Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro LCS - Final Thoughts

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Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro LCS
Features and Specifications
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Testing
Final Thoughts
 

Final Thoughts:

It's been a while since I took my turn with a cooling product and I've got to say that I'm impressed.  Thermaltake has made installation, setup and using this product very simple.  It's been even longer since I've taken a look at a water cooling system and things just keep getting better and better as well.  It's remarkable that the pump and hose assembly gets smaller and the performance is still very good.

The performance of the Water 2.0 Pro is very good for an all-in-one liquid cooling system and that is what we've come to expect from Thermaltake.  Obviously if you build your own kit out of parts and spend a lot more, you'll gain a few more degrees of performance but you'll have to figure out if this is worth the extra work and cost.


In our testing we used one of the hottest CPUs available and this liquid cooling system was able to handle it with ease.  We did notice that the cooler performs remarkable well with both fans and not-so-much with only one.  Even a single fan spinning at top speed only provides adequate performance.  You definitely want to keep two fans running on this unit.  While the Noctua NH-D14 can keep up to the cooler, you have to decide if you want the massive chunk of copper hanging off your CPU or if you would prefer to get things liquid cooled.

As far as quality goes, the only concern I have is the retention bits.  The plastic bits that you assemble into the top retention ring feel very flimsy, but once everything is in place it seems to feel better as they strengthen each other.  If you removed these clip pieces a dozen times, they'd probably break, but once they are installed, you'll never remove them - even if you switch the cooler to another system.

Installation is really quite simple, although I did have to consult that manual for the retention instructions.  After that, it's very simple.  Four screws through the motherboard into the stiffener plate and you're good to go.

At the end of the day I can easily declare the Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro LCS a winner.  For a all-in-one cooling system that is simple to install and is maintenance free, this cooler performs and works very well.  It blows away most of the competition and we're pretty happy with how it cools down a toasty 130-watt CPU.  It has earned our Editor's Choice award.  If you have a hot CPU and need to tame the beast and do it in relative quietness, the Water 2.0 Pro should be on your list of considerations.

   

 

Pros:

  • Good Performance
  • Easy Installation
  • Quality Construction
  • Quiet performance with PWM fans

 

Cons:

  • Some mounting hardware feels flimsy

 

BCCRating 

Gold

I'd like to thank Thermaltake for sending over the Water 2.0 Pro for us to review.  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to post them in the forum at the "Comments" link below.