Bitspower Intel 900P SSD Waterblock Installation
I have been waiting for the RGB strip to arrive before installing the waterblock on the Intel 900P SSD. Most RGB strips are 10mm wide, but the slot in this waterblock is just over 6mm wide. I found narrow strips in solid colors, and I found 5 volt RGB strips which won’t work for me because I want to plug it into one of the RGB headers on the motherboard that requires a 12 volt RGB strip.
The only place I could find a 6mm wide 12 volt RGB strip is from Lightingwill.com
. They are based in China, the weird thing is it shipped from Germany. Anyway it took nearly four weeks to arrive!
It comes in a one meter length, but I only need about 20 cm. Here it is cut down side by side with a 10mm RGB strip.
It slides right into the slot.
I bought a cheapo RGB controller so I could test it outside the build. Once installed, I will control this RGB strip with the Asus Aura software from a motherboard header.
Let’s see how it looks in red.
The waterblock comes with thermal pads, allen wrench, screws, and a pair of stop plugs.
The stop plug on the right is the ones that come with the waterblock. I swapped them out for low profile ones just because I like them better.
Time to take off the backplate, this requires a #9 torx driver. This is kind of an odd size that many bit sets do not include.
Interesting to see there are no thermal pads on this side. There is no contact with the backplate except where the screws go through.
Here’s the stock cooler. I did not even realize that the center piece pops off. There’s an easy mod for anyone wanting to stick with the stock cooler. You could easily paint or mod that piece without having to disassemble the card.
I used my heat gun to warm up the heat sink before carefully pulling it off.
All cleaned up and ready to go.
The 1mm thermal pads installed.
Carefully set the board onto the block lining up the five screw holes.
I decided to put some thermal pads on the other side to make contact with the backplate. I used some .5mm thermal pad material I had on hand. I think 1mm may have been too thick. This step obviously is not necessary since Intel did not put anything on there, but I don’t see how it can hurt anything so might as well.
Here we go all back together. The funny thing about the screws that came with the waterblock is they are the same thread and exact same length as the ones that were on the stock cooler. The only difference is the stock ones were torx head, while the Bitspower screws were allen head. I used the allen heads because I have no other torx head screws in the build.
Now we can see how the waterblock looks installed on the card.
Of course I have to sleeve the RGB strip. It has to plug into the motherboard right above the card. The stock length is ok but it does have to twist around, so I let the heat shrink cool down with it in that position.
Finally let’s see how it looks with the card installed.
Next up is the Hard Drives. Stay tuned... it will be no ordinary Hard Drive Set-up