Come on in, the water’s fine. At least one would assume it is. Unfortunately, a lot of people didn’t during the summers of 1975 and 1976 following the release of the blockbuster movie “Jaws”. We can talk another time about the movie really downplaying the political aspects of the original novel and centering too much on an obviously unrealistic shark, but right now, let’s focus on people’s reactions. I spent those summers living in a house facing the beach in a popular resort town in NJ. I can tell you firsthand that there was a huge change from prior years, with the beach itself more crowded, and far fewer swimmers and surfers in the ocean. It also seemed that no two consecutive days passed that the water wasn’t cleared due to a shark sighting. Mind you, no one could find documentation of a shark attack in the area in the century leading up to this, but that didn’t keep people from seeing sharks in the water. While the fear had no real basis, and was a result of hype, it was still very real.
There is also a great deal of fear surrounding water these days, but this time the water is running through tubes and inside a computer case. AiO liquid coolers have swelled mainstream interest in the idea of water cooling, but fall short and are obviously no match for a custom open loop in delivering the ultra-quiet high performance that makes liquid cooling desirable in the first place. So, what is keeping people with their feet in the kiddie pool rather than diving in the deep end? Much of it is fear, stories of leaks, difficult installations and maintenance, component matching….and the fact that open loop setups can be a very expensive proposition. With the advances in today’s components, however, many of these fears are unfounded, with installations becoming far easier, less maintenance being required and very little possibility of leaks, if simple care is taken during the install. Now kits are springing up that offer tremendous savings over individual component purchases, and suddenly the deep end is looking better and better.
XSPC takes the guesswork and complications out of diving into liquid cooling with the Raystorm 750 RS 240 Kit, and solves much of the monetary angst as well. The XSPC Raystorm 750 RS240 Kit offers a complete dual 120mm radiator, open loop water cooling kit featuring matched top quality components and fittings all in one box. The kit features the high flow Raystorm CPU Block complete with Intel and AMD mounting kits. Heat exchange is handled by the dual 120mm RS240 copper/brass radiator using two 1650rpm high static fans. The dual 5.25” bay BayRes 750 features a windowed reservoir and enclosed pump capable of 750 lph and 1.8m head pressure. Rounding out the kit are black chrome plated brass ½” barb fittings along with 2m of 7/16” ID clear tubing and all necessary clamps. To add a bit of eye candy, blue accent LEDs are included for the CPU block and reservoir window. An easy to follow manual makes installation easy for even a water cooling novice. With the unexpectedly low retail price of $144.95, the Raystorm 750 RS240 Kit represents an incredible value with included components costing over 50% more, if purchased separately. Just add coolant, and the Raystorm 750 RS240 Kit will provide the rest.
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