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Water Cooling with PolarFLO Article - Page 2 of 8

PRODUCT PHOTOS

The PolarFLO TT Series Basic System Set is made up of two water blocks: one for the CPU and one for the GPU on your video card. This means that your video card memory will need to be passively cooled with ram heat sinks which can be readily found for around $15.

PolarFLO TT CPU Water Block

PolarFLO TT CPU Water Block Underside

I'm big on the build quality of any product I review. The PolarFLO products did not disappoint in this area at all. These things are built like a tank. In addition to this, they are also very functional in that you can rotate the hose barb section a full 360° which makes how you route your tubing a much more flexible and easier process.

In the CPU water block photo above the middle barb is where your incoming water flows. The two end barbs are the "exhaust" for pulling out the water and moving it onto the next part of your circuit. A Y-splitter will be necessary here to attach the tubing.

PolarFLO TT VGA Water Block

PolarFLO TT VGA Water Block Copper Underside

The VGA water block is similar to the CPU water block only that it has just one input and output barb. As you can see in the photo above, the underside of the VGA water block's copper plate has a smooth machined surface but it's not quite the mirror finish as found on the CPU water block.

Inside the water blocks you'll find PolarFLO's rather unique heat transfer geometry. Water flows into the center of the "wheel", travels across the spokes, then up and over the thick outer rim. This permits the water more time to absorb as much heat as possible. Some will argue that this isn't really necessary in that water will absorb the same amount of heat regardless of how fast it travels. The jury is still out on that in my opinion.

PolarFLO TT Series Core

PolarFLO TT Series Pump

PolarFLO TT Series Pump - D4 Drive Unit


Again, the pump follows the quality of the other PolarFLO components in every area. PolarFLO uses the popular Laing, Inc. D4 12vdc pump motor and rotor. Something I really liked about all of the PolarFLO components is that they aren't any larger than necessary. This is important as you need adequate clearance from surrounding capacitors. On my Gigabyte GA-K8NS Ultra-939 motherboard I had no clearance problems at all.

Also worth noting is that all of these PolarFLO products can be disassembled and allow for individual replacement of parts such as the sealing O-rings, barbs, housings, etc.

PolarFLO TT Series Pump Diagram

 

Next Page: Installation Part 1

Last Updated on May 3, 2005


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