set a high standard with their initial foray into
water-cooling it should be interesting to see how
Corsair can improve.
comes in some surprisingly small packaging. We are
used to receiving water-cooling kits in much larger
boxes so this was a nice surprise and made us a
little more curious to see what was inside. The
packaging itself gives you lots of information on
the product including the key points such as low
noise levels and easy install.
box over you get a few performance figures from
tests against stock Intel and AMD cooling. There
are also some further product specifications.
box we were initially surprised about how well packed
the kit is, even the fluid bottle was bubble wrapped
to ensure safe transit. Additionally each item was
in its own compartment and bagged or wrapped.
pleasant surprise of the packing had worn off it
was replaced by an initial shock of just how large
the Nautilus is. It seemed to be a huge unit, however
when you actually fully unbox it the product is
actually reasonably sized considering the majority
of the components are housed inside.
shot shows the main Nautilus 500 unit, contained
inside are 2 fans, a reservoir and the pump. It’s
about the width of a standard PC case and slightly
longer than its width in terms of length. You can
see the fan grill on the top with the smaller item
being the hole to fill the reservoir.
unit round we find the water in and out connectors
as well as the power plug and fan speed switch.
The two grey sections you can see on top of the
water in/out ports are quick release switches to
allow for easy removal.
component we find in the box is the CPU bock and
tubing. The Block has a highly polished copper base
which comes with a protective sheet attached. You
can see the polish in the picture below as it reflects
the surface of the desk it is sitting on.
you can see is pre-attached to the CPU block by
metal clips. This ensures that it is unlikely to
come loose and also saves you time during the installation
of the kit. The length of the tubing is 4ft.
Sealed away in a resealable
bag are the following additional components:
note here are the PCI bracket (far left) which allows
you to pass the tubing through to the outside of
the case as well as providing power and monitoring
leads. The CPU brackets (larger items) and the various
clamps and connectors.
two items within your box are the installation manual
and cooling fluid. The manual was exceptionally
well written and easy to follow; the cooling liquid
is a funky green colour.