Thermaltake Bigwater 760 Plus Reviewairman -
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It's not often that we get to test a water cooling kit here on OverclockersClub. Compared to heatsinks, there is an obvious reason for this lack of testing — there aren't many of them! I could probably count all the brands that have released a kit in the last year on my two hands. Since the variety of these products is so limited, it's always a treat to get the opportunity to take a new one for a spin. I will be examining the Bigwater 760 Plus from Thermaltake in this review. It is substantially different from the concept of a self-contained system where you screw in a couple components and plug in the power. Some assembly is required, but its customizability is superior. On top of that, the UV reactive fluid, tubing, large pump, and front panel speed controls are all neat features that you won't find with a sealed system today. Even though Thermaltake has been around for as long as I can remember (10+ years since I've been into computers), I've never owned any large Thermaltake items due to the top-shelf pricing. At a general price of $129.99, the Bigwater 760 Plus has a noticeable premium above the currently most popular sealed water cooler, the Corsair H100. For about an extra $25, I hope I clearly see higher performance from the Bigwater 760 to make the extra cash worth it. Let's get started and work our way from the outside, inwards!
The packaging of the Thermaltake Bigwater 760 Plus has a square cross-section, is about twice as long as it is wide, and includes a built-in handle on the top to facilitate transportation. The front of the box has a picture of the bay unit and its front panel, as well as a picture of the water block attached to a CPU with the UV reactive tubing flowing off to the side. Some of its key features, which I will cover later in this review, are listed on the bottom-left of the front panel. The left side of the box has a tabular list of features that quantifies weight, dimensions, fan speed, noise, voltage, and more. These will also be discussed in later sections of this review. The right side of the box displays the same features that were listed on the front in a number of different languages for our foreign friends. The rear of the packaging has up-close pictures of the Bigwater's features that put a face to a name.
The large packaging size for the Bigwater 760 Plus appears to be influenced by the large chunk of foam in which each piece fits nicely. I have a feeling the delivery man could have launched it out the back door of his truck onto my front doorstep, and everything inside would have been just fine. When opening the box, the first components we see are the large roll of Tygon-like tubing (very flexible and stretchy material) along with product manuals, hose clamps, and what looks like the Socket 2011 compatibility kit. Underneath these items, we find the 2U bay unit itself, a filling bottle, coolant solution, water block, and a small box for mounting hardware.
Typically when you think about a do-it-yourself water cooling kit, a lot of work and assembly ideas might go through your head. Luckily, most of the work with the Bigwater 760 Plus is already done for you. Simply mount the block and drive bay unit, cut and clamp the hoses, fill it, and turn it on (checking first for leaks, of course). Having everything laid out in front of me makes the kit look very simple, and I have the feeling that putting everything together is not going to be a problem!