TTIC Micro Flow: close-up shots
Excuse us for not showing the product box, TTIC equipped us with a pre-launch sample which came in a simple plastic cover, nothing interesting to show off. Besides, the Micro Flow water block itself will certainly be of interest, here is a good overview picture of what you'll find once you opened your retail box:
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Like we said, the Micro Flow water blocks are produced with flexibility in mind. The block itself is the same for AMD and Intel system, the mounting system which covers it will make the product look so different from outside your housing. In the middle we can see the water block name, though it won't be clearly visible once the block is installed. Around this inscription you will also notice 4 screws which hold the block against the mounting kit.
1/2" fittings are used to connect to block with the rest of our water-cooling circuit, wide fittings like those should create less resistance for the water to pass through. Also notice how thin the block actually is, less then 5mm thick!
The block is held down by using 4 screws; springs are added to insure proper installation and balanced mounting pressure.
A backplane prevents the mainboard from bending over while the plastic cover makes sure that the backplane won't short the mainboard. At the center we find a soft substance which also tends to be a little bit sticky, I guess it will prevent the back plate from damaging backside SMD parts found on some mainboards.
Underneath the water block we came around a very well finished base plate, in contrary to that the top cover is rather ordinary, nothing fancy here.
A view inside the water block unveils the TTIC designed copper core. It's know for a long time that flow rate alone doesn't determinate how good or how bad your processor will be cooled, base design also plays a big role performance wise and some manufacturers have gone even further by adding some kind off jet-spray inlet's. TTIC went for an ordinary base design: a field of small vertical fins can be found between the inlet and outlet of the water block, though each fin is made very thin and they are all positioned very close to each other which should mean that we have quite some surface area to cool our CPU with.
Inside the box you should also find a small tube off ST-304 White Thermal Paste. We didn't check how well it performs, instead we choose for Zalman's ZM-STG1 as we tested our other heatsinks with this paste.