Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Ever since we needed to cool a CPU with an aftermarket solution, Thermaltake has been a tremendous player. It doesn't matter if you were going way back to the Orb coolers, thinking about the Jing, or NIC-C5, or even more recently, looking to the Water 2.0 and 3.0 to cool your processor, the game of evolving products to meet today's demands has always been strong with them. Thermaltake is not a company to sit on its heels and play catch up to the masses, but rather jump out ahead of the game with something that takes cooler development to a whole new level.
More specifically, when speaking of AIOs, Thermaltake has offered sealed loop solutions for quite a few years. Most times they were at the top of the chart with coolers tested in the same timeframe, but there was little as far as flashiness or features beyond what other AIO makers were bringing to the table. The time has come, where Thermaltake has developed a new AIO, which hits the nail on the head with performance, but has found a way to keep noise at bay, all at the same time, delivering RGB lighting on a scale we have never seen.
The reason behind this review is the introduction of a whole new lineup or AIO coolers, and we have the biggest version of it for testing. The new cooler is called the Thermaltake Floe Riing 360 TT Premium Edition RGB AIO Cooler. With the latest generation AIO from Asetek, Thermaltake adds in a hub system with software, to take a step beyond what NZXT showed us, and is the premier kit now when it comes to aesthetics and customizable appearance in a sealed loop system. The Floe Riing 360 is well worth your attention, and what you are about to see will more than likely have you looking for this kit to use on your PC as soon as humanly possible.
Socket compatibility is listed first in the specifications chart we borrowed from the side of the packaging. As one can tell, Intel is covered from the 115X series on up, and anything AMD since AM2 is also viable to use this cooler with. The head unit of the cooler is black; it is backlit with a ring as well as the TT premium logo. The cold plate on the bottom of it is made of copper, and when drawing twelve volts from the fan header, the pump can run at 3600 RPM. Jumping down a bit, we then see the radiator specifications. This is where we are informed that it is made of aluminum, and in this instance is it 360mm long and 27mm thick. The tubing is made of rubber, and each tube is 326mm long. What they do not tell you, is that the tubing has braided sleeve around it to help dress up appearances too.
Back to the section on the fans. In the Floe Riing 360, there are three Riing Plus 12 LED RGB TT Premium Edition fans, also known as CL-F059-PL12SW-A. In the chart, we are told that these are 120mm fans which can run at speeds of up to 1400 RPM. They are also said to deliver 42.34 CFM of airflow and 1.54 mmH2O of pressure. Lastly, it is stated that the fans use a 5-pin connection for power, when in reality, it is a 0-pin connector, much like a USB 2.0 connection. If you search for the fan specifications, there we are shown that the fans can deliver 48.34 CFM of airflow, the noise rating is 24.7 dB, and they should last you 40,000 hours spinning on a hydraulic bearing.
At the time of writing this review, we do not see any listings at retail outlets. What we do know, is that in some form of a comparison, Thermaltake does offer the Water 3.0 Riing Edition, which is similar, but is not on the same level. To get the best of what Thermaltake has to offer, which is a huge step up from the predecessor, you will have to dig deep for the sum of $199.99 to obtain the model we have here for testing. However, with a number of features, extras, and the performance with lack of noise you are about to see, it drastically lessens the hurt that this price put on you at first glance.
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