Review CBO Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate: extensively, but effective

Review CBO Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate: extensively, but effective

As you know, extensive in the world economy is called the path of development in which growth is achieved by increasing the quantitative indicators (area, population, etc.), rather than through the introduction of new and innovative technologies that improve efficiency. Simply put, the concept of extensive and intensive (or effective) are antonyms, although it is often possible to observe a symbiosis of these two paths of development. However, as you know, it is preferable to the prevalence of intensive growth.

What this digression, you ask? Just at first glance at the new liquid cooling system Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate somehow reminded of this term as the older system in the line of Water 3.0 is different from, for example, the average Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme only by the size of the radiator and the number of fans. Everything else is the same. That is before us is nothing but an example of extensive development of CPU cooling systems.

But often this way makes their results, in addition, it is cheaper than the intense, do not have to spend money on more research and development of new materials. Will it work in the case of a new liquid cooling system Thermaltake?

Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate sealed in a large cardboard box with a picture of the cooling system on its front side and a list of key features.

The sides of packaging more informative. One of them are the specifications of the cooling system, as well as eight languages including Russian listed its advantages.

On the second photo shows the components of the system and its placement inside the computer chassis, as well as a diagram, according to which, Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate efficient cooler boxed Intel processor immediately to 25 degrees Celsius.

Review CBO Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate: extensively, but effective

Inside the shell is colored cardboard basket with compartments in which both components are located.

Components Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate quite standard for such systems. It includes two pressure plates, retaining ring, universal enforcement plate on the back side of the motherboard for Intel platforms and plate for AMD, a set of screws, washers and plastic plugs, splitter cable and installation instructions.

Thermal paste is not supplied, since it is already applied to the base of the water block.

For manufactured in China, the system provides three-year warranty. The cost of new items is still very high –  from 139.99 US dollars.

New Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate is based on a top platform and Asetek 590LX is a closed, filled and ready for use liquid cooling system maintenance-free type. It is based on a large heatsink dimensions 393 × 120 × 27 mm.

By radiator attached two flexible hose at the other end of which is to pump water block.

This is the most that neither is a standard type of design for such systems. In general, increasing the size of the radiator is the only design change of Water 3.0 Ultimate compared to its predecessors.

The thickness of the so-called working body radiator – only 17 mm, so that the blow it would not be difficult even for low speed fans. Heatsink standard – fourteen flat channels, between which is bonded aluminum gofrolenta.

Review CBO Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate: extensively, but effective

The connecting tubes of 305 mm, and their outer diameter is 10 mm. On the radiator tubes pressed in on fixed fittings.

At the same time on the water block these fittings swivel that simplifies the process of installing it on the processor, but also minimizes the possibility of kinking the hose as they pass inside the computer chassis.

Waterblock is the most common, with copper microchannel structure and has thermal paste applied onto the base.

Imprint on the processor we got almost all of its area, although not uniform due to the excessive number of full-time thermal interface.

On the pump, little is known. Claimed rotor speed of 3600 rev / min results of our measurements was not confirmed, – all showed controller 1890 rev / min. But the power consumption is identical statement and is 3.91 watts.
To install on the radiator Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate is equipped with three fans size 120 × 120 × 25 mm with a black frame and white propeller.

Review CBO Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate: extensively, but effective

The impeller has an interesting shape blades, each of which consists of two like halves. This decision, according to developers, allows us to develop a higher level of static pressure and pumping more air.
The impeller is mounted on four pillars, three of which are circular.

The fan speed is automatically controlled PWM. Stated in the characteristics of the adjustment range is from 1000 to 2000 rev / min, maximum air flow of each fan – 99 CFM, minimum noise level – 20 dBA.

Stator fans there Foil sticker indicating the model, country of manufacture and electrical characteristics.

According to the latest, the maximum power consumption of one such fan can reach 4.56 watts, but we’ve got much less – only 2.95 watts. Starting voltage was found to be 3.4 V. The cable length is 270 mm fan, and still about 70 mm falls on the adapter-splitter.
Fixed fan on the radiator long screws with inserted under them washers.

Damping washers or silicone strips for the fans, help reduce the transmission of vibration and noise reduction, set the delivery system is not provided.

Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate is compatible with all modern platforms, and the procedure for its installation on the processor thereof, is not different from other similar systems. First to the water block joins the pressure plate, fixed with a retaining ring made of plastic.

Then water block is pressed to the processor and is attracted uniformly by screws to the support plate slot or the holes in the reinforcement plate posted on the reverse side of the board.

Review CBO Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate: extensively, but effective

But with the placement of the cooler things are much more complicated, because its size is quite large even for cases such as Full Tower. At most in the range Thermaltake there are buildings in which Water 3.0 Ultimate can be installed on the inner side of the upper wall of the housing. It will look something like this.

Unfortunately, we do not have such a body, so we tested the system and set it next to the body after removal of the side wall.

Review CBO Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate: extensively, but effective

Such an option for continuous operation is of little use, of course, but our today’s test is acceptable.

Review CBO Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate: extensively, but effective updated: January 12, 2015 author: John Malkovich