How We Test: Watercooling Components
One of the challenges with testing individual watercooling components lies not with the component itself, but with maintaining consistency with theremaining pieces comprising the cooling loop. For this, we’ve chosen common, dependable watercooling loop hardware which is designed to limit any specific weakness and provide us with a consistent platform in which to isolate testing components. You can find our hardware list below.
|Reservoir||Swiftech MCP35X/MCP50X rev.2B Acrylic|
|Fittings||Bitspower Matte Black ½”ID x ¾” OD Compression (x6)|
|Fans||Scythe Ultra Kaze 3000 RPM 120mm (x3)|
|Tubing||½”ID x ¾”OD clear|
|Coolant||Distilled Water, no additives, coolants or dyes|
Our watercooling testbed loop combines excellent flow rates, high-volume fans, and a great performing radiator to focus all results on those produced by the water block samples themselves. Here's a look at the rest of our testbed hawrdware.
|Power Supply||Seasonic SS-760KM 760watt, 80 Plus Gold|
|Thermal Probe, Fan Controller, Logger||CrystalFontz CFA-633 w/ Dallas One Wire DS18B20 sensors (x2)|
|Software||Prime96 v27.9, AVX FFT length 8k, each test is 2hr continuous run|
Our testing hardware closely mimics the standard Intel CPU cooler test system, with the only differences being the AMD Threadripper 1900X processor instead of the Intel i7 5930k and MSI X399 Gaming Pro Carbon AC motherboard, rather than the MSI X99S XPower AC. While this does not allow for apples-to-apples comparisons with Intel tests, the majority of the environment variables are otherwise eliminated.
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