Cooler Master Mini
Aquagate R80 Water-Cooling Kit Review
With water cooling moving more into the mainstream over the last
year, more manufacturers are responding with water-cooling kits designed
to attract the PC enthusiast with little or know experience. Cooler
Master has responded with a wide range of water cooling options. today
we will be taking a look at the Mini Aquagate R80 Water Cooling Kit
(RL-MUA-E8U1). This may be the easiest kit we have ever worked with.
Take a closer look.
Cooler Master makes the Mini Aquagate in two sizes;
the R80 and the R120. As you might guess, the R120 refers to the 120 mm
size and the R80 uses a standard 80 mm fan mounting. We will be working
with the R80 for this review.
Cooler Master has been a leader in aftermarket PC
cooling for a long time and it shows. The packaging is eye catching and
informative without being overwhelming. The R80 is clearly targeted at
the beginner water-cooling crowd. Based on the box, it really does
Opening the box reveals everything has its own space.
The radiator space is clearly designed to fit both sizes. A quick
inspection reveals the radiator is solid and in no danger of being
damaged. Don't panic, the instructions are inside the accessories box.
The R80 comes with mounting brackets for every current
Pentium and AMD processor. The two cable adaptors allow the R80 to be
used with any handy power source or fan controller. There is even a
package of thermal paste and a fan grill.
The R80 is a self contained unit and requires no
cutting or filling. Cooler Master makes it clear, no modifications
should be attempted. It is ready to install right out of the box.
As you can see, the pump is integrated right into the
heatsink. This unit looks bigger than it is. At 70 x 85 x 23 mm it is
pretty close to the size of my OEM cooler. The radiator is made from
an Aluminum alloy and is about the size of two standard 80 mm fans.
A closer look at the unit shows the polished copper
surface and sturdy construction. Its a little hard to feel safe without
checking the fluid but Cooler Master does not recommend opening the
unit. With no ongoing maintenance instructions in the manual, you may
want to plan on an upgrade when this unit nears the end of its life.
Material of Base
||Cu. Stacked Fin + Cu. Base
Dimension of Base
||70 x 85 x 23 mm
Bearing of Pump
||NCB (Nano-millimeter Ceramic
||R80: 80 x 80 x 25 mm
||R80: 1,800 ~ 3,800 R.P.M.
||R80: 53.499 CFM
||R80: 8.658 mm-H2O
||R80: 24.4 ~37.9 dBA
Fan Bearing Type
||Long life sleeve bearing
||R80: 80 x 120 x 45 mm
||300 mm x 2
||Intel® Pentium® 4 (Socket
478/LGA 775) processors
Intel® Pentium® Xeon® (Socket 603/604) processors
Intel® Celeron® (Socket 478) processors
Intel® Celeron® D Socket 478/LGA775) processors
AMD Sempron™ (Socket A/754) processors
AMD Athlon™ XP (Socket A) processors
AMD Athlon™ 64 (Socket 754/939/940) processors