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Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate Review

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Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate Conclusion:

All-In-One coolers have come a long way. They are affordable, convenient, reliable, and come in a variety of sizes and capacities. Thermaltake once again hits the mark with a top-notch cooler. It is large, it is capable, and it is not for the meek. What I mean is that this is not a cooler for someone looking for that little extra bump over stock cooling. There are plenty of inexpensive air coolers that fill that gap. No, this is for someone who needs the high cooling capacity. Someone who pushes their system and wants the best cooler they can buy. The Water 3.0 Ultimate is all definitely all that.

Being an AIO cooler, RAM access is of course not an issue, and this is certainly a plus if you like RAM with the modern high profile heat spreaders that are becoming more common. You will need to make sure you have a case that supports a 360mm radiator. Cases with support for 240mm and 280mm radiators are easy to find. There are certainly cases with 360mm radiator support out there, you just have to look a little more and be prepared to cough up some dollars as they may be a bit more expensive.

Cooling capacity is dependent on air flow and the Ultimate has you covered. You have close to 300CFM of air at your command, so expect to notice the fans when you crank up the heat and with a cooler this size, a little fan noise just goes with the territory. Thermaltake has refined a few components to make the installation about as easy as it can be. The low profile Asetek pump looks good and is quiet. Even at a 4.5GHz overclock, the Ultimate still has some thermal room if your chip can handle a higher overclock.

Coming in at $139.99, the Water 3.0 Ultimate is at the high end of the price range. There are coolers that are closer to the $100 range that are smaller and still perform well, but for the performance you get I believe this is a reasonable price. The build quality and aesthetics are at the high end, which is typical for Thermaltake.

Thermaltake raises the bar with a massive cooler that is the one to beat. If you are a looking for a cooler that delivers ultimate performance, check out the Water 3.0 Ultimate!

 

Pros:

  • Impressive performance
  • Ease of installation
  • Tolerable fan noise
  • RAM slots and fan headers are accessible

 

Cons:

  • Case size consideration (needs support for a 360mm radiator)
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  1. Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate: Closer Look (Continued)
  3. Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate: Specifications & Features
  4. Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate: Testing: Setup & Results
  5. Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate: Conclusion
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