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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [07.14.03]
Manufactured by: Ahanix

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As you've seen with all the pics so far, installation is an absolute breeze. If you buy the kit from pre-assembled, it just gets easier. It really is as simple as this:

a) Attach the cpu block, just like any other heatsink
b) Route the heater core hoses and power cord to the outside of the case
c) Attach the heater core to the rear of the case, just like any other case fan
d) Wire the AC plug to the power cord
e) Fill with water, and you're done!

The results:

I really don't see how it could get much easier! The latest full assembly instructions can always be found at There may be things to note, however.

First of all, make sure you have room in your case for the reservoir. While it isn't huge, it may still be a tight squeeze to get it to fit inside your case. In our testing, we used a Cooler Master ATC-111 case (reviewed here), and a Radeon 9700 Pro. As you can see, it was somewhat tight:

It was VERY snug; the reservoir was touching one of the caps on the video card, something that made me very nervous (NO LEAKS!!!). With some effort, I got everything to fit cleanly however:

Here you see that the power connector for the Radeon 9700 had to be routed between the water tubes. It's a tight fit, but it worked!

One other thing you might be thinking is, "What if my case doesn't have an 80mm port?". Well, I assume *most* of our readers are astute enough to have a good exhaust port on their case. However, I have seen some old cases with 60mm ports. If that's the case, you'll have to find some other way to install the heater core. Maybe you could figure out some way to attach it to the outside of the PCI brackets. It should also work fine sitting on the floor, as a last resort.

Apparently there is a larger version of this heater core, which supports 120mm fans. However, at an upgrade price of $65, the price is nearly doubled. As you're about to see, a pair of silent 80mm fans are quite capable of cooling even the hottest CPU's...

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