Kingwin AquaStar AS-3000 Review
As water cooling moves out of the garage and into the
mainstream, we are seeing more and more major manufacturers embrace the water
culture. With the AquaStar AS-3000, Kingwin brings its latest water
solution to the masses. Is this the kit you have been looking for?
We find out, here at the club.
Kingwin is no stranger to the high-end PC market and it shows
in the attractive packaging.
Kingwin has organized the components into boxes based
on the install options. The user manual features full color step by step
instructions with an emphasis on ease of install.
The AS-3000 looks just as good. Made from polished
aluminum, the whole system weighs in at just over 6 pounds.
Kingwin has kept this system simple. Left of the second
80mm, you see the two water connectors and the plug for the multi-function power
cable. The unit is filled using the screw you see here on top.
Inside the GPU box we find the AquaStar water block and
mounting brackets for all current NVIDIA and ATI cards.
The CPU box contains the CPU water block and mounting for all
the current CPU form factors. Thumb screws are provided to ease the
The Standard box contains the core elements needed for the
install. Kingwin has provided everything you need even antifreeze and heat
sink compound. The too you see here is used to adjust the clamp on each of
the Silicon hoses. You will also notice both a heat sensor and a noise
sensor are included. The noise sensor is a real plus, I have never seen
one included with any cooling solution or fan kit.
The External box completes the kit, providing power extensions
and extra hosing for an external install. There are even stickers to cover
the sides of the unit. For this install we will not use this kit.