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Corsair Nautilus500 External Cooling Kit 39

VL writes to tell us that they recently got a chance to review the latest external water cooling kit from Corsair. It seems that in addition to the performance boost it was also extremely easy to use. From the review: "As you can see above, the Nautilus500 was significantly quicker to install than the other two kits. The reason for this is that the motherboard needs to be removed before installation for both the EXOS and Aquagate, but not for the Nautilus500. Keep in mind that we're very familiar with the Aquagate Mini and Koolance EXOS, so those times are about as low as they get (for us anyway). We think we can maybe shave another minute for the Nautilus, but either way, a liquid system installed under 10 minutes is pretty impressive."
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Corsair Nautilus500 External Cooling Kit

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  • ...with the MacBook Pro?
  • I was thinking something like this would be great for a (post-warranty) Sun v40z. Those things are LOUD but they have some kick butt speed.
    • I would like to see that as well, I have a rack full of Dual and Quad Xeons. I could run the radiators outside!

      Does anyone know if the heat reduction would make a major difference in the server room?

      Off the top of my head I am guessing that removing the heat of 12 Xeons is not going to make enough difference to justify the time and expense. If it did, then all I would need would be a way to cool all the Ultra 320 15K RPM drives.
  • I don't know what clown was installing this thing, but you do not need to take the motherboard out for EXOS installation.
    • I don't know what clown was installing this thing, but you do not need to take the motherboard out for EXOS installation.

      Aha! I found him! [k12.nc.us]

      Damn those clowns!!!!
    • by Malor ( 3658 )
      Since when? Unless something has changed since I bought my Exos-AL, you absolutely have to pull the motherboard to install a CPU cooler. The bracket supporting the waterblock requires two empty holes in the motherboard, to which you bolt the support bracket for the cooler. It's done with two simple threaded bolts to nuts on the other side, and the only way I've found to get the nuts in the right place is by pulling the motherboard.

      It'd be nice if they had coolers that clipped into the existing cooling b
  • by SuperBanana ( 662181 ) on Saturday May 06, 2006 @08:42PM (#15279098)

    Mr. Mysterioso will now guess the contents of the review!

    • Shots of the box and various stages of unpacking.
    • Inane commentary on the packaging and comments such as "with water it is a few pounds making weight a non-issue".
    • Middle-school level grammar and punctuation. Awkward sentences abound.
    • A careful description of the product appearance, directly below several pictures of the product.
    • Majority of the report filled with useless trivia, such as how long it will take to do each step.
    • Lightly worded "concerns" which are immediately and extensively devalued.

    *clicks link*..."a two-guys-in-a-garage hardware review ladies and gentlemen!"

    All jokes aside: "Our findings were confirmed with Corsair in a conference call and we were informed that future units will have this warning updated in their manual."

    What the hell? "Conference calls" with the company that made the product they reviewed?

    • Who cares about all that? As long as I can get a state of the art copper heatsink/fan (which is silent as water cooling) from zalman, why would I want this? The Zalman is under a 3rd of the price, and you dont have to worry about it leaking.

      Wake me up when someone makes a water cooling kit that costs less than a motherboard.
  • by Dr. Spork ( 142693 ) on Saturday May 06, 2006 @08:53PM (#15279128)
    I wonder how many people care whether the installation takes 10 minutes or 20. I mean, how much performance or utility would I sacrifice for those 10 saved minutes? None. Sometimes it's a good rule of thumb that longer something takes, the more likely I am to mess it up. But I don't think that's so with water cooling. There is really only one thing to worry about, and that's leaking. If I thought a setup was less likely to leak, I'd be happy to remove the motherboard to install it. Anyway, my point is that this observation about different install times is completely superficial - and the fact it appears on Slashdot, where millions happily tinker with Linux config files, is all the more silly.
    • It's not time really, it is of course complexity of installation. They want to make it sound easy, as not to drive people off. Saying "it takes 2 minutes" is a succinct way of selling the product as a ''yes, even you can do it!''-kit.

      The producers want to expand beyond the subset of /. crowd, after all.

    • Plugging in the Molex power connection tool 13 seconds, again a long time for the same reasons above.

      The art of sprint installation! I'm imagining guys installing this stuff on timer mats like the cup-stacking people.

      I'll try and shave off seconds from tasks I do several times an hour in an editor, but as long as installing doesn't take hours I don't really care.

  • you'd best not be planning to go to a LAN or move your computer much for anyreason with that thing installed...because unlike some external watercooling kits, It does not seem to have any quick disconnects at the PCI slot hose entry points.

    thus it looks like you'd have to remove the thing before you could transport the PC anyhere...

    and i'm not trying to flamebait or anything... and I don't overclock... so maybe that's part of the reason why ... but even these watercooling in a box kits...seem like mor
    • Not quite true... (Score:5, Informative)

      by Ruff_ilb ( 769396 ) on Saturday May 06, 2006 @09:06PM (#15279168) Homepage
      From the Corsair website:

      "Each complete kit includes pre-fitted, pressure tested tubing that can easily be adjusted to shorter lengths without the fear of accidental leakage. For mobility-minded users and LAN party gamers, the kit also include quick connect self-sealing connectors to avoid having to drain the liquid during transport. (This also helps during initial installation)."

      If you look at the instruction manual, or the review posted in TFA, you can see the quick disconnects.

      With water cooling, leakage is always a concern - but these things are so well made that I've never even heard of someone's water cooling unit crapping out on them and frying their system. I *HAVE* heard of failure of fans in air cooling systems that destroy the processors - and while a good deal of that might be simply because so many more people USE air cooling, I think it would be unfair to say that the risk of leakage is so iminent that these units aren't worth installing.

      Remember, the people who buy these units are the people with very, very nice computers, and as such, they take great care to make sure they don't get ruined. With a little care, it's easy to ensure that the risk of leakage is negligible.
      • Leaks are fairly easy to prevent if you use decent tubing and metal barbs, and stay away from brittle plastics (like lexan) which have a tendency to crack, delrin is fine though. If you're not running your equipment out of spec watercooling is worthless (noise reduction can be a good argument here I suppose), and even then it generally isn't worth the cost. Cherry picking good units will get you much farther than a big investment in watercooling will.
      • With water cooling, leakage is always a concern - but these things are so well made that I've never even heard of someone's water cooling unit crapping out on them and frying their system.

        I have - it happened to one of my friend's system. He was tweaking around with tubing, though, adding parts from the hardware store (for some reason).

        Watercooling is not for the uninitiated. It can be done very, very well, but if you screw it up, it can really screw things up.

        In my friend's case, it "didn't" fry a brand-ne
    • Well, I guess you could use oil cooling. Oil doesn't conduct electricity, though most oils burn very nicely. Actually, distilled water doesn't conduct either, but it absorbs salts from its surroundings and becomes conductive after a while.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    or you want it done fast?

    take your pick
  • then it should be a good one. I've had the 200EX running 24/7 since july 2004 No leaks, runs like a champ on a HT 2.8 ghz.
  • My main server is in the garage - think lots of wood. Which cooling solution is better wrt avoiding fires?
    • Water. But if there is a leak, there can be a short - not good.
    • Air. But if the fan gives up, the CPU may fry - what about the risk of fire? Is there any?
    • In all likelihood, neither is going to cause your computer to combust. And you'd have to have some pretty damned dry wood to have a single spark from a short (before the computer just outright crashes and is powered down) start things cooking. It's a non-issue. I've been watercooling for the better part of two years, and never a leak (*touch wood*). Well, except for me being an idiot while filling, but that doesn't count. Then again, I've never had a fan fail, much less a CPU fan. As your server's in
  • is that it's not just the CPU and GPU of the system that runs hot. Most modern motherboards are designed so that the capacitors around the cpu need the airflow of the cpu-cooler. It's not that heavy cooling is needed, more like a little airflow around. However besides the CPU cooler, a fan is quite difficult to attach in that region. So if you just use watercooling and have no fan in the case, those capacitors might heat up to 80, 90 degree centigrade and their life cycle is heavily shortened. Plus it's ve
  • The Corsair HydroCool200 was also an external unit, almost identical in design to this, and did not require the removal of a motherboard. And it came out almost 3 years ago. ^.^

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