The cooler comes with thermal paste pre-applied which is helpful until you decide to remount the cooler where both myself and Antec recommend you apply new thermal paste.
The base is fairly reflective although as it shows some marks from machining. The base is very flat and smooth which is important to ensure excellent contact with the CPU.
The radiator has a relatively tight FPI (Fins per inch) although that is to be expected on a smaller radiator. The radiator also appears to be well made.
The pump unit has an LED under the Antec logo and the colour is changeable via the ChillControl software.
Here is some samples of how the logo looks with different settings.
To start, you remove the two smaller screws around the outer ring of screws to remove the top cover. With the cover removed, we see the PCB, pump components. Overall the quality of the components appears to be of a very high standard, very tidy.
Next you remove all of the outer screws and split the unit apart.
Once done, you will have something that looks like this and coolant with spill out, hence the use of the tray.
To take a better look at the “cold plate” or waterblock as it’s more commonly known, you unscrew the smaller screws, revealing this.
A close up of the “cold plate” or waterblock. This design uses very tightly packed fins which is ideal for a pump that has a low flow rate.
On to the pump. The impeller is under the piece of plastic that divides the two parts.
Here you can see the pumps impeller and where the water flows, along with appears to be a piece of foam that absorbs the coolant.
The impeller and divider.
The impeller removed from the housing.