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Thermaltake CL-W0038 Liquid Cooling System 208 - Copper VGA Waterblock

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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  • Andrew M.
  • 9/6/2011 5:16:10 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDoes its job

Pros: Does it's job. Keeps my GPU 30 degrees Fahrenheit above room temperature at load, room temp at idle. Comes with 3 different size hose fittings and the clip to hold it to the GPU is very universal so you really could attach this to almost any setup in my opinion.

Cons: As has been said by others, the thing is acrylic. As long as you are gentle with it this isn't a problem. Don't overtighten your fittings and all should be fine...
But for me it wasn't, I had the system in and out a couple times fitting everything inside my case and at some point or another I apparently got too much sideways tension on the hose fitting and it cracked. I read all of the reviews on this thing and was purposefully careful and still managed to break it which is why it gets 3 stars.

Other Thoughts: It does what it was designed to do effectively and at a reasonable cost, but beware, this thing REALLY is fragile.

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  • David S.
  • 2/14/2011 7:46:53 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsplastic cracks

Pros: The Vga block works very nice..I love the copper for it is thick and like a heat sink and its cooled then by water ..Very nice concept and it works..

Cons: After using it for over a year...One is working GREAT..The other the plastic cracked by the screws that hold the plastic on the copper base..Luck I caught it in time...Thermaltake really needs to fix the issue of the plastic cracking..

Other Thoughts: Mounting hardware needs a 4 point mount not a 2 like they have..Cut costs but I would pay more for the block if u fixed the plastic from cracking and have a 4 point mounting...I would say I would pay 40 dollars for it...I am sure I am not the only one that feels this way...Love your products but come on fix it if u hear these problems ...

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5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: good

Cons: non

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1 out of 5 eggsAcrylic=Garbage

Pros: Cheap

Cons: I've bought three because they were cheap, and you get what you pay for. The first set I got had been glued together and the acrylic cracked when I went to exchange the 1/4 for 3/8 fittings. The second set installed fine, but then burst one month into service, spraying water into my PSU and killing it.

Other Thoughts: The acrylic should really not be used for the threaded connections. I wish the company would recall these and produce quality units.

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  • David S.
  • 7/19/2010 2:25:53 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsNice item

Pros: I am using on a 9600gt and it works nice..Just to let u know I have sli, and so I have 2 of these..I would tell others to buy this block..

Cons: The mounting is only on 2 holes --So I bought some metal and made 2 more legs to hold the block in place nice and solid..

Other Thoughts: The unit does work with what comes with the block ..I just wanted a solid no movement vga block....Not a single crack in the plastic as of yet..

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  • MARK H.
  • 5/8/2010 11:46:51 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsnot so bad

Pros: block itself is pretty solid. used it on a cpu for a while. has good cooling capability but you must make sure allen heads are snug, and do not mount pushing on center of plastic.
good block for the money if you can get it mounted solid

Cons: mounting sucks. did a little reconfiguring with mounting to get doable. somebody fire that engineer! 3/8 capacity, could be better. since chip is smooth why dont they finish the block to same specs

Other Thoughts: this unit gets bad reviews because of mounting and leaking . dont over tighten screws or it will warp plastic. hey thermaltake would you like me to design you a bracket during my lunch hour?

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  • Dennis C.
  • 3/21/2010 1:32:43 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsDon't Do It, Not This One Anyway

Pros: I water cool lot's of computers that I sell in my store. By far, this has the cheapest most unreliable mounting system I have ever seen. The water block itself isn't bad and cools well but the mount system is garbage. I love Thermaltake and use many of their products but not this water block.

Cons: The first card I used this on, the water block had a small crack in it and it leaked. Fortunately, I caught it right away. This can happen on just about any block. The mount though is not secure and does not hold the block on the gpu firmly enough for me. Try it, you won't like it.

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  • Ryan G.
  • 2/5/2010 12:26:19 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsgreat

Pros: i love this thing,bought two of them. mounted on to my 48702.. with alittle tweeking!!
on auto setting for my fan it temp hits about 52c idle. without
water.. on a load.. well i'd be lucky if it stayed under 88c water cooling. i got 32c idle. 56c load. no oc.. no need with that card.

Cons: my cooling kit came with 3/4in hose. i needed smaller hose 1/4 haha mine was alittle big i could have bought new stuff but i made some connections with old hose around the house works ever sense then!. but could have been easier.

Other Thoughts: i think the guy under me must have been using real water and not coolant... coolant has anti shock in it.
same thing happend to me with my water cooling kit.. all over.. motherboard gpu cpu ram hdd... everything...
nothing.. i mean nothing happend.. so im not sure what he was doing.. trying to break down a good product..

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/28/2009 5:48:40 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: This block did do a good job when it worked...

Cons: I lost my ATI X1600 PRO and very good 7.1 sround sound card . Do to a crack in the top of the water block. Its made CHEAP! The top will come lose from the bottom do to heating up and cooling down. Its 2 parts not 1 solid peace.

Other Thoughts: This blocks top is made of plastic and the first one I got had a crack in the elbow I had to send it back. The second one took out the goods. For now on I will buy only solid copper water blocks.

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  • James D.
  • 9/23/2008 7:04:25 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs8800 GTS 512 (G92)

Pros: Very solid block. easy on the eyes. Keeps both cards in SLI very cool. It does its job well. very easy to mount. Not expensive at all. can be used on multiple cards giving you the ability to upgrade your card, without spending any additional money to water cool your upgrade.

Cons: Two of them dramatically reduced the overall flow of water through my swiftech pump (although you can see the water wizzing through the block).
Mounting options could be better, but they do work. Only 2 points of contact (opposite ends) of the block. I think they took the smallest screws from the Swiss watch makers to mount the block with (although it is sturdy).
The block is somewhat heavy. Since you now lost the structural support of the huge (and lousy) factory cooler, your card may flex.

Other Thoughts: MAKE SURE YOU GET VGA RAM HEATSINKS. Overall for the price you pay it is very good. Cards never go above 40C in a 62 degree room during Crysis.
I have a triple rad, double rad, a Q6600 @ 3.6GHz in line with the 2 8800 GTS 512's in SLI. Others have complained about the acrylic block that you screw the metal connectors in, but I put some silicon around it before I secured it in hand tight (you dont have to use a ratchet!). I see it defiantly outlasting the usage of the card.
This is a good alternative to the IONE full coverage block. I don't think you will get the same performance since that cools the ram and everything in between. but this block will fit future upgrades. the IONE block only fits the one, and being at least 100, its not economical.

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