The Aquagate in not perfect, although it's pretty damn close. The only real problem we encountered was a broken hose clamp, which was no big deal. We'd really like to see the barbed fittings that plug into the LCU replaced with compression style units, but failing that, simply a more robust clamp would be sufficient.
Other than the one problem, the only suggestions we'd make would be to include some sort of protective insulation on the PCI slot cover where the tubing passes through on an external installation, and to change the adjustments on the alarm threshold settings to work in 1?C increments rather than .1?C. Granted, the average user probably won't change this setting often, but having to press the button 100 times to raise the alarm setting from 50? to 60?C was a little irritating.
Cooler Master has done a whole lot of things right with the Aquagate. It's a well designed and constructed system, it offers tremendous flexibility in mounting options, it's easy to install and control, and on top of everything else, looks great. Moreover, it offers great performance given its size, and with the fan speed cranked up will even offer the overclocker some decent headroom. Will it perform on the level of a full-size high performance water system? Of course not, but then again, it was never intended to. The Aquagate is a great setup for someone who wants a water cooling system that performs well, but who also wants an unobtrusive design easy installation, and low maintenance. In the world of water cooling, there are two products we've seen that have the potential to go a long ways toward advancing water cooling into the mainstream consciousness of computer enthusiasts; one is the Koolance Exos, and the other is the Cooler Master Aquagate.
We'd like to extend a big thanks to the fine folks at Cooler Master for giving us the opportunity to review the Aquagate. You'll be able to get one of your own soon, as it shouldn't be long before they start appearing on retailer's shelves.
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