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Leufken Water-Cooling Kit review

I recently bought an Abit KT7A motherboard to couple with a Duron processor running at 700mhz. Of course, I wanted to overclock and the results I got were not bad at all; with a standard HSF I got my the Duron running stable at 850mhz, I knew however that the CPU could do better because I was able to P.O.S.T. at 1 GHz, and thereby I looked into water-cooling.

I ordered one of the water-cooling systems available at Leufken Technologies. Notice however that I have the ďolderĒ model of the water-cooler, the one with an aluminium water block. The only thing that differs from the new version is that it has an inline water pump. This means that the pump is inside the water tank and thus it reduces sound by a small margin. The other difference is that the water block is made of copper instead of aluminium. The difference this affects cooling performance is probably within the error margin of the motherboardís inbuilt sensor so donít get too excited about it.

Installation

It took me approximately 30 minutes to install the water-cooling system but as you read on you will see that I did some modifications to my case, etc. and of course this took some extra time.

The included manual could have been better, I didnít have any problems at all but someone who isnít as experienced with computer hardware might find the installation a bit difficult. Now, donít let this scare you off, anyone can install this and the instructions easily explain the installation, but if I say that all the instructions are included on a single A4 paper, then you get the idea.

As you saw on the first photograph I put the water tank in the lower front of my case, and the radiator on the back, then the water block on the CPU. The water goes from the tank to the radiator into the water block and back to the tank, quite simple.

You should first measure out the required lengths of the hoses and cut them accordingly. Attach everything but donít power it up for the first time inside your computer, remove it and let it run for an hour or two to be sure that there are no water leaks. This would of course be disastrous.

Leufkens water-cooler comes with a clip to mount the cooler, although I did break off one of the feet on the CPU socket with it, so be careful. But seeing as the Socket-A motherboards have four holes drilled around the CPU socket I could use those instead. The required hardware for this mod is 4 screws with bolts and non-conductive washers plus two flatpliers with holes drilled. If you donít want to do this, the included clip will work perfectly fine but as I said, I broke my CPU socket so I didnít have any choice. This little extra work also gave me a cooler CPU.

You might be a bit afraid that the water cooler will not fit in your case but donít worry, I only have a regular mid-tower case and I had no problems installing it inside of the case. The radiator fitted perfectly in the back between my expansion cards and the case's outer edge. As for the water block, it has the same width and height as my CPU and is only 1,5cm wide so it is much smaller than a standard HSF. The ďclipĒ I made myself will have no problem to fit on any other Socket-A motherboard either, because there are restrictions on how much space the components around the CPU socket may take up.

If you want some information on how to make this clip yourself take a look here in our forums.

If I am to sum up the installation I can say that it is very easy to install if you use the included mounting clip, so Leufkens could not have made this kit any easier to install and they really succeed in this aspect. If you instead prefer to do it my way you will need to mill out the required hardware, as well as cut up a hole on the back of the metal plate that your motherboard is seated against, if you donít want to remove the motherboard every time you want to change your CPU, that is.

 



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