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Review: Cooler Master Aquagate ALC-U01

by David Ross on 28 January 2005, 00:00

Tags: Cooler Master

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Introduction

With the ever spiralling increases in heat produced by the latest and greatest processors, more and more enthusiasts are looking to turn away from simple air cooling and look for something a little more spectacular to keep their systems running both as fast and as stably as possible.

For those eschewing air cooling, the most common move is to some form of liquid cooling, and it is such a setup which we shall be looking at today, in the form of Cooler Master's Aquagate solution. Cooler Master's expertise has long been in the thermal solution department, and they have been responsible for many a decent, easy to use solution, so it seems fair to expect the Aquagate to follow in these footsteps.

This particular solution is impressively flexible, in that it can be installed either internally or externally, and also supports both the Intel Pentium 4 and AMD's K7 and K8 (Athlon XP and Athlon 64/FX ranges respectively). Rather than simply using standard water, the Aquagate also makes use of pure water-based coolant fluid, produced using nano-technological procedures. This ensures that some of the pitfalls of your average water cooling solution are avoided, namely the deterioration of coolant and the corrosion of pipes and metal.

So, without further ado, let's take a peek at the unit.