NorthQ Siberian Tiger Water Cooler

REVIEW INFORMATION
SUPPLIED BY: NorthQ
PRODUCT: Siberian Tiger Water Cooler
PROD LINK: Not Available
PRICE: $139.99
Price is at time of testing!

To start off the installation process. You will want to undo the Molex and sensor wires. Then grab the appropriate mounting bracket for you setup. For this installation I will be installing the NorthQ Siberian Tiger on my AM2 rig.

Siberian Tiger Water Cooler Siberian Tiger Water Cooler

Test Rig Specs:

  • Ultra M998 Case
  • AMD AM2 5600 Processor @ 2.8GHz
  • Asus M2N32 SLI Deluxe Motherboard
  • Bgears b-Tarantula 650W PSU
  • Corsair 2 GB PC2-6400 DDR2 Dual Channel Memory
  • 2 Western Digital Caviar SE16 250GB Hard Drives
  • Logitech Cordless Wave Keyboard / Mouse
  • Dell E228WFP 22″ Widescreen LCD
  • Windows XP SP2 w/Current Updates
  • Windows Vista Ultimate 32bit w/Current Updates

Siberian Tiger Water Cooler Siberian Tiger Water Cooler

The installation instructions show the radiator being mounted to the rear fan mounting location. Depending on the case you choose to install the Siberian Tiger in, you might find that you do not have enough clearance for the radiator. On the Ultra M998, the rear fan mount is position close enough towards the I/O plate and PCI slots that the radiator would hit both locations. To get around this I set the 120mm fan up for a “Pull” installation instead of a “Push” as they show. This allowed me to raise the radiator off the back of the case enough to clear the problem areas.

Seeing that the M998 has a removable motherboard tray, I set it up with the tray removed. When sliding the tray back in I found another clearance issue that is shown in the first picture. The lower corner of the radiator would not clear the main frame. The M998’s tray covers this section once installed; I decided to simply notch the main frame out to allow for enough clearance.

Siberian Tiger Water Cooler

The mounting system utilizes the notches around the cold plate/ pump assembly in conjunction with the notches on the retaining ring to hold the setup in place.

Siberian Tiger Water Cooler Siberian Tiger Water Cooler

Aligning the notches and securing the retaining bracket to the mother board did require a little more pressure than what I thought it would. Once you get the four screws started, you will want to tighten them down in a criss-cross pattern to apply the pressure evenly across the CPU.

Siberian Tiger Water Cooler Siberian Tiger Water Cooler

Once you have the radiator and pump assembly mounted you can connect your RPM sensor and power connections. Running the rear fan as a “Pusher” vs a “Puller” shouldn’t affect your cooling potential. With everything finished here, I slide the motherboard tray back in and reconnect everything.

UPDATE 4-26-08:

Siberian Tiger Water Cooler Siberian Tiger Water Cooler

Siberian Tiger Water Cooler Siberian Tiger Water Cooler

After having a comment posted about not having any internal shots of the pump assembly I stated I would pull the unit and proceed with a dismantle of the housing. Unfortunately it doesn’t reveal much more. Obviously, if we go further than this we will crack the seal and lose the fluid and potentially damage the pump.