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Corsair Cooling ICE T30 System

Corsair Cooling ICE T30 System

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Installation

To begin installing the cooler we first need to perform a few dismantling steps. The first is the removal of the fins on top of the Dominator GT modules. This is simply a case of removing the screws with the Allen key provided in the TEC kit. The fins then lift of; care should be taken to remove the thermal pads as well.

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With the memory ready for installation we then dismantle the TEC/Cooler unit by first removing the name plate. This gives us access to all of the screws we need for dis-assembly/assembly. This is a simple step but we feel that Corsair could use a small badge in the centre of the Hydro H30 block and leave the screws uncovered to simplify the installation process and save time.

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With the name plate removed we can then remove the four screws which hold the Thermo Plate in place.

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By removing the Thermal Plate (above right) from the water cooler body we get access to the TEC, it is shown below.

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go here With the cooler and memory dismantled we then start the installation process which begins with the alignment/positioning of the temperature sensor on the underside of the thermal plate, as well as application of the thermal pad. The temperature sensor readings are used by the TEC control module to vary performance dependant on humidity and heat levels, protecting the system from condensation. A small amount of thermal paste is required between the sensor and plate according to the Corsair instructions but we found that it worked just as well when sitting on the thermal pad.

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With the pad in place and the temperature sensor secured we place the thermal plate onto the memory which is now installed on the motherboard. The Thermal Plate is secured using two Allen key screws on each module.

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Our next step is placement of the TEC, when looking at the unit side on the red wire must be to the left to ensure that heat travels in the correct direction. The thermal paste is applied to either side of the TEC during this phase and proves to be one of the disappointing aspects of this product. Corsair have opted for a decent brand when choosing the paste, Shin-Etsu, however the paste is incredibly hard to work with and something with a looser consistency such as Arctic Cooling MX-2 would make this step much easier.

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follow url Unsurprisingly the next procedure is to attach the water block using the screws we removed earlier, closely followed by installation of the name plate. Finally we attach our water-cooling kit to the hose barbs on the water block and the system is ready to be powered up.

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There are quite a few steps to the process but it is relatively simple and common sense gets us through the installation with little need for the instruction booklet. Speaking of the instruction booklet, most of the steps are pictured clearly but in terms of the wording it could do with some significant editing to streamline each step. Essentially they are too thorough and over complicate the process, something which may be fixed by the time the product is on sale.

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