Primochill Vue Coolant Review
Features, Coolant Design, and Implementation
Courtesy of Primochill
- Water-based fluid
- Non-toxic & environmentally friendly
- Handmade in small batches for unmatched quality control
- Flushes clean from loop
- Visual indicator useful to illustrate fluids flow patterns
- Natural microbial growth combatant
- Non Toxic Corrosion inhibitors
We chose the Steel Blue color of the Primochill Vue coolant for the system build, figuring it would be a good match with the existing component and aesthetic styling we were going for. The coolant ships in a heavy duty plastic bottle, shrink wrapped from the factory. The shrink wrap doubles as a bottle label, displaying specs about the coolant as well as a good view window through which to observe the coolants unique visual properties. In the two bottles shown, the bottle on the right was at rest with the one of the left shaken to illustrate the coolant's visuals. When in motion, the micro-particles in suspension cause a fractal effect in the coolant making for a unique visual spectacle. The agitation of the particles makes for a visual path through the coolant, enhanced greatly by good lighting conditions. The better lighting and back lighting you have for system components, the better the effect appears as the coolant flows through the system tubing and components.
From the bottom view of the bottle, you can better see the visual properties of the coolant in motion. Again, the bottle on the right is at rest while the one of the left was shaken. You can see the tendency of the fluid to flow in a clockwise pattern when enclosed as well.
To prepare an existing system loop for use with Vue, Primochill recommends using their newly introduced System Reboot cleaning solution. The solution works very well to remove existing sediment and staining from the loop to ensure that no Vue-incompatible particulates remain in the system.
Primochill recommends the following procedure for prepping the system loop using teh System Reboot solution:
1. Install your cooling loop and double-check connections to ensure loop is “closed”. No Leaks!
2. Empty bottle of ReBoot into 1 US Gallon of fresh DI or Distilled water, and shake for 30 seconds
3. Add mix to cooling loop.
4. Fill loop with treated solution and be sure to remove as many air bubbles as possible.
5. Start loop pump and begin circulating the treated solution.
6. Run treated solution for at least 24 to 48 hours to ensure loop is properly flushed and treated. While using for longer periods of time doesn't have negative effects, ReBoot is not an effective final coolant and should be replaced with coolant before any extended use of computer.
7. Drain System. Inspect drained solution for debris or foreign particles. Dispose of drained solution. Repeat flush if needed.
8. Fill system with fresh DI or distilled water and flush thoroughly to remove ReBoot solution checking for foam.
9. Drain system.**.
** Reboot needs to be flushed from the system until no foam is seen and water runs clear
10. Fill loop with your choice of coolant and begin water-cooling.
We added view to one of our existing system loops. The loop consists of the following components: ; 3/8" clear hardline tubing, an XSPC D5 Photon 170 Tube Reservoir with D5 pump, a Switch MCR320-QP 360mm radiator, an Alphacool NexXxoS UT60 Full Copper 360mm radiator, a Magicool Slim 140mm radiator, an XSPC Raystorm Pro CPU waterblock, and a Bitspower GTX 1080Ti waterblock. LED lights are installed around the upper perimeter of the case, providing sufficient illumination of the innards. The pictures were taken during the system leak test, which is why the power cables are all disconnected from the board and it's components. As you can see, the Vue coolant does add a unique visual element to the system aesthetics, especially when using clear tubing and sufficient lighting. The visual effects are very apparent as coolant flows through the GPU block and into the reservoir. Further, you can begin to see the visual fractals as the coolant flows through the hardline tubing. One thing to mention is that Primochill recommends running the pump as half-speed or less to get the full impact from the Vue coolant. Performance-wise, we saw no degradation going from using straight distilled water in the loop to running with the Vue coolant, even with the slow pump speed requirements.
A closer look at the GPU block better illustrates the visual properties of the Vue coolant with the fractal patterns most apparent at the inlet path into the GPU block to the right of the micro-channel section of the block. The block was setup for flow into the back right port and out through the front left port. Slight flow patterns can be seen in the hardline tubing as the coolant flows out from the GPU block to the reservoir.
The closeup view of the reservoir provides a much more stunning display of the Vue coolant in action because of the chosen flow layout for the reservoir. The coolant enters the reservoir through the top port and is sucked out via the pump at the reservoir's bottom (not shown). This causes a great deal of disturbance within the reservoir chambers, which plays well into the Vue coolant visualization properties. You can see that as the coolant traverses through the reservior, the flow patterns becomes much more chaotic, causing the emergence of some great fractal patterns. With better lighting around the reservoir, the coolant's visual effects would become even more pronounced.