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AquaXtreme-XP Water-Cooling Kit
By: Cygnus_X_1
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    2003-10-08

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  • AquaXtreme-XP Water-Cooling Kit
  • Installation page 2
  • Performance page 3

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    We were brought up to believe that water and electrical components do not mix. Well, just try telling that to the hardcore PC enthusiast. In the past, water cooling was reserved mainly for large servers where air cooling many servers would be very inefficient, and not to mention very loud. As of late water cooling has been steadily gaining speed in the enthusiast market, and more and more H2O shops are popping up. CoolTechnica has a plethora of H2O systems and components to satisfy just about every experience level. Today we are looking at the Maze3 water block, Eheim 1250 pump, and Black Ice Pro radiator that comes in the AquaXtreme-XP water-cooling kit.

    Manufacturers:

    CoolTechnica
    Product:AquaXtreme-XP AMD Socket A Water-Cooling Kit

    Price:

    $169.95 Base configuration
    Reviewed By:Cygnus_x_1

    Edited By:

    SPeeD

    Review Date:

    November 2002

     


     


     

    Intro
    We were brought up to believe that water and electrical components do not mix. Well, just try telling that to the hardcore PC enthusiast. In the past, water cooling was reserved mainly for large servers where air cooling many servers would be very inefficient, and not to mention very loud. As of late water cooling has been steadily gaining speed in the enthusiast market, and more and more H2O shops are popping up. CoolTechnica has a plethora of H2O systems and components to satisfy just about every experience level. Today we are looking at the Maze3 water block, Eheim 1250 pump, and Black Ice Pro radiator that comes in the AquaXtreme-XP water-cooling kit.

    Contents and Specifications:

    CoolTechnica offers many options available to suit your needs. The kit I chose consisted of:


    * Maze3 waterblock w/ copper and Lucite tops with plastic mounting hardware.
    * Black Ice Pro-The EVO Series, w/ fittings. Firebrand model.
    * Eheim 1250, 317 U.S. gal./h.
    * 10 of 1/2 ClearFlex tubing (wall thickness 1/8).
    * 4 oz Zerex Racing Super coolant.
    * 10 hose clamps.




    Maze3 w/ the Lucite top (pic courtesy of Danger Den) and specifications:



     


    You can clearly see the laser cut channeling Danger Den used on the Maze3 to create turbulence to improve heat dissipation.


    * Dimensions: 3x2.125x7/8
    * Material: Copper body, copper top w/ fittings, Lucite top w/ fittings
    * Finishing process: Machined and Lapped to 600 grit
    * Pressure tested to 85 psi
    * Thermal Resistance: .22 C/W

     

    Pump:

     




    * 1 Fitting (suction side) is 3/4" - 17mm
    * 1 Fitting (pressure side) is 1/2" - 13mm
    * Pump output 1200 l/h 264 lmp. gal./h. 317 U.S. gal./h.
    * Delivery head 2,00 m/wat.col. 6 ft. 7 in./wat.col Power consumption 28 W
    * Dimensions: lenght x width x height 180 x 95 x 120mm - 7.1 x 3.8 x 4.7 in.



    Black Ice Pro Fire Brand radiator and specifications:

     




    * 2-pass Radiator specifically developed for PC watercooling
    * Now with improved internal pressure drop for increased cooling efficiency.
    * Now with 12.5mm (1/2" inch) pre-angled inlet/outlet barbed hose connectors.
    * New high-durability custom formulation acrylic paint finish
    * Rated for 378KCal per hour (1501 BTU per hour) or 440W*
    * 120 mm (4.72 inch) Copper core consisting of flat tubes for maximum heat conductivity
    * High-density louvered copper fin configuration for enhanced heat dissipation
    * Built-in plenum chamber for increased performance and noise reduction
    * Self-tapping 120mm fan and case mounting holes for ease of installation
    * Compact 151.5 x 128.6 x 25 mm (5.9 x 5 x 0.98 inch) dimensions allows it to fit inside most mid-tower cases
    * *100 CFM, .28inH2O fans, 6 l/min flow rate

     

    Zerex Racing Coolant, Tubing, and hose clamps:

     




    Zerex Racing Coolant:


    * Improves thermal transfer by advanced and surfactant action
    * Prevents insulative corrosion build up on heat exchange interfaces
    * Protects all cooling system metals from corrosion and cavitation including aluminum
    * Mix Zerex Racing Coolant with distilled water at a ratio of 5% Racing Super Coolant and 95% water.


    ClearFlex Tubing:


    * 1/2 Inside Diameter Silicone hose, 1/8 thick wall
    * Long service life - non-aging, non-oxidizing
    * Smooth inner wall resists build-up
    * Soft and flexible - easy to slip over fittings
    * Tight bend radius
    * Outstanding flex life



    Hose Clamps:

    Clamps can be installed in seconds. Simply place one around tube, snap snug with your fingers, and squeeze tight with pliers. To remove, just use pliers to push sideways and separate the rows of teeth

    The fan (1x120 Delta 130 CFM fan) was from my original setup.

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