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Old 04-12-2007, 12:16 AM   #1
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Cool Dtek Rad Tower Box - Ghetto style

Well it's that time again, to redo my main water cooling loop setup which consists of the following:

Old setup:
  • Swiftech G4 Storm
  • Thermochill HE120.3 + 3x 120x38mm Panaflo 103cfm fans
  • Swiftech MCP650 Pump
  • Dangerden T-line
  • 1/2" ID Clearflex Tubing
  • Kayl custom 100W external psu (adjustable +12v rail up to 13.5v)

New setup:
  • Dtek Fuzion + Dtek 4.5mm Nozzle
  • Thermochill HE120.3 + 3x 120x38mm Panaflo 103cfm fans
  • Alphacool AP1510 Pump 17W with 12v to 24v Transformer (up to 6M head!) - thanks Radiical.com.au
  • Dangerden T-line
  • 1/2" ID Clearflex Tubing
  • May use Kayl custom 100W external psu (adjustable +12v rail up to 13.5v) to provide 'always on' pump performance since Intel boards have auto power down and restart for strap changes)

IIRC, it's been nearly 18 months since I redid this loop so there's bound to be some dust and other build up What I found was nasty.



Now I wonder why this setup wasn't doing that well for cooling my quad core Q6600 B3 ES/GO retail, Xeon 3230 and probably my QX9650 results as well.

All the gear laid out ready to swap over





Now for the external Dtek Rad Tower Box... found a heavy duty UPSPS delivery box just right for modding

I placed the Thermochill HE120.3 vertically and cut out some holes for the fan intake from the radiator fans. I also made 2x 120mm fan hole cut outs on opposite site for exhaust fans which also give a small wind tunnel effect from radiator fan intake airflow to the other end. This also cools the Alphacool AP1510 pump since it's positioned between the two

Box measures 315mm x 315mm x 328mm.







Loop is ordered as follows:

Pump -> Fuzion -> Thermochill HE120.3 -> T-line -> Pump

Leak testing right now. The Alphacool AP1510 is one powerful pump even at 12v!

Alphacool AP1510 Transformer Numbers

As you can see from the info on the actual transformer below, you can select voltages from 12v, 15v, 18v, 21v, and 24v!



The transformer was connected to my Kayl custom 100W external psu and I used my multimeter to measure what voltages are given at each setting from 12v through to 24v.

I did notice that my custom 100W psu needed to be adjusted higher to around 12.39v to be able to register voltages for 18v and 21v settings but even maxing out my custom 100W psu at 13.5w wasn't enough to full use 24v setting.

Custom 100w psu (source power of transformer) @12.39v:
  • 12v = 12.36v
  • 15v = 15.33v
  • 18v = 18.22v
  • 21v = 21.04v
  • 24v = 22.60v (fell short of 24v)

While the Alphacool AP1510 pump does get louder as you increase voltages, it doesn't get that much louder jumping from 12v to 24v setting. But you can certainly see and even feel the increased pressure in the loop

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Old 04-12-2007, 08:41 AM   #2
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Re: Dtek Rad Tower Box - Ghetto style

Thats a beast of a pump Eva, the flow rates you will be getting from it combined with the D Tek will be insane. How come you have not upgraded to a PA series rad?
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Old 04-12-2007, 08:48 AM   #3
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Re: Dtek Rad Tower Box - Ghetto style

Yeah I chose the Alphacool AP1510 as I know it will help with Dtek nozzle in place - can't get enough head/pressure

Can't really justify the cost of a PA120.3 @ AUD$210+ including barbs.. I already have 2x Thermochill HE120.3 that cost me AUD$260+ way back hehe.
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Old 04-12-2007, 01:05 PM   #4
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Re: Dtek Rad Tower Box - Ghetto style

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IIRC, it's been nearly 18 months since I redid this loop so there's bound to be some dust and other build up What I found was nasty.

that happens on my rad every 2 months
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Old 04-12-2007, 01:13 PM   #5
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maybe thats why when i touch the rad on my 24/7 system its hot to touch =p

ow well im sure the pentium d will survive!
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Old 05-12-2007, 11:02 AM   #6
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that happens on my rad every 2 months
Ouch that's alot of maintenance to do

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maybe thats why when i touch the rad on my 24/7 system its hot to touch =p

ow well im sure the pentium d will survive!
Ah still got a Pentium D huh.. same here

Anyway looking good temp wise for this setup... will have to use E6850/Q6600 cpus to get a better indication of improvement over new setup since bios/coretemp doesn't really read correctly across some boards as you can see below.

Moved QX9650 back to Blitz Extreme with Dtek Fuzion and now core 0/1 temps no longer move even under load LOL

idle



load



similar core 0/1 vs core 2/3 temp differences on X38-DQ6 http://i4memory.com/showpost.php?p=80956&postcount=27 but with lower temps on Dtek Fuzion vs Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme air

Immediately after ending Prime95.. temps


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Old 05-12-2007, 11:12 AM   #7
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Re: Dtek Rad Tower Box - Ghetto style

nice setup, that has some serious heat withdrawl power

im still stuck on the old mcp655, swiftech storm/apogee gt, and swiftech triple rad.. youve got me covered!
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Old 05-12-2007, 11:32 AM   #8
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Re: Dtek Rad Tower Box - Ghetto style

Yeah just in time too.. this summer is going to be bloody hot if this weeks weather forecast is any indication http://www.weatherzone.com.au/local/...=aploc&lc=9647
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