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Thermaltake BigWater 780e

Posted November 26, 2008 by Jake in Cooling







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by Jake
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The Thermaltake Bigwater 780e ESA may have been designed with enthusiasts mind but it is more suitable for mainstream water cooling novices. Its performance isn’t much better than good air coolers and when the pump and fan cranked up its speed to the max the RPM spinning roughly over 2600 cycles. You can hear the pump humming and the fan hissing, making for undesirable noise levels that we think aren’t conducive to a quiet setup in your case.

We would caution using the Bigwater 780e in a midtower case, particularly if the layout is a bit cramped in the upper area, you may have difficulty with space. This is more evident in cases that have separate upper and lower chambers like the Antec P180, but a non-chamber case should be fine. A full tower would be ideal, however, and some good air flow is a must when considering housing this cooler.  This system is probably more suitable inside a Thermaltake Xaser VI or Armor Plus Chassis or some similar cases in that matter, it does need a good source of fresh air and ventilation for hot air to escape. 

The ESA functions are awesome features but unfortunately it is not compatible with Intel boards, only with Nvidia motherboards.  In our case, we had to bypass the ESA PCB (the brain) since we tested with an Intel motherboard by using fan controllers to adjust the fan and pump speed. Unfortunately, we had to disable coolant temperature sensors.   But this is a moot point if you plan on running it on an Nvidia motherboard, and while that is a limitation of Nvidia’s ESA technology and not Thermaltake’s, we do think it’s an unfortunate limitation nonetheless on what should be a more universal setup.

While the Bigwater 780e does have some flaws, if you are looking to venture into the water cooling world for the first time and want a no-nonsense, compact, and complete kit with the ESA technology to cool your processor then you should consider the BigWater 780e.


Thermaltake BigWater 780e

Our thanks go to Thermaltake for providing the BigWater 780e for this review.



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