Corsair Nautilus 500 Water Cooler Review :: Nautilus 500 Packaging and Bundle

07-14-2006 · Category: Hardware - Cooling

By Tulatin

Though all but their boutique memory modules may come in Spartan packaging, Corsair proves that their design departments can pour outside of the mould once and a while. After all, the packaging for the Nautilus 500 was vibrant, rich with photos and information, as well as some tests, performed around midrange Athlon 64 and Pentium 4 processors. Perhaps the only thing of worry is that the box makes a rather outlandish claim that this unit is capable of dissipating up to 500W of heat... something which I doubt to be possible with a radiator and fan crammed into a ~60mm expanse.

Slipping into the package, there are two things which immediately grab my eye. The first was the well printed, full colour manual, given in the form of a 8 1/2" x 11" clear bound duo-tang, which will be nice and easy to flip through, as well as to read. Just below this well conceived manual was the actual unit itself, a beast made mainly of matte black plastic, adorned by a single silver grille. Next to the unit, in the covered area would be all things that were needed to get this cooler going - mounting hardware, clamps, coolant, thermal grease, and of course the power cables, all in league with the water block itself. All in all, it's hard to find any wasted space inside this package, and it's with good reason, since it is rather hefty.


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Corsair Nautilus 500 Water Cooler Review
Corsair Nautilus 500 Water Cooler Review
Corsair Nautilus 500 Water Cooler Review
Corsair Nautilus 500 Water Cooler Review
Corsair Nautilus 500 Water Cooler Review


Corsair Nautilus 500 Water Cooler Review
Corsair Nautilus 500 Water Cooler Review
Corsair Nautilus 500 Water Cooler Review
Corsair Nautilus 500 Water Cooler Review

On the subject of the unit itself, the very first impression I got from taking it out of the box was "This is going to last for years". Rightly so, since the thick plastic and re-enforced construction gives the Nautilus 500 the feel of a piece of high end consumer electronics, rather than an entry level liquid cooling product. Starting from the front of the unit, a lovely translucent white swath can be seen opposite the Corsair Nautilus 500 logo. This swath is intended to help the end user check on the fluid levels within the reservoir, yet manages to do little good, as the plastic used makes it damn near impossible to see in, even when it's illuminated by the unit's inbuilt green LED. Turning the unit to either side won't result in much more than watching its curve turn to straight lines, but the destination is ultimately the same. By shirking the temperature monitoring and system shutdown features found with the Hydrocool, Corsair has migrated from a 25 pin rope of a cable to a 4 pin one, complete with two fan leads, and a durable rubber sheath. This cable plugs into the motherboard and the power supply, eliminating the need for a costly controller. Returning to the rear of the Nautilus 500, a switch to select fan speeds, and the two liquid ports can be seen. Rather than rely on good memory to identify which is in and which is out, Corsair has pre-labeled the ports for us, making it possible to properly plumb a system. These ports are of the quick disconnect type, so when the tab is pushed, the tubes disconnect and seal off, releasing only minor (25-30Ml) of liquid. It'll be a good idea to have a tissue on hand when disconnecting these tubes, but with the ability to just plug them back in when you reach the destination, it's sure a welcome change from draining and filling a whole system the day of the LAN party. Turning the unit over to its bottom, I can see four large foam pads, each of which conceal a screw, as well as the exposed bottom of the heater core style radiator, which looks remarkably similar to what was in the Hydrocool. Flipping the unit to its top, a cheese grater mesh can be seen which shields the fan, as well as a chrome fill cap, once again a piece with clear inspiration in Corsair's external watercooling past. With that tour of the perimeter put down, I'd wager it's about time to pry away the feet and open her up, wouldn't you?


Corsair Nautilus 500 Water Cooler Review
Corsair Nautilus 500 Water Cooler Review
Corsair Nautilus 500 Water Cooler Review
Corsair Nautilus 500 Water Cooler Review


Corsair Nautilus 500 Water Cooler Review
Corsair Nautilus 500 Water Cooler Review
Corsair Nautilus 500 Water Cooler Review
Corsair Nautilus 500 Water Cooler Review


Corsair Nautilus 500 Water Cooler Review
Corsair Nautilus 500 Water Cooler Review
Corsair Nautilus 500 Water Cooler Review
Corsair Nautilus 500 Water Cooler Review