Thermaltake Water 3.0 Pro Review
Thermaltake Water 3.0 Pro is one of the “Water 3.0” Serie. As you may have noticed, this kind of cooler is already been used by many other Brands. In fact it comes from the same OEM manufacturer and every Brand is adding their own features to it. Water 3.0 Pro is using thicker 49mm radiator with option of using dual fan setup if needed. Packaging is simple using formed carton inlay and we would prefer to see some nice hard foam. But it serves its purpose most of the time and the material can be recycled.
All parts were sitting tight in the box, all screws are packed in plastic bags. Instruction were very clear and easy to understand, you should have no problems at all with mounting even when you have no experience of using all in one (AIO) liquid coolers. There are two mounting brackets for Intel as well as for AMD socket.
We like rubber tubing which is thick and still quite flexible not prone to kinking. Fittings coming out of the pump are able to turn approx. 30degree to each side which improves the look of your build and will make your installation easier.
Overall radiator quality is acceptable, but some fins were not really looking so adorable at all. Contact area of cpu block is made of copper, surface is nice plain and thermal compound is already preinstalled. Mounting system is using star-formed mounting bracket which we can see on many similar coolers. Installation was actually pretty simple and fast.
Fans with PWM have quite nice static pressure that is important when using radiators with this high density. They are pretty silent on low, but sound louder with little buzz on high rpm . In push-pull configuration we experienced more vibrations. The radiator is making the barrier which is also one of the reasons of louder operation. We recommend you use only one fan in push configuration if you are happy with temperatures to keep your system as quiet as possible. On other hand the pump is pretty silent with very nice flow performance. The loop is closed and sleeved so there is no option to add more components in the loop.
Thermaltake Water 3.0 Pro Specifikations:
|Water Block||Material : Copper|
|Pump||Motor speed : 2900+/-150 RPM
Rated Voltage : 12V
Rated Current : 175mA
|Fan||Dimension : 120 x 120 x 25mm
Speed : 1000~2000RPM
Noise Level : 20 dBA
Rated Voltage : 12V
Rated Current : 0.3A
Max. Air Flow : 99 CFM
Connector : 4 Pin
|Radiator||Dimension : 151 x 120 x 49 mm
Material : Aluminum
|Tube||Length : 326 mm
Material : Rubber
|Compatibility||Intel LGA 2011, 1366, 1150/1155/1156AMD FM2 / FM1A-series AM3+ / AM3Phenom II/Athlon II/Athlon/Sempron series
AM2+ / AM2Phenom II/Phenom/Athlon/Sempron series
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.
Overall quality of this cooler is not disappointing, but the fans could be better. At a noise level of 52db(A) at 2000rpm you will surely consider it as too loud. Although at 50% fan speed approx. 1100rpm and 40db(A) we can accept the noise level and still have nice temperatures. We like the easy and fast mounting bracket system. The over 300mm long rubber tubing is flexible and should reach the back or top mounting panel also in bigger cases without any problems. The price of approx. €90 is quite high and there are products on the market today offering similar performance for better price. We like the 49mmm thick radiator which offers good heat dissipation.
Good cooling performance
Noisy fans on high rpm