Waterblock Test – Joe
SUMMARY: Good choice for CPU cooling with moderate power waterpumps.
Overclock Labs® Block features
- Chrome-plated barb connectors for ½” ID tubing
- All copper construction
- Mounting for both P4 and Socket A systems
The block is milled from a solid copper block – it weighs a hefty 360 grams, measuring 2″ x 2″ x ¾” (ex fittings). Based on pics at OC Lab’s website, it appears to be a cross drilled type. The dimple you see between the fittings is for the mounting hardware:
The base of the screw is tapered to fit into the dimple – idiot proof. This system I think is the best – it centers mounting pressure directly over the center of the CPU core, for either P4 or Socket A mounting. With center mounting, there is no risk of exerting too much force on one side, thereby compromising performance. Note there is slight assembly required.
shows polishing marks but is not apparent to the touch; there are also polishing marks apparent on other surfaces.
The Overclock Labs® Block was tested using the CPU Die Simulator and Waterblock Test Rig.
Pressure Drop – psi
Pressure Drop – inches H2O
Unrounded data: 0.163 C/W with 0.0010 std dev.
Test Results indicate that the Overclock Labs® Block’s pressure drop (or head loss) across the waterblock is moderate; resistance such as this means that Overclock Labs® Block may need a moderate to large waterpump to extract maximum performance, especially if other components in the system are restrictive.
However, I found that performance degraded by only about 0.4ºC with at a flow rate of 0.5 gpm and improved by about 0.3ºC at 1.5 gpm – very “even” results and somewhat less than some other waterblocks tested to date.
For a comparison of the Overclock Labs® Block’s performance to other waterblocks tested to date, see Overclockers.com Waterblock Test Results.
Overclock Labs® Block is a good choice for CPU cooling. With moderate flow resistance, the Overclock Labs® Block needs a moderate to high power waterpump to shine, depending on the resistance of other components in the system. The mounting system is a plus – one pressure point centered over the CPU core is much preferred.
Thanks again to OC Labs for sending this our way.