July 13, 2013
Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme CPU Liquid Cooler Review
hermaltake Technology Co., Ltd is a manufacturer of PC cases, power supplies and cooling solutions. Its main headquarters is located in Taipei, Taiwan and Thermaltake has multiple manufacturing facilities in China, including a major plant at Dongguan which is also ISO-9001 certified.
About the Product
Today we are going to have a look at Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme CPU Liquid Cooler , For a liquid cooler, enthusiasts not only looking for an easy and clean setup to efficiently calm the roaring CPU, more likely they also crave for the best low-maintenance solution. The new Thermaltake All-In-One LCS Water 3.0 Series is formed to support these desires of enthusiasts. Upgrade the simplicity of liquid CPU cooling to enjoy better cooling performance and protect the investment in the CPU as well.
General Specifications and Features
Unboxing and Packaging
Water 3.0 Extreme comes in big black box with the picture of the cooler on front of it . As you can its closed loop watercooling kit so this means that you dont have to worry about changing the liquid after several months . Its ready to go . Moreover , this has 240mm radiator and comes with 2 included high quality thermaltake fans . Also as you can see it also supports LGA2011 socket along with new haswell LGA1150 socket .
On the backside of the box , some of the salient features are mentioned , along with some of the specs .
Once we opened the box , following items were found inside ,
-Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme CPU Liquid Cooler
– 2 x 120mm Thermaltake 4pin PWM Fans
– Screws for Mounting
-INTEL and AMD Mounting Brackets
Water 3.0 Extreme is very well design and is made from high quality material . It is updated version of water 2.0 . We hope the big CPU block will keep our IVY system in recommended temperature range when overclocked to 4.7GHz. Also the radiator quality is very good . The fins are very densely packed which allows the air to cool the liquid inside more efficiently .
A Closer look at the Water 3.0 Extreme
As we mentioned earlier the CPU block is completely made of copper for better thermal conductivity . The CPU block is very well design and the size of the CPU block is also big to cover the LGA 2011 socket . The surface is very well made and is plain and smooth for better conductivity and to provide maximum cooling .
The pump inside the CPU block is powered by USB2.0 header which is installed into your motherboard . Moreover , You have 2 connectors to connect the provided fan to the pump for controlling VIA the provided software . Also there is another Fan header which you have to install on the motherboard as well .
This is how it looks after the assembly and is ready to be installed in the casing and for testing .
Benchmarking and Testing
In order to test this CPU cooler we will using overclocking method . We overclocked our Core i5 3570K to 4.7 GHz at 1.32 Volts and put it under strict load and stress test and recorded the readings while the CPU was in load and also in Idle . We used prime95 for stress test .
Our rig was comprised on following parts .
- Intel Corei5 3570K
- MSI Z77A- GD65 Gaming Motherboard
- ADATA XPG v2.0 Gaming 16GB 2400MHz DDR3 Memory
- Seasonic 1250 Watt PSU
- Gainward GTX660TI Graphic Card
In the End ( Conclusion )
Thermaltake Water 3.0 , the upgraded version of the water2.0 proved to be very efficient . The temperature we got during testing are amazing and the are equal to the custom water cooling kit which was 360mm radiator along with 3 fans . Also you can get more better cooling if you have push/pull configuration . Moreover , the quality of the cooler is brilliant , from CPU block to the Radiator and fans . Everything is perfectly built and manufactured.
The tubings are of great quality and are rigid but still have some flexibility so you can set the direction of them . Moreover , the PWM fans are great in performance . There is no much noise when they are running at normal RPM’s but we found it a bit loud at high RPM’s which is not a big issue . Overall this cooler is one of the best cooler manufactured by Thermaltake .
In the end , We are pleased to announce that Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme CPU Liquid Cooler from Thermaltake received Extreme Buy Award at TechTipsnReview for amazing built quality , enthusiastic design and mind blowing performance .