Installation and Finished Product
To start the installation process, we went ahead and installed the 120mm fans. As a tip to keep in mind, start all twelve of the screws, before you send them all home. There is just enough room for the fans, and this will relieve possible binding issues when going to install that last fan.
We also had to carefully look at the ends of the clips that slip into the top bracket to make sure we are set for LGA115X. At this point, we need to take this to the head unit and align the tabs.
After the tabs are all grabbing the accompanying tabs on the head unit, and you have the four corners where you want them, you then take that snap-ring, and lock the head unit to the top plate, and make it one solid component to mount to the motherboard.
To prep the motherboard, all we had to do was adjust the sliding points at the corners to line up with the holes, and we also were sure to attach the back plate to the motherboard with use of the adhesive foam pads supplied to us.
Yes, we realize the head unit is turned ninety degrees to the left, but this is the only way we could align it and still mount the radiator to the top of our chassis. To get here, simply side in the thumbscrews into the clips, and then screw them in an X pattern, until they stop spinning for the best mounting pressure.
As we step back to have a look at how the Water 3.0 Ultimate AIO had to be installed to the D-Frame, unlike others, we could actually install it this way, and we still have gentle curve in the tubing. With many cases already offering water cooling support in the top, and many more offering room down the front, maybe a triple radiator AIO just needed enough case support to be lucrative, but Thermaltake is leading the charge.
We didn't really have anything more to cover other than this coolers much larger need for space. If anything, this image just gives a great perspective on just how large and in charge the Water 3.0 Ultimate is.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate AIO CPU Cooler]
- Page 4 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 5 [Installation and Finished Product]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup, Thermal Tests and Noise Results]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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