Today I’d like to share with you my experience with the new PolarFLO TT CPU water block. PolarFLO is a division of the Horse Of Iron metal shop located in Bozeman, Montana.They are rapidly developing a fantastic reputation as makers of high performance water blocks and I was very curious to check out their new CPU water block for a couple of reasons. First, their SF universal block has developed quite a reputation as an incredible performer, plus the fact that it is “universal” means that it can be used on a wide variety of processor types. Second, after looking at the TT block I was very interested in a couple of their design ideas and how it would affect overall installation and performance. I was especially interested in the mounting design and the ability to use either two or three barbs. I was also extremely interested to see what makes their design so efficient at cooling the processor.
When I opened the small carton I was very pleased to see the water block enclosed in a small foam “envelope”, also included were some very easy to understand instructions, a set of 5 hose clamps, and a mounting kit.
After seeing the previous generation water block designed by PolarFLO ( SF Universal block), I was very eager to see the new TT block and wasn’t disappointed. I have spent hours with 2000 grit sand paper and polishing compound, and have never come close to having a base look as good as this! Aside from one of the most important aspects, the base, this is the best looking block I have ever seen. Definitely a looker!
The inside of the block itself is very unique, it almost remind me of an old orange juice squeezer. One thing that I think needs to be pointed out is that some people who choose to use a two barb configuration will use the two outside barbs. In theory this would work, as it would draw water across the heat spreader. Though in this case I think that would be a mistake as the center barb injects the water over a post, which in turn spreads the water over the base, which has several ridges to create turbulence, thereby maximizing the heat distribution.
(4) 6-32 x 2″ Screws
(8) Nylon Thumbnuts
(8) Nylon washers
Y-splitter (only included with 3 port configuration)
(2) Hose clamps ( 5 hose clamps included with 3 port configuration)
Now that we know what we are looking at today we can go ahead and move on to installation and benchmarking!