- Unboxing and Overview 2
- Liquid Flow Restriction
- Thermal Performance
Unboxing and Overview 1
As always, click on the images to be taken to a full size option if interested.
Koolance operates a web shop in the USA where these samples came from, and thus we begin with a look at the shipping packaging itself. A well-sized box was used with over an inch of space between the box and the contents inside, space that was then filled with packing peanuts. Excellent packaging so far, and this will help with any potential shipping and handling issues.
Koolance was kind enough to send one of each GPU water block version, and also the backplate which all add up to the three separate product boxes we see above. They adopt a simple, and yet clean looking, black and white color scheme with the company and product names on the front to go with a scanning sticker on the side. Open the water block packaging and we see there is another box inside, except this is not closed and has the edges open to effectively open out completely thus exposing the contents inside.
The accessories are in a large plastic zip lock pouch, with smaller pouches to contain the various parts inside. We see a very, very simple installation guide included which is a disappointment considering how many newcomers to the field will find this inadequate within itself. Koolance does have a more detailed manual online, and they include this in addition with subsequent retail samples so all customers now should definitely get that as well. We also get large sheets of thermal pads with thickness marked on them, which does help distinguish them easily. On the flip side, there are no cutouts so the user has to measure and use a pair of shears/scissors to cut everything himself/herself. Here is where other companies who have made installation more user-friendly and quicker get some points over Koolance. As far as mounting hardware goes, we have the usual set of insulating washers, metal screws and two locking nuts that has been the norm for the GTX 1080 water blocks we have seen. Also included is a small satchel of thermal paste, good for 1-2 uses.
The backplate packaging is simple and effective, with the contents protected by foam sheets on both sides. Here too we get an accessory pouch that contains a similar installation guide (refer to the detailed online version linked above for more on the backplate as well), two thermal pad sheets and mounting hardware which essentially contains replacement longer screws that have to pass through the backplate in addition to the PCB now. Interestingly, one of the thermal pad sheets is 2 mm thick which is a lot, and I am not sure why Koolance opted to go for 1/2 mm thick pads here instead of thinner ones to aid in heat transfer.
The backplate comes separately wrapped in a plastic sheet again to keep it pristine and dust free, and taking it out we see it is a formidable piece of aluminum indeed. It is thicker than most backplates, with only the Aqua Computer active backplate being thicker than it in the samples I have here. There are also slightly raised sections to add to the available heat transfer surface area, although it is more aesthetic than functional at this point.
Let us take a look at the GPU block itself on the next page now.