Modular reservoir from Watercool: Heatkiller Tube

Modular reservoir from Watercool: Heatkiller Tube

The Heatkiller Tube is a modularly constructed reservoir from Watercool. Here, we present it in a review and include our experiences from our current watercooling project, where we used a Heatkiller tube. Shipment and technical specifications The tube is delivered neatly packed and is completely assembled. Watercool offers a variety of accessories to mount it in a chassis, which we present below. Assembly instructions are included with the...

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Project Mäcki: Pictures of the complete system

Project Mäcki: Pictures of the complete system

As promised, here are the final photos of the complete rig. But this not mean, that our project is finished. Assembling all components was only the first part, it will be followed by a review of the Heatkiller Tube from Watercool, which we installed. Afterwards, we will install two operating systems – for this, we have the two separate Samsung SSD. Aside from Windows 10, we will also install macOS which means building a...

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Project Mäcki: Tubing and Filling

Project Mäcki: Tubing and Filling

After we had finished the cabling, we went on with the tubing. First, we installed the 30mm-radiator (240er) at the top. Together with the fans it completely conceals the aquaero, so you cannot see it from the front. The rest of the tubes was set relatively quickly. On the image above, the connection between CPU and reservoir still makes quite a strong curve outwards. We shortened it later on before the filling. As always, we covered all...

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Project Mäcki: SSD and Cabling

Project Mäcki: SSD and Cabling

Before we could continue with the tubing, we had to take care of some other things. One of these was the installation of the two SSD in 2.5-inch format. As SSD, we had decided on two Samsung SSD 850 Pro, because we had always had good experiences with them (and their predecessors) in recent years. For the installation of SSD, the chassis provides two mounting points on the back. The SSD is screwed onto brackets, which are then held with a...

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Project Mäcki: Installation of the front radiator

Project Mäcki: Installation of the front radiator

After a small compulsory break – parts of Archangel’s apartment were being repainted – we could continue with our PC project. Now, we were finally turning to the installation of the water cooling components. At the chassis front, we had a planned to have a 360-radiator with 6 fans. The reservoir (Heatkiller Tube with DDC-pump) should be mounted on the inside of the middle fan. We had tried this at the beginning of the project – now it was...

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Project Mäcki: New litz wire for the DDC pump

Project Mäcki: New litz wire for the DDC pump

We have always made good experiences in previous projects with the DDC pump, so we decided to use one in this project as well. The only problem with the DDC is the blue and yellow wire, which is not exactly beautiful for the eye. Here we have already dismantled the original housing. The wires are soldered directly on the PCB – so our soldering station was used once again. All three litz wires should be replaced by uniform black ones....

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Project Mäcki: Cleaning the fans

Project Mäcki: Cleaning the fans

Yesterday, we had another cleaning job to do… the fans, which we wanted to use inside the chassis and on the radiators, had already been in use in a different project. As a result, they were very dusty. And with some, the label in the middle was beginning to peel off. Here is our complete stack of red Phobya NB-eLoop fans: The great thing about the NB e-loops is that the rotor blade and the rubber buffers in the corners can be...

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Project Mäcki: Installation of the WLAN card

Project Mäcki: Installation of the WLAN card

Yesterday, we focused on the WLAN. For the motherboard (Gigabyte Z97N-WiFi) we had ordered an additional WLAN / Bluetooth card with an adapter for the mini-PCI-Express slot, as well as four longer antenna cables. That’s the way the card is supposed to fit into the slot on the motherboard. But it was a bit loose, so we had to look for a solution. The simplest solution was to carefully apply some hot glue on the edge of the inserted...

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Project Mäcki: …we can continue

Project Mäcki: …we can continue

Sure you know this: a certain part of a PC project actually consists only of waiting for any ordered parts to arrive. That’s what happend to us in the last two weeks. But now the ordered black screws are finally here. Also the crimps and connectors from MDPC-X have arrived, as always with a personal dedication on the cover. Thanks Nils! In addition, we had ordered a special WLAN and Bluetooth card from OSX WIFI, which has also...

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Project Mäcki: We are waiting…

Project Mäcki: We are waiting…

It has been a while since the last update to our project. On the current status, we can only say: we are waiting. After the cleaning of the GPU waterblock, we have spent the last two weeks just waiting for the arrival of small orders like extension cables for WLAN antennas, crimps or strands. Source: Shutterstock We hope, that everything will be delivered shorty, so that we can continue with our project. All post for Project Mäcki Project...

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