Koolance Exos Inverness

The Exos did a sterling job of keeping both our Athlon 64 and Pentium 4e test rigs nice and cool. But although it's capable of the same level of cooling as many of the single 120mm fan kits, it's generally noisier and takes up far more space.

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Koolance Exos

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Koolance doesn't actually sell whole kits - you have to pick and choose the correct parts to fit your system. The Exos is the name of the main unit that sits on top of your computer. You then have to buy a waterblock separately, in this case the CPU-300-H06, and a mounting kit, either the CPU-A03 for Athlon 64 or the BKT-CP505K-E for LGA775 processors. It's annoying having to buy these components separately, and also means the whole combination can get pretty expensive.

The Exos itself consists of a large radiator with three 80mm fans plus a reservoir with two submerged pumps inside. On the front of the unit are controls for adjusting fan speed and monitoring the temperature probe. The probe is mounted on a small PCB that sits in a PCI slot, which also provides power to the Exos via an external cable. You're supposed to mount the temperature probe next to the CPU, so that the Exos can automatically adjust the fan speed, depending on the temperature of the CPU. If the sound of the fans spinning up and down annoys you, then you can choose one of three fixed fan-speed settings, which vary between pleasantly quiet and annoyingly loud.

Bizarrely, the LGA775 mounting kit is supplied with what can only be described as a gold coin.

This coin is actually a spacer that allows the waterblock to fit boards with tall capacitors near the CPU socket. It's a good feature but it will limit heat transfer. One of the most endearing features of the Exos is its self-sealing connectors that don't leak everywhere if you unplug them.

The Exos did a sterling job of keeping both our Athlon 64 and Pentium 4e test rigs nice and cool. But although it's capable of the same level of cooling as many of the single 120mm fan kits, it's generally noisier and takes up far more space. At close to £200, it's quite expensive too, so we'd only recommend it if you don't have the space for an internal water-cooling kit.

Author: Andrew Spode Miller

Koolance Exos