Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme LCS

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

Product: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme Liquid Cooling System
Provided By: Thermaltake
Price: $129.99 MSRP (Find Lowest Price Online)

Introduction:

Hot on the heels of our reviews of both the Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro and Water 2.0 Performer kits, we have a look at the Big Daddy - the Water 2.0 Extreme.  This kit is the beefy father - or maybe more like the hired muscle.  While it has a pump that looks very similar, it comes with a USB connection and some software for monitoring fans, liquid temperatures and overall performance.  This kit features a dual-radiator that is big enough to put two 120mm fans on one side and it supports all current and last-generation CPUs.  In this review we'll cover the features and specifications of the unit, but we'll skimp a bit on some of the installation and such as it is identical in this regard to the Water 2.0 Pro and Water 2.0 Performer.

Water 2.0 Extreme Box 
Water 2.0 Extreme Box

First Impressions:

I had some heads-up that this kit was coming so I made sure that I was able to keep my testing system exactly the same as with the previous coolers that we've reviewed.  The box is pretty much the same size as the other single-fan-rad coolers and this is nice as it's not super bulky. 

First Look at Radiator 
First Look at Radiator

 

The Radiator comes pre-drilled with spots for 120mm fans on both sides.  You do have the ability to mount four fans on this unit if you wanted to place fans on both sides.  For our review, we will be only using the supplied fans - as we have with the other Water 2.0 kits.  This way we can see how the stock performance of this kit compares.  I have no doubt that if you wanted better performance or lower noise, you can switch up your fans to something different.  That is the beauty of standard size equipment.

Kit
Kit
Dual Rad with Fans
Dual Rad with Fans 

 

The pump and water-block are combined into a single unit and this pretty slim compared to the pumps and water-blocks of yesterday.  Once again, Thermaltake has put this unit on the shelves with a pretty nice finish and comes pre-applied with a TIM (Thermal Interface Material) to make installation super simple.