Fall 2014 Cooler Roundup - Thermaltake Water 3.0 Pro LCS

Article Index
Fall 2014 Cooler Roundup
NZXT Kraken X31 LCS
NZXT Kraken X41 LCS
NZXT Kraken X61 LCS
Thermaltake Water 3.0 Pro LCS
Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate LCS
Thermaltake NiC L32 HSF
Thermaltake Frio Extreme HSF
Thermaltake NiC C5 HSF
Fall 2014 Cooler Performance
Final Thoughts

 

Thermaltake Water 3.0 Pro:

The first Thermaltake cooler we have on our bench is the Water 3.0 Pro. We've looked at a few of their Water 2.0 products in the past so it's nice to see what they have changed and how they compare to the other coolers in our roundup today. The Water 3.0 Pro comes with a somewhat-standard 120mm radiator, but they make it "Pro" by making this radiator about twice as thick as some of the more mainstream models (such as the NZXT X31). This kit also includes a couple of high performance 120mm fans to install in a push-pull arrangement.

Thermaltake Water 3.0 Box

Thermaltake Water 3.0 Pro Box

Thermaltake Water 3.0 Pro In-Box

Thermaltake Water 3.0 Pro In-Box

 

Unlike the NZXT coolers, the Water 3.0 Pro doesn't have any software to install or extra cables to plug into a USB motherboard header. All of the fan controls are handled through the BIOS and there is no separate pump control or liquid temperature monitoring. This is a straight-forward kit that should mount in pretty much any case that can support a standard 120mm fan. 

Bundle

Thermaltake Water 3.0 Pro Bundle

 

One thing to make note of with the Water 3.0 Pro is the hose length. It is much shorter than the NZXT kits and for some things that is great. Less hose = less messing around and trying to keep it out of the way of other case fans. On the other hand, it does limit where this cooler can be placed in order to cool your CPU and the top and rear of your case will likely be your only options. With that in mind, the location is pretty standard for a liquid cooling kit and this may not be of any concern to you. If you are planning on mounting it at the front of your case, you may end up short.

Thermaltake Water 3.0 Pro Installed

Thermaltake Water 3.0 Pro Installed

 

I do expect to get some pretty decent performance from this system as the radiator is much thicker than we've seen with any other cooler so far. Time will tell as we put them head to head shortly. If you want to check out all of the features and specifications of this cooler, please be sure to check the product page here.

On the next page, we'll take a quick look at the last liquid cooler of our roundup - the Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate before we wrap up with a few standard heatsinks.