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Thermaltake A1681 AquariusIII External Liquid Cooling System

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  • Robert C.
  • 7/31/2008 5:42:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsLooks cool.. that enough?

Pros: It worked for about 5 months, the temps were better than air cooled but only when the ambients were low in my room. It looked cool...

Cons: The unit leaks a lot, it also needs to be refilled constantly. Really noisy at fans at full speed. There are 2 different types of metal in the unit, and anyone who has read up on water cooling knows what happens.... it happened to this unit too. I heard a crackling coming from my speakers even though the computer was off. I looked inside my PC to find leaking water falling onto my X-Fi.. I looked into the problem further to find the corrosion from the 2 different metals had clogged the entry to the units CPU block. Ripped it all out.. and went back to air. It now makes a great addition to abandoned computer parts.. an expensive one at that.

Other Thoughts: Its a good entry level cooler at best, when its working. You may want to look into a better/different CPU block as the one included was 3rd rate. Make sure you don't mix metals. It says to test the unit and seals before connecting it to your computer.. but in my case that was impossible as the unit only turns on once you have connected it to the Mobo. I am sure someone has a work-around for that though. I was too frustrated with the installation to figure out how to do it.

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  • 970-5334
  • 6/2/2008 3:18:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWondafull, Simply Wondafull

Pros: I'm Glad to See that Newegg has Found some more of these
"Top End" Water Cooling Units. I've never had a Minutes Problem, With mine.. I bought it when this Model + Maybe 1 or 2 Other Lesser Models were available. I Had Just Paid $1,000 for an Extrme Chip and I Didnt want to take a Chance W/ it. So I got what was The Best then, And as far as I'm concerned ,the Best, or in the Top 2 Today. The only other Decent unit Ive seen recently.. The Thermaltake Unit that fits in a 5.25" bay! . Im Building A New System and I hope I can Get 2 more of these fot it, 1 for the 2 MB chips + 1 for the Dual 3870X2 video Cards... Thanks, Bah-Da-Bing

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I have the Thermaltake Full Case that is the same color as the Unit.. I believe they were made with Each other in mine.
For my new System, I'll be increasing the Hose I.D., to 1/2" or even 5/8". All of which Thermaltake Has waiting.

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  • Richard F.
  • 6/1/2008 6:16:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggslook elswhere

Pros: cheap complete setup ,easy install

Cons: as stated above cheap ,pump is weak ,tank leaks like a sib,included hardware is laughable at best

Other Thoughts: svae ur money and time and piece together ur own setup ,this is trash

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  • Philip S.
  • 6/1/2008 10:16:06 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggswater chiller

Pros: This would be good for a small GPU cooler.

Cons: Pump is way to small(volume), it and the rad are inside the unit witch makes cooling the water none existent. As far as cooling a CPU maybe an intel 1400 entry level, I'd save the money and buy a 9700 HSF and get way better results.
Way over priced for what it does/doesn't do. Unless your buying a fan, do not look at thermaltake for any water cooling supplies.

Other Thoughts: It came with a handy LAN PARTY bag.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/13/2007 7:19:23 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsLoud, leaks, stopped working

Pros: Worked ok for about a month.

Cons: Started to lose water very fast. Pumps very little water even when using distilled water. To get average cooling you have turn the fan way up and it sounds like a jet engine.

Other Thoughts: Water cooling is a cool idea, but really it's just a pain. A good heatsink/fan will do just as good if not better. My Pentium D now idels at 70 with the fan on high

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  • lawrence g.
  • 12/31/2006 6:41:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsupdate on previous review

Pros: Great cooling, resaonble noise from unit.

Cons: Pump housing started cracking and deteriorated. Anyone that is losing water look at top of housing and there is a opening. water evaporates through it. After 7 months of owning, still love it and still love THERMALTAKES 3 YEAR WARRANTY. Thanks for that

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/24/2006 1:07:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsConsider Alternatives

Pros: The heatsink does a very good job for the first few months. The pump provides a good flow rate which helps keep things cool under heavy loads. I added a copper coil to the system and would drop the coil in ice water under extremely heavy loads.

Cons: The pump will constantly lose water. I don't know where it goes- but it definitely makes me nervous to see it go down over the course of a few hours. The pump gets clogged regularly if you use anything but the purest water.

Other Thoughts: A good choice for short term use. But I would recommend a different produce if longevity is a concern.

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  • Nick T.
  • 9/23/2006 9:52:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggshmmmm

Pros: worked nnicely for the first hour

Cons: was hard to install, began to leak, is heavey, and is louder than anything else, it didn't work!!

Other Thoughts: worked well in the begging it must have been an internal leak cause the water was coming out of the machine

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  • Mitchell M.
  • 9/5/2006 5:45:40 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDo it yourself if you can

Pros: Looks nice, the unit that holds it all is very sturdy and versitle. It took my 3.4Ghz P4 Prescott that was running at 65C-70C under full load with the air cooling down to about 45C.

Cons: My pump broke after about 2-3 weeks of what I would call average use. While I'm sure that Thermaltake would have replaced it, I didn't feel like taking the chance that the pump would go again while it wasn't being monitored and have my processor blow up.

Other Thoughts: Luckily I caught the pump failure when I was booting the computer up. I would advise doing a fair amount of research on the internet about watercooling and ways to build your own kit before buying something like this. Building it yourself is cheaper and gets you cooler temps if you do it right (I still have that same processor, OC'd now to 3.8Ghz and it's running at 33C under a full load with my custom system, and that was after I built my 6800GT into the loop).

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  • Glenn J.
  • 6/30/2006 4:05:07 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWhere is the coolant/water going?

Pros: Looks goods, wows the visitors!

Cons: Very loud when I turn up the fans for more cooling. Upstairs computer room is a little warm and I game like a madman and need to turn up the volume on the game to get over the fan noise.

Other Thoughts: Definitely have no idea where the liquid is going. Too many refills and constantly watching the level.

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