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Thermaltake Water2.0 Performer AIO Liquid Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Liquid Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jul 6, 2012 6:31 am
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Thermaltake

Thermaltake Water2.0 Performer AIO Liquid Cooler




I just pulled the Water2.0 Performer out of the box and took this image. It does look like something we have seen previously, but in this unit, since you can't see the pump, its more what you can't see that is what should set these Thermaltake units apart from the crowd.




The top of the head unit and the part you will be looking at most of the time, is very well appointed with the Thermaltake logo, the tag line "cool all your life" and of course the Water2.0 with a stylized W that is made to look like water itself. To power this head unit/pump, there is a 3-pin connection for a fan header.




Here you can see the wiring exiting the head unit to the right of the 90 degree fittings used to attach the tubing to while offering flexibility in the installation process. To secure these fittings to the head unit, the screw with the large head on it actually keeps these fittings from "popping" out.




This is the base plate that will take the heat from the CPU and via the skived heat sink on the back, the coolant passed through it to remove the heat to the radiator. There is some pre-applied paste on the plate, but that gets removed so we can see the mating surface.




With the TIM gone you can see the mating surface is in pretty good shape. There are a couple of light marks on the base, but against a razor there is no real deviation in any direction across this surface.




On the head rail of the radiator it shows plainly on the sticker that this is an Asetek built unit, but is directly built for the Performer and it also shows that this unit draws 3.1W at 12V. From top to bottom this radiator is only 27mm thick (including the fan mounting plates) and from left to right it is 120mm wide.




The same type of connections that were on the head unit for the hoses are what are repeated at the bottom of the radiator. Basically they are a clamp to hold the already stretched tubing onto the fittings and these seem to work really well and hold pretty tight.




The fin arrangement is pretty tight as with most of these AIO units. You can see there are pre-drilled and threaded holes in the four corners to allow for the 120mm fans to be mounted to the 151mm tall radiator.




This image is just to show the 12 inches of tubing from the head unit to the radiator and it is enough to offer flexibility for a bay mount, top mount or a rear mount in a chassis.




Once the fans are installed onto the 27mm of radiator we are left with a 77mm or almost three inches of the Performer that we need to mount.




This is more of a glamour shot for the Water2.0 Performer so you see it fully assembled before we start the torture of our testing.

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