Components and Design Cont’d
The waterblock is solid copper and incorporates a stacked fin design. It has a small pump built right in, which operates on 12 VDC, uses less than 10 watts of power, and provides a tach speed output signal.
The forged copper base has a raised circular pad that is machined flat with a smooth finish.
The aluminum radiator included with the Aquagate Mini is sized for a 120mm fan (the R80 kit radiator is sized for a 80mm fan). It is designed to be mounted in a rear case fan opening.
The following picture shows the relative size of the R120 radiator compared to a Black Ice Extreme on the left and 6x6x2 heater core on the right. All three radiators are designed for use with a 120mm fan.
The included 120mm x 25mm fan incorporates a variable speed control, which allows adjustment from 800 to 2,800 RPM (confirmed during testing).
The system comes pre-assembled and pre-filled with water-based coolant. Cooler Master’s Thermal Conductivity Fluid is basically water and antifreeze (10-15%) with anticorrosion and disinfectant additives.
The Thermal Conductivity fluid is sold separately should you ever decide to take the Aquagate apart and need to refill it. It is VERY important to use a coolant with strong anticorrosion properties because the system utilizes a copper waterblock and aluminum radiator, which sets the stage for galvanic corrosion. This shouldn’t be a problem as long as the coolant used is designed for a copper-aluminum environment but if straight water were used, it would quickly lead to system failure.
The waterblock/pump assembly is attached to the radiator with two short lengths (~12′) of black hose (1/4′ ID x 3/8′ OD).
As mentioned earlier, the Aquagate Mini includes universal mounting hardware, which supports Intel P4 (LGA775, socket 478), Intel Xeon (socket 603/604), AMD K7 (socket 462) and K8 (socket 754/939/940) platforms.
Mounting plates are included for each of the popular Intel and AMD platforms.
Once the proper mounting plate is selected, it is bolted to the base of the waterblock with four tiny screws.