Packaging: It impresses how much NorthQ has packed in such a tight space. In the box you find the following:
• The NorthQ NQ-3580 unit • 1 x 120mmfan with blue LED’s • 1 x fan controller for 1 fan • 1 x fan controller for 3 fans • Mounts • Bolts for fan mounting (4 short and 4 long) • Cooling paste • Manual
In other words, NorthQ has made sure that everything you need to install the NorthQ NQ-3580 is bundled. A great example is the two fan controllers
Specifications: After having a look at which accessories is bundled with the NorthQ NQ-3580, we move on the specifications for the NorthQ NQ-3580 unit and it’s bundled fan. We’ll start with the supported platforms:
• Socket 754/949 and 939 • Socket AM2 and AM2+ • Socket 775 • Socket 478
The NorthQ NQ-3580 can be installed on all new mainstream systems. Only sockets missing for full compatibility are the socket F and socket 771. A very special thing about the NorthQ NQ-3580 is the fact that both pump and cooling unit is built into the same unit – the specifications for this are:
• Flow: 60 Liters/Hour • Max noise level: 20 dBa • Power consumption: 2,5 watt • Expected lifespan: 50.000 Timer • System performance: Rth ˜ 0.13 °C / W3 • Cold plate performance: Rth ˜ 0 • Materials: Plastic and Cobber
As a comparison, a Laing DDC-1T Plus moves 480 liters per hour, but also makes much more noise and uses 18 watts. The specifications for the bundled fan are as following:
• 120mm • Blue Led’s • Built-in on/off button for the blue LED’s • Max noise level: 20 dBa
If the stated 20 dBa for pump and fan is true, the NorthQ has put together a very low noise kit
The product: After going through the specifications for the NorthQ NQ-3580, we move on and have a closer look at how the various components in the kit have been built. We start with the small parts, moving up to the cooling unit in the end. As mentioned before 2 fan controllers are bundled with the NorthQ NQ-3580.
One of them is capable of controlling a single fan, and is identical to the fan controllers NorthQ usually bundles with their products. However, the other one is a bit different as it is capable of controlling up to 3 fans.
On the unit there’s also an output for transmitting an RMP signal to the motherboard. Beside that the unit is designed for installation in a PCI slot. All in all a fine piece of accessory.