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 Review, CoolComputers Tri-Arc Watercooler
Construction continued and mounting
By: Sverre Sjøthun, May 2, 2002  Print this article


There isn’t much to say about the reservoir – it’s a plain, grey electronics project box with a rubber seal in the lid to prevent leakage. Inside the reservoir is the Rio180. This pump is for use only when fully submerged, and it sure packs a punch for its size. Call me biased, but I was really worried about the durability of this pump. Having used various Eheim models for as long as I have been watercooling (since '99), I found it hard to believe that this tiny pump would cut it. But it is a magnetic drive, and magnetic pumps are generally really great. Since I am not able to put it on a 6 month long stress test, we’ll have to take CoolComputers word for it that they’re durable enough. One thing is for sure, and that is that this tiny pump lacks nothing in the performance department.

The reservoir

The reservoir

The Rio180 next to the waterblock

The Rio180 next to the waterblock

After having mounted the kit in test mode, checking for leaks, I found none at all, even without hose-clamps that I would normally have used. The kit took me about 15 minutes to assemble inside the case, although the radiator was not mounted inside the case. You will have to be prepared to hack away on your case because I think very few cases are big enough, or have a place you can put it, without the need for modifying the case. In a full-tower, I would suggest putting it in the top of the case with two blowholes for the fans.

The waterblock mounted

The waterblock mounted

The mounting clamp fixes the waterblock nicely to the socket, and while I have heard horror stories with socket lugs breaking off, I was not worried this would happen. Just use your fingers and tighten it as much as you dare to, and then a little bit more, and you should be safe.

Comparing the silicone hoses

Comparing the silicone hoses

The hoses that was included with this kit was made in silicone, almost the same kind as you’ll find in the DangerDen kits, only slightly thinner walls. Because of the slightly thinner walls, these hoses are even more flexible. One major drawback with silicone hoses is that when they kink, they really kink. PVC hoses get flatter and flatter, whilst silicone goes from nice and round to completely flat. These thin silicone hoses are nice as long as you don’t have a really crowded case or need to have sharp bends. I didn’t have any problems with them, but it could be a problem for some. Look at the pictures below and see for yourself.


CoolComputer's(on top) Vs DangerDen's hoses

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