Corsair are well known for their excellent memory, we
use it in almost all of our reviews due to its great speed,
stability and complete reliability so when they mailed
us to say they were releasing “Cool” we jumped
at the chance to try it out. From the launch material
it looked like a compact and stylish water-cooling kit,
lets hope it performs as well as it looks…
Cool comes packaged in a very striking box, on the front
we have the logo with a few equipment shots and a little
information on the fan size and CPU compatibility.
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The rear of the box gives more information
on the components included in the kit…
Below you can see the documentation included
with the Corsair Cool, the booklet is an information leaflet
giving some tips on installation, while a nice to have
its not an essential and any value is completely negated
by the fact that the installation instructions are on
a CD… if you’re a reviewer like me then you
do more than likely have multiple PC’s lying around
so you can load up the manual on one and build the kit.
Most people though will have only one PC and are going
to run into issues with how to access the instructions.
To top things off the manual is in PDF format and Adobe
Reader isn’t included on the CD, not the best start!
Components close up…
The Radiator included with the Corsair
Cool is one similar to many water-cooling systems out
there. It’s a single fan version of the Black Ice
design used by companies such as Asetek in their Antarctica
Attached to the radiator will be a 120mm
fan, in the case of this kit the fan is made by Panflow
and is a brushless design.
Pump and Reservoir:
In our opinion the pump is one of the
highlights of the Corsair Cool, whilst some other water-cooling
kits can cause issues with the size of the pump and where
to put it, Corsair’s is tiny and will easily fit
in the base of any case. One thing to note though is that
the pump is not self priming so make sure you get any
air bubbles out of the pump before turning it on or you
will kill the pump.
The Cool reservoir is a unique design;
it is manufactured in such a way that it is placed in
the DVD/CD bays in your case and therefore comes with
screw holes to attach just like a drive. Water enters
the reservoir via the smaller chamber and leaves via the
larger one. Here is a pic of the reservoir beside the
120mm fan/radiator to give you an idea of the size…
CPU water block:
The Corsair Cool CPU water block comes
with some tubing already attached and secured which is
a nice touch. The unit is made of metal and painted black,
on the base it is copper and so will provide good heat
Below you can see the metal clamps holding
the tubing securely in place and the polished copper base
close up, which comes protected in a plastic film…
The other components in the kit can be seen below, our
kit contained no missing parts and so everything that
was required (even thermal paste) to get us up and running
(other than the water) was included.