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 Review, Corsair Hydrocool 200 Watercooler
Using the cooler
By: Sverre Sjøthun, May 22, 2003  Print this article


The installation was very simple and took about an hour or so. When you start up the system, the fans spin up to full speed, and then slow down to "whisper mode". In whisper mode, the fans are barely audible, but at full speed, or Turbo mode if you like, they are pretty noisy.

The pump, on the other hand, is a bit too noisy to our liking. The pump used in my normal watercooling setup is an Eheim 1250, capable of 1200lph and is extremely quiet running. The noise level on the Hydrocool pump, however, is so loud you can hear it 3-5 feet away -- with the computer in between. Like we mentioned earlier in this review, the pump is suspended in a rubber collar, but it doesn't seem to help much -- if at all.

The pump in rubber suspension

The pump in rubber suspension

Except for the noisy pump, the overall impression is good. The system will monitor the temperatures and let you know if anything is wrong - be it low fluid level, too high temperatures and so on.

The overheat protection system is quite ingenious. Hydrocool 200 will shut down your computer before anything gets fried. You can adjust these parameters, but keep in mind that the temperature is measured on top of the waterblock, not at the processor core. Corsair estimates the deltaT to about 15 degrees Celsius or Farenheit, and we can confirm that this is pretty accurate.

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