Cooler Master Storm Stryker – Water Cooled Level 1
Last week I had the chance to work with the Storm Stryker on cable management, and I did mention that liquid cooling was coming down the pipeline for it… Well, here’s the first level of liquid cooling. This is a very, very simple CPU only loop, and should be treated as such. With some smart shopping around, you can easily achieve the same effect for maybe $150 or so, and it has the advantage of being completely expandable. Even taking into account their small size and their simplicity, loops like this do actually perform quite well.
Now, this took a total of maybe 5 feet of tubing, a CPU block, two fans, a radiator reservoir combo from Swiftech, and a pump. It took me about 20 minutes to get everything set up, and still gave me a really clean loop at the end. The one the I would advise for anyone imitating this loop, is just fill it BEFORE you put the rad/res in, otherwise it will be a huge pain to fill it. Also, you can use a T line somewhere in there for filling and draining, which again is much easier with the radiator/reservoir out of the case since it has that air draining rubber stop fitting at the top. (Pictured below)
Okay, so, lets get rolling here. First things first, mount the CPU block… Fortunately the Stryker has a very large backplate cutout, so it was really easy to mount the block without removing the board from the chassis.
Note: I went with a very, very light mounting since I wasn’t running the system at all.