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Thermaltake BigWater Water Cooling Kit

Manufacturer: Thermaltake Technology
Supplied by: Thermaltake Technology
Price: $120

by Dean Barker (9/1/2004)



Thermaltake is not new to the manufacture of water cooling kits.  The Aquarius II and Aquarius III units each have expanded the water cooling market with easy to install all-in-one kits.  The latest all-in-one kit from Thermaltake is the BigWater.  The Tt BigWater combines an oversized radiator and 120mm fan with their near silent 12volt pump to produce a nice kit that performed shockingly well.  I say shockingly well because against all common sense, the Tt BigWater unit came within a red hair of out performing an Asetek L20 H2O kit that is geared toward performance over silent operation.  We’ll get the performance details shortly.  First let’s take a look at the BigWater kit itself.  On to the specs.


Water Block

  • Application: Intel LGA775, Intel P4 478 pin, AMD K7, AMD K8, AMD Sempron

  • Water block dimensions: 60 x 78 x 23.5mm

  • Construction: Copper / Acrylic

  • Weight: 453 gms

  • Single three pin connector for blue LED in block lid

Water Pump

  • Water pump dimensions: 100 x 50 x 86mm

  • Rated voltage: 12v

  • Pump rate: 31.7 gph (120 lph)

  • Sound level: 20 dBA

  • Single three pin power connector

  • Internal blue LED in pump housing


  • Dimensions: 122 x 35 x 166mm

  • Construction: Aluminum / ABS Plastic

  • Weight: 835 gms

  • Fan size: 120 x 120 x 35mm

  • Fan speed: Variable rate 1300 ~ 2400 RPM

  • Sound level: 17 ~ 21 dBA

  • Air volume:  36.6 ~ 93.7 CFM

  • Single four-pin Molex power connector

What you get

The Thermaltake BigWater kit comes nicely packaged with everything you need to get your system up and running as a water cooled rig.  Thermaltake has seen fit to include mounting hardware to make the BigWater effectively universally applicable to most every processor, to include the Intel LGA775, Intel P4 478 pin, AMD K7, AMD K8 and AMD Sempron processors.  In addition to the mounting hardware, the kit includes a large radiator fitted with a 120mm fan, copper water block with see through acrylic top, two sections of hook and loop fasteners for mounting, 12 volt water pump, five feet (150cm) of UV reactive green 5/16" tubing, fan controller, 17 ounces (500cc) of UV reactive coolant and installation manual. 


Pg 1 - Introduction
Pg 2 - Components
Pg 3 - Installation
Pg 4 - Performance
Pg 5 - Conclusion


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