Filling and Testing:D
anger Den supplies a bay reservoir with the nVidia 4101, however; when I initially set-up the system I used an Alphacool reservoir and used the Kandalf just to break-in the kit while photographing Mozart Tx for its review here
. Mozart acts as the ideal work-station with its open area and large doors removed (temp wise). The only complaint I've ever had about Bay Reservoirs is that you must slide the reservoir into the front of the case and then attach the tubing. There may be no problem during fill/bleed testing outside the case, however; during the re-connect you have to be careful. As you can see towelling paper is placed beneath each connector in the event things go awry.
The following PDF from OverClock.co.UK
entitled Danger Den H20 kit installation instructions
is a thorough guide on the subject. Filling and bleeding your system out-side the case as seen above should be a given. Once assembled on the Mozart Tx the pump and radiator were mounted in the chassis top section.
Danger Den has been using open ended bolts for years. I chose to replace these with a Phillips head bolt making it much easier to slide the bolt through the underside of the motherboard (use a plastic washer) instead of placing a washer and nut on the underside of the mainboard and then another washer and nut on the topside. Besides the difficulty installing and securing two nuts simultaneously an open ended bolt isn't as secure. Altering the mounting hardware in this scenario has no ill effects on mounting pressure; in fact it made for a more stable mount. Be sure to alternate when tightening and tensioning springs to evenly distribute applied thermal paste. Below mounting hardware installed on the Socket-AM2 Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe, with the Opteron 1212.
The kit was also tested on a Socket-775 Gigabyte P35C-DS3R running the Q6600. Installing TDX onto the socket is where you have to think about orienting the impingement zone so it’s centered over the core. As an example of what can go wrong below I applied a dollop (or large drop) of Tuniq TX-2
(which just won our TIM round-up) onto the center of a Q6600 and simply mounted the block in what looked like the correct orientation. Temps were rather high so I removed the block later in the day to find the offset in the photo and thumbnails below.
Finally the TDX mounted correctly on the Gigabyte P35-DS3R Socket-775. The block is oriented so the impingement area is located directly over the center of the IHS. This is essential regardless of the processor.
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