A Look Inside Continued
Yeah, I’ve been saving the liquid cooling system for last. First the reservoir, which also houses the pump. It holds approximately 225 ml of coolant. As I mentioned in the specs, the pump pushes 450L/hr.
The Ikonik Ra X10 Liquid has two radiators. Each is about 11.5″ x 3.25″. They are made of aluminum, and coated with a rust preventive coating. The fins are S-shaped, like automotive radiators. There are 9 water channels in each radiator.
Remove the right side panel and you see the SIM module, which along with the SIM software controls the water pump flow rate, and the fan speeds of the 13 case fans. It connects to the motherboard via USB.
With the right side panel removed, we can see the eight Everflow LED fans that cool the radiators. Let’s see.8 radiator fans, 2 rear 80mm fans, a rear 140mm fan, and two front 120mm fans. That is 13 fans. I don’t know if that is some kind of record for a stock case, but if not it has to be close. Of course there was the “case fan case”, someone made a case by zip-tying like 100 80mm fans together.
Also here you can see some of the extensive cable management that was done at the factory. Think about the labor involved when you do your own case management. Now think about the fact that someone connected and hid the wires for 13 case fans, the extra control wires for the SIM module, along with hiding all of the other wires. This took someone a long time.
Finally, there are two strips of foam padding to prevent vibration of the right side panel. Very thoughtful.
The waterblock is very interesting. I’ve seen channels cut into the base for the liquid to travel through. I’ve also seen cheaper blocks that have fins soldered or welded to the base. This waterblock has been machined to have 283 pillars, pin fins, or whatever you want to call it. The floor also isn’t flat, it has a wavy shape, I assume to cause turbulence in the liquid flowing through the waterblock, and also to provide more surface area exposed to the coolant. I can picture this operation being done by one of the cool computerized high-tech milling machines I’ve seen on the cable television fabrication reality shows like “American Chopper”, “Monster Garage”, or “American Hot Rod”.
If you noticed in a previous photo, the waterblock is shipped mounted to the motherboard tray, held in place by the LGA 775 baseplate. It is protected by foam and a label. The screws are the ones you will use for installation, they are attached to the brackets like push-pins, little flaps hold them in place. To place the screws in the outer holes, which are used for LGA 1366 installation, compress the flaps, remove the screws, and place them in the outer holes.
The base is shiny and slick but not lapped.
There is mounting hardware to accommodate Intel LGA 1366 and LGA 775, and AMD AM2/AM2+ and K8. Also there are plenty of screws and offsets, temperature sensors, a bottle of Ikonik coolant, keys for the case locks, thermal compound, a reservoir filler cap for the coolant bottle, a pair of hose clamps, a quick connector, a faceplate for a floppy drive, and a cleaning cloth.
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