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Water Cooling Madness - Corsair vs. Thermaltake vs. Gigabyte - Final Thoughts

Today we're taking a close look at three of the most recent water cooling kits released from Corsair, Thermaltake and Gigabyte. We put them all inside the ring to find out which offers the best overall features and cooling performance. If you're on the market for a new CPU cooling solution which offers better performance than air coolers to aid in higher overclocking and quieter operation at the same time, read on and find out which one is the best buy!

| CPU Liquid Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 24, 2005 4:00 am

Final Thoughts

 

Cooling products are a matter of two things - Quality of build and effectiveness. Water cooling is the latest craze to hit the PC market, and is set to endure for some time as the cooling method of choice for hardcore users.

 

- Corsair Cool Thoughts

 

Corsair has done an impressive job with the Corsair Cool setup. Designed as an external system rather than an all in one design like the Hydrocool 200, this time you can swap out components or add in extras if you want to expand the loop. The results for cooling were second best overall.

 

Its style and design are pretty pleasing, without much extra that could be really improved upon except better cooling performance like we saw from the Gigabyte unit.

 

Rating - 8 out of 10

 

- Thermaltake Bigwater Thoughts

 

Thermaltake's second water cooling offering is certainly a different setup from its first attempts, however, there are a few niggles that need working out. First water flow - the narrow tube that is supplied with the cooler doesn't allow enough water flow to effectively cool the CPU. In fact, its results aren't that far off some of the best air cooling offerings, making it a hard justification for the money spent on this cooler.

 

Rating - 7 out of 10

 

- Gigabyte 3D Galaxy Thoughts

 

Gigabyte has proven you can get it right the first time. It's their first water cooling setup they have produced and the results show it to be a fantastic cooler. With super quiet operation, great flow rates and safety features for the pump built in, along with impressive cooling results, it's hard to recommend anything else.

 

Rating - 9 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Best Performance Award

 

 

How much does it cost?

 

Thermaltake BigWater (CL-W0005) Water Cooling Kit

 

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