Corsair is definitely best known for their memory products, but they have tried their hand at water cooling twice now. A little over a year ago they introduced the Corsair Cool system, which was their take on the standard internal CPU water cooling setup. Then at this year's Consumer Electronics Show they let everyone have a look at their new design, the Nautilus 500 External CPU Water Cooling Unit.
The Nautilus 500 is much different than the Cool in many ways, and it uses the housing pictured above to hold the pump, reservoir, radiator, and fan outside of your computer case. The idea is to provide high performance, easy to install water cooling on any computer system using a socket 775, 478, 754, 939, or 940 CPU. Having the bulk of the necessary components outside the case will not only ease installation, but should reduce case temperatures and reduce the space necessary inside a case to complete the installation.
We will check out how well the system performs, but first let's take a look at some of the published data from Corsair...
Features and Specifications:
Water Pump Specifications
» Motor: Spherical
» Voltage Range: 8 to 13.2 VDC
» Max. System Pressure: 22 PSI
» Head Pressure: 13.05 Feet (390 m/bar) @ 12 Volts
» Maximum Flow: @ 12 Volts 350 LPH (1.54 GPM)
» Voltage: 12 (VDC)
» Current: 0.3 (Amp.)
» Speed: 1800 (RPM)
» Air Flow: 74.4 (CFM)
» Pressure: 3.2 (mmAq)
CPU Block Specifications
» Supports Delphi Delphi® Micro-Channel Technology
» Supports Intel Pentium 4 processors (Socket 478 and LGA775)
» Supports AMD AMD64 processors (Socket 754, 939, and 940)
» 1 All copper CPU water block with Micro Channel Technology(tm)
» 1 AMD Socket 754, 939 and 940 retention bracket
» 1 Intel LGA 775 retention bracket
» 1 Intel socket 478 retention bracket
» 1 Foam pad
» 1 Syringe with thermal grease
» 1 PCI pass-through bracket with internal 4-pin power connector
» 1 Power extension cable
» 2 Quick connect self sealing connectors
» 2 Quick grip clams
» 1 Bottle of Corsair COOL Coolant
» 1 Installation manual
What the list above doesn't include is a mention of the main housing, which I assume is just too obvious to list.