As of late, there seems to be a distinct split in the water cooling field. One half consists of those trying to hit the absolute maximum overclock while the other half is trying to achieve an ultra-silent cooling system with excellent temperatures. I was recently given the opportunity to review a cooling component that could very well be used for either heavy overclocking or building the quietest system possible, the AkwaFlo RAM Cooler.
While water cooling is by no means a new cooling method, some system components seem to be left out of the water cooling equation on a regular basis for one reason or another. RAM is a perfect example of a component that is often not water cooled despite its importance in the overall performance of any system. Angel Eye Technologies has addressed this by producing what is, so far as I can locate, the only currently available waterblocks to cool RAM.
The AkwaFlo Ram Cooler is packaged in a somewhat basic box with a small black and white label that lists very minimal information about the contents inside the box other than stating that it is “The world’s best water cooling solution for RAM.” The label also has contact information for the company, a small picture of the RAM block and a line to indicate the color of the block’s base plate. Inside the box, there is one memory cooler and a layer of cotton-like padding to protect the surface of the base plate on the block. There are no instructions included or any other hardware
As the box was relativity lacking in the information department, I promptly went to Angel Eye Technologies’ website and found the following:
• Type 2 Anodized Aluminum finish available in Blue, Black, or Silver
• 1/8” aluminum base, CNC machined for a truly flat surface
• Anodized Aluminum inner turbulators for added performance
• 100% Cast Acrylic
• UV Reactive Barbs
• O-Ring Seal provides barrier against leaks
• Highest quality machined channel and barbs
• LED holes give unique and stylish look
• Allows users to max out RAM performance
• Available in ½’’ and 3/8’’ Barbs Specifications
• 4.80in (L) x .880in (W) x .800in (H)
• ¼’’ NPT thread
• 1/8” 6061 Aluminum base
• Attach using thermal adhesive or the thermal tape. We recommend Arctic Silver Adhesive or 3m 9885 thermal tape.
• Always leak-test Watercooling equipment for at least 24 hours before installing in case.
• Please ensure there is space between the ram slots and any large components on motherboard before purchasing.
Recommended Thermal Adhesive: Arctic Silver Thermal Adhesive.
The memory blocks that I received were the blue colored versions. The cast acrylic body of the block is approximately 122mm (L) x 22mm (H) x 17mm (D) and had a few minor rough spots on the corners of each of the waterblocks. There is a single 1/2″ channel cut lengthwise through the acrylic body for water flow. On either end of the acrylic body, there is a small 3mm wide x 3mm hole drilled for inserting and LED so that lighting may be added to the block. The UV-reactive, barbed fittings are synthetic 1/2″ barb x 1/4″ NPT thread.
The fittings are threaded into the top of the acrylic block on each end of the flow channel and are locked in place with some type of clear adhesive sealant which appears to be extremely strong. The base, as stated in the specifications, is made from Type 2 Anodized Aluminum. While a copper base would have been nicer, it also would have increased the cost and the weight of the blocks which might cause some issues as the blocks are mounted with thermal epoxy or thermal tape to the RAM.
Upon disassembling the block, I discovered that the “turbulator” lays loose inside the block’s channel as it came out easily. To seal the acrylic body to the base plate, there is a channel cut in the acrylic to house a rubber o-ring like many of the CPU waterblocks that are now on the market. The body of the block attaches to the base plate with 4 Phillips head machine screws which are inserted from the back of the base plate and are screwed into the acrylic. While this attachment method is effective, once the blocks are attached to RAM with thermal epoxy disassembly of the blocks for cleaning would be impossible without removing them from the RAM and then remounting them.
As there are no instructions included in the box and the above is about all you will find on Angel Eye Technologies’ website, there is not much guidance in how the blocks should be installed on to your RAM. I suspect the lack of instructions is in part due to the fact that this is not exactly a product aimed at the novice computer cooling enthusiast.