Watercool Heatkiller IV CPU Water Block Review
The Watercool Heatkiller III has been around for a long long time. In fact it was an older design when we first tested it in our 2012 CPU water block roundup. It did respectably in that roundup given that it was an older design and as newer blocks launched it seemed to become less popular. Watercool is finally back with a new design that they’ve been working on for years now – the Heatkiller IV. While the name is hardly surprising let’s see if it lives up to the hype!
While we’d love to think that Watercool were so cocky we’d that they sent three versions of it the reality is somewhat different. The Heatkiller IV comes in Pro and Basic versions. While they look very similar, the internals are not and so that’s the real reason Watercool sent us a variety to test.
While we got to test two “Pro” versions and one “Basic” edition there are plenty of choices. The pro comes in Nickel Copper, “Copper An”, Pure Copper, Acrylic, Acrylic Clean and Acetal versions while the basic comes in Acetal and Acrylic only. “Copper An” stands for Anthracite Nickel Plated Copper – in other words a darker nickel.
All the packages came with the same box and instructions:
This one is the Pro Copper Anthracite:
The base was not polished and so machining marks visible but they followed a nice arc
This gave the impression of quality machining rather than a sloppy finish:
The mounting plates also have a similar machined finish, in fact the edges are so crisply cut that they aren’t far from being sharp!
All three blocks had a pleasing high quality feel:
Just for reference – the Heatkiller III alongside:
So overall great looking and solid blocks with a sturdy looking mount. Let’s poke around at the insides next!