Thermaltake Big Water Liquid CPU Cooler Review :: Introduction

04-22-2005 · Category: Hardware - Cooling

By Doc Overclock

Lately I have been sticking to motherboard and CPU reviews, but I felt the need to get back to my overclocking roots and begin to fiddle around with pushing my system way past spec. I know firsthand the limitations of using air-cooling and believe me there are sever limitations with using air-cooling as your primary heat dissipation unit. First off, to get any kind of solid results you would have to use a fan that spins fast enough to compensate for the high temperature outputs by both AMD or Intel's latest CPUs, which equates to a very loud running system. Not my favorite thing by a long shot as silence is as they say, golden. I have worked on many radical experiments using a multitude of methods to create resolutions to my madness of trying to keep both CPU and system temperatures at their lowest possible levels.

Thermaltake Big Water Liquid CPU Cooler Review

Liquid works the best if you do not want to go insane posse style and try, say liquid nitrogen or Peltier cooling methods as nowadays many companies make very ergonomic liquid cooling systems that are safe as well as very functional. Therefore, the story begins; this time around, we look at one of the latest contenders and no newcomer to the game Thermaltake, and their Big Water liquid cooling system. This system is very user friendly and offers a much easier setup than many of its competitors in its very functional design. The unit is for cooling the CPU only and not the entire system so its cooling efforts are concentrated on that one thing without taxing by other parts needing additional cooling. Cooling the CPU is the most common thing that cooling companies make liquid kits from. There are others though that go all out, offering units that cool the CPU, Video and/or NB/SB chipsets, but these are hard to make into a very ergonomic kit for the end user as they require larger reservoirs and many more parts to assemble in the kit.

Overclocking requires you use the best possible parts you can get as they provide the most flexible and stable environment when pushing your system past spec. Cheap no name parts, usually provide cheap basic performance, so the old term; you get what you pay for, definitely applies in this venture. I will be the first one to admit that being a technical writer has its little benefits, as we usually can get our hands on some of the latest high-end CPUs in addition to all the latest goodies needed to build a custom off the hook system. Last week, I was pissing and moaning about the high temperature of my 3.73GHz Extreme Edition CPU. I was seriously irked at how it kept locking up my system using even a top-o-the-line heatsink and fan combination, as this 3.73GHz CPU, it is fast, but it is a hot too. A few weeks back I reviewed another Thermaltake product the Aluminum Armor case and since this water cooling unit was designed to work in it I decided, hey what the heck, I will just rebuild my system into a water cooled system and see where it goes. So this is a actually a review of a few different things rolled into one, a water cooler review and my new snazzy system rebuild. Strap your self in, let us go for a ride on the mildly wild side and see what a little liquid can do for both you and me.