ThermalTake Aquabay M4 HDD block
Posted by: Rack on: 18.04.2006 00:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
Thermaltake are becoming one of the most recognised brands for enthusiast PC equipment, with their ever expanding and improving range of cases, coolers, power supplies and PC accessories. They started out with the Orb series in the early 90’s, and continued successfully into the chassis and power supply market.
Today, Thermaltake has grown into a world-class company with state-of-the-art testing and R&D facility based in Taiwan along with 60+ engineers and ID team covering each application segment such as Liquid Cooling, Air Cooling, PC Enclosure and Power Supply for main-stream users, high-end solutions, system integrators and industrial applications.
It has been interesting to see Thermaltake’s development into water cooling. 2-3 years ago we started to see some main stream PC companies dabble with water small cooling kits for beginners, while some other dedicated brands, such as Swiftech and Asetek, became recognised names for full kits. Thermaltake started off with a fairly simple kit, the Thermaltake Bigwater, but since then have continued developing their water cooling equipment into something to take on the more serious H2O companies with the new Thermaltake Bigwater 735, 745 (soon to be reviewed), and accessories range.
Today at Xtremecomputing I will be taking a look at Thermaltake’s latest watercooling accessory – the Aquabay M4 – which is a H2O cooler for hard-disks. I am filled with a combination of dread and expectation. Is there really a need to water cool hard drives? My instant answer is ‘No’, however thinking again there are some drives out there like the Western Digital Raptors running at 10000 rpm and some 15000 rpm SAS drives which could definitely benefit from extra cooling. So let’s get on and see what it’s all about.
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