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

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The Hydrocool is a nice kit with many great features -- it is compact, easy to move and easy to mount. The cooling-performance is on par, especially considering the concave waterblock. If it weren't for this problem, the temperatures would've been much lower. The noise level isn't bad at all either, except for the pump that is too noisy. However, we have indications that it may be caused by a slight defect in our pump, and that the pump is usually much more silent than ours.

The fact that the Hydrocool has sensors monitoring almost every aspect of the system is great. Should anything fail, the system will power down, but before that happens, the alarm will go off telling you that something's wrong.

Retail pricing is expected around $215, and for that price, you can put together a pretty nice kit yourself, or buy a complete kit from for example Innovatek or Swiftech. What you don't get with either of the latter solutions are the system monitoring, but personally, it is not a great loss.

The Hydrocool 200 would be a great alternative for those of you that are new to watercooling or don't want/have the time to build your own. It's almost foolproof, and it's virtually impossible to make any big mistakes mounting it. The fact that you do not need to modify your case is obviously a big bonus for many users. Add the monitoring feature, and you have probably one of the most secure watercooling systems available today. However, if you are an experienced user or in need of some serious heavy duty cooling, you might want to take a look at other alternatives.

Pros
- Comes with everything you need to get started
- System monitoring
- Easy to mount
- Easy to move
- Small

Cons
- Concave waterblock
- Noisy pump
- Performance(obviously related to the waterblock)

Finally we would like to thank Corsair Memory, Inc. for providing us with this kit.

Ed. note 1: We have read a few reviews on other sites, and they do not report any problems with the waterblock, nor any mention of noisy pumps. Two of them are ipKonfig.com and Overclockers.com. The unit used in this review will be sent back to Corsair for examination. We will post an update as soon as we know more.

Ed. note 2: Thanks to Vidar Fagerjord at Overklokking.no for letting us translate this review.

Sverre Sjøthun

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