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
The two plastic rails fit into PCI slots to keep the Tide Water secure. Yep, you'll have to give up two adjacent slots. With modern motherboards, PCI slots are becoming rather scarce, and you'll want to evaluate your needs in this regard before even considering this product.
The inside end of the Tide Water features the black circulation tubes, the power cable with its blue mesh sleeving, a fill port and coolant level indicator.
The waterblock has a fairly good finish on the base and a foam “shim” helps protect the GPU. I'm not sure what Thermaltake means by “brazing copper” when referring to this block, but it doesn't have the traditional copper color. If I had to guess, I'd say it was made using sintered metal technology. At any rate, it's heavy and appears to be of high quality.
The upper surface of the block is rather plain. Oblong plates will provide plenty of mounting flexibility. Thermaltake provides no card compatibility information either in the manual or on their website.
The mounting hardware is fairly simple, consisting of an aluminum bracket with screws and insulating washers. Thermaltake has included a small amount of thermal compound for the waterblock and the ramsinks have pre-applied thermal tape.