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Aquagate waterblock Cracked!!!

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Ok, he went home at lunch with a digital camera.

Wide shot:

http://www.electronicpunk.com/stevegate/DSCF0011.JPG

Here you can clearly see the downward flow and upward flow of smoke, also some coolant in the passive heatsync there between the CPU block and the AGP slot. I was initially worried about the fact that one pipe appears to be empty but the case was on its side, does seem to be more liquid 'missing' than leaked so it doesn't look like overfilling was the issue. I have also mentioned to Steve that we need to discuss cable management.

The Source:

http://www.electronicpunk.com/stevegate/DSCF0002.JPG

That looks like a crack, but I have asked Steve to remove his Aquagate and run some leak tests to confirm it, seems consistant with the path of damage on the motherboard.

The Flow:

http://www.electronicpunk.com/stevegate/DSCF0003.JPG

A decimated AGP slot inwhich the AGP card had to be ripped out, I don't know if any of the circuitry on the motherboard is damaged, but without an AGP slot it won't even be worth anything to anyone second hand. The screw on the left was only added after disconnecting from the mains of course!

Collateral Damage:

http://www.electronicpunk.com/stevegate/DSCF0013.JPG

A 6600gt - it was looking like it might have been ok, but it has burnt right inside the PCB and on the backthe foil is folding up.

More photos there but Steves photography is not unlike my ballet dancing and should not be seen by the public:

http://www.electronicpunk.com/stevegate/

I don't really know what his options are? If it is determined that the problem was a problem with the Aquatrident then Coolermaster would most likely replace the Aquatrident but what about the rest? Steve has already ordered an AMD based system and has potentially been scared off watercooling for the time being so any kind of replacements may not be of interest.

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Oh and Ron has already passed on the UK tech support email to me, but I just wanted to check for more opinions before I mailed / or got Steve to mail anything over.

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No reason to think that - only a small percentage of these Aquagates have these problems, otherwise these threads would be everyone.

Watercooling is the new thing, it is quieter and cooler so of course there are risks and downsides. I had an Aquagate for over a year and it was absolutely fine and was cooler than the Hyper6+ I replaced it with.

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Ok, he went home at lunch with a digital camera.

Wide shot:

http://www.electronicpunk.com/stevegate/DSCF0011.JPG

Here you can clearly see the downward flow and upward flow of smoke, also some coolant in the passive heatsync there between the CPU block and the AGP slot. I was initially worried about the fact that one pipe appears to be empty but the case was on its side, does seem to be more liquid 'missing' than leaked so it doesn't look like overfilling was the issue. I have also mentioned to Steve that we need to discuss cable management.

There's a large section of tube with no coolent in it. If it leaked out, where is it all? There's a fair bit missing there so I'd expect to see alot more leaked coolant on his components. You sure the Aquagate was installed/filled right? I don't know much about liquid cooling and have no hands-on experience, but that does seem wierd to me...

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Me also but he did tell me that he only noticed bubbles in the tubes today, so I would say it was fairly full, also the case was on its side which can change things - those tubes are also a more thin than they appear.

Turns out the crack is on one of the inlets, I haven't seen it myself, but I have asked that he brings it into work tomorrow and I will try and take a look.

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Hmm I'd still like to know where all that leaked coolant went. That's awfully strange. Has he checked inside the Aquagate?

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merovingian    0

There are bubbles in the cooling system that eventually wind up in the tank which will need to be refilled. Yon can get around this by turning the aquagate upside down and all around and the rest can be done by shifting the tubing. Anyway, your buddy probably just installed it incorrectly as you should test everything for leaks before running it on a powered computer. I use tissue paper and wrap it each connection to make sure there are no leaks for a day or two before I turn on the computer. Don't forget to turn the psu off and/or unplug the computer altogether during this process.

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ninuhadida    0

that's not very much, trust me. since the tubes have a pretty small diameter, and with some air bubbles in the system, and with the replaced water, when the air groups up at 1 point that not very much.

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