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Thermaltake WATER2.0 Performer Review

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    Thermaltake WATER2.0 Performer Review
    By: Brandon Harrison (Brandonwh64)

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    Though Thermaltake is no stranger to water cooling products, this is one of the first lines of closed loop liquid cooling systems. With the release of this series of closed loop coolers, Thermaltake has strived to bring large improvements to the hassle free liquid cooling solution. In this review we will be doing visual inspections as well as benchmarking to its competitor. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have on the product.

    Unboxing

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    The box was well packaged and very protected with all of the components in their own individual packages. The whole package is tucked in an egg carton style cardboard container.

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    Specifications of the Thermaltake WATER2.0 Performer

    the specifications of the Performer are similar to the Corsair H50. The radiators are identical in size. The pumps are not alike. The pump on the Performer is estimated ¾ inch in height while the H50 is estimated 2 ¾ inch in height.

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    Contents:

    Back Plate (AMD “AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+”, Intel “775/1366/1156/1155/2011”)
    Retention Rings (AMD “AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+”, Intel “775/1366/1156/1155/2011”)
    Mylar
    Grommet x4
    Screws (Fan mounting) x8
    Plastic Components Top x4 (AMD/Intel)
    Plastic Components Bottom x4 (AMD/Intel)
    Screws (CPU Block Mounting) x4 (775/1366/1156/1155/AMD)
    Screws (CPU Block Mounting) x4 (2011)
    Retention Clip
    Washers x4
    Fan Y Cable x1
    120MM Fan x2
    WATER2.0 Performer Unit

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    Installation:

    The installation for this product has improved over their competitors previous versions. Installation of the back plate with the mylar strips to hold the back plate securely to the motherboard. The grommet inserts must be inserted for specific socket of the board. The plastic components must be put together with the boards socket name facing out and the proper socket screws inserted into the plastic clips. Below is a picture of the CPU block with the retention bracket and clips installed.

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    Test Bed:

    • Mainboard: Gigabyte P67A-UD4;
    • Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K, (Stock - 3.4 GHz Stock Voltage),(OCed - 4.5 GHz 1.33V);
    • Thermal interface: Arctic Silver Ceramique;
    • Memory: DDR3 1333Mhz 2 x 2 GB Corsair XMS3Dual Channel (Spec: 1333MHz / 9-9-9-24 / 1.5 V);
    • Power supply: Corsair TX550M;

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    Testing:

    In this review I will be comparing the Thermaltake’s WATER2.0 Performer to the Corsair H50 which share the same characteristics and are closed loop water systems. The Corsair H50 is one of the older style coolers and this test will prove that the newer designed WATER2.0 Performer can outperform the older technology.

    Corsair H50 Stock:

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    Corsair H50 OCed @ 4.5ghz 1.33V:

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    Results:
    Stock: 53 Degree Celsius
    Oced: 70 Degree Celsius

    Thermaltake WATER2.0 Performer Stock:

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    Thermaltake WATER2.0 Performer OCed:

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    Results:
    Stock: 46 Degree Celsius
    OCed: 57 Degree Celsius

    Temperature Differences:
    Stock: 7 Degree Celsius
    OCed: 13 Degree Celsius

    Great numbers!


    Value and Conclusion

    *The Thermaltake WATER2.0 Performer has an MSRP $69.99*

    Good
    • Packaged very well with protective cardboard shell
    • Very clean and well built
    • Rubber tubes instead of metal coiled tubes of the H50
    • Excellent performance!
    • Easy installation
    • Supports AMD and Intel along with the new socket 2011
    • Hassle free liquid cooling!

    Bad
    • Requires a 120mm fan port inside case to install
    • Motherboard requires removal to install
    • Loop cannot be extended to other components like the GPU

    Thermaltake has done a phenomenal job with this unit! It has many improvements over previous generations of closed loop liquid coolers. The fans that are included with this cooler move air greatly through the radiator and are very quiet. While not performing in the same range of custom built high-end water cooling, the Thermaltake 2.0 Performer is great for the typical overclocker. This cooler has provided significant cooling for the typical gamer or moderate overclocking enthusiast. Thermaltake’s sleek design of the CPU block and quiet fans has provided a simple cooling system that can be installed and does not require much maintenance. Basically, if you are looking for the cheapest water cooling solution for your CPU or simply want a great cooler for your CPU in the Thermaltake’s price range, you shouldn’t have to think twice.

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    Great review =)
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    Nice:rockout:

    Thermaltake Water 2.0, Antec 620/920-e (currently only sold in Asia) and Zalman new line being shown at Computex. Will all be carrying Aseteks new 3rd gen setups which are suppose to have improved silent pumps and better pressure from what i've been reading. Each will also be including quieter fans then before aswell so thats always nice.
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    10/10 would read again.

    P.S. I like how you can see the RAD, and CPU block in this picture.
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    Yes the current case for that 2600K is an older P4 server tower but I have another one in the works but I wanted to mount it using rad mounts to one of the strut bars so people can see it better in the review.

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    I am glad that you guys are enjoying the read. A fellow over at xtremesystems is saying my test setup is a joke and the cooler is practically not good enough to be reviewed. I think it is a great product to be honest.

    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums...rformer-Review&p=5104838&posted=1#post5104838
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    LuLz, he's a cork-sniffer. But when the Big Typhoon was the top air-cooler, he was running one too.:roll:
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    LMAO @ Dave.

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    Looking very nice man. What's going to be the MSRP for one of these? I need to learn how to read rather than quickly skim over review.
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    The only thing that's missing from the temps is delta over room temperature.

    Good job otherwise!
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    Ahhh well for reference the room temp ambient was 75F degrees
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    Great review brandon- very well done!!!:toast:

    I don't know wtf the guy in the other forum had an issue with? :wtf::shadedshu

    Now is the time to see if XNine will let you review the quality of NZXT's refurbished M59 cases :rolleyes:
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    Ive seen better reviews written on a bathroom wall.



    lol J/k Great job man!
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    Coming from you MM that is a complement! Thanks guys! Yea hope Xnine gets those pricing issues fixed.
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    - bitch plz, Its clearly an Antec/asetek 620/920 despite TT making it themselves.
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    Maybe the TT rep can come in and answer that comment. I have not used the newer antec/asetek coolers but from pictures they do look similar.
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    He already has in his support thread. They make these coolers inhouse instead of going to Astek like quite a few other companies already have.

    the design looks very similar to Antec's from the same retention clip system to the waterblock and the tubing they used which is said to reduce kinking.

    If you still have the cooler, any chance of doing some testing with some Scythe GTs in Push Pull configuration?
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    Awsome work... :toast: looks like a consistent and fair performance evaluation. Simple and well written, results are surprising.

    Be great to see some high-end air coolers compared vs. water too, hope you do some more with this.
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    Me too! I was so thrilled to be able to do this review! I hope there are more to come.
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    I dig comparative testing, it's like opening a box of chocolates :laugh:

    One suggestion, document the ambient (room) temps for every run.
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    I did as mentioned below. The room temp stayed at 75F

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    Nice review.:toast:

    However, (yes, there is a however) and it is just my opinion.
    What is it with the BOLD, LARGE TYPE FONTS, especially in the title and author; it makes my lazy a** scroll more.
    Makes it seem the article is as much about you as the cooler.
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