AMD 64+ 3200+ S939 Winchester
ECS RX480-A Motherboard
Corsair 1GB ValueSelect PC3200 DDR RAM
Western Digital 250 GB 7200 rpm harddrive
Idle temperatures were taken running Windows and full loads were taken after running SiSandra�s Burn-in Module for 30 minutes.Temperatures (in degrees Celsius) were recorded 2 fan speeds (high and low), with the results compared with a previously reviewed Silverstone Nitrogon NT05 air cooler at high speed and the stock AMD cooler.Ambient temp was about 22C.
As seen in both tests, the Nautilus 500 performed much better compared to stock AMD cooler and the Nitrogon air cooler.Granted, it�s not really a fair to compare these coolers with a water cooling kit, but this once again illustrates the benefits of a water cooling system.The unit performed much quieter than the air cooled system, but I wouldn�t call it �whisper quiet�, both the 120mm fan and the water pump were audible.
At ~$159 USD, the Corsair Nautilus 500 Water Cooling kit is an affordably priced water cooling system lives up to its claims.While there were things that can be improved, overall Corsair has once again proven they are able to produce a quality water cooling product.I would recommend this product to anyone (like me!) who is looking for a practical and solid external water cooling unit.Overall, I would give this cooler a solid 5 out of 5.
+ Easy installation with complete set of accessories
+ Good cooling/sound performance even at low fan speeds
+ Clean design
– Some high-end features missing
– Short wires for fan/pump speed monitors
– Not �whisper quiet�