Date: November 6th, 2006
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Thermaltake
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
Thermaltake calls the Tide Water an “all in one” solution and they're not kidding. They've put the pump, reservoir, radiator and cooling fan all in this relatively compact case.
The word “shoehorned” comes to mind. I've removed the clear, plastic cover to show off the components a little better. Clockwise from the top right, we have the pump, reservoir, radiator and fan. Someone spent a lot of time figuring out how to get all this stuff into such a small package. I particularly like the radiator design, but the blower-style fan and duct are a close second.
This is the side you'll see the most of after it's mounted. The cutouts in the brushed aluminum case will provide some air movement around the card and ramsinks, if it can be mounted close enough. More on this later.
High (3000 RPM) or low (1700 RPM) fan speed can be selected via this switch. You'll need to open the computer case to do this.
The Tide Water will use up two expansion slots to exhaust the air moving through the radiator from the fan. The tube-and-fin radiator design may be somewhat out of favor these days, but it looks cool and gets the job done, as we'll see during testing.