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 Review, Corsair Hydrocool 200 Watercooler
The construction in detail
By: Sverre Sjøthun, May 22, 2003  Print this article

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The waterblock has apparently a great finish -- a few marks from the lapping, but hardly noticable. A flat and smooth surface is crucial to minimize thermal resistance between the processor and the cooler, and thus decreasing temperature and increasing cooling performance.

The waterblock. Notice the cord for the thermal sensor

The waterblock. Notice the cord for the thermal sensor

The finish of the base of the waterblock

The finish of the base of the waterblock


At first glance, this waterblock looked disturbingly small, especially compared to the Swiftech tank-like built monsters. The question that remains to be answered is, how will it perform, and will the waterblock bottleneck the rest of the system?

Schematics showing us the microchannels inside the waterblock

Schematics showing us the microchannels inside the waterblock

Showing us the heat distribution on an AMD at full load, the extract is 1/4 of the waterblock

Showing us the heat distribution on an AMD at full load, the extract is 1/4 of the waterblock


The external cooling unit
The finish of the unit is very appealing -- black, high gloss painted, the Corsair logo on the side and chromed details. The size is about the same as the Shuttle XPCs.

The pump in rubber suspension

The pump in rubber suspension


The pump is suspended in a rubber collar, which will eliminate vibrations and resonance. As you can see from the pictures above, the intake to the pump has a large diameter to ensure proper waterflow.

Overview picture of the interior

Overview picture of the interior


The overview picture above shows you the radiator, the fan, some of the electronics, and the hoses. Also shown is the flow-indicator -- when the system is on, this impeller will spin around indicating the waterflow. The flow-indicator is illuminated by a lightbulb, and we're surprised Corsair didn't use an LED instead, as LEDs have much longer life-spans.

The reservoir

The reservoir


The reservoir has "Made in USA" written all over it -- look at the massive lid and welding seam. Surely aluminum has low weight, but Corsair could've used half the material and still had a solid constructed reservoir. In the yellow cap, you'll find the coolant-level indicator.

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  The construction in detail
  Mounting the kit
  Pre-testing
  Using the cooler
  Testbench and benchmarks
  Conclusion


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