Aguatec Blue Ice CP-102 aka Water-X

Cooling/Water Cooling by jmke @ 2003-04-02

Having read nothing but bad things about this cooler, I was bound to find out if it was true. My local HW store informed me they had them in stock. So out I went and got this gruesome duo. Water/Aircooled Heatsink Action ahead...

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AguaTec recently introduced a new type of cooler to the CPU cooler market, combining air-cooling with water-cooling and putting it into a compact solution. They came up with the following design for their product called "Blue ICE":

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The Cooler comes in a plastic wrapping, with details of the product printed on the sides. The specifications are:

Dimension = 80(L) x 60(W) x 85(H) mm
Radiator = Copper
Sink = Aluminium
Tank = Aluminium
Pump = Magnetic pump
Weight = 485g
Operation Temperature = -10C~+65C
Storage Temperature = -30C~+70C
Life Hours = 50,000 plus

Larger, heavier and higher than most heatsinks. One thing you might notice right away, the water block (sink) is made of Aluminium, while the radiator is made of copper, corrosion anyone?

This heatsink is available in different versions. The one I tested has model number/name: CP-102. The difference between the CP-102 and CP-101 is in the fans.

CP-102 has a fan with following specs:

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Fan Size = 60(L) x 60(W) x 20(H) mm
Air Flow (CFM) = 22.44 cfm
Rated Speed (RPM) = 6000 rpm
Noise Level (dBA) = 38.68db

38+Dba is a lot! This 60mm fan is pretty close to the 60mm Black Delta known to irritate 95% of the world population.

the CP-101 has a slower fan:

Fan Size = 60(L) x 60(W) x 10(H) mm
Air Flow (CFM) = 26.56 cfm
Rated Speed (RPM) = 5000 rpm
Noise Level (dBA) = 36db

But the difference is very small as running an 60mm fan at 5000rpm still produces 36+ Dba!

The CP-100 is a special one. Using 2x60mm fans running at 5000rpm each and producing 36Dba, per fan. And they are placed one on top of the other. Now I know from experience that this actually DEGRADES the airflow (Viperlair has an interesting article about dual fan setup right here).

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As you can see the CP-100 model has a much smaller radiator than the 2 higher models. Smaller radiator = less heat that can be disposed of = higher temperatures.

Enough with the specifications, let's see what this unit actually looks like...
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