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  • CoolerMaster Aquagate Water Cooler Review
  • CoolerMaster Aquagate Water Cooler Review



    Installation is pretty straightforward. First, measure the needed hose lengths and install the quick connectors. The other end of the hose is connected to the waterblock and secured with pressure fittings. For this review, I decided to test on the Athlon64 754 pin platform, so I needed to install the A64 mounting plate. Note that the four outermost screws are all used to hold the plate in place.
    The waterblock is then installed on the motherboard.
    *Word of caution* It is always a good idea to leak test the system for 24 hours before installing any watercooling components. This will ensure that no accidents happen that could result in damaged computer parts, fire, and/or death. Death may be a little extreme, but anything "could" happen if given the opportunity.
    Once the system is powered on, the Aquagate can be configured to your liking.

    The LED display has four basic settings: CPU thermal threshold, tank thermal threshold, fan speed, and auto shutdown time. The fan has three positions: speed 1 and speed 2 provide about the same cooling performance with very little noise, while speed 3 is the highest speed (4600rpm) and also makes the most noise @ 49db.
    *Note:* The Aquagate comes with a thermal probe that is designed to show CPU temperatures on the LED display. It is required that this probe be connected to the Aquagate relay but it doesn't need to be anywhere near the CPU. In fact I would advise you to not install the thermal probe on any processors equipped with heat spreaders. The reason for this is that the added thickness of the thermal probe will not allow for a good connection between the waterblock and processor. The probe can, however, be safely installed on Flip Chip processors provided that the probe is placed next to the processor and not between the processor chip and waterblock. Additional issues can arise if you have opted to use a shim on your "Flip Chip" processor, so once again, I would suggest that you not install the probe as the wire thickness will interfere with the clearance between the shim and waterblock and can cause cracking or overheating of your processor. Personally, I'd say put the probe on your memory and call it good.

    On to the benchmarks