CoolerMaster Aquagate MAX review CPU liquid cooling

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Temperatures sensors | Installation


CoolerMaster Aquagate MAX

Supplied with the kit are a pair temperatures sensors that will indicate the coolant temperatures on the inlet and output lines. The units are pretty sensitivite and deliver an accurate signal to the PC system. The wires you can see coming out of the temperature sensor get connected to the rear of the reservoir module.

Also we find:

  • Backplate for LGA 775 mainboards;
  • A USB cable connecting the main block to the mainboard USB port;
  • A set of retentions, screws and springs;
  • A set of plastic washers, rubber rings, screw nuts and the appropriate wrench top;
  • Cooler Master thermal compound;
  • Brief step-by-step assembly and installation guide in several languages;



Right, let prep the mainboard, CPU and CPU water-cooling block for the hardware installation. I have to give props here to CoolerMaster, everything is very easy to handle.

CoolerMaster Aquagate MAX

The first thing you need to do is the one downside with this kit; Coolermaters socket connectors, you'll need to take out the mainboard as you need to access the backside to apply a backplate.

So at the back side of the mainboard we mounted that backplate, now please remove the old residual thermal paste from the CPU as you want a flat surface. And then apply some new (supplied) thermal paste and evenly smear that out over the processor.

CoolerMaster Aquagate MAX

If you are using Core 2 Duo/Quad ... you are in luck, let me demonstrate ... to mount the water-block secure .. all you need to do is tighten the spring mounted screws to the backplate. But we need to do one thing first though.

CoolerMaster Aquagate MAX

Now applying the tubing to the water-block is something you do BEFORE you actually mounted in onto the motherboard. Inserting that tubing requires force, force is something you do not want to apply to a motherboard.

Insert the tubing and "clamp" it with the supplied wrench top. That's all.

And again, please before you mount the water-block on top of the CPU, be sure to have that tubing fitted. This is not a process you want to do once the water-block is mounted on top of the CPU. Too much force is needed. Also think about your tubing and flow path BEFORE installing.

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