Introduction So you're interested in watercooling your computer but, you're teetering between an AIO (all in one) solution and a full blown custom loop. Knowing what's involved can help you be fully informed on which will best suit your needs. Custom watercooling has many advantages over the traditional way of using heatsinks and fans. It's more efficient, quieter and it looks undeniably awesome. There's information available on what's included in a custom watercooling loop but, not much in the way of details from the perspective of a Professional Case Modder. Everybody has their own way of doing custom watercooling loops and after doing it for years I've come across a lot of useful information. We'll take you on a journey into the ways we choose which paths to take and how to implement those decisions. There's nothing like having useful tips, tricks and give you inside look into making a custom hardline watercooling loop. Methods to the Madness The order that you connect hardware doesn't matter as far as performance goes. The golden rules I go by is, make sure your reservoir feeds directly your pump, place a drain port at the lowest part of the loop and plan to fill through the top of your reservoir. This leaves us with a lot of space for creativity. Hardline is quickly becoming the standard in custom watercooling loops. Hardline is tubing typically made from PETG or acrylic. While it can be more difficult to implement; the final product is beyond worth it. I've always been a believer that each computer system has its own style. You can change that style drastically depending how you place your watercooling tubing. Take this into consideration while planning your layout. Start out by putting stop fittings on all the ports that won't be used. Stop fittings are caps used to seal off ports that are unused. This will save you from a massive headache if you forget down the road. When determining a watercooling loop or path I use a pen, pencil, paper and sometimes a ruler. Starting out I'll draw the main components like the radiator, reservoir, CPU block etc in pen. This lets me to make changes to the tubing paths that are drawn in pencil without messing up my main components drawn. I prefer to play around with quite a few different arrangements or paths before implementing them. Now that I have a sketched out a guideline of the routes for my tubing I can look inside the case to make sure there's not any foreseeable issues with the path I've picked. Sometimes adjustments will need to be made as you go; it's all a part of the process Making the Connections Figuring out the length of tubing from hardware to hardware can be tricky at first. There are several methods that can be used to make it easier. When I first started I used thin metal wire that was easy to bend but, retained its shape. A pipe cleaner can also be substituted for thin wire. This gets you close to knowing the tubing needed and can also be used to determine the bends. You'll need to consider the tubing will go into each fitting about 10mm, which needs to be taken into account when determining the length. Always making sure to add a little extra both before and after the bend which allows you to fine tune it. Making Those Cuts and Bends Cutting hardline can be done using a rotatable pipe cutter, mini mitre and coping saw. There's a many ways you can cut hardline tubing. The mitre/coping saw allows for a straight, even cut that can be quicker than a rotatable pipe cutter. Bending hardline can be tricky at first. You'll also need a latex insert which goes inside the hardline and keeps the tubing from collapsing when making bends. A heat gun is used to warm up the tubing enough to make it bendable. The tubing is then rotated back and forth; making sure to evenly heat the tubing until it becomes soft. Using a slow, even pressure make your bend to the required angle. You can also buy mandrels which will make it easier to bend to specific angles however, mandrels are not required. Once you have your hardline tubing cut and bent it's time to chamfer the ends. Tools are sold which will allow you to easily chamfer the tubing. It'll make a taper at the end of the tube which gives it a better junction inside the fittings. Now that your loop is in order it's time to double check the fittings to make sure they're all screwed together tightly throughout the loop. This will help limit the chances of leaks in the next step; leak testing. To Leak or Not To Leak It's important to limit the chances of getting a leak but, we also want to prepare just in case it does happen. Disconnect all power cables except for the one that's needed to power the pump. That way if a leak does occur, it can be dried out without damaging components. Typically the power supply is activated through the motherboard. In order to get it powered up while disconnected, you'll need to jump the green wire with a ground wire. If you're uncomfortable jumping it this way, you can always buy a PSU jumper for a few bucks online. Paper towels are your best friend! Fold a few into a bundle and place them under each fitting connection. This serves two purposes; it catches any leaks before getting to your hardware and it makes it easier to spot small leaks. With the power supply off we need to fill up the reservoir. Usually I'll fill it up about ¾ of the way to the top; making sure to add coolant slowly to limit extra air bubbles. Take notice of the fitting junctions as you fill your loop. If you spot a small leak you can tighten the affected fitting or drain what you put in to make adjustments. Now that the reservoir is most the way full, it's time to turn your pump ON. You want to run it long enough for it to empty most of the reservoir without running the pump dry. Running the pump dry can cause it to heat up which could result in damage. Add more coolant and power the pump again to push it through the system. Repeat this step until coolant is coming into the inlet in the reservoir. By now your system will be full and it's a good time to thoroughly check the system to make sure that there is absolutely no leaks. After a good check, you can power up the pump and just let it run by itself. This allows air to work its way out of the system, as well as gives the loop plenty of time to confirm that there's no small leaks present. Most recommended letting the pump run like this for 24 hours before connecting all the PSU wires and firing up your machine for the first time. Closing We've taken you through some useful tips on building your own custom hardline watercooling loop. Soon you'll be the master of your own setup and air cooling will be a thing of the past. Doing your own custom loop can give you an overwhelming sense of accomplishment. At first it can seems scary but, all that fades away quickly. Youtube is your friend and they're a massive resource of “how to” watercooling videos. Make sure to buy extra tubing; especially your first time as mistakes will be made. There's one thing I can guarantee. If you do your own custom watercooling loop; you'll never look back. I've never felt more proud of accomplishing something then when I finished my first custom loop.
Introduction When you start to get an understanding of what Zadak is all about; you'll fully understand how we're constantly reaching towards the extreme in the PC and tech industry. Zadak’s philosophy is to pursue innovation and break through our own limits. We have a deep rooted belief in the modding industry and it can be seen within our products. Zadak houses a team of modders, gamers and people from the tech industry who exude style/creativity. Originality is the name of the game and we set the standard. We wanted to build custom PC that embodies the essence of what we're all about. This PC was named, “MOAB” or The Mother Of All Bombs. This name digs deep into its gaming heritage. Once we dig deeper into this PC you will start to understand why it is at the pinnacle of PC and modding tech. It's the production version of our, “Nuclear Warhead” PC that was shown during Computex 2017. Very few companies in the industry are capable of making a machine like this. MOAB Breaks Boundaries When coming up with the concept the Zadak team of designers and modders wanted to build something that could be owned by enthousiasts everywhere. We not only set out to accomplish this task but, it also had to solve common water-cooling problems. It needed to save space, be durable and most of all; have that original style that Zadak is known for. A common issue; especially for builds that go to the office, friends houses, LAN events and PC shows is the hardline tubing. It can crack from being transported and a custom watercooled system also takes up a lot of space. These are extremely tough challenges to overcome. Especially when using some of the best hardware on the market. We attacked this challenge by designing a distribution plate that would remove the need for the majority of the hardline tubing usually required. It also allowed us to make the entire PC more compact. MOAB features lots of innovations including capacitive switch used to turn it on as well as a built in display to relay real time information like water temperatures and voltage. Zadak didn't stop there; a custom CNC milled CPU waterblock was painstakingly designed and crafted. This allowed us to lower average operating temperatures by up to 50%. A custom RGB controller was also added to MOAB in order to give the end user further customization possibilities. All of this meticulous design is backed up by the some of the best hardware on the market. This helps assure that MOAB will perform at a breakneck speed; even when put against some of the most intensive games in the market. Distribution Plate The genius behind the distribution plate is the inner aluminum structure that not only solves the issues stated earlier but, it also dissipates heat itself. Having the distribution plate mounted to the aluminum structure acts like a giant heatsink. The water-cooling channels in the distribution plate connect each part of the hardware with the water-cooling. The distribution channels serve other purposes as well. They help to keep the distance the coolant has to travel short. Being able to fully cycle the coolant quicker makes it more efficient. This eliminates the need for for the vast majority of tubing. It also keeps the amount of fittings required; very low. A common problem with enthousiasts is bending tubing. It takes a lot of practice to master and can be extremely frustrating. Zadak’s distribution plate solves this common issue that can quickly become a headache for the end user. There's one spot where tubing is needed and that's to the graphics card. We went with the strongest tubing on the market which is metal tubing that is polished on the outside to give it an edgy and elegant look. Even small decisions like metal tubing, make a huge difference in the overall design. Conclusion The MOAB PC not just awesome; it shows the craftsmanship and genius that is housed within Zadak. We made sure to take each part of MOAB to another level. From the real time water temps to the beautifully built aluminum chassis. Everything has a place and purpose in MOAB. This PC embodies all the things that are possible when creativity is used to push the boundaries. Zadak firmly believes that success starts with attention to detail and they couldn't be more right.
Introduction In the past people who watercooled their PCs were those who wanted to get more out of their hardware by overclocking it. Overclocking causes the hardware to operate at a higher speeds which in turn creates more heat. Watercooling is a more efficient way of dealing with that heat. The most common way of cooling a computer is using large heatsinks and fans running at high speeds. The secret behind air cooling is fans; lots of them. All that's quickly changing. Enthusiasts have been watercooling for years and now that's starting to trickle over to the average user. A few of the best advantages of watercooling include efficiency, minimal noise and the fact that watercooling just looks so awesome. Let's dig deeper into the advantages of watercooling and what options are available for you. Keeping it cool The cooler you can run your hardware components; the longer they'll potentially last. When you add in how quiet watercooling is you can start to see the appeal behind it. The standard way of cooling your computer using heatsinks requires fans to run at high speeds due to the low surface area. Watercooling employs radiators which maximize the available surface area. Allowing you to run your fans at much lower speeds which in turn keeps the system very quiet. This becomes especially important for industries where background noise can be a major enemy. Personally a quiet PC is very appealing. It's hard to deny how good a custom watercooled PC looks. Being able to turn each hardware component into a functional work of art is very exciting. Your PC becomes an extension of your personality. Hardline which is usually made from PETG or acrylic is quickly becoming the standard. In the past people used soft, flexible tubing which is easier to install but tends to not look as good as hardline tubing does. There are advantages with soft tubing. It's much easier to route and has less chance of faulty installation for new users. Another big plus of soft tubing is the cost; it requires less adaptors and fittings. To watercool or not to watercool? Fortunately watercooling manufacturers have started to realize that consumers face these struggles quite often. New solutions coming to market allow you to have the best of both worlds by offering expandable kits that help take the worry out of watercooling. These kits take the best features from having an AIO (all in one) cooler and match them up with more of a custom loop design using modularity. AIOs will help keep your PC quieter and are sealed from the factory. They're also referred to as a closed loop system. While an AIO isn't as effective as a custom watercooling loop; it can serve as as a wonderful first step towards fully watercooling your system. It can be overwhelming trying to figure out what parts are needed to build a complete system. Companies battled this issue by offering up kits that include everything that's needed as well as pre-built systems. Pre-built PCs with watercooling is a great way to get into it. They've already determined the best setup and put it all together. These options take a lot of the concern out of watercooling . Conclusion So, which direction should you go? Air cooling or water cooling? The answer to this question greatly depends on you and your uses. As with most things in life, one answer doesn't fulfill each situation. If you're still on the fence between air and a watercooled PC; try getting a watercooling kit, AIO or pre-built watercooled PC. It can be daunting taking that first step but, it quickly becomes easier. After trying watercooling out, it's hard to remember why you ever air cooled your PC to start with. **To get an inside look at an awesome pre-built, watercooled PC system; check out Zadak’s MOAB. http://www.zadak511.com/product_info.html?pro_sn=6
New Darling of ASUS ROG Z390 Motherboards 9 Oct 2018 – ZADAK announces the very first double capacity DDR4 featuring personalized AURA2 RGB lighting which was built ahead of many competitors, the SHIELD DC(Double Capacity) DDR4. Co-developed with ASUS ROG team, it amazingly supports small form factor motherboards of Intel Z390 including ROG MAXIMUS XI APEX, MAXIMUS XI GENE, and ROG STRIX Z390-I Gaming. With the whole new architecture, it achieves not only double capacity of 32GB for single slot, but also high frequency of 3600MHz with impressive stability. Such a widely praised high-end memory module in the PC world comes along once in a lifetime. Double Capacity Double Enjoyment In 2018 ZADAK takes the biggest leap since the original DDR4. SHIELD DC DDR4 comes with double capacity of 32GB for one single stick. The IC dies for SHIELD DC DDR4 were meticulously screened that one IC was chosen out of 10 thousand ICs. ZADAK adopts the whole new architecture with special circuit design on PCB offering double capacity as well as incredible stability under high speed operation. The unprecedented design and functionality of the SHIELD DC DDR4 breaks the limits of inadequate memory on the two-slot platforms. For content creators, 3A gamers, and those gamers who prefer a compact PC for space-saving, ZADAK SHIELD DC DDR4 gives you the double capacity, double speed, and double enjoyment, High Frequency with Remarkable Stability AURA2 Synchronization, Perfect RGB lighting The SHIELD DC DDR4 fully supports the latest ASUS ROG Z390 motherboards. It starts at a clock speed of 3000MHz, going up to 3200MHz at a voltage of 1.35V with CL14-14-14-34 and 3600MHz. It comes with single channel packaging as well as kit of dual-channel one with the highest capacity of 64GB(32GBX2). The RGB lighting of SHIELD DC DDR4 is synchronized with ROG AURA2 so users can regulate the preferable colors and manage the LED flashing patterns. The Look and Design Embody the Exquisite Workmanship Instead of light diffuser, ZADAK SHIELD DC DDR4 employs the specially-designed chamfer inside the aluminum top bar presenting perfect RGB lighting effect. The metal machining craftsmanship and thicker aluminum material of 1.5mm give multi-layer design on the heat spreader. Small form factor with only two-slot motherboard had a problem with inadequate memory. The ZADAK team is comfortably over those limits. SHIELD DC DDR4 is a groundbreaking product. For the enthusiast users and gamers who want to get the maximum capacity and high speed of memory module in their system while using motherboards with two slots only now will have the option of opting for ZADAK SHIELD DC DDR4. It will be on the market in late October with the MSRP USD$799/899/999 for 3000/3200/3600MHz. ZADAK ZADAK is a high-end custom water-cooled PC brand founded by a group of people of designers, modders, and engineers in the autumn of 2015. Original design, craftsmanship, and beyond the boundary are the core values of ZADAK. We want to create a custom water-cooled computer which is sophisticated and elegant, just like an artwork, an enjoyment. We also want to create something that is easy for you to assemble your own fantasy PC. After years of development, tons of experiments and prototypes, ZADAK finally settles on a design that would be the key of why we are able to make the water-cooled computer so compact. ZADAK hopes that you will get as much fun out of building your own fantasy PC as we do.