Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer and Water 2.0 Pro Reviewairman - July 10, 2012
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After getting these two coolers out of the box, it's quite clear that they are identical to the eye with the exception of the radiator thickness. With that being the case, I won't show side-by-side comparisons in photographs unless there is a difference between the two models.
The overall system is very simple. There is a radiator connected by two hoses to the water block that houses the pump. Coming off of the pump is a 12V 3-pin connector that will be used to power the unit. The radiator for both the Performer and the Pro accepts two 120mm fans — one on each side. Everything is black with the exception of the white printing of the Thermaltake logo on the top of the block and the serial/model stickers on the radiator. The Water 2.0 Pro radiator is twice as thick as the Water 2.0 Performer, and thus explains the price difference. The Water 2.0 Pro's radiator measures in at 49mm thick and the Water 2.0 Performer's radiator is 27mm thick. Okay, so not quite twice as thick, but very close. The bottom of the water block shows an exposed plate of copper that will be in contact with the CPU. Some thermal paste is already applied to the CPU interface, which will help minimize the assembly effort.
The hose used in the Thermaltake Water 2.0 series is a very nice, flexible, black rubber hose. Having something this flexible certainly beats out some of the other water units I have used where the hose really doesn't like to bend. The fittings that attach to the radiator are fixed, but the 90° fittings attached to the water block swing through almost 180° of motion, which is also a nice feature to have when installing in tight cases. Stiff hoses and relatively fixed fittings can make these hard to use in small cases, so luckily these have neither!
Each the Water 2.0 Performer and Water 2.0 Pro are shipped with two 120mm fans. They have a black housing and use a white propeller. At 12V and rated to 0.50A, these fans operate between 1200~2000RPM and have a maximum noise level of 27.36dBA and move just over 81CFM. As far as 120mm fans go, these are quite nice. The plug that powers the fan is a 12V 4-pin PWM connector. Although there are two fans to be used, only one PWM header on the motherboard will be required since a Y-splitter is included from Thermaltake.
Installation could prove to be a bit of a challenge if the manual is not completely understood. Some assembly is required to get the mounting components together before the mounting process can begin. There are four pairs of pieces that snap together and will retain the screws that hold down the block. These snap into the respective Intel or AMD hold-down bracket. This metal bracket sits on the top of the water block and a retaining ring snaps in place on the other side, which holds this all in place. The backplate has the four metal grommets placed into the respective holes depending on socket type (775, 1156, 1366, 2011) and is moved onto the back of the motherboard. From here, the water block is easily tightened into place with the mounting mechanism already mounted to the water block. After the block is in place, the radiator and fan combo can be installed. The interior fan can be fastened first, followed by the final mounting of the radiator. With everything in place, everything is plugged up and the system can be powered on.
With everything mounted, powered on, and successfully running, it's almost time to get the testing going.