Thermaltake Pacific RL240 Water Cooling Kit Review
Thermaltake Pacific RL240 Water Cooling Kit Review
Today we are going to have a look at the new Thermaltake Pacific RL240 Water Cooling Kit. A limited edition combo unit with all you need to get your overclocking to next level. Thermaltake is a pioneer in liquid cooling and their development team has over years quite a lot of experience. The proof is the their new series of chassis with Tt LCS certification which were designed and tested for compatibility with liquid cooling configurations.
As we can see all components are very well packed and protected against transport damages.
Thermaltake Pacific RL240 Water Cooling Kit contains:
Pacific W1 CPU Water Block
Pacific RL240 Radiator
Luna 12 LED Red Fan
Pacific PT40-D5 w/Silent Kit Reservoir/Pump Combo
Pacific 1/2” ID x 3/4” OD Compression Fittings (Chrome)
The V-Tubler 200cm ID 1/2” (13mm)
Coolant 1000 Red
Let’s start with CPU water block. Pacific W1 CPU Water Block is made of copper and surface is nickel plated which prevents it against corrosion. Mounting system is designed to supports Intel LGA 2011/1366/1155/1156/1150/775 and AMD FM2/FM1/AM3 +/AM3/AM2+/AM2 sockel. Assembly process is very fast and easy, even for non-experienced users.
The contact area to the CPU is mirror polished. Fill ports are covered fit protection caps during the transport and need to be removed before connecting the compression fittings.
Cooper fins are also nickel plated with a compact form factor featuring 0.15mm micro-channel fin construction for optimal clearance and extreme heat dissipation.
Let´s have a closer look at Pacific RL240 Radiator. Thermaltake decided for the aluminum alloy as a main material. Manufacturing quality is at high level. An exceptional manufacturing process using high temperature brazing at 1022℉/550℃ sets Pacific RL Radiators in a class of their own. This technique allows for impurities to be kept out of the brazing process, ensuring that full strength on all the connected areas is achieved. The radiators are baked through a controlled atmosphere brazing line. The materials melt into each other to accomplish optimal thermal transfer from the tubes to the actual fins in order to attain better heat evacuation. Thermaltake is using brazing process to get uniform heat transfer of this radiator. We found no bent fins at our sample, but you should still be careful during installation as the fins are actually quite easy to bend. We were little bit surprised with the fins density (FPI: 14) on this kind of thick (60mm) radiator, but the included fans are able to push enough air through. For silent operation just lower your fans rpm to 50% . The temperature by our test sample raised only approx. 2°C on 50% fan speed. So if you can accept slightly higher temps then this is what we recommend to do. The overall height with fans is 90mm.
The Luna 12 LED Red Fans are not PWM as we would like to see, so they run on full speed and are little louder, but not so terrible screaming as some other fans we tested before. LED lighting is of nice red color and of middle light intensity.
Edges of the fan frame are covered with rubber pads to absorb vibrations. Power cord is nicely sleeved. Seven rotor double curved fan blades are designed to provide higher air pressure. Hydraulic bearing lubricates itself and reduce operating noise.
Main part or let’s say heart of the loop is the Pacific PT40-D5 w/Silent Kit Reservoir/Pump Combo. The reservoir is manufactured from high quality POM and PMMA material. Thermaltake is giving us many mounting options. You can use either mounting brackets or metal holder if you plan to mount it at the bottom of chassis.
There are two predrilled G1/4” ports for fittings on top of this 220mm long reservoir and one outlet port above the pump. We recommend to set the pump speed to 2500RPM (position 2) as we found this the optimal balance between noise and performance. If you consider to add more components like GPU blocks or more radiators to your loop, you still have the option to run the pump on higher RPM if needed.
Last but not least we look at Pacific 1/2” ID x 3/4” OD Compression Fittings (Chrome), The V-Tubler 200cm ID 1/2” (13mm) and Coolant 1000 Red . Six brass compression fittings are of high quality with chrome coating. Inner diameter ID is 1/2″ and outer diameter OD 3/4″ that means high flow rate if you need to add more components in future. The thread is standard G1/4″ as we usually see on most fitting on the market.The tubing is very thick and still flexible. Thermaltake claims to have no issues in case of plasticizer when using Thermaltake Coolant.
Very useful is also the refill bottle and ATX Bridge so you can fill the loop without starting the whole system. The Coolant 1000 is available in various colors: Green, Red and Blue with 2-year shelf-life. It’s non-toxic and non-flammable.
Thermaltake Pacific RL240 Water Cooling Kit Specifications
|Model||Pacific PT 40-D5|
|Dimension||97.5 (L) x 87.4 (W) x 289.4 (H)|
|Dimension||60 H * 54 W* 16 L mm|
|Model||Pacific RL Series|
|Dimension||282.5 (L) x 129 (W) x 64 (H)|
|Model||Pacific Fitting Series|
|P/N||CL-W030-CA00SL-A (Chrome )|
|Dimension||∮25 x 24.7 (H) (mm)|
|Model||Coolant 1000 Red|
|Kit Contents||– Pacific W1 CPU Water Block x1
– Pacific PT40-D5 Pump/Reservoir Combo x1
– Pacific RL240 Radiator x1 (282.5L x 129W x 64H)
– Pacific 1/2’‘(12.7mm) ID x 3/4’‘(19mm) OD Compression (Chrome) x6
– Luna 12 LED Red Fan x2
– V-tubler 4T 1/2’‘(12.7mm) ID x 3/4’‘(19mm) OD Transparent Tube x2 Meters
– Coolant 1000 Red 1000cc x1
– Intel and AMD Universal Backplated & Mounting Kit
– 24pin ATX Bridge Tool x1
– Thermaltake Thermal Grease x1
To ensure that the results from one review to another are comparable, the Testing Methodology will be the same throughout all reviews, otherwise we will make a note if somethings changed and keep it separately from other results.
All testing was done on test Bench-table with a room ambient temperature of 22- 23°C and if temperature changes we will add delta T °C to the results.
Before testing we run 10 minutes of Prime95 followed by 30 minutes of idling. This warm up period was done at stock CPU core frequency. For noise testing we ensure the PSU fan is isolated or using fanless PSU and we don’t use any graphics card. We mostly do fan noise test over night so we have our room as silent as possible.
We take values at IDLE and full load – where all fans run at their maximum speed.
For testing we used OCCT software and between each test we left the PC at least 15 minutes to rest so that the temperature went back to the IDLE state. Followed by overclocking with help of Easy Tune Software. Each test lasted for 15 minutes. If the temperature of any CPU core exceeded 85°C the test was automatically turned off and the value of the results we have marked as “failed”. The resulting temperature in the tables are the average temperature of all cores. The results of the tests are influenced by many factors such as: the amount of thermal paste, pressure between the processor and CPU block, humidity, thermal conductivity of thermal paste, etc.. Therefore this results should be considered as indicative only.
For this test we use it’s own thermal paste provided by manufacturer.
Thermaltake Pacific RL240 Water Cooling Kit did not dissapoint us at all. This kit contains all parts you would pick and need to build your nice liquid cooled PC. In fact, we are going to use it furthermore in one of our personal PC. Long reservoir makes it very easy to fill the loop and also looks very good if you like to show it in your windowed case. The noise of fan at max. RPM was approx. 39.5db(A), after we used fan controller to lower the RPM to 50% the noise was acceptable at 31.5db(A). We like the red coolant that has “red wine” colour. Thermaltake Pacific RL240 Water Cooling Kit may be the answer for users who search for high quality future-proof water cooling kit, which offers not only good performance but also option to add more components in loop and great look.
Easy Mounting system
High reservoir may not fit in smaller chassis
Louder fans on high RPM