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Watercool Heatkiller Acrylic Nickel Video Card Waterblocks


I now have a beautiful pair of Heatkiller waterblocks and backplates for the video cards

Let’s just get right to the pictures. Here’s the two backplates how they came out of the box.




Front and back sides.






Each waterblock of course comes in its own box.






Out of the plastic bag you can see these waterblocks really look magnificent!






Here’s the back side. Really well made and the plating job is top notch.




With the waterblocks still on the work bench, I plugged the waterblock LED strips into my cheapo LED controller so we can see what the illumination looks like. I’ll most likely leave these on either white or red for my main lighting profile.






I probably won’t be using the green or blue, but here’s what those colors look like.






The LED strip sleeving that comes with these waterblocks is very nice. However I’m going to shorten the wires to the perfect length, and use MDPC-X sleeving to match all the rest of my sleeving.

Also this must be done before mounting the waterblocks, because to get the cover plate off the front of the waterblock to access the LED strip, you must remove these two allen head screws on the underside of the waterblock.




Then the cover plate lifts right off.






The LED strip just lifts out now.




I de-soldered the wires, removed the sleeving, cut to the length I wanted, stripped the wires, and soldered them back onto the little short LED strips.

I turn my soldering iron all the way up, get it nice and hot, then just touch it on each wire while gently pulling on the wire to remove them. It only takes like one second if your soldering iron is hot enough.

Then after shortening and stripping back the wires, I coat each wire tip with solder, then you can just touch the soldering iron on each wire to solder them back onto the LED strip without having to add any more solder.

I don’t solder much so my soldering isn’t the best, but as long as you have good contact without anything touching in between the solder points you should be good to go




Here’s the custom length LED strips with black MDPC-X sleeving placed back in the waterblocks. I did the heat shrink a little different than the stock ones. These two LED strips will plug into a short "Y" adapter into one header on the motherboard to be controlled with the Asus Aura software.




The top cover plate is back on. The lighting in this picture isn’t very good, but these waterblocks are really spectacular looking in person




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