What you Get!
Well after opening the box I thought if Evercool put the same thought into designing this water kit as they did their packing job we would be in good shape. Simply put, there's a place for everything, and everything was in its place. All the parts you need to get setup and going are right there, all you really need to do is follow the instructions that are included for assembly, add a bit of water to the orange antifreeze solution into the reservoir, and go on your way. Ok, it might not be that simple, and does take a bit of time! I don't mean to make this process seem trivial by any means. However, I have never ever had a water-cooling kit I could setup and actually use in 40 minutes from the time I opened the box. Before I get ahead of myself, let’s peak inside to see what we get!
As seen above, everything is packed well. I usually am not an advocate of reading directions, but in the case of the WC-202 I would say you had better do so or you might be in big trouble down the line. After locating and removing the CPU and GPU blocks I wanted to critic them on their finish and construction. Seen below, the blocks come with a protective film, then we look at the CPU block top and bottom are seen, and finally the GPU block and bottom finish.
As one might expect from the pictures, I found the finish to the bases of the CPU and GPU blocks to be excellent. The blocks though were a question mark for me as to how they would perform. The top is stainless steel, and the base is copper. I wish I could dismantle the block and take a peak inside to see what kind of design they use, but I didn't want to break it before I tested it, so I chose to leave them well enough alone.
The radiator of a water kit can be a make or break affair. Evercool has upped the ante for the WC202 and included 2 radiators to help dissipate heat. The reservoir/pump/control unit has a small copper radiator with an adjustable fan, but there is also a small 80mm radiator and fan unit that is placed elsewhere in the case. This fan plugs into the control center and is regulated in speed depending on system temperature.
One concern of mine in the additional radiator is in the construction of the unit. Where most radiators are soldered at joints, Evercool appears to use an Epoxy to join the copper "u-joints" of the radiator to the steel pipes. This could potentially present a strength issue down the road, but during all testing didn't appear to be. Possibly, due to the design of the whole system, and the flow rate of the pump, it may not be necessary for the joints to be soldered.
Something to keep in mind though during installation is to make sure there are no leaks here.