Koolance Exos Watercooling Kit Review

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Introduction

Watercooling is becoming more and more popular everyday. People are wanting to overclock their CPUs as fast as possible and with as little noise as possible. With traditional air cooling the only way to get very low temperatures is to use a high speed fan which will produce a lot of sound. The Exos is Koolance’s first self-contained PC liquid cooling system, and only one that I have seen like this. The Koolance Exos weighs about seven pounds and has dimensions of 7.25″ x 3.75″ x 18.5″ so it will fit nicely on any normal case.

The box is pretty plain, I don’t know if this is going to be the actual retail box because the Exos isn’t available anywhere yet, but it may be just like this. I opened it up to find it well packaged quiet similar to how a case would be. There is also a lot of accessories and some tubing all of which we will look at later.

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The front of the Koolance Exos has two handles on it for some reason like it would be mounted in a rackmount cabinet or something but it wouldn’t be. The handles are attached to an acrylic front which has “EXOS Liquid Cooling System” underneath in white. Above the acyrlic piece there is a LED display for the temperature which can be displayed in fahrenheit or Celsius. To the right of the LED display there is a power and Accel LED. The power LED illuminated when the unit is turned on and the Accel LED lights up when in mode 3, the modes will be discussed later. To the right of the LEDs are two buttons, one is to toggle between fahrenheit and Celsius and the other is to change between mode one, two, and three.

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The bottom of the Koolance Exos has 4 little indentations which you can put the rubber feet in that were provided with the system. There is also a fill hole on the bottom back corner of the unit which is where the reservoir is. You will fill up your Koolance through this hole after you get your system all connected. A funnel is provided to make the filling of this system easier, we will see this on the next page.


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The back of the unit has two quick-connect valves which is where you will plug your elbow fittings into. You will use these elbows to connect your Exos to the waterblock for your system. Right above where the quick-connect valves are is a power plug, this plug connects the Exos to your power supply with a cord which will be plugged into the expansion slot interface which we will see on the next page. The side of the Exos has a long line of cutouts so that air can flow in and out of the unit to cool down the radiator.

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The top of the Koolance Exos holds three 80mm fans which are all sucking air through the radiator which is housed within the body of the system. You can see that the top of the unit basically looks the same as the top of the Koolance case. Koolance has built a shroud around all three fans which basically looks like a pyramid, this is good because it will direct the air better over the radiator which means better performance. You can also see the reservoir which is on the back of the system, within this system is also the pump. Because the pump will be submerged in the water that is flowing through the system the water temperature will be a little higher because the pump will heat it a little. I’m glad that Koolance used clear plastic rather than the yellow/orange that was used on the water block which you can see on the next page.

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