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Seems like I’ve described everything, but there’s also a curious thing at the bottom of the box:

“Optional Parts” – “VGA Waterblock” (Coming Soon)! So, Gigabyte is going to offer a graphics card water-block for the 3D Galaxy system. Well, that’s good, but why don’t they add a chipset water-block, too? The pipe is long enough. :)

The connecting clamps are rather simple here:

You need to lift the levers up to put the clamps on the pipe or to turn them around on it. Seemingly simple, the clamps are rigid enough for a safe connection. For example, it is impossible to turn a clamp on the pipe with the levers down. There are six clamps in the kit and you can replace them with rubber ones if you still have some apprehensions about their efficiency.

Despite the lack of an installation guide in our test sample of the Gigabyte 3D Galaxy, the installation of the system on an LGA775 platform went without problems. First you install the plastic frame on the mainboard and mount the water-block on the processor (using the thermal compound, of course). Then you hang the heatsink on the rear panel of the system case and install the speed-control bracket with holes for the fan power cable and for the pipes into any of the expansion-card slits. Having put the fan-control unit in a convenient location, you can connect it to the speed controller, the 120mm fan and the mainboard. The connectors of the control unit are all unique, so you won’t confuse them. After that you must decide on the place of the pump with the expansion tank (for example, I put them into the system case with ease), and measure and cut up the pipes. Then put the clamps on the pipes and complete the system. The final step is to install the water-block fan. Overall you’ll need two fan connectors on the mainboard and one Molex connector of the power supply for the pump. The assembly process takes no more than 20 minutes, and the result looks like this:

If you wake up in the night to check up the status of Prime95, for example, you’ll see an even more astounding picture:

The ultraviolet in your system case will also make the pipes shine, which should look even more fantastic. We’ll see shortly as to the efficiency of this beautiful solution, while the next section is about the technical characteristics of the 3D Galaxy.

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