Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro LCS - Installation

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Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro LCS
Features and Specifications
Installation
Testing
Final Thoughts

Installation:

Installing the Water 2.0 Pro in a system will vary a bit from system to system, but there are a few things that will remain basically the same.  Installation will require one of the metal retaining rings as well as the bottom ring to lock it into place.  It will also require either the AMD or Intel backplate.  Once you've figured out what CPU you're running, you can install the studs in the backplate support and them start putting it all together.

Adapter Ring
Adapter Ring
Mounting Hardware
Mounting Hardware

 

With the top metal retention ring, there are a lot of little plastic bits to put together to keep everything stationary.  The parts feel a bit flimsy before they are installed, but once they are installed, the retention ring seems to stiffen everything up.  I was a bit skeptical about the quality of the mounting system, but after it was all assembled it felt pretty decent.

All Ready
All Ready

I do like the idea that the screws are recessed inside a lip.  You can tighten the screws by hand of course, but if you need the extra power or reach of a screwdriver, it won't accidentally slip off and gouge your motherboard.  This is a nice touch that a few companies are doing.

The Intel backplate we used has a few options for 775, 1156 and 1366 sockets.  We used the 1366 platform for this review so we dropped the studs in those spots.  I find it interesting that they still support the 775 platform and not the newest Intel socket.

Multi-Bracket
Multi-Bracket

 

Once we've got the brackets all ready, we stripped off the stock cooling and got ready to bolt this sucker on.   If you have a new case with a hole in the motherboard tray, you won't even have to remove the motherboard.  The backplate manages to fit around the metal socket-stiffener on the motherboard so installation is quick and pretty easy.

Prepped for Install
Prepped for Install

 

Below is the image  of the system all installed and ready to go with the system installed on the Core i7-920 CPU.

 Installed

 

Now that we've got this cooler all installed and ready to go we will now move onto the fun part, testing!