Gigabyte 3D Mercury Case - Get Into Liquid - 3D Merc. - Add Water, Test Setup and Info.

Article Index
Gigabyte 3D Mercury Case - Get Into Liquid
3D Mercury - It is What is Inside That Cools!
Cooling System Closeup and Full Specs
Installation - Getting Started With The Merc
Installation - Waterblock, Hardware and More!
3D Merc. - Add Water, Test Setup and Info.
3D Mercury - Q6600 Overclocking and Conclusion

Add Water and Start!

Now that all the hardware is installed and appears ready to go, I stood up the case, opened the handy dandy top fill spout and added about 1.2 liters of coolant.  The specs say that the reservoir holds 600ml, so the rest of the system holds about another 600ml as well.

Gigabyte has put some effort into their coolant and they recommend using it instead of traditional (and low-tech) water.  Gigabyte says, "The Nano-scale water-oolant can effectively reduce the presence of mpurities and increase heat dissipation."  It also has "anti-freezing, anti-corrosive and water quality stabilization features."

 Ready To Fill Up
Ready To Fill Up
 Conductive Coolant
Conductive Coolant


It sounds like it will be conductive, which can be harmful or fatal to your computer hardware if you spring a leak.  I checked to see if it was conductive and it is.  If you spill any on your hardware, make sure you clean it up and let it dry completely before powering on your computer.

 

Test Setup:

 3DMercury = Big
3DMercury = Big

 

As I mentioned earlier, this case is large.  Think of it as large mid-tower with a water cooling system mounted on top of it.  The picture below shows how it stands up next to the Fatal1ty FC-ZE1 case from Zalman.  Although we've covered most of the parts during installation, we'll recap:

 

Here are a couple more pictures for your viewing pleasure.  The LEDs are really bright so if you want to leave this computer running in your bedroom at night, you'd better like sleeping when it's light out.  Gigabyte includes both the mesh panel and the standard clear window.  You have a choice as to what look you're going for.

 Side Running LED
Side Running LED
 Window vs Mesh
Window vs Mesh

 

We'll pull out the stops and run the benchmarks on the last page.  I promise.