Waterchill KT03 CPU cooling kit

Overclockers and performance enthusiasts are no strangers to the world of watercooling. As enthusiasts push the performance envelope, dealing with the resultant heat seems to be the common problem. Most case fans cannot disperse the heat adequately, and watercooling was the next natural progression.

There are many kits available on the market and all models claim to dissipate the unwanted heat efficiently and quietly, but only a few work well enough to keep the CPU at a stable temperature and not sound like a small aeroplane within your PC case.

The Waterchill works by using a 120mm Sunon fan strapped to a radiator; two pipes protrude from the radiator and act as an inlet and an outlet pipe. A small reservoir and pump ferry the water through clear plastic hoses to the radiator and then to the CPU block. Another plastic hose transports the water back to the reservoir, thus completing the cycle.

It’s a good idea to lay out and check the components before beginning construction, to make sure that all parts are present. Usefully, a contoured outline of the CPU block can be downloaded to determine if the cooling block will actually fit on the motherboard between all the capacitors and resistors. Planning is essential with a project of this type — the first case and motherboard we used would not accommodate the fan/radiator combo and the CPU cooler, respectively.

The provided manual was very helpful and Asetek even supports its products via a forum (http://forum.vapochill.com), a good resource if you encounter a major problem. Anti-algae fluid and CPU thermal paste are also bundled with the kit to ensure trouble-free cooling.

For PC veterans and novices alike, the Waterchill KT03 is a great introductory cooling kit for people just entering the world of overclocking. Easy installation, low noise, ‘push-on’ fittings and great cooling performance make the KT03 an efficient watercooling solution. One con only: the plastic hoses are not as flexible as expected and required some forceful manipulation.

For users looking to go even farther, other cooling kits by the makers of the Waterchill (www.asetek.com) are available for your graphics card or the motherboard chipset (North Bridge). The individual coolers and consumables can also be bought separately from the cooling kits.

Price: $389
Distributor: PC Range
Phone: (08) 8322 9544
URL: www.pcrange.com.au

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