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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

Installation and Finished Product




Setting things up for my Z68 motherboard, I took the steel inserts and added them into the 1156 holes. There are also 1366 and 775 holes. We are just about ready to set this behind the motherboard.




First we have to add the foam padding that I have stuck to my Intel back plate. For testing purposes I am leaving the top cover on, but it makes installation much easier to have this stick to the motherboard and aligned with the holes.




With a large open area in the middle, it allows the back plate to twist a bit out of square so that you can align the 1156/1155 inserts up with the motherboard. If you were to use the 1366 holes, this plate would be squarer with the socket.




To get the head unit ready, you add the inserts to the ends of the top bracket, slide the ring over the head unit and set the tabs in the locks. Then with the new locking ring, you snap it and the top locking ring together. This keeps everything square to the head unit as you add the long thumbscrews to mount the Water2.0 Performer to the motherboard. Notice though that I do have to have two fan headers free to power both the pump and the pair of fans.




There aren't any real clearance issues with the head unit for the memory or any of the heat sinks around the socket. As for the radiator, some rear I/O panels in case may not accept the length of the radiator and spacers may need to be used if adapting this unit into an older chassis, most new chassis will easily accept this unit. Now all that is left is to power this thing up and get to the testing!

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