MSI / Watercool HydroGen - The User Friendly Solution
The random number generator next picked a watercooling solution. A short while ago, motherboard maker MSI introduced the X38 HydroGen motherboard, which sports a water cooling solution for the northbridge and southbridge. It utilizes a small copper pipe that conducts water through all heatsinks on the entire board. MSI sells this board as a bundle with the Watercool HT Fusion Dual cooling solution. Since this cooler is also available separately, directly from manufacturer Watercool, we decided to add it to the list of candidates.
MSI / Watercool HydroGen
The external radiator also contains a pump, a compensating reservoir and two fans. The cooler can be set up on the top of the PC case, or on the floor.
The CPU cooler of choice in this case was the Heatkiller CPU LGA 775 Rev2.5, which is also available in an AM2/AM2+ version. MSI's bundle only comes with the Socket 775 mounting bracket, for obvious reasons.
Installing the cooler is very simple, and can be quite elegantly done. With the motherboard removed from the case, four holding pins are screwed into the board. The CPU cooler itself is then mounted on these pins using four spring-supported hexagon-socket screws (an appropriate tool is included).The flat design of the heatsink gives you lots of space to work in, making installation a breeze.
Removing the motherboard from the case is not necessary for the AM2 mounting bracket.
CPU Cooler Top
CPU Cooler Bottom
The cooler is equipped with the four screw-connections (type A. 90°C, 10 mm) and a tube (3 meters). If you're buying the HT Fusion Dual as an aftermarket option, you'll need to buy the assembly components separately.
The radiator ships in a protective plastic adhesive film.