Asetek WaterChill KT03A-L30 Cooling Solution Review :: Introduction

04-28-2005 · Category: Hardware - Cooling

By John Chen

Asetek's reputation in the cooling industry grew because of their VapoChill units. Having the ability to reach sub-zero temps all in a compact box is certainly exciting. We all wish that to have those temps floating around in our box right? But with such great performance comes a great price. The VapoChill units were definitely not cheap. It's not something a lot of enthusiasts, and even overclockers, are willing to pay for. So what can they do to close the gap on the budget overclockers? They start making typical water-cooling kits.

We had a look at their Asetek WaterChill kit that featured the Antarctica universal waterblock, a single 120mm radiator and fan, and a small reservoir and Hydor pump combination. The kit provided great performance and was quiet under usage. The 120mm fan offered operations of 7v or 12v and gave enthusiasts a choice of pure silence or pure performance. The Hydor pump did have a bit of problems though. After some use, it started to make unusual clicking sounds. The chance of that happening wasn't very high but it was still a problem nonetheless.

Today we'll take a look at their newest WaterChill version, which features the same Antarctica universal waterblock, a new smaller pump, and most importantly a super-sized triple 120mm radiator. The new model is called the KT03A-L30. The kit features a Sacem SL35 pump, " ID tubing, and a Black Ice Pro III triple 120mm radiator.

We all know that bigger is better, but in the case of water-cooling, the use of components can be a bit tricky. The use of large radiators is of course ideal, but because of the large size, there are more restrictions inside the radiator, which can most likely cause water flow to slow down. While the impact is minimal, it can still cause a difference in performance.

You might ask, if triple 120mm radiators are ideal, why wasn't this used in the past? If this triple radiator is great, why not make a quadruple? The reason is because of convenience. With such a large component, it is hard to actually find a place to put it. It's already hard enough to find a place for a dual 120mm radiator, let alone a triple! Well with new cases that allow great flexibility and internal space, radiators can easily find a good home.