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When it comes to accessories to liquid cooling systems, we first want to tell you about the radiator fastener for the back panel of the system case. It is called MCB120 rev.2 “Radbox” and comes in a plain box, just like the radiator itself. The box also contains screws and bushings, a back-panel bracket with holes for the pipes and cables, and an installation guide.

The fastener itself is a plastic frame measuring 130x130x35 millimeters with holes to attach a fan.


This frame can be attached to the back panel not only opposite a 120mm fan seat but also for 92, 80 or even 60mm fan seats. It can be moved thanks to the slits, so this device boasts wide compatibility. The installation procedure looks like that:

Although it may seem flimsy, the frame is strong enough to hold a 360x120mm radiator with three fans. We had to change the configuration of the liquid cooling system in our tests by adding different radiators, so we did not use the MCB120 rev.2 “Radbox”, but it is surely a useful thing for a permanently installed liquid cooling solution. Its recommended price is $19.95.

Fittings are also indispensable components. Yes, they are included into the radiator kits, but if you can’t find a thick pipe with an interior diameter of 12-13 millimeters in your area, you can connect the radiators with thinner pipes (with an interior diameter of 9-10 millimeters) which are easier to find in shops. You’ll need these BSPP-250-375-CP-EURO fittings then:

Besides fittings and pipes, you need coolant. Swiftech sells it but we couldn’t get it for our tests. We might have done with ordinary distilled water but that’s not a good option in terms of corrosion. Therefore we used coolant from Coollaboratory Pro:


This concentrate is to be diluted at a ratio of 1:9, so the 100-milliliter bottle gives you 1 liter of coolant. The manufacturer says that this coolant settles on the metal of the cooling system components as an extremely slim but robust protective coating. In two hours the electrochemical corrosion is diminished by about 90%. In a day, by more than 99%. No electrochemical reactions are observed after two days.

This sounds pretty good, but we couldn’t check it out in practice since it would have taken a lot of time. We can only add that this concentrate comes in two colors: blue and green. The green version shines in ultraviolet light.

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