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VISIONTEK CRYOVENOM 360 LIQUID COOLING KIT
The CryoVenom R9 290 LE came together with the $360 VisionTek
CryoVenom® 360 Liquid Cooling Kit, which includes a discrete 360mm radiator
and three 120mm fans, a couple meters of tubing, a combined pump/reservoir and
lots of other hardware. It arrived in a large carton containing an impressive
wooden box and the long radiator in a separate retail box.
Impressive wood box for all the goodies except the big radiator.
The radiator is a Coolstream PE 360 Triple, measuring 403 x 131 x 39
mm, from Slovenian watercooling specialist EKWB.
The wood box unboxed.
Full contents of the VisionTek package: Radiator, various mounting
screws and hardware, adapters for PCIe power, EK-SBAY pump/reservoir,
three 120mm fans, coiled length of 3/8" inner diameter vinyl tubing,
seal compression fittings, bottle of coolant concentrate, and sheets of
instructions. (Click image to enlarge.)
The three 120mm fans supplied by VisionTek EK originate from Gelid,
a quiet-cooling oriented brand familar to SPCR. Fan geometry is not ideal
for low tonality, however, as the struts and trailing edges of the blades
are too close to parallel.
VisionTek EK reservoir-pump combo EK-SBAY DDC 3.2 PWM is meant to be
mounted in an optical bay and the water level can be directly monitored
through the clear acrylic front panel. The pump speed can be controlled
via PWM motherboard header.
VisionTek EK Supremacy CPU waterblock
A little later, we asked for and received a sample of the VisionTek
EK Supremacy CPU waterblock. This would be used in the loop along with the
VisionTek G9 290. Another nickel-plated base and acrylic assembly, this CPU
waterblock is also impressively made with excellent machining, fit and finish.
VisionTek EK Supremacy CPU waterblock. The mounting system
is rugged and precise, with large preloaded spring thumbscrews and hardware
for all current CPU sockets.
Beautifully smooth, flat nickel-plated copper base.
With no previous experience to go by, our take on the supplied watercooling
components was basic:
- The huge radiator is probably the biggest that can be installed in any case.
As with air-only coolers, total heat radiation surface area is one of the
keys to effective cooling, so the 3-fan Coolstream PE 360 radiator seems suitable.
- The 120 x 25mm 1600 RPM fans could be easily tested with SPCR's usual methods
and resources. If they are far from our defnition of low noise, we have many
other fans to choose from.
- The VisionTek EK reservoir-pump combo EK-SBAY DDC 3.2 PWM looks and feels
very nicely built. It would have to be tested for noise to discover whether
the pump is suitable for our goal of quiet computing.
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