Cooler Master Aquagate VIVA VGA Liquid Cooling System
Author: OCIA Staff
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 11-02-2006
Provided by: Cooler Master

Cooler Master has installed two 70mm sleeve bearing, thermal-controlled fans with a speed rating of 1000-4800 rpm. Both fans have a thermal probe that is placed between the fins of the radiator to take the radiator core temperature and adjust the speed of the fans automatically. At low speed during everyday work tasks, these fans are virtually silent. But as the temps heat up, like when I had the unit installed on my CPU, they get very loud.

Installing the water block/pump combo is pretty simple and straight forward. If you've ever installed a GPU heat sink before, you can install the Aquagate VIVA. After you've installed the mounting screws in the pump mounting plate (double check the manual to be sure you have the correct position for your card), apply a thin coat of the included thermal paste to the GPU and guide the screws through the mount holes on your card.

Next, you turn the card over and install the nylon washers, springs and retaining nuts and tighten evenly.

There's one word of caution here. If you are using, or plan on using ram sinks on your memory, make sure that you get very low profile sinks as there is very little clearance between the tube connections and the memory.

The last step before installing the card is to install the top cover over the block/pump assembly so things look nice.

Next, install the radiator in your location of choice. I decided to install the radiator in a spare 5.25" bay as I don't have a hard drive cage installed in my case at the moment.

And a few last pictures of the Aquagate VIVA installed on both the GPU and CPU.

On with testing...

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