Gigabyte 3D Galaxy Water
A little while ago, we
featured the 3D Aurora full tower ATX enclosure. In that review, it was
mentioned that Gigabyte had manufactured the case with their component water
cooling system in mind. It's finally time to explore the 3D Aurora and just how
well the system is integrated with Gigabyte's only enclosure.
All water coolers will come with some assembly
required, and that's just how I like it. While the enclosure largely dictates
where and how long your water lines must be, the radiator, pump, and reservoir
are the primary concerns. The decision making process has been greatly
simplified with the 3D Galaxy because accommodations have already been made.
Such as where to mount the pump/reservoir unit and where to pass the water lines
to the outside of the enclosure to the radiator. All we have to do is tear into
the box and (maybe) read a few pages of the users guide.
seriousness, installing a water cooler kit is not something you want to rush
through. Even if the components are made with the finest of craftsmanship, a
sloppy installation will leave you with damaged hardware. Take your time, do it
right, and be sure of everything! The printed installation guide is bundled with the kit
in book form. Since this is a world-wide universal product, it is sectioned in 9 different languages.
The instructions are written to a basic level of understanding, but make sure
you read ahead a few steps so you can be ready for what's coming next. It may
save you from removing a part you just installed because there isn't any room
to make a connection.
Waterblock: 68 x 92 x 30 mm / Copper base with acrylic cover
Pump: 61 x 60 x 46
mm / 400 Liters per hour @ 20db
Radiator: 125 x
197 x 64mm / Aluminum / 120mm fan with 3-pin header
Reservoir: 75 x 75
x 92 mm / 300 cc capacity
Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor: LGA 775 /
AMD Athlon Sockets: 754 &