We received three interesting watercooling kits from some of the big names in aftermarket PC cooling and we’re going to torture them with an Intel Prescott 670 and an AMD Athlon 64 3200+ for your reading pleasure. Complete with overclocking tests!

Why Watercooling?

As we all know, PCs are generating more heat as hardware makers continue with their clockspeed bumping and chipsets gain more transistor density. This is bad news for hardware enthusiasts and overclockers as this means less overclocking headroom and lifespan for their hardware. Since clockspeeds thrives on cooling (the colder it gets, the more stable clocks you can squeeze out of a system), the market for cooling gadgets catering to overclockers has grown. This has created a market for large heatsinks with humongous (often rackety) fans and novel phase change coolers (like those from Asetek and Cooler Express). Not to forget, watercooling.

What watercooling strives to acheive, is to keep the component cooler than what aircooling can normally acheive for the same noise level. Heavy computer users like us hate PC noise for a good reason. Whining fans does everything to piss us off but virtually nothing to enhance our computing experience. It is no doubt that I got a little overexcited when I realised that three watercooling kits had landed in our office.

Let’s take a closer look.