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Thermaltake Aquarius II Water-Cooler Kit

This is by far the smallest water pump I have seen used in PC water cooling kits.  Moving 23.8 GPH which is roughly the equivalent amount of water moved by flushing the average American toilet fifteen times.

Superficially, this seems like a lot but most water cooler systems use either the Eheim pump or something very close to it.  The Eheim pump moves roughly 158 GPH; which is six times that of the Tt pump.  Swiftech puts out a pump that moves 330 GPH which is almost fourteen times as much water.  The reason I point this out is because by choice of this pump, Tt is telling us what this system is for.  This is an all in one kit designed to plug into your PC's PSU and keep noise to a minimum.  We can see here that this system isn't designed to go head to head with the no holds barred systems that need separate power supplies and make a noticeable amount of noise of their own.

Below you can see a small flange coming off the pump.  This is how it attaches inside the case (which is decidedly different.)  It is powered via a three pin connector right off the mainboard.  This allows you to take advantage of some shutdown programs.  If no fan speed is detected, i.e. pump stops, the system shuts down prior to any damage being done.  

  

This is the back up receiver.  While not exactly a required piece it does make  the initial set up easier.  We'll cover this within the installation of the kit.

Installation

The kit is designed to optimally fit inside a Chieftec style case.  Thermaltake recommends their own modded Chieftec case, the Tt Xaser II Plus, as being the best match for the Aquarius system.  I think its safe to assume that Tt made sure their water cooler would fit inside of their case.  This is what promptly made us opt to test the system out in a non-Chieftec style case.  Not everyone has the Tt case or something like it so let's see how well the kit adapts to a differently shaped chassis.  For our testing we chose a Lian Li PC-6089A.  Below is what the system is supposed to look like installed in a Tt Case.

Notice the placement of the radiator above.  Our Lian Li case, as like many others such as the Kingwin has a drive rack where the radiator would go.  Before we go on, we did run and test the Aquarius with the radiator in front of the drive rack.  However, we aren't going to be using multiple hard drives as most of our readers will not be either.  With this in mind we went for a clean look.  Removal of four pop rivets let us remove the drive rack and its base to give us the room we wanted.  Total mod time for this was less than five minutes and did not include any changes that could not be reversed easily.

  

 

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