Date: January 7th, 2007
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Thermaltake USA
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
The waterblock is copper with inlet and outlet openings for the tubing. Like the radiator, this block uses new technology that utilizes a slim design along with slim channels inside. This is said to more effectively divide water flow and accelerate heat transfer from the heat source to the liquid.
The bottom of the waterblock has a nice smooth mirror finish and you can see how thin it is as well.
Power for the Bigwater 760i is achieved by the use of its own Molex connector. A fan speed controller is included that adjusts the RPM's from 1600-2400.
PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
The system I'll be installing the Bigwater in is as follows:
- Biostar TForce 550 Motherboard
- AMD X2 3600+ Brisbane CPU overclocked to 2.8 GHz
- 2 x 1GB GSkill PC2-6400 RAM
- XFX Geforce 8600 GT Video card
- 2 x 80GB WD800JD SATA hard drives
- Antec Smartpower 500W PSU
Thermaltake describes this installation as “five easy steps” and even has videos on their website illustrating the process, so let's get right to it.
Step 1 is to install the waterblock on the CPU. This process will vary slightly depending on the CPU type being used, but on my AM2 motherboard it was very easy. I was able to use the stock backplate, and after placing the waterblock on the CPU all I had to do was secure it with four included screws.
To attach the tubing to the waterblock the nut is unscrewed, the tube inserted and placed over the tube, and the nut is tightened down again to secure it.
The shutoff valve is inserted into the other end of the tubing and tightened with a clamp. At this point the tubes are ready to be connected to the main unit.