Vantec Stingray Watercooling Kit Review

Cooling/Water Cooling by easypanic @ 2005-09-29

Vantec surprises us with their first all-in-one water cooling solution. They are entering a rather upcoming popular segment of cooling aspects, as computers get faster and hotter. Can this kit keep our computer fast and cold? Let?s find out ,shall we?

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All tests were done with the following setup:

easypanic's setup
CPU San Diego 3700+
Mainboard DFI NF4 SLI-DR
Memory 2*512Mb PC3200 OCZ

I measured the temps with MBM 5 together with the DFI NF4 Data Files, you can find them over here.

Stressing was done with S&M, being one of the "hottest" stress program available. Temps were measured after 10 minutes of continuous stress.

CPU and Chipset tests

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As you can see, water cooling is still a lot better than air-cooling, no surprise here.
Time to give my CPU a push to 2800 MHz:

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Temperatures increase with more voltage and speed added, both cooling solutions see a similar rise in loaded temperature (~12°C).

While a more effective CPU cooling is always favorable to have, it’s the water cooled nF4 chipset which pleased me most, as the stock cooler has a quite annoyingly loud fan on it. Even with water cooling the chipset gets quite hot:

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VGA tests

The VGA tests were done with ATI Tray Tools, it has a "scan for artifacts" option which really stress the GPU. Temperatures were measured with the same program.

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I stopped the test after three (3!) minutes. Seeing the temperatures rise to above 120°C was quite disturbing, especially if you compare them to the results I got with the stock cooler:

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With temperatures this high the most likely problem may be mounting, does the GPU mounting method need an overhaul? Let’s see if I can find the exact problem of my high video card temp woes. ->
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