Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme LCS - Software Setup and Testing

Article Index
Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme LCS
Features and Specifications
Software Setup and Testing
Final Thoughts

Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme Testing:

Test Setup:

For Intel (LGA1336) testing we will be using the Intel Core i7 920 CPU, which produces 130 Watts of heat. This could be considered a mid-range processor, and while most Dual-Core processors produce ~50-80 Watts of heat, this should give you a pretty accurate estimate of what type of temperatures a cooler will provide you with.

For both AMD and Intel testing, we have taken all temperatures using CoreTemp v.0.99.4. CoreTemp takes a temperature from the CPU core, and allows for much more uniform results across different motherboard and CPU Dual Fans platforms. These temperatures may seem higher than other temperature recordings; because chances are they are taking temperature recordings using the diode underneath the CPU, which isn't able to be as accurate, and can really fluctuate between different brands of motherboards.

For all tests we are using the Highspeed PC Top Deck Tech Station , and we are using no additional cooling in our testing. All temperatures are recorded in a controlled environment that is set to 23 degrees Celsius (73.4 Fahrenheit) to provide fair results between coolers.

For all tests we use Arctic Cooling MX-2 High-Performance Thermal Compound (Paste).  We use the same thermal paste in all our testing so that we can keep our results consistent. If a cooler is shipped with thermal paste pre-applied, it will be removed and we will re-apply it with Arctic Cooling MX-2 to provide fair results.

Intel Test System:

Software Setup:

One thing that really separates the Water 2.0 Extreme from it's smaller siblings is the software that comes with it.  This software gives you the ability to monitor and control pump and fan speed - which in turn affects your liquid temperature - which is also monitored. The software is very simple to setup and use and allows for Extreme (high-speed), Silent (low-speed) and a custom setting where you can change parameters to your liking.

Dashboard 
Dashboard
Graphs 
Graphs
   
Custom 
Custom
Settings 
Settings

Test #1 - Fans on "Silent" Low Speed Setting:

To start things off, we'll give the Water 2.0 Extreme a run with the fans turned down low (~1200 RPM).

Low Speed Performance 

As you can see, running the fans on low speed still provides very good performance of the Water 2.0 Extreme kit.  Let's turn up the fans to the high speed setting and see what happens in the next section.

 

Test #2 - Fans on High Speed Setting:

For this test, we are going to run the fans at their highest speeds (~2000 RPM).

High Speed Performance

In order to get accurate temperatures with a liquid cooling system, you have to wait a lot longer for the coolant to stabilize that you do with a regular heatsink.  It's amazing that the temperature of my Core i7-920 system dropped to a mere 30°C when idle - albeit, it was not quiet.  All of these systems make a fair bit of wind noise at high speed.

Test #3:

The Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro was one of the highest performing kits we've seen on the chart, and the larger dual-fan radiator of the Water 2.0 Extreme we're looking at today makes it stand out.  The MSRP on this kit is just under $130 - making it a fairly expensive cooling system, but as you can see below, it trumps everything we've looked at so far.

Comparison Chart 

Now that we've seen how it compares to the rest of the competition, we'll head on into the final section and provide our final thoughts and give it a final score.