Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro LCS
|Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro LCS|
|Features and Specifications|
It has been a long time since I've got to play with any new cooling equipment here at BCCHardware as Jason has become our "Cooling Expert". It's been even longer since I got a chance to play with a liquid cooling system, so I was pretty excited when Jason was busy and I had to take a look at the Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro LCS. This kit marks Thermaltake's return to Liquid Cooling as their BigWater kits are getting a little long in the tooth.
Back when liquid cooling your PC was still new, there was a lot of debate regarding hose size, flow rate and radiators. Today we'll see if an inexpensive All-in-One kit from Thermaltake has what it takes to turn heads and make you risk putting water inside your PC. This kit is pretty universal and fits pretty much any modern CPU socket on the market today.
Once again, we're going to be testing it out on our toasty Core i7 920 CPU and see if it can handle the heat.
The Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro comes in a pretty slick box and gives enough information to make it quite appealing if you see it on a store shelf. Packaging isn't the biggest concern of ours today however. Still, it's nice to get a good look at what this kit is about before you drop your cash on it.
The Water 2.0 Pro comes with absolutely everything you need to get this kit installed and running quickly and quite easily. Although it only includes a single back-plate for Intel systems, it is pretty universal for 775, 1156 and 1366 systems. Included in the kit are a couple of 120mm fans and all the hardware you'll need as well as instructions to get everything worked out.
As you can see in the pictures below, the radiator on the Water 2.0 is pretty impressive but the hose sizes are not. I had a similar radiator back in the day but I always used larger hose. This is a pretty impressive 120mm Radiator that is primed for one or two fans - intake and exhaust. We'll test it later using both configurations.
The pump and waterblock are combined into a single unit and this is pretty slim compared to the pumps and waterblocks of yesterday. This unit has a pretty decent finish and comes pre-applied with a TIM to make installation super simple. As you can see in the image below, there are some machining marks on the block so if you took some time to lap this unit, you'd probably be able to shave a few more degrees off the temperatures.
That's a good first look at the Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro LCS kit. In the next section we'll take a look at the mounting hardware then move onto some testing.