Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro 120MM Dual PWM

Thermaltake has been around for as long as I can remember. Over the years they have made just about every accessory for a PC. They have even done water cooling. In the past Thermaltake had the Big Water series, a user assembled kit that took a couple of 5.25" drive bays and could be expanded on. Then came the Pro Water series, which was also a user assembled kit that mounted in a more traditional way like most custom water loops. Both the Big Water and Pro Water kits where expandable, so GPU water blocks and extra radiators could be added to the loop.

Thermaltake Water2.0 Pro

Now Thermaltake has teamed up with Asetek and brought the Water2.0 line to market. The Water2.0 line consists of 3 All-In-One sealed water coolers.

We recently looked at the budget friendly Water2.0 Performer that retails for $62.99 shipped and found it to be a very good cooler for the money.  Today we have the Water2.0 Pro for you to take a closer look at. The Water2.0 Pro runs $98.91 shipped and features a double thick 120mm aluminum construction radiator with twin 120mm fans in a push/pull arrangement. The Thermaltake Water2.0 Pro costs 57% more, so it will be interesting how much better performance will be.

Thermaltake Water2.0 Pro fan

The fans are PWM controlled and operate between 1200 to 2000 RPM pushing a max of 81.3CFM @ 27.4dBA.

Thermaltake Water2.0 Pro base

The water block is all copper and the pump is connected to the radiator with flexible black rubber tubing.

Features of the Thermaltake Water 2.0

Specifications of the Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro

  • Fan
  • Radiator
  • Tube
  • Weight: 1,060g
  • Compatibility
  • Let's move on to the next page where we can take a look at the retail packaging and then take a closer look at this CPU cooler.

    Unboxing the Water2.0 Pro


    Thermaltake Water2.0 Pro box comes wrapped in plastic

    The box comes wrapped in plastic so you know you are the first to open it.

    Thermaltake Water2.0 Pro front of the bo

    The front of the box shows the Water2.0 unit with the fans installed.

    Thermaltake Water2.0 Pro right side of box

    On the right side is a chart with the unit specifications and a small chart with the Water2.0 Pro being compared to an Intel Box cooler with a Intel Core i7-975 at 4.0Ghz. This charts shows the Water2.0 Pro coming in at 77*C under full load. Will be interesting to see how we do with our LGA 2011 Intel Core i7-3690X.

    Thermaltake Water2.0 Pro back of the box

    On the back of the box there is an image of the Water2.0 Pro installed into a system with close ups of key features and a listing of the kits features.

    Thermaltake Water2.0 Pro box left side

    One the left side is a list of features in various languages.

    Thermaltake Water2.0 Pro in the box

    Opening the box the kit is cradled in the typical pressed cardboard tray covered with a sheet of foam.

    Thermaltake Water2.0 Pro packing

    Under the foam is the instruction booklet. Under that is the kit.

    Thermaltake Water2.0 Pro wrapped in plastic

    The base of the water block/pump housing is protected with a plastic cap and wrapped in plastic.

    Thermaltake Water2.0 Pro mounting parts

    All the mounting parts are double bagged in plastic baggies.

    Looking closer at the Water2.0 Pro


    Thermaltake Water2.0 Pro

    The Water2.0 Pro at first glance looks like the Antec H2O 920 or the AMD water cooler that was also made by Asetek. What is missing is the USB connection and fan controller connections on the pump housing. The hoses are still flexible rubber and 13 inches long. The only power lead is a 3 pin connector for the pump.

    Thermaltake Water2.0 Pro pump housing

    The pump housing has the Thermaltake Water2.0 logo printed on it. Unlike any of the recent Asetek based kits, the logo is not back lit. The tubing is connected to the pump with 90 degree swivel fittings.

    Thermaltake Water2.0 Pro thermal paste pre-applied

    The base comes with thermal paste pre-applied and protected with a plastic cap.

    Thermaltake Water2.0 Pro base

    Under the stock paste is a nice smooth base.

    Thermaltake Water2.0 Pro rad height

    The radiator is all aluminum. It stands 6" tall.

    Thermaltake Water2.0 Pro rad width

    4.75" wide.

    Thermaltake Water2.0 Pro rad thickness

    And just shy of 2" thick.

    Thermaltake Water2.0 Pro fin count

    The fin count comes in at 20~21 fins per inch, just like all the recent Asetek units.

    Thermaltake Water2.0 Pro 120mm fan

    A pair of 120mm fans with 4-pin fan headers come with the Water2.0 Pro water cooler. They run at a max speed of 2000 RPM pushing 81.32CFM at 27.36dBA.

    Installing the Water2.0 Pro


    Thermaltake Water2.0 Pro

    Included with the cooling unit is all the accessories needed to mount up to all the current Intel LGA sockets as well as AMD AM2, AM3, and FM1 sockets. Along with screws for mounting the radiator, and a Y power cable adapter for powering the fans from one motherboard header.

    Thermaltake Water2.0 Pro

    Unlike the Asetek made Intel water cooler the Water2.0 Pro come with a locking ring for the top half of the mounting system. This ring holds the upper mounting ring to the pump housing. Making the install much easier than in the past. First time I seen Asetek use this was with the AMD branded unit.

    Thermaltake Water2.0 Pro

    To prepare the upper half of the mounting system you have to install the hold down screw retainers. They are labeled for which end of the retainer should face out to fit a particular socket.

    Thermaltake Water2.0 Pro

    Once those are in then you can install the hold down screws. There are two sets, one for LGA2011 and one for all the rest. If for some reason you get one of the retainers in the wrong orientation or the wrong hold down screw installed this can be taken apart. Just take care in the process not to break one of the plastic tabs on the retainers, there are no extras.

    Thermaltake Water2.0 Pro

    With the upper ring assembled for your socket you then assemble that to the pump housing. It is held in place with the retaining ring. Again if you are a little off with the alignment this can be taken back apart and adjusted.

    Thermaltake Water2.0 Pro

    With all the prep work done, all that is left is to put it in the system. I find it easiest to mount the radiator first, then the pump/water block unit. Now let's get to the testing!

    Legit Reviews Intel Core i7-3960X Test System


    Legit Reviews Intel Core i7 3960X Test System

    System specs

    Here is a short list of the parts that make up the Legit Reviews Core i7-930 test system:

    Intel Test Platform
    Component Brand/Model Pricing
    Processor Intel Core i7 3960X Click Here
    Motherboard Intel DX79SI
    Memory Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Click Here
    Video Card MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC Click Here
    Hard Drive Corsair Force GT 90GB SSD Click Here
    Power Supply NZXT HALE90 750W Click Here
    Chassis Thermaltake Chaser Mk-1 Click Here
    Operating System Windows 7 Professional (64bit) Click Here

    Test System Detail

    Legit Reviews Intel Core i7 3960X Test System CPUz

    The CPU we are using is the Intel Core i7-3960X LGA2011 processor. We will test with two configurations: Stock and Overclocked. Both will have Hyper Threading and Turbo modes enabled. For the backbone of the system we have the Intel DX79SI motherboard. We have also outfitted it with a 16GB (4x4gb) kit of Corsair Vengeance LP DDR3 1600MHz RAM. Drivers used for the motherboard are as follows:

    Motherboard Drivers:

     

    Legit Reviews Intel Core i7 3960X Test System GPUz

    The video card we are using is an MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC and is running ForceWare 290.53.

    Legit Reviews Intel Core i7 3960X Test System SSD

    For the main drive we have a 90GB Corsair Force GT SATA3 SSD running firmware 1.3.3.

    Testing Procedure

    Intel settings
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    To test the coolers the system will be left idle at the desktop for 30 minutes and the temperature will be recorded. Then it will run at full load with Prime95 Blended test for 30 minutes and the temperature will be recorded. There will be 2 levels tested with our Core i7-3960X clocked at stock settings with Turbo and Hyper Threading on, and a high OC of 4.5 GHz also with Hyper Threading and Turbo enabled. All temps will be recorded with CoreTemp, and the temp reading from all 6 cores will be averaged. The thermal paste used on all coolers will be Gelid GC Extreme.

    Coolers Tested

    Temperature Testing Results


    Thermaltake Water2.0 Pro

    With the system running at stock settings the Thermaltake Water2.0 Pro come in at a very nice 50.5*C, tied with the Noctua NH-D14 and ever so slightly ahead of the Corsair H80. We also have the Water2.0 Performer in the charts as well so we could show how the Performer and the Pro stack up against one another. The Water2.0 Performer come in at 54.67*C. This is just ahead of the Corsair H80 on LOW, and 11 degrees better than the Asetek built Intel unit. Think this is due to the slightly different radiator and fan used on the Intel unit.

    Thermaltake Water2.0 Pro

    Pushing the system up to 4.5Ghz the Thermaltake Water2.0 Pro still doing well, coming in at 65.33*C. Just shy of 3 degree behind the Corsair H80, and just ever so slightly behind the Noctua NH-D14. The TT Water2.0 Performer also does okay coming in at 70*C, 7.5 degrees behind the Corsair H80 on high.

    TT Water2.0 Pro Final Thoughts


    Thermaltake Water2.0 Pro

    The ThermaltakeWater2.0 Pro and Performer are two very nice coolers. They are easy to install, compatible with all the current sockets and either one can hold its own and tame the heat from our Intel Core i7 3960X CPU overclocked to 4.5GHz.

    Thermaltake Water2.0 Pro

    The nicest feature of the Asetek built kits is the flexible tubing. This allows the cooler to be installed into just about any case with a 120mm fan mount.

    Thermaltake Water2.0 Pro

    The Thermaltake Water2.0 Pro was able to keep up with the Noctua NH-D14 air cooler in all the testing. When overclocked the Water2.0 Pro was only a few degrees behind the Corsair H80. The one feature the H80 has over the Water2.0 Pro is the High/Low speed switching ability. With the Water2.0 Pro being built by Asetek I was surprised it did not have the same speed controls like the also Asetek built Antec Kuhler 920 had. The Water2.0 Pro is not overly loud, but ability control the speed would have been nice.

    When it comes to price the Water2.0 Pro is a little on the high side. Coming in at $98.99, it is $7 more than the Corsair H80. This price difference will have to be weighed out by the end user. The Thermaltake water cooler was easier to install thanks to the flexible lines, but the Corsair water cooler has better fan speed controls and performed better.

    In the introduction we mentioned that the Thermaltake Water2.0 Pro was 57% more expensive than the Water2.0 Performer that costs just $62.99 shipped. We saw a 7% decrease in load temperatures with the Water2.0 Pro, which is significant, but if it is worth the price difference is up to you.

    At the end of the day the Thermaltake Water2.0 Pro is a nice sealed loop water cooler where you get performance and installation flexibility that you'd expect from such a kit. There are some budget air coolers that will perform on par with the TT Water2.0 series, but with them comes clearance issues when it comes to DRAM heatspreader height. With a water cooler you don't have to worry about memory clearance issues and that is always a plus.  You also don't have to worry about a heavy heatsink coming off when moving your case around as the bulk of the weight is in the radiator that is hanging off the metal case and not on the motherboard. 


    Legit Reviews Recommended Award

    Legit Bottom Line: The Thermaltake Water2.0 series has a water cooler that will fit the needs of most users. For all out performance look at the Water2.0 Pro, for the budget minded put the Water2.0 Performer at the top of the short list.