For the test, I will be using my media server. It houses over 500GB of storage space for music and movies, outputted to my home theatre system. The CPU is a P4 1.6a capable of running at a nice 133FSB (2.1Ghz).
To make this work, you will need to acquire an OEM P4 bracket to keep the water block in place.
The acrylic blocks that are included have holes punched out for LEDs, which can make your CPU light up with glee. I found that annoying, so I excluded it. It is available for use if you choose to do so.
The acrylic blocks are actually very hard to put in. They were just slightly larger than what the bracket can support. I broke my first one by pushing it too fast into place. The second bracket finally held it correctly, but not after I had to fight it to close.
I installed the radiator in the front intake area:
And here is the complete setup:
Upon boot up, the most immediate difference is the noise level. The media server originally had a stock P4 cooler, which is in itself a quiet cooler. But nothing can beat the low hum of a water cooled rig, it's music to anyone's ear. Especially true in a home theatre PC setup where noise is definitely not welcomed.
A quick test with a temperature probe showed that it was idling at a temperature of about 39C running at 2.1Ghz. Once the server was fully functional and at load, it showed about 49C. Not at all bad in my book.
The selling point of a water cooled system is not the ability to beat the pants off an air cooled system. You won't overclock any higher, nor will your system temperatures drop dramatically. It is meant as a replacement and to solve the huge headache of noise. This unit does both with very good marks.
The only downsides to this setup is the lack of a relay for the pump, horrid acrylic block construction and awkward radiator holes. The locking connectors are a god send to the lazy anti-clamp population. Overall, the unit performs well considering those obstacles.
Thanks to Chris from Xoxide for sending over this unit, show them love over there if you are on the look out for a WC Kit.