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Thermaltake Water 3.0 Pro (CLW0223) Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 120MM
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4 out of 5 eggs Keeps things cool 01/16/2014

This review is from: Thermaltake Water 3.0 Pro (CLW0223) Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 120MM

Pros: The Water 3.0 Pro keeps my i7 4820k nice and cool, usually under 110°F even under full-load.

The fans move a ton of air, even at low speed.
The pump is near completely silent.

Cons: The fans are surprisingly loud. The fan noise is claimed to be 20dBa, but at idle, it's more about 30dB, and at load is a much louder 43dB.

Other Thoughts: If you have a case with very thick walls (Mine is a Zalman FC-ZE1 with 5mm aluminum all around) you may have difficulty in mounting the radiator.

If I had realized just how loud the fans would be, I would likely have gone for a different cooler with quieter fans.

As it is, I'll do what I can to replace the current fans with ones that aren't distractingly loud.

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Intel Core i7-4820K Ivy Bridge-E Quad-Core 3.7GHz (Turbo 3.9GHz) LGA 2011 130W Desktop Processor BX80633i74820K
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: All I can really say is that this CPU is fast, fast, fast. The 4820k has run any and everything I've thrown at it flawlessly.

Cons: Be warned that the Ivy Bridge-E memory controller can be rather finicky and may not support RAM that worked fine with other CPU/Motherboard combinations.

I have 2 8GB kits (2x4GB each) and the system will only pick up 2 of the RAM sticks. Depending on the memory configuration, either the system fails to POST, or the other 2 memory channels will be disabled entirely when the other 2 sticks are installed.

Other Thoughts: I don't believe the RAM issue to be due to a faulty motherboard or CPU since other RAM works fine in the same slots. You may want to double-check your QVLs to ensure compatibility.

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Display Name: James E.

Date Joined: 05/14/05

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  • Last Review: 01/16/14
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