Picking the right components, configuring and setting up the system and constantly maintaining it afterwards keeps a lot of people out of water cooling. And that's not even mentioning the expense; pumps, radiators, waterblocks, reservoirs, fittings, even the tubing, they all add up to an expensive solution to a problem that most people consider solved when they plug in a heatsink/fan.
However, the advantages that come with water cooling are as great as the disadvantages. Not only do you get excellent cooling performance, allowing you to push your processor farther than you normally could with traditional cooling, you also usually get a quieter system and a whole lot of kit to make your friends insanely jealous.
Last summer CoolerMaster took a stab at making water-cooling more approachable for the average user with their Aquagate ALC-U01 liquid cooling kit (see here for my review). The all-in-one design of the AquaGate took a lot of the anxiety out of water-cooling as everything was confined to a sleek aluminum box and, while you still had to worry about fittings and tubes and bleeding the system, it was still a lot easier than a do-it-yourself setup.
Following up on the success of the original Aquagate, CoolerMaster recently announced a much more compact kit that's even easier to install and maintain called the AquaGate Mini.
The AquaGate Mini comes in two versions differentiated by the size of the fan and radiator. There's the R80, an 80mm version with an 80mm fan and 80mm radiator, and the R120, a 120mm version with a 120mm fan and 120mm radiator. I'll be looking at the 80mm version in this review.