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ThermalTake Aquarius-II
Page 1 - ThermalTake's Water Cooling Solution
Author: DCFluX
Date: March 01, 2003
Category: Cooling
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ThermalTake Aquarius-II


What can I say about ThermalTake's Aquarius-II? For an introductory water cooling kit, it is an easy, store bought, off the shelf solution and it is fairly inexpensive. Some may not like it because of the small amount of water it moves over the processor, but it sure is quiet. You cannot even tell your PC is on half the time with the case fully assembled.

What You Get
What You Get
The Radiator
The Radiator

When my sample arrived, I noticed that the bottom of the water block was pretty tarnished. It was 'press sealed' to a thick piece of plastic that wasn't even the right size and had some kind of funky machine oil on it.

The Pump
The Pump
Water Reservoir
Water Reservoir

The radiator had a pretty nice dent in the fins when I received it. The dent took all of 5 minutes to fix with a fine pair of needle nose pliers and a straight screw driver. Also, the radiator had 8 screws, 4 sheet metal and 4 machine screws, all of them doing basically the same thing in holding the 80 mm fan shroud to the radiator its self. Two of the machine screws were in holes that the threads had been stripped out. It seems eight sheet metal screws would have been better; maybe ThermalTake ran out.

Top
Top
Copper Bottom
Copper Bottom

Affixed to the front of the radiator is a ThermalTake 80mm fan. The fan has a 3 pin CPU fan power plug. I felt the fan should have been a little quieter. One thing that puzzled me was the fact that when you followed the instructions the "Tt" logo on the fan grill is upside down. It took me about two minutes with a phillips screw driver to fix the dent. I would have liked a 92 mm fan better so that I could mount it where my chassis fan is located. However, if you have an 80mm chassis fan, this could be a good thing.

The pump is nice and fairly quiet. It runs on a CPU Fan connector at 12 volts, so there is no need to blast a hole in your chassis for an extra power plug. The pump moves 29 gallons per hour. Inside is a blue LED to verify power is present and a floating ball that will rise to show water is being returned from the radiator.

The hose provided with the kit was very flexible, ThermalTake also provided springs to go inside to deter kinks, very thoughtful. I didn't use it because of the length of the hose I cut. The expansion tank is made of fairly cheap, flexible plastic. You can see the line where they took 2 pieces and glued them into one. I did like the shiny cap though.

The kit came with a cheap bag of zinc oxide heat sink grease (the standard white paste) and a even cheaper bottle of "coolant concentrate" which appeared to be chlorinated green food coloring.

Installed Clip
Installed Clip
The Other Side
The Other Side

Installation is very easy, thanks to their manual. Every instruction is started with "Please" (ahhhh, how nice). Installation requires removing your motherboard if you have a Pentium 4. If you have a AMD K7 the kit supplies clips instead and you do not need to pull the motherboard out. On the other hand, the K8 needs will need removal.

Installed Reservoir
Installed Reservoir
The Block
The Block

The pump, back up receiver, and radiator are secured with little neodymium magnet disks which, I might add, are very strong. Steel plates are provided in case you have an aluminum case. You can place them where you want the parts to be located.

The Insides
The Insides


Test system:
Soyo P4VDA Motherboard
Intel Celeron 2.0 GHZ .13u SK-478
Dual Sticks of 256MB PC2100 RAM

CPU Temp w/ Aquarius II
Idle (Fahrenheit)
Celeron @ 2.10 GHz
Celeron @ 2.32 GHz
96
97
 |
0
 |
17
 |
34
 |
51
 |
68
 |
85
 |
102


CPU Temp w/ Aquarius II
Load (Fahrenheit)
Celeron @ 2.10 GHz
Celeron @ 2.32 GHz
139
165
 |
0
 |
28
 |
56
 |
84
 |
112
 |
140
 |
168

The best thing is that the kit is beyond quiet and it did a decent job of cooling. In my opinion it is great for your mom or dad's computer; but, if you're into serious overclocking then you might be better off with a more expensive solution.

Final Score

3.5 out of 5 Weird Blue Faces


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