When I started this review I was eager to see what the third revision to the Asetek design was going to bring, but deep down my hopes weren't all that high for Thermaltake this late in the game. I have to give it to them, though. For a unit that was always second best to me, this revision puts Thermaltake and Asetek in a great partnership with these newer units. More specifically, this is the "good" rated cooler, not the "better" (Pro) or the "best" (Extreme) model, but just the Performer and it still handled its business and really made me look at the results. Besting the air coolers on the list and some of those are huge sellers and only being beaten by a custom loop, I am very pleased with what Thermaltake delivers in the Water2.0 series of AIO liquid coolers.
The one thing that used to kick Asetek right in the pants was the lack of a real or should I say secure and easy to use system for mounting the head units. With the release of the Water2.0, those days are long past, replaced with a new set of universal clips to align the screws and the masterful piece of technology, the locking ring. Just allowing users to mount the head unit and the bracket as one piece now instead of the old way of loosely installing the bracket and twisting the head unit into it and then trying to keep it all in place at you tightened the screws; man am I glad that is over. I really have to say, for the first time, an Asetek OEM built unit was a pleasure to install.
As for the price versus performance, the results speak for themselves. This cooler was able to best all of the air coolers on the chart. Most of those cooler start at the $60 range and even a few tip the $100 mark! There is a bit of hit and miss with this over a tower cooler. You lessen the weight on the socket dramatically, but you do lose some of the airflow to the motherboard. With that being said, I had no issues with my phase area during testing. For the $79.99 price tag, there may be cheaper air coolers or even some of the older AIOs, but you aren't going to get this level of performance out of any of them.
Thermaltake really chose a great time and partner to come forward with their Water2.0 Performer AIO Liquid CPU cooler and units from Antec and Corsair are in for some sales loss from what I am seeing.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Availability and Pricing]
- Page 3 [Packaging]
- Page 4 [Thermaltake Water2.0 Performer 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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