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GlobalWin Silent Stream: Installation - It Could Scarcely Be Any Quicker

If you want to cool a Pentium 4, small brackets must be screwed onto the water block. Quite a bit of strength is needed to do this, as the screw thread has to be cut with the screwing operation into the plate.

A lot of strength is needed to mount the brackets on the water block.

Once the brackets have finally been mounted, the rest is easier. The cooler is placed on the CPU and is fixed with holding clips. The radiator is screwed on tightly in the housing's 80 mm fan port. Then, the voltage connections for the pump and the radiator fan are attached to the board or to the mains power supply, and the water cooling kit is ready for operation.

Radiator of the Silent Stream

After switching on, the hoses should be felt to see whether the water is running - according to a warning by the manufacturer. Should the water not be running, the computer must be switched off within one minute. Just how much confidence does GlobalWin have in its product?

Cooling Performance: Poor

The cooling performance of this water cooling kit falls well short of expectations. Thus, the thermal resistance of 0.55 K/W is very high as we are used to substantially better values. This must be attributed to the not very polished cooling element and the small radiator. A good air cooler is often the better choice here, although the Silent Stream can be recommended for very small housings. With 52.6 dB(A), this water cooling kit is extremely loud, i.e. the exact opposite of the vendor's "silent" description.