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Thermaltake Intros 360 mm Closed-Loop Water Cooler

Thermaltake's new Water 3.0 Ultimate is a triple-120 mm all-in-one liquid cooling unit. All-in-one liquid coolers are not everyone's cup of tea, but they are certainly good enough for most people. Some folks prefer the all-in-one liquid coolers for their practicality and affordability, but want a little more performance than what most units provide. There are many cases with 280 mm radiator support, but some people won't be able to fit these, whereas they will support 360 mm radiators as a result of their slightly narrower design. And that's why Water 3.0 Ultimate exists.

The pump is built with the latest Asetek design, and is hooked up to a fairly standard 360 mm radiator with low-evaporation tubes. Airflow is provided by three 120 mm Thermaltake fans, which can be PWM controlled to range in speeds between 1000 and 2000 RPM. The pump will spin at about 3600 RPM. This unit won't be the quietest, but it will perform quite well. If you want it to operate more quietly, you can always use voltage regulation to lower the pump speed and swap out the fans for alternate units.

The biggest compatibility problem you will run into is supporting the large radiator. The pump and cold plate combination will fit on all modern CPU sockets, including Intel's LGA1150, LGA2011, and AMD's AM3+ and FM2+ sockets.

No word on pricing or availability yet, although we don't expect that it will be a long wait for this one to come out.

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  • patrick47018
    I'd love to see a review on this
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  • thundervore
    Nice. Now please make this a dual unit similar to the Asetek 760GC so end users can cool a GPU and CPU in a single closed look with a 360 radiator or a 280 radiator.
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  • RoxasForTheWin
    It's times like these I regret my Z11 case that can only support one slot cpu coolers
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  • soccerplayer88
    What would be nice, if these guys (AIO cooler makers, not just Thermaltake) would bump the price up a bit and put on a better pump.

    I mean look at the picture above! Those hoses are at their limit in an Mid-Tower case. I can't imagine the issues with a full tower.

    Splurge a bit on better pumps so we can have longer hoses to mount that radiator wherever we please. But maybe I'm barking up the wrong tree (Custom loop).
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  • husker
    I'd like to see another inch or two added to the length of those tubes. I guess in the photo they could have mounted the pump rotated 90 degrees sideways to and gained a couple of inches that way, but still, not much of a margin for different case configurations.
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  • Gam3r01
    That hose... I dont trust it. I understand they want the logo rotated correctly, but they should really screen print them like corsair does, hoses on the side.
    Overall, why buy such a large AIO? At that point build your own loop. Some reviews might sway my judgement.
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  • TechyInAZ
    Very nice, perfect for the FX 9590.
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  • Lutfij
    That tubing looks shorter than usual. This will be an issue if you have a rear mounted case fan and the tubing and/or ports conflict with rear exhaust fan. The tubing should be long enough to satisfy orientation irrespective of placement.

    Nontheless, a good step forward and only time will tell via a review how it'll work out for the end user.
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  • tao1
    I have a Water 3.0 extreme, and the main problem I had is that the CPU mount is TERRIBLE.
    The heat sink screws into 4 metal pins held in a plastic plate that goes on the bottom of the mother board. The plastic is not strong enough to hold the metal pins in place and they eventually spin as the screw is threaded into the pin, so you get uneven pressure on the 4 corners.
    This actually ended up bending the pins on my mother board and I had to buy a new mb out of pocket.
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