I had to delay the project many weeks I finally disassembled the entire PC last week, to insert water-cooling components, only to find out that the dual-120mm radiator just would not fit properly *sighs*.
As substitute I figured, let's insert the Coolit Domino ALC for the time being. And after doing so ... I figured, heck it's still too noisy as for an overclocked Core i7 processor, this unit has be set at medium fan and pump speeds. We want absolute silence when we measure dBa readings from graphics cards and such. So again we disassemble the PC, yet this time with a plan. We installed the new water-block from AlphaCool, and figured ... heck, if internal water-cooling is an issue, what is the best external solution that is completely silent? And so I put in an order and acquired the Zalman Reserator XT. It has the same dimensions as the chassis in width, it's nice and black .. and virtually inaudible. Problem solved. The running costs for this PC however have now reached stratospheric amounts. This better work out well!
So this new water-block in combo with the Zalman Reserator XT is how we will be able to finalize our new test PC. This quick article will focus mostly on that Alphacool Waterblock for Core i7 processors. A swift read, where we show the product, the installation, and temperature readings with a semi-passive water-cooling solution installed in several (over)clocked conditions.
It's somewhat of a light weigh article, a diary almost. Let's let's head on over to the next page, where I'll explain the water block a little and take you into what is basically part two of that initial Project-X article. But first have a peek at the new water-block as manufactured by Alphacool.
Alphacool HF 38 Niagara Intel Core i7 CPU water block review There aren't that many companies out there that offer liquid cooling products which you can purchase separately. There's a handful of them. One of them is the German based Alphacool. Recently they introduced a new CPU block called the Alphacool HF 38 Niagara. This new water-block is designed for Socket 1366 processor, aka Nehalem aka Core i7. A high-end liquid cooling CPU block priced fairly. Let's check it out.
Alphacool NexXxoS XP Core i7 water block review In this article we test the Alphacool NexXxoS XP HIGHFLOW Core i7 CPU water block. We will apply a nearly passive water-cooling kit to it and observe installation and temperatures. Since we could take a Core i7 965 processor up towards an overclock of 4 GHz we'd say this ia a very succesful product from the guys over at Alphacool.
AlphaCool External 240x128 Display Today we are testing this cute External LCD-Display with the colossal 240x128 Pixel dimensions. Now that by itself is cool, but the software controlling the unit is where the magic happens. You can display pretty much any system info, yet it goes way beyond that. RivaTuner is supported, Fraps, Mainboard Monitor (MBM), SpeedFan and it does not stop there.
Alphacool Ready2Go Stacker (Passive) Alphacool can deliver pre-fitted and modified PC Cases with water-cooling (prefilled and leak tested) installed. Today Guru of 3D will test the Coolermaster Stacker Silver with preinstalled water-cooling from their Ready2Go series of products.
Pretty much install your components and you are good to go. The beauty of this beast is the fact that it is passive water-cooling, the only thing connected to the power circuit is an inaudible pump. That means this system just does not make any noise, at least not that we can hear.