Our Test Setup and Installation
HOW WE CONFIGURED THE TEST SYSTEM: In order to provide comparable data, we recorded our results both with and without the Ice T30 installed in the same, high end test system. The components we used consisted of an Asus Rampage II Extreme X58 motherboard, Core i7 920 processor, and 6GB of Corsair Dominator DDR3-1600 memory. Within the BIOS, we initially configured the processor and memory to their rated specifications of 2.66GHz and 1600MHz respectively. The T30 memory cooler was isolated to its own watercooling loop which consisted of a D5 pump, triple radiator, three 120mm fans, reservior, and 3/8" vinyl tubing.
Liang D5 Pump
Thermochill PA120.3 Radiator
3 Yate Loon 120mm Fans
EK Res400 Reservior
Lavalys Everest Ultimate 5.0
Installing Corsair's Ice T30 is a tedious process that requires time, patience, and attentiveness. As is the case with most watercooled components, installation is much more involved than their air cooler counterparts. Within the manual, there are 15 pages worth of instructions and diagrams to help explain the procedure. Rather than go through each step, we will just give notice that this is not a plug and play solution.
This product is made for enthusiasts already familiar with liquid cooling who can integrate the cooler to an existing loop. During installation, we realized the hose barbs located on top of the cooler were not removeable and did not allow us to replace them with different barbs. This becomes an issue if the cooler is being added to a loop that uses a tubing size with an inner diameter other than 3/8", like 1/4" or 1/2" for example.