Seeing what the Performer brought to the table, I said then I was eager to see what Thermaltake had in store for users with their "better" solution with the Water 2.0 Pro. I will say this, while most packaging results for testing don't really ever seem to stand up to my comparisons, I really liked that the packaging shows for X amount of dollars you can get two more degrees of cooling with the Professional model over the Performer. I can attest to this completely, even with my results and attempts to saturate these loops, they were two degrees apart with my testing as well. Just as far as readily available AIOs are concerned, the Water 2.0 Pro is one of the best I have tested.
What I really like is even though you need two fan headers to properly control this unit, once you max out the pump speed, allow the 120mm fans to run via control of the PWM controls, it keeps the idle time inaudible through a case door and slightly audible on my open air system. As for the top end noise levels, games and most daily tasks in a well tempered environment should not be getting close to my 56 dB results, that is worst case scenario. Having this cooler on the rig for near a week now, I can say I haven't found myself thinking "wow, that needs the fans replaced, it just too loud" and that is something I do to every cooler I get and run long term.
As much as I liked the Performer, I am sort of torn on the Water 2.0 Pro. Is it efficient? Yes it is. Does it look cool? Yes it does. Does it outperform its little brother? It sure does! It is also just as easy to install and for most of the time during use of this kit, the Water 2.0 Pro is pretty quiet. The part I think that hurts this product at all is the MSRP of $109.99 if you buy it direct. If you are fast, the deal with the mail in rebate at Newegg is terrific at a price of $93.99 or essentially $7 a degree in performance to obtain the Water2.0 Pro over it lesser performing little brother.
As big as air coolers are getting, at least with these units, you aren't hanging 1000 grams of metal on the socket; here it's just the light weight of the head unit as the bulk of the weight is delivered to the strongest part of any build, the case. In the end it is up to you the buyers, but if anything I say matters, I urge you to lean to the Water 2.0 Pro over the other AIOs, it just works that well and I have no reason not to recommend these to everyone.
In the end I am going to withhold our Editor's Choice award in favor of the Performance award, only because I still think the upcoming Water2.0 Extreme still has even more to give, otherwise the Pro would have gotten one, it's really that close!
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Availability and Pricing]
- Page 3 [Packaging]
- Page 4 [Thermaltake Water2.0 Pro AIO Liquid Cooler]
- Page 5 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 6 [Installation and Finished Product]
- Page 7 [The Test System and Thermal Results]
- Page 8 [Noise Level Results]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]
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