ThermalTake Water Temperature Monitor Author: faceless105 -- Posted: 2008-05-30
One area that you never want to have a lack of is temperature monitoring. We've talked briefly in the past with how keeping components cool can extend hardware lifetimes, but how about the areas where keeping products cool comes down to a matter of life or death? Today we'll be reviewing the Water Temperature Indicator designed to be added to existing water cooling kits.
The T-type connector by ThermalTake is a pretty straight forward device. Essentially all you're doing is selecting a spot in your water line to monitor the temperatures. This is achieved by a thermal probe enclosed in a metal casing. As temperatures go up and down the water heats/cools the metal holding the thermal probe.
Connecting this to almost any pre-existing setup is incredibly easy to do. ThermalTake has been in the water cooling business long enough to make some pretty good moves. The quick connect allows tubing with an inner diameter between 6-13mm, covering the common applications.
The monitoring unit displays the current temperature as well as the alarm temperature. To adjust the alarm temperature you just need to adjust a screw up or down. The temperature range can read from 0 to 90 degrees Celsius which will more then keep any computer monitored. The sampling rate is once per second which is also fairly frequent.
After using the temperature indicator, I have to say, this is a great piece of hardware. It's easy to insert at any point in an already existing setup. The information is provides you is really important for gauging the strength and effect that your water cooling kit has. Placing a monitor right after the CPU Cooler lets you know effectively how much heat is being absorbed, and gives you an idea of the performance of your water cooling setup.
For anyone looking into water cooling, and anyone who already has a setup, I'd recommend investing in a fairly strong monitoring system, and this is an excellent solution. It looks good, installs easily and isn't some complicated tool for monitoring. The other plus, since we have our roots in modding, this can easily be mounted into a drive bay cover :)
If you guys have any questions or comments, I'd love to hear them!