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Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate 360mm LCS Review

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Posted September 24, 2014 by Kenny in Cooling

Overview

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Price at time of Review: $139.99
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Top Performer among CLC system tested, Great Simplistic Design, 50% Larger cooling surface compared to popular CLC units.
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

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BOTTOM LINE:
While Thermaltake did take a leap forward in providing the first 360mm radiator CLC system in the market, in our eyes... this is still an Asetek unit so there isn't any big innovation here. However, because its performance being the king of the hill on our list at the moment, Thermaltake has given other CLC makers a run for their money with a simplistic design and great overall performer.
by Kenny
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Summary

To wrap things up, let’s first talk about the aesthetic appeal of the Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate LCS. Thermaltake is using the OEM manufacture Asetek for its unit provider, and while they didn’t add any special software or added LEDs to fancy this CLC system up, its simplistic design does still give an overall great aesthetic appeal. The white and black isn’t something new, but we can appreciate it regardless. If you aren’t looking for all the fancy LEDs or bells and whistles… we think Thermaltake was spot on here by keeping it simple.

Installation on the Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate unit went without complications and the instructions were easy to follow. While most modern cases aren’t designed to fit 360mm radiators, we have seen many alternative chassis that will accommodate the installation of a 360mm Radiator at the top or front. However, it’s always best to research your case before purchasing any cooling units that will need clearance for a 360mm radiator.

In terms of performance, we found that the Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate LCS performed at the top of the list. It wasn’t far ahead of the competition, but overall, this was probably one of the better CLC system we have tested to date. In terms of the pricing, at $139.99 on Newegg.com, we find that its price is right up their with some of the more versatile units like the Swiftech open loop system, the H220-X or even the Cooler Master Glacier 240L units. While these open systems are available in 240mm radiators only, the open loop design does allow for customized support with adding radiators and also expandability to additional blocks.

But for those who are not looking to add or expand your cooling system, Thermaltake did a great job at designing a top performing unit within the CLC market. We are sure that Thermaltake has set a trend here and we should start seeing more of these type of units pop up not long from now. This is assuming that we continue with the trend the CLC market has taken in the last few years.

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The Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate LCS System priced at $139.99 is very reasonable considering its performance. However, while this in our eye is still an Asetek unit, there isn’t any big innovation here. Since Thermaltake did take the leap in offering a larger 360mm radiator in a CLC system, and because it is the top performer on our list, we honor the Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate LCS with the PureOverclock Editor’s Choice Award.

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