Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro LCS - Testing

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

Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro Testing:

Test Setup:

For Intel (LGA1336) testing we will be using the Intel Core i7 920 CPU, which produces 130 Watts of heat. This could be considered a mid-range processor, and while most Dual-Core processors produce ~50-80 Watts of heat, this should give you a pretty accurate estimate of what type of temperatures a cooler will provide you with.

For both AMD and Intel testing, we have taken all temperatures using CoreTemp v.0.99.4. CoreTemp takes a temperature from the CPU core, and allows for much more uniform results across different motherboard and CPU platforms. These temperatures may seem higher than other temperature recordings; because chances are they are taking temperature recordings using the diode underneath the CPU, which isn't able to be as accurate, and can really fluctuate between different brands of motherboards.

For all tests we are using the Highspeed PC Top Deck Tech Station , and we are using no additional cooling in our testing. All temperatures are recorded in a controlled environment that is set to 23 degrees Celsius (73.4 Fahrenheit) to provide fair results between coolers.

For all tests we use Arctic Cooling MX-2 High-Performance Thermal Compound (Paste), We use the same thermal paste in all our testing so that we can keep our results consistent. If a cooler is shipped with thermal paste pre-applied, it will be removed and we will re-apply it with Arctic Cooling MX-2 to provide fair results.

 

Intel Test System:

 

Test #1 - Fans on low speed setting

To start things off we will give the Water 2.0 Pro a run with the fans turned down low (~1200 RPM)

1 Fan Low
One Fan - Low Speed

 

 2 Fans Low
(Two Fans Low-Speed)

 

As you can see, running two fans helps us shave 12°C off of the load temperatures at low speed.  Clearly this radiator needs a bit more airflow than a single fan running slow.

Let's turn the fans up a bit and see what happens in the next section.

Test #2 - Fans on high speed setting

For this test we are going to run the fans at their highest speeds (~2000 RPM)

1 Fan High
(One Fan - High Speed)

 

 2 Fans High
(Two Fans - High Speed)

 

We again see that this system in designed for two fans.  The Water 2.0 Pro running two fans at low speed performs better than with a single fan at high speed by about 5°C.  Once we crank up both fans, the system performs remarkable well - but it is no longer an ultra-quiet solution.  There is enough wind noise coming from the system to be quite audible.  Still when running flat out on this chip and topping at 48°C, this is pretty impressive for a simple all-in-one LCS.

 

   

Test #3 - Comparison Chart:

Big Chart 

The only kit we've ever tested that competes with the Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro is the Noctua NH-D14 and it's not cheap - and it's very large.   Now that we've seen how it compares to the rest of the competition, we'll head on into the final section and provide our final thoughts and award a final score.