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The world of watercooling is very different one to that which existed even five years ago. Off the shelf parts now number in their thousands, and the hobby itself has become even more popular too.

Even the coolant we use has picked up a fair amount of commercial spin. Gone are the days of using clear deionised or distilled water, mixed with some form of biocide (although many still prefer this). As well as dyes and additives, off-the-shelf pre-mixed coolants are becoming increasingly popular and are available in a wide range of colours, as well as UV, pearlescent and pastel shades, that offer a great way of making your water-cooled PC stand out from the rest.

However, it's a bit of a minefield when it comes to choosing the best coolant in terms of looks and performance, as each can vary out of the bottle in terms of UV reactivity or cooling performance. We've teamed up with Aquatuning, who has provided a stack of the latest pre-mixed coolants as well as a flow meter so we can see just how much difference there is. After all, if you're going for looks, a couple of degrees in your CPU temperature probably won't matter, as much as how awesome the coolant looks.

We're starting with six of the latest UV coolants from manufacturers such as Phobya, Mayhem's, EK and Nanoxia to see how they look under UV light and also how they perform in a modern water-cooling system. In the very near future, we'll also be back with a roundup of non-UV coolants where we'll throw all the results together to see who's the best in terms of performance.

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