Date: October 4th, 2006
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Thermaltake
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS AND FEATURES
The feature list, taken from the Thermaltake website, is chock full of superlatives. These adjectives really don't give us much concrete information, so let's just stick to the facts. Conceptually, the 735 is identical with the original Bigwater kit. The differences are in the upgrades to most the individual components. We'll talk about these differences in more detail later on in this review. Mounting solutions for all K8 series AMD platforms and Intel 775 and BTX solutions are also provided. (I had no trouble installing the 735 on my old Abit IC7-G mobo with Socket 478, so this form is supported as well, just not listed.) Thermaltake has also included an AM2 solution in the kit. Although it's not mentioned in the manual, a separate instruction sheet came with it. Let's take a quick look at the individual component specifications.
The pump is fairly large, by Thermaltake standards, anyway. It's not, however, as big as Thermaltake lists on their website. The pump actually measures 75(L) x 70(W) x 75(H)mm. (That's 3 x 2.75 x 3 inches.) This is a 12V pump powered through a 4-pin connector with a single-wire 3-pin connector for speed monitoring. The pump will flow 400 liters/hour (105 gallons/hour) and at 16dBA, should prove to be very quiet. A blue LED on the top of the pump housing indicates the pump is running.
The reservoir measures 3.4 x 2.6 x 4.3 inches (LWH) and holds around 12 ounces of fluid. The combined pump/reservoir unit is close to 6.5 x 4.5 x 2.6 inches and has threaded quick connectors for the 3/8-inch tubing.
The radiator/fan assembly is unchanged from the original Bigwater kit. The fan is a 120mm unit with an included fan speed controller.
The waterblock included with the 735 kit looks the same, but an additional channel in the copper base and a round contact area differentiate it from earlier models. More on this later.
3/8-inch tubing replaces the ¼-inch tubes supplied with earlier versions, but it's green UV reactive like the original. The same old ethylene glycol based coolant comes in a 500ml plastic bottle.