Recent content by August

  1. August

    Production Aquanaut - Ultra Low Profile CPU + Pump Water Block

    Voicing my support for this. I imagine we can all source thumb-screws independently that match the threading, but I did find them to have less-than-ideal clearance around the block. Some kind of knurling or grip would be awesome, too—or a screw head of some kind? Can't seem to find any...
  2. August

    Production Aquanaut - Ultra Low Profile CPU + Pump Water Block

    Ok, I was finally able to get my loop back together with the Aquanaut. Here's a write-up of the data (and the raw data for all you nerds) but the TL;DR is: There is no significant difference in performance between the Aquanaut and Apogee Drive II. I'd consider this to be awesome news for the...
  3. August

    Production Aquanaut - Ultra Low Profile CPU + Pump Water Block

    Not sure if you were asking @fatmandandan or I… My last post shows Swiftech Lok-Seal 90-degree rotary, and 3/8" barb fittings. Been using them for about a year, and am really happy. More examples in my signature!
  4. August

    Production Aquanaut - Ultra Low Profile CPU + Pump Water Block

    Found myself blocked by uncertainty, vis a vis routing tubes in and out of the Aquanaut, but thought I'd post a few images as I prepped the pump/block + system. Fortunately, got the whole thing assembled, flushed, and tested at 100% PWM for a minute or two—the Aquanaut is significantly quieter...
  5. August

    Production Aquanaut - Ultra Low Profile CPU + Pump Water Block

    You're not alone! Took me a while to realize what I'd forgotten. 😂
  6. August

    Production Aquanaut - Ultra Low Profile CPU + Pump Water Block

    Anyone familiar with the retention system? Trying to imagine what order the PVC washers go in… For example: Backplate Mainboard Washer Threaded rod Retention bracket Washer (???) Spring Thumbscrew …or… Backplate Mainboard Threaded rod Retention Bracket Washer Spring Washer Thumbscrew The...
  7. August

    Production Aquanaut - Ultra Low Profile CPU + Pump Water Block

    Yeah, uhhh, sure seems like it’s going to make it from HK to my doorstep in under 36 hours? 😲 Edit: Should be able to install and document tomorrow or over the weekend. Unfortunately, I don’t have a flow or sound meter, so I’ll only be able to record thermals and fan speed!
  8. August

    Production Aquanaut - Ultra Low Profile CPU + Pump Water Block

    As far as I know, all Alphacool DDC options are Laing. They're either explicitly sold as Laing, or include some markings to that effect. With @Allhopeforhumanity, I'm curious about how the various models perform—my impression was that the primary difference is the pump top/housing, but we have...
  9. August

    Production Aquanaut - Ultra Low Profile CPU + Pump Water Block

    A reservoir isn't a requirement, but can be helpful. The Aquanaut doesn't have a dedicated fill port, so you'll have to figure out a spot for one, elsewhere. There seem to be basically three distinct strategies for loops without a reservoir: T-fitting with some kind of valve, to which you'd...
  10. August

    Production Aquanaut - Ultra Low Profile CPU + Pump Water Block

    Nope—there was a bit of back-and-forth about which pump form factors to support, but it was decided that DDC was the most viable. See this category on the Aquatuning site! Edit: Make sure you get a pump with PWM support, so you don't have to run it at 100%!
  11. August

    Enclosure Coolermaster NR200

    I ended up in the same boat when doing my original DA2 loop—ordered one set of fittings, and quickly realized it just wasn't going to work (an intersection of the actual fitting size, the difficulty of using compression fittings with ZMT, and general quality problems). I had to re-order...
  12. August

    Closed Non-functional mini-ITX sized GPU

    CC paid shipping costs on Friday, GPU should arrive today. Excited to see what you're working on! 👀
  13. August

    Production Aquanaut - Ultra Low Profile CPU + Pump Water Block

    Thanks, that's totally fair! In case anyone else is planning on using the MCP35X, heed @samyope's comment—it won't come with the appropriate hardware. The body looks to be about 20mm thick, but the head of the screw may actually seat significantly below the surface. All in all, this makes me...
  14. August

    Production Aquanaut - Ultra Low Profile CPU + Pump Water Block

    Maybe this will be obvious when assembling, but I can't picture how the pump attaches... the screws that fasten the MCP35X top to the pump are definitely intended for the POM/Delrin material that Swiftech uses, but I can't imagine it's suitable for cutting its own threads into the Acetal block...
  15. August

    Enclosure Coolermaster NR200

    Don't mean to derail the current 30-series chat—but wanted to cross-post this person's NR200 custom loop, which is exhaustively documented. I saw a lot of my own frustrations in the post, and thought it would be a good resource for anyone with the intention of water-cooling.