Corsair Nautilus 500 External Water Cooling Kit

Can Corsair’s new all-in-one water cooling solution really keep your processor cool for under $160? We take it out for a spin to give you our test results and impressions.

Introduction

Corsair has been branching out from their roots in making high performance system memory for a couple of years now. Recently they have moved into the flash memory and power-supply markets as well as building on their line of water cooling products. In February Corsair released the Nautilus 500 External Water Cooling Kit. We decided to have Frozen CPU send us one, so we could find out just what kind of performance can be had from an all-in-one kit retailing for just $154.99.

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Test Setup

To test the Nautilus 500 we installed it on our open test bed just as it would be installed in a regular case with the hoses routed from the waterblock ,through the PCI slot openings, and out to the Nautilus 500. The base of the waterblock was not modified or lapped, just cleaned with isopropyl alcohol, and installed with Arctic Silver 5 thermal compound. The motherboard is mounted on a pull out tray from an old Inwin ATX case.

Load temperatures were achieved by running two instances of the Prime95 آ“in place large FFTآ’sآ” torture test each on a separate core until peak temperature was attained.

Temperatures were recorded using SpeedFan version 4.28.

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