Thermaltake Aquabay M1 Review 1

Thermaltake Aquabay M1 Review

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The Thermaltake Aquabay M1 is a flow rate and water level indicator for your watercooling system.
It occupies two 5.25" drive bays and works best in conjunction with a Thermaltake BigWater system.
However, it is compatible to other watercooling systems, the instructions even have a paragraph dedicated to installation in 3rd party systems.

From the manufacturer Thermaltake:

Flow Indicator
Dimension58.9 x 35.88 x 26 mm
Main bodyPure Aluminum, Anodized
Water level indicator
Dimension82.97 x 82.97 x 60  mm
MaterialPure Aluminum, Anodized
Mounting Plates
Dimension148 x 86 x 140  mm
Total weight 600g
ConnectorsFor 6.4mm ID (1/4") tubing,
For 9.5mm ID (3/8") tubing


Box contents:
  • Double 5.25" height Drive bay unit
  • Green neon PVC tubing
  • Extra fittings 9.5mm
  • Teflon tape
  • Mounting screws
  • Instruction manual

The build quality of the M1 feels very solid. I dont think there is any risk of leak, when properly installed. The included fittings use screws which hold the tubing tight and seal the connection well. I tried pulling the tubing off the fitting, without any success.

The included Teflon tape is required, if you decide to install the included extra fittings. It is wrapped around the thread of the new fitting, making sure that no water can run through the threading.


Installation is very easy and can be done in half an hour. Make sure you get all water out of your existing watercooling system. Nothing is worse than getting water on your precious components. The manual is very clear on all steps that should be performed for proper installation.

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