Thermaltake Water 3.0 Pro CPU Cooler Review



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Thermaltake’s Water 2.0 series has already come and gone. We were lucky enough to be able to take a look at the Water 2.0 Extreme which we felt was a great cooler in terms of performance but was let down slightly by its very high price tag relative to the competition. Now Thermaltake have progressed to the Water 3.0 series and with have with us today the Water 3.0 Pro. The Water 3.0 Pro is a dual 120mm fan Asetek based AIO cooler that features a 49mm thick, aka double thickness, 120mm aluminium radiator. You can see the full specifications of the product below:

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While we aren’t expecting the performance of this unit to be revolutionary, as it is simply an Asetek rebrand with some Thermaltake fans on it, we are still expecting some competitive performance numbers as there have been some changes to the Water 3.0 series versus the Water 2.0 series which according to Thermaltake are:

  • A new coldplate design
  • A new and more efficient pump design (Quieter and better flow path)
  • A new Fan design for better performance at less noise

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  • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.humpherson Matthew Humpherson

    you should really review the h80i its £10 cheaper than this and performs almost the same as a h100i

  • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.humpherson Matthew Humpherson

    Is it not possible to get a H80i? most reviews have it perform only 2-3 degrees warmer than a H100i so much better than this and also cheaper. It is hard to know though because all sites review differently. Moral of the story test a H80i please :p

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Martin/1258108688 Ryan Martin

      Yeh I understand, I wanted to get the H80i too but I’m not sure if we can. In theory this should be better but obviously the H80i is cheaper. As you rightly point out it is difficult to tell without testing the H80i so I will see what I can do

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jerry-Lafferty/100000565965304 Jerry Lafferty

        Agreed, at that price point, I too would like to see the comparisons.

        • http://twitter.com/Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe

          Why don’t you just review the H80i that you use in in your builds when you do case reviews?

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Martin/1258108688 Ryan Martin

            We all live in different parts of the country. I, the cooling reviewer, do not have a H80i at hand. I will have to request Corsair for one.

          • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.humpherson Matthew Humpherson

            I’m sure they wouldn’t say no!

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Martin/1258108688 Ryan Martin

            You are right, we have a H80i sample coming next week. Look for that review to come in a couple of weeks, I will also come back and update this one when we get the test results!

          • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.humpherson Matthew Humpherson

            Nice I look forward to seeing the results. Just one small request, would it be possible to test it with the stock thermal paste first as no where has done this and I would like to know if it is worth changing to other paste. I tried doing research on this problem and not one person has tested the difference not even on the forums.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Martin/1258108688 Ryan Martin

            I suppose I can do. Though I will only do it on overclocked settings, at stock it won;t make enough difference. If you want to see what difference thermal paste makes on the H100i I know vortez did that testing which you can see here: http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/corsair_hydro_series_h100i_review,11.html

          • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.humpherson Matthew Humpherson

            Ah nice I didn’t think to look at H100i reviews for it; I am guessing they should be using the same thermal paste. I am using an i5 2500k @ 4.6 ghz so the overclocking is definitely relevant. However, looking at that review it seems changing the thermal paste should not be needed as 0.3 degrees difference at load clearly is not worth the hassle of taking it off cleaning and re applying. Thank you very much for the help. It is nice to see that helpfull people are still around.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Martin/1258108688 Ryan Martin

            You’re most welcome. I am used to messing around with thermal pastes, I did a whole Ivy Bridge IHS article about it (http://www.eteknix.com/ivy-bridge-and-changing-the-thermal-interface-material/) involved testing 5 different thermal pastes above and below the IHS at two different clock speeds and voltages. You’d be surprised how much difference thermal paste does make when you start pushing those really high overclocks. I still swear by Gelid GC Extreme as my first preference, followed by Noctua NT-H1, but there are really loads to chose from. I would say that between the stock Corsair thermal paste and something better, like GC Extreme, there is about 1-2 degrees in it at a decent overclock of 4.4GHz. The bigger the overclock the more difference it makes because the more heat there is to transfer and the more scope the thermal paste has to make a difference. It is mainly dependent on voltage, if your 2500K can get to 4.6GHz on a reasonably low voltage then you won’t need to worry at all. You are better off saving your money on better fans or something like that.

          • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.humpherson Matthew Humpherson

            I am not at my computer at the moment but by memory I think my vcore is at around 1.385 which is not too high. Running prime95 my temps don’t go above 55°C but sandy bridge is a lot cooler than ivy bridge. I was thinking of replacing the stock H80i fans because they make an irritating sound when set to slow speeds of around 800rpm. Which fans would you recommend? I was looking at gt ap-15s but I really don’t know as no one seems to have reviewed them actually attached to a radiator.

      • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.humpherson Matthew Humpherson

        Couldn’t you just buy one to review and then give it away in a competition? They are only £75 :p