Finding cooling is hard. Even for Corsair. The guys over at Corsair Memory have been trying to bring high end water cooling technology down to the mainstream price point and Andy Paul, the CEO of Corsair firmly believes that the Corsair Nautilus 500 is the kit that will do just that. Launching with the MSRP of $159 this kit is aimed at the mainstream consumer.
Once you open the box one finds everything neatly packed. Corsair clearly spent some time on the packaging and the layout of the design. Before we take a closer look at the Corsair Nautilus 500 let’s take a trip down memory lane and look at a top secret photo of the early prototype that I took over a year ago!
Intalling the Nautilus 500 varies in time and difficulty depending on which processor you are installing the system on. Corsair claims that the average user can install the system in just over eight minutes, but that is not the case. By the time one powers down their system, open the case, and installs the system you are looking at a 15 minute to a 30 minute job. Think about the steps that need to take place…
- Power Down the System
- Remove The Case Door
- Remove The Current Processor Heatsink
- Clean Thermal Compound Off the processor
- Install New Thermal Compound
- Remove PCI Slot Bracket
- Assemble the Nautilus 500 (Quick Connects & Clamps)
- Route Water Lines (Trim if Needed)
- Install New PCI Bracket With Lines Installed
- Mount The Water Block
- Fill The System With The Bottle Of Corsair COOL Coolant
- Top Off The System With Distilled Water (You need to buy this seperate)
- Plug in the Nautilus 500 (4-Pin Molex Connector and 2 fan headers)
- Power on the Computer
- Top Off With More Distilled Water
- Check For Leaks
- Replace Door
Since Corsair is aiming this unit at the mainstream consumer this will likely be their first time trying out water cooling their eight minute claim in their marketing material is off. For a mainstream consumer to complete the above 17 steps in just over 8 minutes is amusing to say the least. Even setting up our system on an open test bench took over 8 minutes as we took our time to make sure everything was installed correctly!
For General Computer Users:
The Corsiar Nautilus 500 was designed for everyone. When you go home and open the box you will find the product presentation and an installation manual that is in full color (rare these days). The manual is very detailed and will walk to step-by-step through the installaion process. Installation will take 30-45 minutes and when you are done you will have a water cooled computer. After all is done, this thing runs great and the average temperature on all of our 25%-100% loads was about 35.8c.