Even though some enthusiasts still like to go for the good old air cooling solutions with big heatsinks, the majority of the market is now moving towards all-in-one liquid cooling systems. It started a couple of years ago with single 120mm radiators but that’s just beginner stuff now. Thermaltake has just announced their all new Water 3.0 Ultimate all-in-one CPU cooling solution which comes with a massive 360mm radiator which can be installed with up to six 120mm fans in push/pull mode.
The 360mm radiators are considered high-end even in DIY water cooling market but the ease of installation and plug-and-play nature of the Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate brings it to the masses. It comes with a high performance water block with copper base plate. As with most all-in-one systems, a pump in integrated in the water block unit. Its definately a good solution for smaller radiators but we’ve yet to see how the small integrated pump will fair up with the massive 360mm radiator. It will definitely put strain on the pump which could lead to increase noise or affect the cooling efficiency. However, nothing can be set in stone until we test this unit.
The Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate comes with three 120mm fans pre installed. These PWM fans are equipped with Triple Curve technology with speeds ranging from 1000 RPM to 2000 RPM. These have black frame and white fan blades which give a nice contrast to the overall look of the system. It is compatible with all the recent Intel and AMD sockets.
The Water 3.0 Ultimate sits at the top of the Water 3.0 lineup from Thermaltake. The other members of the family are priced at $70, $80 and $100. The pricing of the new unit is not announced yet but it is expected to go for around $120 or higher. We’ll begin seeing these in retail stores and online websites in a month or so.