Koolance CPU-400I Water Block Review 2

Koolance CPU-400I Water Block Review

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Packaging and Accessories

Koolance operates a web shop in the USA, which is where this sample came from. There was another sample included, however, so I decided to shorten the shipping packaging section here by simply stating that they continue to package products very well with packing peanuts filling over an inch of the space all over inside the shipping box. The product box adopts a simple clean-looking black and white color scheme with the company and product names on front, which is where you also find out that the product was designed in the USA and manufactured in (South) Korea. More of the same is seen on the other sides, and there is a single flap on an edge to keep the box closed and the contents inside in place.

Opening the box, we see a plain white cardboard sheet with a cutout in the corner to help remove it. Underneath it is a thick piece of foam to protect the contents inside. The cardboard sheet provides a flush surface for the packaging to close onto, thus allowing for a snug fit to the contents inside, which makes it another piece of the great packaging Koolance uses. The accessories are seen next, inside a large plastic pouch. Koolance provides a set of four metal mounting posts/standoffs for the supported Intel sockets; LGA 115x, 1366, 2011, 2011-3, and 2066. A tube of Koolance-branded thermal paste is included as well, enough for a few uses, but rated at 1.3 W/mK, so you may want to use something better if you want better performance. More mounting hardware comes in the form of each four plastic washer, metal springs, metal locking nuts for the mounting posts, and metal thumb nuts. Koolance also adds in an Allen key to aid in installation, as well as a few pieces of metal tape to help attach thermal probes to the edge of the cold plate and then Koolance systems with pumps, reservoirs, radiators, and fans that are all integrated to help provide a feedback signal with which to control the pump and fan speeds. You can also use the thermal probes with other compatible hardware, say headers on your motherboard, to read out the CPU IHS temperature.

The accessories rest on a second cardboard sheet with a similar cutout as the first for its removal, which gives us our first look at the CPU block itself. There is a third and final sheet of cardboard separating this layer from the bottom one that houses the requisite backplates for Intel socket LGA 115x and 1366, along with a rubber spacer to prevent shorting via direct contact of the metal backplates with the motherboard.
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