Sunon Waturbo: When I grow up, I'll be a water-cooler

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From the community comes a reader test for the Sunon Waturbo, a tiny AiO for the LGA 775 socket with Pentium processors and the Core 2 series and the AM2 platform with CPUs from the Athlon series and phenomenon. Touted as an innovative and superior concept at the time, the AiO water cooling must also prove itself in 2022.

A real exotic for retro fans

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In his reader article “What shall we do with the drunken sailor?”, the ComputerBase reader “andi_sco” puts the all-in-one water cooling released for processors with a TDP of up to 130 watts to the test and compares it with other cooling solutions like the equally exotic Noiselimit Silentflux and a classic boxed cooler from Intel.

Since the measurements for this reader's article were carried out on different systems, a direct comparison is of course only possible with difficulty. But it is also more about the detailed consideration of the Sunon Waturbo, which found a place in the following test system.

  • Intel Core 2 Quad Engineering Sample@2.5 GHz
  • ASRock G31M-GS, Intel G31 Express, Socket 775
  • 2 × 2 gigabyte DDR2 RAM
  • Nvidia Quadro FX 580 with 512 MB
  • Windows 10 Pro

The Sunon Waturbo, which is primarily aimed at fans of retro hardware who like to experiment, is currently available at prices of 40 to 50 US dollars, for example on eBay or the US online shop FrostyTech.com.

Sunon Waturbo (Image: FrostyTech.com)

In the end, the Sunon Waturbo was able to convince the ComputerBase reader in terms of cooling performance, even if there were initially space problems in the test system. However, the tiny AiO water cooling is by no means quiet.

The Waturbo didn't disappoint on the temps, even though it's not a rocket. Gasket, coolant and copper base plate still look good despite being more than 15 years old.

However, Sunon should definitely have worked on the background noise, as it could be described as moderate or silent. I dont know. The four hours of operation at full speed almost drove me insane.

andi_sco, community member

The reader's article in the ComputerBase Forum:

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