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Thermaltake Big Water SE 120mm Liquid Cooling System

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  • Stephen L.
  • 10/11/2008 11:52:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsWorks like a charm when sufficient coolant

Pros: This system does the job just like it is designed. It cools my Intel Core 2 Duo 2.13gHz. It keeps the temperature around 90-95 deg F while idle and up to 120 deg F when at 100% processor usage. (Stats from an ambient temperature of 80 deg F.)

Cons: You must pay careful attention to the coolant level. Fan is rather loud at full speed, and the fan speed control is located on a PCI slot -- on the back of the computer.

Other Thoughts: I've owned it for 1 - 1/2 years, and I now know you must be careful of the coolant level. Today, it sounded like a tree shredder and I thought the pump was fried. Turns out there was practically no coolant in it. How it evaporates in a closed system is beyond me!

After getting freaked out twice about the temperature of my processor (upping the 160-170 deg F range), I decided to flush the water. (Honestly, it doesn't hurt to use water at all. It's been this way about 6 months.) As water evaporates more quickly than true coolant, make sure you check the water level every 2 months. When the water's low, CPU temp's high.

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  • Jeffrey C.
  • 8/20/2008 7:48:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsI'm great at RMA'ing the pump

Pros: When it works, it cools my Pentium D. Was running about 70-80C with a typical heatsink/fan setup; this brought it down to about 45-55C.

Cons: THE PUMP IS TERRIBLE. I'm now on my third pump after just under a year and a half. Even when the pump works, it has very low flow and tends to gunk up and turn a radioactive color. It is a pain to change out the liquid. TT should include extra coolant, I'm not sure where it goes (evaporates?). The bay to fill up the water is ridiculous... no lights to indicate how full it is, and yes, you need to keep on top of this ALL THE TIME. Lots of air bubbles, terrible flow. Installation wasn't too difficult from what I can remember, but it doesn't make much sense to have the fan control in a back PCI slot which is very much out of reach. The radiator does a decent job, it is very big, but hasn't caused too much of a problem for me. Would I recommend this? Absolutely NOT. It's a pain, but I'm stuck with it; and I have every six months to look forward to RMA'ing for a new pump. Save yourself the trouble and stay away.

Other Thoughts: Most likely if you buy this, you will inevitably need to use the RMA site. TT makes it difficult to find out how to do it, but if you buy, you'll become very familiar with the process.

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  • Yianni A.
  • 4/6/2008 2:18:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs2 1/2 Years.. and still going

Pros: I am not here to say "go buy it or not", but I am posting my experience from the first Big water cooling kit and not the SE.
2 1/2 years of extreme over clocking, here is what I mean. On a full load AMD Opteron 170 max temps 26C, Intel Q6600 35C.
No leaks no noises no nothing, just doing the job right.

Cons: Almost 2 1/2 years and I had tho refill it with additional 2 litters liquid, not because of any leaks but from evaporation.
No big deal really, just check the level of the water once every 1-2 months cause if its really low then the pump dies.

Other Thoughts: It was cooling my Opteron 170 (2Ghz to 2.8Ghz)from 2006 till now. The Opteron become Q6600 (2.4Ghz to 3.25) and I still use the same old big Water from Thermaltake.

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  • Russell B.
  • 3/28/2008 8:44:19 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOverall it's pretty good

Pros: It looks pretty impressive when first installed and it keeps the processor very stable. The tubes seem to glow when turned on. It isn't hard to install but it takes patience to put everything together and screw all the parts in their respective places.

Cons: I purchased this in Dec. 2005 and the pump just died on me this past December. So it lasted about 2 years. I can't say I was too surprised since things like this usually don't last much longer than that. It's a pain to change the liquid.

Other Thoughts: If you want a nice looking computer and want to show it off with a liquid cooling system then you should get it. If you don't feel like going through the hassle of installation, changing the liquid every year (or twice a year), and replacing the water pump when if it dies then just get a fan.

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  • Charles W.
  • 3/9/2008 1:24:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsGood system, AWFUL PUMP

Pros: The 1/4" tubing allows for some room to maneuver in the case. Compression fittings are a great leak remedy. The radiator dissipates heat quickly, and you really don't even need the fan unless you want the system running THAT cool. Solid Copper water block is a definite plus.

Cons: The pump is probably the worst pump ever made for any liquid cooling system. I went through 2 in a year's time. I finally decided to replace the pump with a Danger Den pump. This worked well, but be careful, the flow rates are drastically different. Make sure you clamp down those fittings or the pressure will force them off.

Other Thoughts: If Thermaltake could produce a pump like Danger Den's pumps, they would sell much more of this system.

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  • Pat G.
  • 2/27/2008 12:04:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsMixed fealings

Pros: Good tech support. Looks great. Works very well when not failing (see below).

If you want an all in one beginners solution, this is a good choice, just be ready and aware of the responsibility around it.

Cons: Rear Exhaust is a bit bulky, but it should fit in most cases.
My Waterblock leaked beyond the seal, and before it leaked out of the acrylic, i called it in for an RMA within the first 6 months. The LED on the replacement didn't work.
My Pump died at 2-1/2 years old causing a Thermal shutdown of my system... thank the stars for modern equipment, no meltdowns...
I was recommended to change out coolant every 6 months, which is a pretty involved task to remove things, drain them and carefully refill.

The Exhaust fan is switchable, but rather loud at maximum.

Other Thoughts: When I removed my Waterblock and backplate after the pump failed I had to find my old backplate and Heatsink/fan seat to reinstall. When I went to remove the old plate, the Sticky foam rest stuck to my motherboard and would not remove. I had to VERY CAREFULLY surface skim the padding down far enough to put my old equipment in, leaving the remainder there. It has thus far not caused any issues leaving the residue.

I figured leaving residue was better than scratching the PCB(motherboard) circuitry.

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  • John N.
  • 1/10/2008 7:39:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsgood product

Pros: worked solid 24/7 runtime for 2 years and 8 months before pump gave out, Thermaltake has 3 year unconditional warranty on this and i got the pumped RMA'd only cost me shipping.

Cons: siphoning, coolant leakage in the case while siphoning, fitting a towel in the case to make sure it doesnt leak.

Other Thoughts: water cooling isnt just about the unit, its about the CPU, the case conditions, your house temp conditions, where you have the radiator located, there are tons of things to consider.

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  • Robert H.
  • 12/9/2007 3:07:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsissues

Pros: It's been about 3 years now and I've had three thermaltake units in three different systems, all mine. The first was a prescott 3.4 for the home, the second was a prescott 2.8 for my business and the 3rd was an AMD Athlon 64 4000+ for fun. Three pumps, no issues. The AMD idles at under 90 degrees F., ( 30 C.). With the AMD, you need to make sure you haven't enabled their smart fan technology or your pump will either shut down or not start. Incidentally, the AMD unit is the SE, which has the separate resevoir.

Cons: Would like to see them package more of the thermal grease than what it comes with. Seems to work better than Arctic cooler. Also, not real crazy about the coolant. Went with automotive grade extended life, works great.

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  • melvin c.
  • 11/29/2007 6:13:42 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsCools Great, Fails quickly

Pros: Great at cooling, Fairly Quiet,

Cons: Water Block Leaked after 2 months, Fried My MB. I replaced CPU water Block with one from DD and never had a problem. 5 months later the water pump began leaking. I sent pump RMA To Thermaltake and never got a replacement. I purchased another pump from DD and now my setup works.

Other Thoughts: Water Cooling does work, And the big block definately drops temps more than air cooling. That said. If you took the time and expense to obtain a good system then spend a little more on a well built, better quality, non leaking liquid cooling product. In short this product does work great. It just does not last.

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  • jeff l.
  • 10/29/2007 7:37:17 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Cools good, easy installation, no leaks.

Cons: tubing is small.

Other Thoughts: I had this setup for almost 2 years no problems at all. Pump works fine.

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