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Thread: Thermaltake WATER2.0 Extreme Review

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    Thermaltake WATER2.0 Extreme Review

    My Take on the Thermaltake WATER2.0 Extreme

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    First off the packaging looks to be done well so hopefully that will minimize shipping damage, and help assure an operational product when you receive it.

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    Everything you need to install the unit start to finish is included in the kit
    The mounting hardware includes everything you need for multiple platforms.
    Intel: LGA2011, LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA775
    AMD: FM1, AM3, AM2+, AM2
    The heat sink comes with pre applied TIM and it will be used for the test conducted in this review.

    The Thermaltake software that comes packaged with the unit is a snap to set up and makes it easy to choose the preferred fan speeds for your needs. The software is easy to navigate; you can set it up with predefined parameters or customize it to suit you specific needs. The simple easy to read display of all the pertinent information is refreshing.
    Today I will be testing the preset functions silent & extreme at various clock speeds. Where the rubber meets the road

    (PERFORMANCE)

    For testing the WATER2.0 Extreme out, I am using the Intel LGA1155 platform.

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    Test Bed:


    Intel 3770K
    Asus Maximus V Gene
    G.Skill F3-2666C11D-8GTXD/PC3-21300
    Samsung SSD 830 128GB
    Corsair AX1200
    MSI R6970
    Thermaltake WATER2.0 Extreme

    I will be using LinX0.6.4- Simply linpak to create the CPU loads for these tests. Hyper Threading also will be enabled for all tests.
    This will give us a great barometer of 8 threaded 100% loads as well as max out the 8 GB of RAM so we know the IMC is getting punished as well.

    Silent Mode Idol 3.9 GHz:
    Ambient Air Temperature = 17.2C
    Average Fan Speed = 1283 RPM
    Average Pump Speed = 3053 RPM
    Average Coolant Temperature = 23.5
    Max CPU Temp = 23C, 20C, 23C, 21C

    Silent Mode 100% Load 3.9 GHz:
    Ambient Air Temperature = 17.2C
    Average Fan Speed = 1276 RPM
    Average Pump Speed = 3051 RPM
    Average Coolant Temperature = 25.3
    Max CPU Temp = 54C, 56C, 55C, 51C

    Extreme Mode Idol 3.9 GHz:
    Ambient Air Temperature = 18.4C
    Average Fan Speed = 2035 RPM
    Average Pump Speed = 3063 RPM
    Average Coolant Temperature = 23.3
    Max CPU Temp = 22C, 21C, 22C, 21C

    Extreme Mode 100% Load 3.9 Ghz:
    Ambient Air Temperature = 18.4C
    Average Fan Speed = 1980 RPM
    Average Pump Speed = 3067 RPM
    Average Coolant Temperature = 25.2
    Max CPU Temp = 54C, 57C, 56C, 50C

    As you can see there is no serious gain at stock speeds with the extreme setting over the silent, however keep in mind that ambient temperature was 1.2C above the ambient when testing the Silent mode. So if you’re fighting for every degree the Extreme mode looks to grab you a degree or two.

    Overclocking:

    I tried 4.6 Ghz with the silent mode and could not get it stable enough to run LinX for more than 35 minutes. The temps were running in the mid 80’. Since I have been running it for about an hour for these tests I have disqualified the silent mode results at 4.6 GHz. So as it turns out extreme mode really stretches its legs when overclocking, and the unit seems to have no problem at these clock speeds on the extreme setting.

    Extreme Mode Idol 4.6 Ghz:
    Ambient Air Temperature = 18.6C
    Average Fan Speed = 2060 RPM
    Average Pump Speed = 3063 RPM
    Average Coolant Temperature = 23.7
    Max CPU Temp = 29C, 29C, 31C, 28C

    Extreme Mode 100% Load 4.6 Ghz:
    Ambient Air Temperature = 19.3C
    Average Fan Speed = 2028 RPM
    Average Pump Speed = 3053 RPM
    Average Coolant Temperature = 28.1
    Max CPU Temp = 72C, 78C, 74C, 68C

    Next I am going to put some aftermarket fans on the unit to see if there is a benefit to a push pull configuration.
    Since I do not have any PMW fans handy I am just going to use some AOC Florescent fans I have on hand, they are 79 CFM each with no speed control.

    Let’s see if these fans can help out a little, a lot or not at all ……….

    Extreme Mode Idol 4.6 Ghz Push Pull Configuration:
    Ambient Air Temperature = 18.9C
    Average Fan Speed = 1948 RPM
    Average Pump Speed = 3067 RPM
    Average Coolant Temperature = 21.4
    Max CPU Temp = 23C, 23C, 22C, 21C

    Extreme Mode 100% Load 4.6 Ghz Push Pull Configuration:
    Ambient Air Temperature = 18.9C
    Average Fan Speed = 1957 RPM
    Average Pump Speed = 3046 RPM
    Average Coolant Temperature = 27.7
    Max CPU Temp = 71C, 77C, 73C, 68C

    Once again the results are negligible but a degree better than the single fans. So here it is again, if you are fighting for every degree the unit performs a degree better with a push pull configuration with fans that were used for this test. Results may vary depending on the aftermarket fans used. Being the radiator does not have a real tight fin design it will lend itself to perform well with low speed fans as opposed to ridiculously loud high CFM fans. No need for Deltas here.

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    Please keep in mind all temps are max temps not average read with Real Temp.
    The unit across all tests performed admirably. The build quality of the components seems to be very good. The fans provided are adequate and up to the job and when in silent mode not audible over the video card. On Extreme mode they are not obtrusively loud either, and much quieter than any air to air solution I have used with this type of performance.
    The hoses and pump seem to be very sturdy and well built. The mounting system was thought out well and is easy to install.
    One thing I would like to see is the grommets that slide into the retaining ring to be marked with a contrasting color to make them easier to read. The pump has a slight churning noise that is audible in silent mode, but quieter than my 655. The radiator provided is quite capable and the fin design lends itself to the use of lower speed fans. At a thickness of 36.5125mm the 240mm design delivers the goods. The software provided is not earth shattering, it simply works very well and is easy to navigate.

    To sum it up I have to say that Thermaltake has hit the mark with the WATER2.0 Extreme. Bringing a high performance water cooler to mainstream computing that is very easy to install, No messing around filling coolant, purging bubbles or maintaining a loop is required. Easy mounting and everything you need is right in the box. (No more waiting for that fitting you forgot to order) While this product may not appeal to the hard core water cooling crowd, it is a home run for people like me that neither have the time nor patience to maintain a custom loop but cannot do without top end performance, Gamers who would rather be gaming than tinkering with a loop. From the enthusiast to the first time builder anyone can easily incorporate, and reap the performance of cooling with water as well as minimizing the sound of an air to air heat sink. The WATER2.0 Extreme in my opinion may have made high performance air cooling obsolete, and made water cooling reachable for anyone with a computer and mounting accommodations for the 240mm radiator.
    Testing and looking over this product thoroughly, it is difficult to see many down sides to this unit; the price point for this kind of performance is more than fair and the quality is spot on.



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    An interesting review thanks. I can't understand however why the Load fan rate is less than the Idle fan rate when the temperature is higher. I thought maybe the pump was working harder to compensate but that wasn't the case either. In fact the fan speed drops on the Load section. Doesn't make sense.

    Extreme Mode Idol 4.6 Ghz:
    Ambient Air Temperature = 18.6C
    Average Fan Speed = 2060 RPM
    Average Pump Speed = 3063 RPM
    Average Coolant Temperature = 23.7
    Max CPU Temp = 29C, 29C, 31C, 28C

    Extreme Mode 100% Load 4.6 Ghz:
    Ambient Air Temperature = 19.3C
    Average Fan Speed = 2028 RPM
    Average Pump Speed = 3053 RPM
    Average Coolant Temperature = 28.1
    Max CPU Temp = 72C, 78C, 74C, 68C
    Last edited by Dark Mantis; 09-26-2012 at 11:26 AM.
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    Nice review and well done, i like this set up. Push Pull did help a little.

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    Nice to see a real solid product coming from Thermaltake these days.

    I am in the situation now trying to decide whether or not to go for a pre-built version or try the DIY route myself.

    As I am a complete moron when it comes to doing anything by myself I might choose this product. Good to see a nice quiet pump being used with this cooling system.

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    nice again. Looks, the right time all in one wattercooling setups is coming (Corsair, Antec, AMD, Intel, Artic, Thermaltake...)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Mantis View Post
    An interesting review thanks. I can't understand however why the Load fan rate is less than the Idle fan rate when the temperature is higher. I thought maybe the pump was working harder to compensate but that wasn't the case either. In fact the fan speed drops on the Load section. Doesn't make sense.

    Extreme Mode Idol 4.6 Ghz:
    Ambient Air Temperature = 18.6C
    Average Fan Speed = 2060 RPM
    Average Pump Speed = 3063 RPM
    Average Coolant Temperature = 23.7
    Max CPU Temp = 29C, 29C, 31C, 28C

    Extreme Mode 100% Load 4.6 Ghz:
    Ambient Air Temperature = 19.3C
    Average Fan Speed = 2028 RPM
    Average Pump Speed = 3053 RPM
    Average Coolant Temperature = 28.1
    Max CPU Temp = 72C, 78C, 74C, 68C
    I found this odd as well, but keep in mind these are averages across a little better than an hour. These values are all over the place while running. I think I am going to add the screen shots of the load results, should have from the start I guess. First time I ever had anyone send me something for review, So a bit of a noob at this ......... lmao

    @ Flank

    TBH I see no reason to use a custom loop anymore, water just like air cooling is going to be ambient bound anyway and you may get a few degrees out of a top end loop, but you will spend three to four times as much money and more impportantly time for a few degrees that will not reap much better if any better clocks.

    For day to day and gaming these are in a great place, You can esily get into the 4GHz to 5GHz range. Games really do not scale so well after 4.2 to 4.3 anyway.

    Thanks for taking the time out to read this everyone
    Last edited by Witchdoctor; 09-27-2012 at 02:12 AM.

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