Watercooling Kit Deconstructed

Raystorm CPU Waterblock

The Raystorm block consists of two parts, the base block assembly and the acrylic mounting plate. Even though only the CPU mounting plate is shown, the AMD mounting plate fits to the block in the same manner. The top of the block has a raised rounded-square inner section with the inlet and outlet holes with an outer lip on which the mounting block sits upon. When assembled, the top of the block and mounting plate form a flat plain.

The top plate consists of a CNC-machined clear acrylic body and a black aluminum top plate. The top plate sits in an indented grove in the top of the acrylic body so that the entire assembly sits flat when together. The acrylic body contains four 3mm LED holes in the middle of each side of the body. This give the block an edge-lit appearance with the aluminum top plate fixed in place.

The base block assembly consists of an upper black acrylic top and a CNC machined copper base plate. The top is held to the copper base plate with four flat-top hex screws and seals to the copper plate with a rubber grommet along the outer edge of the block's top. The inlet and outlet channels in the top are G1/4" threaded holes with each channel sealed from the other via the rubber grommet inside compartment of the inlet chamber.

The top of the block consists of the acrylic top and a steel injection plate. The injection plate sits just below the block inlet channel and accelerates the incoming water to increase pressure through the copper plate water channels. The injection plate is sealed to the inlet channel with a rubber grommet along the outer edge of the inner channel. That way, water is forced to pass through the channels in the copper plate to exit the block through the outer outlet channel. The injection plate itself sits perpendicular to the direction of the copper plate micro-channels.

The copper base contains a series of micro-channels through which the water is forced through to cool the block base plate (and the CPU in the process). The thin-finned nature of the micro-channels increases the surface contact area for the transfer of heat to the coolant. The inlet formed by the injection plate site perpendicular to the water channels, forcing water across all channels and out via both sides of the base plate's micro-channels.

The only downside with using a micro-channel design is the increase in flow restriction inherent in its use – pressure builds up on the inlet side because water flow is restricted by the micro-channels. While the water velocity through the micro-channels is increased, the flow rate over the entire system decreases because of the micro-channels.

D5 Photon 170 Tube Reservoir / D5 Vario Pump

The D5 Photon 170 reservoir comes apart in two pieces – the top tube reservoir portion and the bottom D5 Vario pump. The reservoir is factory sealed and not made to be dissembled.  The pump is held to the base of the reservoir via a rigid plastic threaded ring that seals the pumps inlet chamber to the base of the reservoir with a rubber o-ring in a sunken channel along the outer edge of the reservoir's base. The coolant enters the reservoir via the the two G1/4" inlet ports.

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