AquaXtreme MP-05 Pro Water Block

A Closer Look

A Closer Look

It seems that recently water block manufacturers have been spending just as much time on improving the looks of their blocks as they have improving the performance. Let's take a look at the MP-05 to see what it has in store for us...

AquaXtreme MP-05 Block AquaXtreme MP-05 Block

The MP-05 block utilises a Nickel plated universal mounting plate very much reminiscent of the Storm or Apogee water blocks by Swiftech. This type of mounting hardware not only looks great but also ensures excellent compatibility with many types of motherboard. The only downside is that you will need to remove your motherboard in order to mount the block.

The surface of the mounting plate did have some minor imperfections around a few of the mounting holes, but nothing that would be noticeable from a distance.

AquaXtreme MP-05 Base AquaXtreme MP-05 Base

Despite the lack of protection during transit, the base of the block was in perfect condition. Using a sheet of glass and water I was able to determine that surface of the base was very flat with no imperfections.

From the pictures above you can see that the base has been lapped to a semi-reflective finish. There is an ongoing debate whether lapping to a mirror finish actually produces any noticeable increase in performance, but in my opinion the finish above should be more than good enough to get optimal results.

AquaXtreme MP-05 Base AquaXtreme MP-05 Accellerator Plate

On disassembling the block, I was rather disappointed to see shavings of copper lurking between the pin array on the base. Also, the insertion of the barbs seemed to cause small strips of delrin to fall inside the block. This is quite worrying as particles of plastic and copper could cause damage to some water pumps.

As you can see above, the internal base of the block was rather dirty and managed to turn one of my cleaning cloths a dark shade of brown. I strongly suggest disassembling the MP-05 and giving it a thorough clean before placing it in your water loop.

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Most Recent Comments

19-09-2006, 06:08:29

Nice block but I can't believe that they didn't clean it out before shipping it to you, that's a good way to screw up an expensive pump getting nasty debris in it.Quote

19-09-2006, 06:35:17

Looks a very nice block, shame about the shortcoming of the packaging and care taken during manufacturer Quote

19-09-2006, 07:32:32

Sorry if its in there & i missed it but what do these retail at?Quote

19-09-2006, 07:42:15

awesome review as usual, that would suck h/e if u didnt open the blockQuote

19-09-2006, 08:06:00

Originally Posted by name='Ham'
Sorry if its in there & i missed it but what do these retail at?
Thx for pointing that out - added to conclusion Quote

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