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Thermaltake ProWater 880i Review

Zertz    -   March 26, 2009
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Closer Look

Thermaltake has made sure this kit is a one stop shop, so everything you need to get going is bundled. The nine-language thick, black and white manual is picture rich and easy to follow. The kit is accompanied by a generous length of 3/8 inch tubing. Thermaltake's coolant consists of 93% water, 6% propylene glycol and the last percent is other anti-freezing and anti-rusting additives. The accessory box actually contains a lot more stuff than you will need for a simple cooling loop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All those bags contain a whole bunch of handy accessories, including the ever useful and sometimes life saving tie wraps and even a 20 pin connector to jump start a power supply - a practical tool to have when testing a water loop. There's also a couple feet of what Thermaltake calls iStripe, which really are anti kink coils to wrap around tubing that are obviously supposed to help prevent kinks and eliminate tube deformation. The second bag has more clamps than you'll need to get started, but extras are always welcome and often come in handy. Those who aren't lucky enough to have a case designed with water cooling in mind will appreciate the inclusion of the PCI bracket to route tubes into. Next up are a plethora of screws, standoffs, washers and bolts, which I will cover later on along with the mounting hardware.

 

 

 

Thermaltake's ProWater 880i water cooling kit includes a 240mm radiator, processor cooling block and a pump and reservoir assembly. The plastic box behind the radiator is actually what allows it to be mounted on the back of a case using 120mm fan holes. For your own and the fan's security, the bottom one has a grill while the one on top doesn't need one since the box acts like one. The potentiometer attached to the fan's Molex power cable lets you play with their speed. The aluminum plate will be used to mount the pump and reservoir above the radiator. It may not be as fancy as other kits, but it looks like it should be a walk in the park to install. Again, hold on tight for more on that on the next page. The pumps can flow up to 500L/hour which puts it about 50L/hour above the MCP350 and 355. The parts all are Thermaltake specific, so no design sharing here. Finally, they also provide a flow indicator, which does just that - it indicates whether there is water flowing or not.

 

 

 

The actual block that is going to ship with the kit is the one on top, which is a fully made out of copper. The new mounting hardware will include slightly modified mounting plates. It will be compatible with AMD's socket 754, 939, 940, AM2, AM2+ and AM3 as well as Intel's socket 478, LGA775 and LGA1366. The one I am using for this review comes with a fast to market, but poor mounting solution - push pins. Although both blocks were reflective, they also had unimpressive surfaces. The first one had some sort of sticky stuff covering a fourth of the block, which I partially cleaned before taking this picture. The second block seemed like it had a rough day at the factory and thus has lots of scratches.

 

 

It's now time to get the installation going.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (Continued)
  3. Installation
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Testing
  6. Conclusion
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