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Pros: 360mm. Room for 6 120mm fans in push pull using brass number 6 machine screws of 1 inch and 1/16th long to hold each fan to the radiator.
One pump, one big fan connection.
Installed on top of the Roswell Thor Case with the tubes dropping down through the hole towards the CPU.
Keeps the i73939 CPU 6 core cool at 34 degrees internetting and idle at 32. I expect to be gaming at 4.7 once I can get the ram stable at those levels.
Replaced a Corsair ih-100e Extreme 240mm radiator kit. That one idled the CPU at 38 degrees and gamed at 60c
If I replace this radiator, I will be purchasing a 480mm. The bigger you can cool, the more you can protect your CPU.
I am not loyal to one maker or another but find Corsair to be slow in producing 360mm's and 480mm's so I am experimenting with Thermaltake.
Cons: None found yet.
They need to start making HPTX cases large enough to hold 360mm and 480mm's out of the box. I don't much care for duct tape holding the radiator and fans on top while building the system. But this is Arkansas soo.... think out of the box.
Other Thoughts: Need to make factory cases that will fit these things ata 360mm to 480mm bolt on that has also a greater height above the motherboards.
Edited because it has been one year now since the computer build with this radiator was in operation almost continously 24/7. Rad temps at CPU holds 37C idle when sleeping at night as a space heater that does not pull much power compared to my two oil filled space heaters.
The fans are loud but Im deaf so it does not matter.
Im more than happy with this radiator. However, future builds will have much, much larger cases like the HPTX size. If I build a dual cpu system, I will have to find a way to bold and hang two of these radiators some where in the system after drilling through the side panel somewhere to run the hoses and cpu block. A little bit of a Ozark work around but should work well. I have not yet found cases that support this radiator block with 6 fans bolted on straight through without modding. Maybe one day I will. But not today.
Many of you ask if the case or that case or some other case will fit this radiator. Generally Im forced to say maybe the 240's but not the 360s because in my opinion the cables or case fans up top get in the way. Then the 5.25 bays stacks in the front might pinch your loops to and from your CPU block
Ultimately you will have to buy the rad, fans, the case of your choice and take a chance unless you contact Coolermaster and are told specifically which cases on the market will bolt this 360mm rad on.
Pros: Carefully chosen for it's 2 x EPS (CPU Connectors) for the top of the motherboard. The top plugs offer a chance of 8x each and 4x if it is necessary.
Modular. You can build on this type of power supply without too much trouble.
It has 1300 watts of power, plenty of room considering that I am deploying a rather powerful system. I cannot allow it to fail.
Cons: I think the SATA Power connectors are one short on each. But, I managed to make them work for the devices.
Other Thoughts: It replaced a Seasonic Gold X Series Power Supply that was pulled from a computer after a few years service. The motherboard failed on the computer rather than the power supply.
I found a few cables on the seasonic worn to the point of exposing metal close to where the SATA Connectors go into the back of the Hard Drives and so on. Maybe the angles work against them over time.
The Seasonic cabling is not harness wrapped as the EVGA Super nova is.
As I write this, I am working up to all 4 of my MSI GTX 680 Video cards to be installed in the case. Discovered that the 6 red cables that provide power to each of the cards are all needed to make it happen.
Seeing that I am running 6 SSD's (Vertex 3) in raid 5 there really should be plenty of power on hand for the CPU and video cards.
It is protected by a aging Cyber power AVR 1500 Uninterruptible power supply. So far I have not pulled the 900 wattts needed to have it complain.
But we might discover it's limitations soon enough in BF4,on 4 video cards.
Pros: It is a straight forward Case large enough to accommodate 10 x 13 inch motherboards.
I called it adequate because it contained the necessary drive space and slots to support a Quad SLI Installation.
Cons: Top Plastic case on-off switch needed to be cut away from rest of the plastic up top. The Thermal take 360mm radiator plus 6 fans in push and pull is built on top of the case with spacers plus additional 200mm fan below.
For me it's not a con so much as the cutting away of excess plastic that was present to make everything work. It is not a liquid cooling friendly case.
The two included fan controllers appear inadequate in power capacity, I will be selecting a stronger beefier 5.25 drive bay fan controller for 10 fans or more with a large support for higher wattage/amps. I already am around 20+ Fans. Hindsight tells me that those fan controllers would be helpful but did not realize the extent of the coming fan-madness.
Other Thoughts: I called this case adequate and am happy with the build so far. Coming from 3 Haf-X cases to this to conserve a few dollars I expected to run into challenges related to very large Liquid Cooling Radiators.
When I rebuild this machine someday going towards the year 2020, I am going to have to spend the few hundred dollars that are required of retail cases large enough to both support HTPX and also liquid Cooling radiators up to 480mm. I will not compromise or accept small 240's or 120's just because I am working with a case anymore.
Case builders take note.
There is a change also in the way I build gaming computers or rebuild them related to cases this year. I needed to try this case at least once to see or learn to mod for myself to make the cooling work. Don't let the 4 stars take anything away from this case if you are thinking about regular air cooling.
The Fan controllers are going to be added on. The Case fan controllers with the little knobs will probably be either cut down and removed or given little decorative job powering lights maybe. Nothing important for these.
Part of the reason is the circut board on the fan controller, big center power on off switch and so on has a huge bundle of wires over a inch wide with weight. I am going to have to mod or learn how to establish a strong point so that the power switch does not fail after several thousand boots per year. (And it will, when it does... new case time.)