Cooler Master Aquagate S1
Author: Rutledge Feman
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 07-23-2007
Provided by: Cooler Master

People have always used water to cool hot things. From jumping in a pool to the radiator in your car, so-called “water cooling” is around us everywhere. So, it follows then that we would want to throw some water in our computers, right? It's a crazy idea to run water over the most expensive parts of your computer considering how well water and electricity get along. Nevertheless, companies have been developing more and more dependable components, and the art of water cooling is becoming more and more widely recognized as a quiet, effective method of cooling your computer. As such, there has been a boom of users who water cool at least something in their computers. Nowadays, you can put water on basically everything: CPU, GPU, chipsets, even RAM.

Needless to say, a full, high quality water cooling system will undoubtedly run you a few hundred dollars. The average high-end PC owner either isn't ready to drop that much more money over an air cooler or doesn't need to cool anything except their CPU. And even among those who do have the dough and the desire, it takes a special person to take that leap of faith to a custom water kit, with so much room for mistake and ruining your beloved computer.

That's where pre-assembled kits come in. For around the price of a high-end air cooler on your CPU, you can now buy compact kits that have a nice one fan radiator, and a waterblock with a pump attached. These are wonderful for helping ease any user into the world of water cooling and provide a quiet, cost-effective way too cool your processor. Today, I'm reviewing the CoolerMaster Aquagate S1 silent CPU liquid cooling system, which is just the kind of product any user would be interested in if those high-end air coolers just aren't cutting it. The specs from the Cooler Master website are listed below:

Water cooling is praised as being effective with even a low-powered fan, but can the Aquagate step up to the plate? Read more as we find out...

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