SST Guy wrote:
Pretty, but I doubt it will perform very well.
1. 1/8" tubing= low flow
2. tube-style radiator= inferior performance to flat-tubed heatercore style rads
3. y-connector= additional (unnecessary restriction) and lower flow
4. less apparent surface area than a reserator, and less than optimal fin arrangement (horizontal, heat travels vertically)
5. restrictive CPU block= REALLY low flow.
From what I can make out, the pump needs to be a monster of epic proportions, and have miraculously low heat dump, to attain competitive performance with the current crop of quiet air coolers (Thermalright SI-130, HR-01, Scythe SCNJ-1000, Zalman CNPS9500). Add in the premium Silverstone pricing, additional maintenance inherant with water cooling and leak potential, and it looks like an all-around loser to me.
Then again, that's what testing is for.
Ouch, thanks for pointing out the caveats, I am surprised you can deduce so much out of a few pictures. Maybe it is really that bad and we should not release this product after all?
But seriously, we have done quite a bit of testing ourselves with both heat blocks and actual processors. After numerous tweaks and revisions, it is now capable of keeping a Pentium D 840 running in the mid-50C range at full load. We are adding a few more changes before production, so hopefully this will perform even better especially with the upcoming processors having lower wattage ratings than the current Pentium Ds.
The TD01 was not created to compete with the existing PC water cooling or air cooling solution (although I think it will still compete quite well). It was made for customers that have purchased our HTPC cases and are looking for a suitable liquid cooling solution. Most fan-less water cooling solutions such as the reserator you pointed out do not fit well into a living room environment for their atypical shape (I don't think many people wants either a big metal tube or industrial-looking radiator device next to their home theater components). We were able to leverage our TJ07's unibody manufacturing experience into something that we feel is a much better fit. So a world-beater it is not when it comes to liquid cooling performance, but I think the TD01 definitely has its spot in the market place.
Sure. I don't disagre with that.
From my perspective (i.e. a guy who OCs and WCs everything hot), a decent conventional high-flow system will likely beat it in everything but noise, but then again, I'm not exactly your target demographic.
BTW, I have many of the same caveats with the reerator, and that is a very popular system among the quiet set. And, in the interest of full disclosure, I'm more of a high-flow guy (in case you couldn't figure that out
Best of luck, and as I stated previously, I can't wait to see benches/ tests. SPCR review sample, maybe?