Liquid-cooled computers were once the territory of the extreme-overclockers and case modders. Guys who built their water-cooled units from scratch, often using odds and ends found at the hardware store and put into an environment which they were never intended to be used. Hardcore modders and overclockers risked their expensive computer components to liquid-cool their systems and drive their clock speeds higher and higher. Of course, the more extreme and faster things got the more interested computer enthusiasts became. It didn't take long for people to realize that there was a market here and money to be made and new specialized companies seemed to appear overnight. Providing liquid-cooled components, kits, and even entire computer systems has become a fairly big business with a lot of unique and impressive new products being announced on a seemingly daily basis.
Cooler Master entered the liquid-cooling market with the Aquagate ALC-U01 liquid-cooling kit which they introduced at CeBit last March. Unlike many other liquid-cooling kits, the Aquagate is compact and versatile enough to work with just about any system. Exactly how it's put together and how it performs is what I'm going to look at in this review.