A+ Case Black Pearl WCR Edition ATX Case
Published: 18th June 2007 | Source: APlus Case | Price: |Installation
With the A+Case Black Pearl WCR being designed specifically for water cooling, the obvious test for this case was to see if we could fit a high-end water cooling system inside. As already mentioned, neither the XPSC R120D or Thermochill PE120.2 radiators match the pre-drilled radiator holes at the top of the case, so thankfully the guys at WaterCoolingUK sent us over one of XSPC's newer RS240 radiators along with some other bits for testing.
The following components were used in the pictures and results below:
|Processor||Intel Core2Duo E4300 @ 1.8ghz |
|Power Supply||Silver Power Blue Lightning 600w|
|Motherboard||Asus P5K Deluxe|
|Graphics Card||Sapphire Ultimate X1950 Pro 256mb |
|Hard Disk||Hitachi Deskstar 80GB 7K80 SATA2 7200RPM 8mb|
|CPU Cooling||XSPC RS240 (2x120mm) Radiator |
2x Delta WFB1212M 120mm Fans
Laing DDC-1T Pro Pump
Danger Den Maze 4 Water Block
Generic 1/2" Tubing
|Additional Cooling||2x Stock "Top Motor" 120mm Fans|
Unfortunately, even with a radiator like the RS240 that has an extremely small footprint, the tank at the top of the radiator covers over almost half of the tubing holes. For most people this shouldn't be a problem as the primary reason that these holes exist is so the radiator can be mounted externally (but it foiled my idea of using a Danger Den Fillport).
Our DDC-01 pump sat comfortably inside one of the cages showing that there is certainly sufficient space for larger pumps such as the Laing D5. Obviously you will lose a couple of hard disk places, but I personally don't know of anyone with 8 hard disks anyway.
With the Black Pearl being the first case we've ever water cooled in a review here at Overclock3D, it would be unfair to compare the temperature results to some of the air-cooled cases we've reviewed in the past. However, for your reference please find below the temperatures taken from the motherboard, PSU and Hard Disk areas of the case using thermal probes under idle and load conditions.
Ambient temperatures were recorded at 24°C throughout testing, with the stock fans being connected to the Black Pearl's fan controller and run at full speed.