Introduction, Specifications and Pricing
For anyone paying attention to what Thermaltake has been delivering as of late, you already know that they have been really stepping up their game, as well as their product line. For those who haven't followed along that closely, may we direct your attention to a chassis like the Urban T81? This is where Thermaltake put their best foot forward in chassis design, and along with removable bays, a fan hub, great wire management, they also showed us one of the most water cooling ready cases on the market.
They have also done great things with coolers with the introduction of the NiC series, where performance is key, but clearance to everything else around it is priority number one. Then of course, while everyone else was offering Cherry MX based keyboards, Thermaltake took their own path and released the Poseidon Z with Kailh switches, and a super impressive five-year warranty.
We have also seen very good things with their water cooling products. Of course most people will laugh at the Big Water name, but Thermaltake was leading the market then too. They also came along with the Water series of AIOs that did much better for them. Along with these AIOs is where a new set of hardware was first introduced that took some really hard to work with gear, and for the first time in many years, made it easy to install an Asetek OEM sealed loop. It really seems that in almost every aspect we can think of in what Thermaltake is currently offering, it is very hard to deny that they have learned from the past, don't mind turning over a new leaf, and are now a company that can stand proudly as an industry leader.
All of this brings us to why we have you here today. In years of trial and error, and with a great team putting the ideas out on the table, Thermaltake is attempting to become the AIO master, the end all be all leader in performance of any AIO that has been released prior to this latest submission to our labs. Thermaltake has broken the rules when it comes to what is an acceptably large AIO. Where most companies would stop with a 240mm radiator and some serious fan power, Thermaltake thought why not take it one step further, and while keeping serious fan power to cool the system, they are introducing the first 360mm version.
If that in itself does not have you interested, stick around, as the charts will for sure give you some serious food for thought, and make you want this cooler more than just based off initial impressions of our introductory image.
At first glance at this short chart, you might think Thermaltake has hidden details and given us just the basics without much else to go from, but upon closer inspection, they just pack a lot of information into one small space.
First on the list is the copper waterblock, well the cold plate actually, as the block is made of black plastic, the top of which emblazoned with the Thermaltake name and logo, along with the Water 3.0 naming. Under the covering cap with the naming on it, we also find the pump for this system. This pump is rated to spin at 2900 RPM (give or take a small bit), when powered with 12 volts.
Since we have a triple 120mm aluminum radiator to cool this time around, we also are shipped a trio of 120mm fans that are rated for a maximum of 2000 RPM and 99 CFM per fan. Also connecting the radiator to the head unit, they supply 326mm of black rubber tubing, or on this side of the pond, that is roughly twelve inches. We also see that the entire unit, radiator, tubing, head unit, fans, and the coolant safe for mixed metals comes in at 1.32 kg in weight, but only a small fraction of that is supported by the motherboard. Lastly, as any AIO should, the Water 3.0 Ultimate is more than capable of fitting all the latest sockets for both Intel and AMD processors.
Currently availability is quite low, as we have the first of its kind to arrive to any media. We do know of one other unit in existence, but we somehow beat a shipping snafu and are able to show off the Water 3.0 Ultimate as soon as possible. We were told via a conversation with our rep that these coolers will release soon, we were told anywhere from a week to a month depending on how smoothly the container clears customs.
We were also made aware of the MSRP, which all things considered with all other AIO releases prices, to obtain this 360mm AIO, it isn't going to set you back that much more at all. During that talk, we were told that the Water 3.0 Ultimate will carry a $139.99 MSRP, but keep an eye out for introductory sales, as they always seem to happen for the first week or so upon release.