Rated 3 out of 5 by 3
Rated 4 out of 5 by LtSkitzo BANG for buck
This kit was my first introduction to watercooling. I'd previously done my research so I knew what to expect, and this kit lived up to my expectations. The fittings are nice, Matt black and classy, and they seal well. The radiator is robust, and cools well, knocking temps down successfully. The fans, although I didn't use them, are well constructed. They didn't seem cheap like the impressions I had gotten. The pump was noisy so I have had to put it in an isolation box, but DDC pumps are renown for that. It pumps extremely well, and does its job excellently.
The res had slight issues because it didn't quite fit in the bay like it should have, it was slightly taller which did mean I had to modify the bay just a little to accommodate.
I added another rad to the loop as well as a GPU block and I'm extremely satisfied with the result.
All in all, I would recommend this to any person looking at watercooling their system.
23 December 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Bhcalcutta Not that good
I bought this to replace a struggling H100i, and to be honest, even with an extra 240mm 30mm radiator in the loop, it barely shaves 3° off the upper temps under load, and under extended use, slowly gets warmer.
A kit made up of mediocre parts, with one shining star.
PUMP: The only good part of this kit, almost silent and powerful, in fact, to powerful for this reservoir.
RESERVOIR: Nice looking, and I like the idea of the pump mounting directly to the rear...But... over periods of extended use the force of the returning water causes micro bubbles to gather on the surface of the fluid. Eventually, these get so plentiful that the mini vortex at the intake side of the tank starts dragging them through the pump. The noise will drive you mad, and 15 seconds later, when the air returns to the reservoir, several more bubbles are created.
RADIATOR: Well built with a nice finish, but only about 12 fpi, so not as efficient as they could be.
FANS: Flimsy and cheap. My Asthmatic Granny could probably muster up more wind than these
FITTINGS: Cheap matt black finish, and the threads feel 'gritty' & badly cut. The Phobya black Nickel ones ( a few £'s each) look and feel much better.
WATER BLOCK: Does the job (not had chance to compare it to others)...But... the mounting instructions are virtually non-existent. Mounting to an AMD 3+ is a nightmare, make it up as you go along adventure. I ended up brutalising an AMD back plate to mount this safely & securely.
TUBING: Very soft and flexible, but easy to kink on tight turns.
FLUID: Not used, but they sent Cape Kelvin Catcher, rather than the one advertised.
On the whole, If you're after cheap water cooling, stick with a larger AIO closed loop system like a Corsair H100.
If you're after getting into water cooling properly, then there are far better products available for not a lot more money
27 April 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by qasdfdsaq Mediocre product from a mediocre company
Not to say this kit is bad per se, but make no mistake, this is a budget product from a budget company. Everything works as advertised (apart from one missing part which Scan replaced) but it's nothing special. Fans are basic, cheap fans, radiator is middle-of-the-road, reservoir is pretty basic and annoying, and in the standard configuration the pump is noisy due to lack of vibration dampening. That said, the performance of the pump and CPU block are both excellent, especially for the price.
As other reviews on the net have mentioned, this kit doesn't really seem to have a purpose. For experienced watercoolers, many of the components are not what you would choose for a custom loop. Yet for beginners and newcomers, it's too complex and the documentation too poor for anyone who isn't already fairly expert at modding. For anyone who just wants a ready-to-go cooling setup, you can find better/cheaper/quieter with an AIO. Personally I've ended up replacing all the components except the pump and CPU block and flogging them on Ebay.
12 December 2014