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What's in an AIO water cooler? Water?

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I know that this may sound like a dumb question . . . Has anyone taken apart an AIO to see what liquid is actually in there? Is it water with some anti-corrosion gravy? I ask because water has a very high specific heat and latent heat of evaporation. Given that fact, I don't know if it necessarily cools the die as a medium most efficiently.
post #2 of 16
I have taken one apart actually. I am working on a thread on how to maintain an AIO cooler, There is what appears to be glycol or some other type of coolant in them, well at least the Antec 620. It has a slight yellowish/greenish tint to it, similar to watered down mountain dew rolleyes.gif
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I'm pretty sure it will be glycol based. As we like to say, anti freeze even though the chances of a car ever freezing here is slim to none.
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Please post link w/ pics when done. Probably radiator fluid, keeps the corrosion down and maintains a stable boiling point regardless of altitude. <- I'm surmising.
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I will. Give me a few minutes and I will upload a pic or 2 for a quick glance
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According to Swiftech, my H220 comes Pre-filled with Hydrx PM-2 non-toxic coolant
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post #7 of 16
Here's a pic from the thread I'm planning now.

Coolant from an AIO-Antec Kuhler 620

It's a pretty large pic so if you want to look at the original you will see that it is definitely colored and not just the color from my countertops coming through
Edited by azrael36 - 5/22/13 at 12:16am
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post #8 of 16
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I commend you Azrael- all in the name of science!
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I like watching glycol going into my radiator. I always imagine I'm pouring radioactive stuff into my car...
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I commend you Azrael- all in the name of science!
LOL My day job is an industrial maintenance technician. I bought the 620 for a build and it made some weird noises so I opened it up, to fix it LOL turns out there was loose wire under the cover that the solder had broken on, resoldered it, put back together and voila, she was good as new.
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