Fall 2014 Cooler Roundup - Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate LCS

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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 Ultimate:

The Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate is the largest cooling system I've ever used. This cooler is designed for some serious cooling in a case with some serious space. It is a 120mm x 360mm radiator that comes with a total of three 120mm fans and the ability to mount another three on the other side to complete the push-pull configuration. It is a beast that won't fit in every case, so before you decide that this is the one for you, make sure that your case will support three 120mm fans on the top.

Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate Box

Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate Box

 

When I received this box from Thermaltake, I actually laughed out loud. The box is outrageously long - and it has to be to house and protect such a long radiator. While the radiator is long, it isn't near as thick as the Extreme Pro so it won't perform as good per inch as the thicker sibling. That being said, Thermaltake makes up for its lack of girth with length and this; combined with three 120mm fans should still provide some pretty impressive cooling numbers.

Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate Profile

Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate Profile

 

Once again, there is no software to install and nothing to monitor coolant temperature. There is a motherboard fan header for the pump and a triple-Y adapter for the fans that will also plug into a another motherboard header. This allows you to monitor and control fan speed through your BIOS or motherboard manufacturers software. We are using the MSI Command Center software that shipped with our motherboard it works well.

Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate Installed

Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate Installed

 

While this kit is made by ASETEK, Thermaltake has a slightly different twist on the motherboard mounting brackets and I honestly prefer the NZXT style. The Thermaltake brackets don't feel quite as sturdy and require a bit more assembly. Either way, both companies hold the block/pump securely to your CPU and that's really what matters as you won't be installing the kit every week. One install should last you until you upgrade.

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 jump into the first of the three heatpipe enabled coolers from Thermaltake as we continue looking at the candidates.