ThermalTake Water 2.0 Performer £50
22nd Jun 2012 | 08:30
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Introduction and benchmarks
Hoping to take the water-cooling world by storm is Thermaltake with its Water 2.0 range. This is its budget offering, the Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer.
General rule of life number 3: water and anything electrical should never mix. As a life lesson, keeping to that rule will generally lead to a longer life.
Only it seems nobody told the enthusiast's in the computing community, as water-cooling has long been a way for serious overclockers to keep things cool.
Times change, of course, and water cooled PCs are now offered by system builders as a matter of course.
Thanks to the arrival of fully enclosed kits, like this Water 2.0 Performer, liquid-cooling is now within everybody's reach. The latest of these kits to hit the labs bench comes from the guys that know a thing or two about cooling; Thermaltake.
Water block - Copper
Radiator dimensions - 151 x 120 x 27mm
Fans - 2x 120mm (1,200 - 2,000RPM)
Tube length - 326mm
Weight - 815g
To test the coolers we used a Sapphire Pure Platinum Z77K motherboard and an Intel Core i7 3770K first at its standard 3.5GHz speed and then we overclocked it to 4.5GHz for some of the tests.
To stress the CPU we ran the Small FFT's test of Prime95 for 20 minutes using the RealTemp utility to measure the core temperature's, averaging out the temperature for all the cores.
Stock cooling performance
Overclocked cooling performance
Thermaltake has been in the cooling game since the late nineties and has realised there's no better time to launch a range of kits, hence the Water 2.0 Performer. The company also realises that in order to make people accept water-cooling as just another string to their bow instead of being genuinely scared by it, the kits primarily need to be easy to install.
Thermaltake should take a bow for making the pump pretty much hassle free to fit to any modern board.
It only took around 30 minutes to get set up and installed which is pretty impressive and it helps that you don't have any teeny weeny screws to play about with.
The build quality of the whole kit is impressive, another thing that aids it's quick assembly. The pump is pretty much silent and the two included 120mm PWM fans, were very quiet when our test system was idle, only became noticeable once the CPU was being pushed at 100 per cent.
Performance-wise the Water 2.0 Performer did rather well, especially when it came to keeping the temperatures down to a decent level when overclocking.
That's especially impressive when you consider the ambient temperature of the room that it was being tested in was pretty high to start with. It kept the Intel Core i7-3770K, which was overclocked to 4.5GHz, 28°C cooler than the monster twin-radiator, Titan Fenrir Siberia Edition we tested recently.
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What kits like the Water 2.0 Performer need, along with that sort of high-end performance, is a no-nonsense approach to installation to take away any apprehension about installation.
In this respect Thermaltake has got it pretty much spot on.
The instructions are clear and precise with clear diagrams to show what goes where, and a clear components layout page leaves you in no doubt which bits you need - other manufacturers please take note.
As for problems, well this might seem a bit picky but there are eight mounting screws to attach the fans to the radiator block but only four washers were supplied.
That most minor of niggles aside, this is an excellent budget water-cooling kit. And as this cheaper water-cooling option plays so well with the latest overclocked chips, then the Water 2.0 Extreme should be something to behold.