October 17, 2014 - by Sergio Martorana
Thermaltake is a Taiwanese company founded in Taipei in January 1999, specializing in the production of products dedicated to the so-called "computer DIY" (do it yourself), with particular attention to gamers, overclockers, and enthusiast. Among them, the fans with some experience and knowledge, know how this brand represents one of the historical realities of the industry, was born in a time when a cabinet or cooler design for their needs, there were significantly fewer brands than to those in business today.
The power supply market is increasingly full of proposals and production companies, but are actually still a few manufacturers today are able to count in its catalog of digital solutions. Thermaltake will be recalled along with Corsair, as the first brand to invest in technology DPS credited by us to be able to bring that breath of important news really able to push many enthusiast users to change their own power supply.
I do not have to wait much longer, but according to what is proposed today by DPS Toughpower 850 Watt G, we can already monitor real-time energy efficiency, output current, input power, the voltages on the three main rails, as well as monitor and manage the rotation speed of the fan and estimate the costs resulting from the consumption of our system. All possibilities rendered extremely simple and functional software from DPS App, not offered by the vast majority of the power supplies of the same category, do not yet have this technology.
However, it is our opinion that the DPS G Toughpower 850 Watt should be chosen not only for the implementation of the DPS system, from the moment Thermaltake has cleverly taken care of all aspects of a level absolutely excellent, crafting one of the best power supplies of the entire category. The design, componenstica implemented, and the invoice of the work, are in fact very good for this price range, supporting the choice of Thermaltake rely on CWT, as done by other leading brands. However, we can make three notes, at least given the caliber of the product: the efficiency levels are very high, though the 80 Plus Gold certification is now present in many lower-end products; some direct competitors are able to operate in semi-fanless, though it should be emphasized how the system of thermo-control implemented in Toughpower DPS G 850 Watts has guaranteed high levels of noise during the loading phase of our test; given the intended use of this product, we would have expected to find a second eps connector for additional power supply of the CPU, the only flaw in an otherwise large and well thought out connectivity on all fronts.
The selling price of this power supply is approximately equal to 185 â‚¬, a figure considerably in the absolute sense but to be considered beneficial to a power system equipped with DPS data, whether the construction standards and the care taken in the production of a product guaranteed for seven years , accompanied by a set of absolute level, and in which also the design and the cable managment are at the highest levels.
- Provision of high level
- Design and components important
- System DPS accompanied by excellent App
- Good efficiency - 80 + Gold
- Complete set of protections
- Quiet fan, even at high loads
- Fully modular
- Flat Cables
- Seven-year warranty
- Great outfit
- Original design
- No fanless mode within certain loads
- Only one connector eps
Read more: http://www.insidehardware.it/hardware/alimentatori/4073-thermaltake-toughpower-dps-g-850w-prima-recensione-al-mondo#content
September 26, 2014 - by Eric Garay
If youâ€™ve been following the CPU worldâ€™s climb over the 4 GHz mountain, then youâ€™re probably well aware of the challenges of cooling off that achievement. Thermaltake heard the screams of those cooling fans and has risen to the challenge, unveiling several new products at COMPUTEX 2014, to take on that challenge. Today, we get a chance to test their latest all in one solution called the Water 3.0 Ultimate, which is based on a 360mm radiator design, with triple 120mm fans. It promises to â€œexceed user expectationsâ€¦with superior CPU protection.â€ But does it have the ability to cool without raising a raucous, or is it all just wind? Letâ€™s find out!
During any desktop project, the Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate was pleasantly quiet and kept the hottest Intel Core i7-5960X 8-core processor surprisingly cool. The only time it was detectable was at first boot or when dealing with an overclocked processor. However, as is the case with any overclocked processor, fan noise is par for the course. The noise was unoffensive within the Thermaltake T81 Urban with doors open, and nearly inaudible when they were closed at all times. The bottom line here is that the Water 3.0 Ultimate will do an excellent job keeping todayâ€™s hottest multicore processors cool and quiet.
One observation noted during installation is that the tubing isnâ€™t quite long enough to allow the radiator to be mounted in the front of a case. Only few shorter mid-towers will allow front installation so users will need to make sure the enclosure they choose supports a triple 120 (360mm) radiator.
As of this article, the Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate will cost you only $139 US, and currently has no rival. Considering that the Water 3.0 Extreme 240mm system costs $100 US/CA, the extra cost is well worth it to keep your processor cool and extremely quiet. Assuming that you have a case that will accommodate it.
In the end, the Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate earns its name through its performance, its price, and easy installation in most cases that support a 360mm radiator. And it might very well be the last all in one liquid cooling system you will ever buy, with a 3-year warranty on top. With that combination of pluses, it certainly earns a very rare Editorsâ€™ Choice from Futurelooks!
Very affordable for an enthusiast level liquid cooler
Very good liquid cooling performance
Very quiet at stock PWM operation
Easy to set up
PWM fans perfect for full control
3 Year Warranty
Not compatible with all cases
Short tubing might not allow front mount in some cases
Overall Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
Read more at: http://www.futurelooks.com/thermaltake-water-3-0-ultimate-liquid-cooling-system-review/3/
October 1, 2014 - by Author: Steve Lynch Editor: Kyle Bennett
Thermaltake has some very lofty goals set for its new mid-tower case. Its primary goal is to deliver outstanding cooling performance which is always high on our priority list as well. Form and function both seem to be well served in this new Core V51 model as its performance profile is not hard on the eyes.
Today we are reviewing the Thermaltake Core V51 mid-tower case.
Thermaltake is a company that needs no introductions. To be honest, the reason most of us know the name is because we've probably, at some point in the past decade, had one (or more) of its products installed in our systems. In the early days, the Thermaltake brand was synonymous with performance cooling but, over the last few years, it is hard to find a segment of the industry the company hasn't expanded into.
We have featured numerous products from Thermaltake in our product reviews over the years, everything from the company's cooling products and award winning power supplies to audio components and its uniquely distinctive computer cases.
V51 Sound Test:
After spending some quality time with the Thermaltake Core V51, we have to say we are very impressed with this chassis. Obviously no case is perfect and there are a few things we'd like to see changed. Having to remove the front panel to access the bottom front filter is a bit of a pain but, if you are cleaning your filters, the front panel would have to be removed anyway. The case ships with three 120mm fans, it would have been nice to see the V51 ship with 140mm fans. The bottom rear filter, which is over nine inches in length and removes from the rear, requires moving your whole case to service and clean.
We very much like the direction Thermaltake has taken with the aesthetics of its Core line of cases. You'll notice that the Core V51 chassis shares a lot of the distinctive and stylish good looks of the Tt Core V1 mini-ITX case which we feel is a very good thing.
It's no secret that we love modular drive racks. This feature gives you the freedom to configure your system to perfectly suit your needs and Thermaltake has taken its modular drive rack design a step further by attaching the drive racks to the motherboard tray and making the 5.25" optical drive bays removable as well. Want to improve airflow from the front of your case to your GPUs? Remove one or more drive racks. Need space for a second or third water cooling loop? Take all the drive racks completely out and use the alternative mounting locations behind the motherboard tray.
Thermaltake chassis' have always excelled in the area of fan filtration systems. Including filters on all the intake fan mounting locations and the addition of the magnetic filter on the top of the chassis makes the Core V51 stand out from the crowd. The washable plastic filters in the front and bottom do a great job keeping dust from getting into your system. While the filter in the base of the case might is a bit difficult to remove once your system is in place, that has no impact on its ability to filter dust.
Enthusiasts are in and out of their cases more than any other group we know. We are constantly upgrading our hardware, troubleshooting or just trying different configurations. The swing out side panels make accessing hardware a snap. The ability to remove one or more hard drive racks and optical drive bays makes sure there is room for future expansion when it comes time to upgrade components. The multitude of configuration options definitely make the Core V51 a pleasure to work with.
The cooling performance of the Thermaltake Core V51 was phenomenal thanks in large part to the spacious design and the modular hard drive racks that allow you to not only customize your storage configuration but also to tailor air flow and fine tune your system's cooling performance. The multiple rows of slotted mounting holes in the top of the chassis is a stroke of genius as well.
The Bottom Line
Surviving our enthusiast testing process isn't a chore to be taken lightly. Every case that comes through the HardOCP labs is thoroughly examined, pushed to the limit, and tested in ways that we feel gives you an accurate assessment of the product's ability to perform in the manner you would use it at home. The Thermaltake Core V51 is a water cooling enthusiast's dream...possibly wet. The configuration possibilities of the Core V51 are virtually endless, the build quality is great and it delivers everything you could want in a mid-tower case and more.
The Thermaltake Core V51 is available from Amazon for $109.99 with Prime Shipping (stock is expected at Amazon very soon), or from Newegg for $109.99 with $10 shipping (stock today).
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15 September, 2014 - by George Cella
There are always constraints in product development and what is actually possible. While many times, an idea may be profound, it may not be physically possible in the real world. First and foremost, the actual materials to make the idea work need to exist. The idea of a floating transportation board that is non-powered since it is made of a gravity defying element that can bear weight and will not float away may sound great. This idea falls apart when you take into account that an element doesnâ€™t exist. Other times, your idea may step on a patent and may not be legally viable as a result, or at least not financially viable after paying royalties to the patent holder.
Over the last year, we have seen the legalese stunting of development in the CLC market. Since one manufacturer now owns the rights to the â€œpump on the blockâ€ concept, and vaguely on the concept of closed loop in general, we have been watching a one-horse race. Companies marketing these CLCs have had to work within the scope of what the patent holder (and OEM) is producing. With the same basic set of parts to work with, differentiation in the marketplace is becoming more difficult, and differentiation in performance even more difficult. There is only so much difference you can make by changing one 100 cfm fan to another 100 cfm fan, and the RGB LEDs may be a nice touch, but they arenâ€™t helping cool anything.
All in all, I am very impressed with the Water 3.0 Ultimate as a complete package, far more so than I expected to be. I appreciate Thermaltakeâ€™s approach and wish that more vendors would start using it. Balance and taking advantage of a componentâ€™s strengths are key, and Thermaltake gets that. While I still feel that an open loop solution, like the H220-X or XSPC Raystorm kit, is a much better choice at this price point for obvious reasons, when it comes to closed loop, there is no disputing that the Water 3.0 Ultimate is the current top choice. This is not only for its overall performance capabilities, but the fact that it will be a nice quiet everyday solution, as well. For this, the Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate takes home a Hi Tech Legion Gold Award.
Top Performing CLC We Have Tested To Date
Excellent Noise/Performance For CLC Cooler
Outstanding Noise/Performance With Fans at 1450 rpm and 40 dBA
Fans Controlled By Motherboard Header Directly
No Need For Extra Software
Push/Pull Ready With Threads Pre-Tapped In Radiator
52mm Thick Including Fans Aids Compatibility
Simple Installation on AMD or Intel
Fully Filled and Assembled Right Out of The Box
No Maintenance Required (or Possible, Which Is The Downside)
360mm Radiator Has Limited Case Compatibility
Price High For Performance Capabilities When Compared to High End Air or Basic Open Loop
Uses Basic Asetek Mounting Kit Including Plastic Backplate Which Is Known To Require Care In Usage
For more information: http://hitechlegion.com/reviews/cooling/liquid/41520-thermaltake-water-3-0-ultimate-360mm-liquid-cpu-cooler-review?showall=&limitstart=
September 9, 2014 - by Zac O'Vadka
I've said it before and I will say it again, digital power supplies are where the industry is headed. Those that have chosen to adopt and create the technology first are way ahead of the curve right now and in a few years, this is what others will be playing catch up on. Right now, the only two companies that have digitally controlled and monitored consumer units on the market are Corsair and Thermaltake. Both are working feverishly to stay ahead of the curve and the unit that we have today is another effort at doing just that.
The Toughpower DPS G series from Thermaltake is their second iteration of digital power supplies. The first was only available in a select few wattages, but the new series covers a much broader range of outputs, and as such, it should appeal to quite a few more who are interested in a digital unit. Thermaltake is offering the Toughpower DPS G in wattages ranging from 450W all the way up to 1050W. If that doesn't cover most of the PC market, I don't know what does.
For those wondering what the differences are over the DPS G series compared to the DPS series, it is relatively simple. Thermaltake has changed manufacturers between the two. The original units were manufactured by Sirtec and the new ones are made by CWT. In our experience, we have seen better overall quality from CWT-made units. This is apparent in many ways, ranging from components used to how well everything is soldered together. Let's start by taking a look at the specifications to see what all the 1050W DPS G has to offer.
This is the fifth or so digital unit that we have taken a look at thus far and the second unit that we've seen from Thermaltake. Being that we are still in the infancy stages of digital power supplies, I think it is safe to say that everyone wins with these units. Every digitally controlled unit that we have had thus far has performed on what was previously thought as a near flawless level of operation.
The Toughpower DPS G 1050W is no exception to this, doing what few have ever achieved and that is maintaining voltage regulation across the board within 1% of ATX specifications. Thermaltake does this while also maintaining excellent noise suppression and decent efficiency. The efficiency is also rather high on this unit as it stays solidly between the lines of 80 PLUS Gold and Platinum.
While we may not be able to say that the performance from the DPS G 1050W is unparalleled or that it is what the industry standard should be, we can say that the Thermaltake DPS G 1050W is probably the best unit on the market in terms of performance and value. The Thermaltake DPS G 1050W combines the best of both world's and this is truly what is the crÃ¨me de la crÃ¨me for consumers; excellent performance with exceptional value.
Read more at: http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/6657/thermaltake-toughpower-dps-g-1050w-80-plus-gold-power-supply-review/index4.html
September 4th, 2014- by Chad Sebring
When the Core Series is spoken of, we immediately think back to the Thermaltake Core V71, where Thermaltake offered a chassis like no other they had before. Of course, it did take some interior components that we had seen in other designs, but the versatility of the interior design, along with the slick rounded exterior, the full mesh front panel, and huge side window, all lent to its high ratings. Not only did we at TweakTown give the Core V71 an outstanding rating, but no one elsewhere could point out a failure with that design either.
Being blunt and honest has always worked for us in the past, so there is no need to change anything now. When we first looked at the Core V1 online, we thought that it looked aesthetically pleasing on the outside with the cool option to change the panels around to suit each user's specific needs. This option is cool enough for most, but without having much of a look prior to un-boxing this chassis, our hopes for the interior were not all that high. However, our tune quickly changed after about ten minutes with the Core V1.
After removing some thumbscrews, the panels started to shed off like leaves from a tree in fall, and it became clear that there would be no struggle to build inside of the Core V1. Failure to pay attention to detail is the one thing that will seriously break a good chassis and bring it to its knees in sales. However, we found the Core V1 is like a gift that keeps on giving with its drive bays and removable floor, as it hides features here and there like an Easter egg hunt.
As we said before, the toughest part of the build was after we had everything installed and then added the front I/O panel back into the chassis. There was plenty of wiring length to accommodate all of the runs to the USB 3.0 and HD Audio. Since we installed the video card prior to adding the tiny connections, we did have to fiddle around there, but that was due to the way we went at easing the build and eliminating the extra wiring. We did this until the PSU was wired to all of the components and tucked neatly away from the fans blades with the many wire tie points situated around where they pass from the bottom to the top.
We also love that the access hole for the wiring is deep enough to fully support a 120mm or 140mm AIO with a 27mm thick radiator and a 25mm thick fan. It also has just enough room left for the major wiring to pass. The Thermaltake Core V1 may not have large plastic handles on the top and bottom like the Prodigy, but if ever there was an economically friendly Prodigy killer, this Core V1 has to be it.
Keeping with notion that honestly is best policy, we do feel the MSRP for this chassis is set a bit high. By that we mean that the intended cost is nowhere near as awesome as some of the current pricing we have seen around the internet. This is still a pretty cool chassis at nearly $90, but if you shop smart, this chassis can be delivered to your door for less than $50. This takes this from an average bang-for-your-buck design into the realm of excellence, and it is hard to deny such a sleek and roomy design in such tight confines at this price.
Just as the Prodigy did years ago, I can see the Core V1 becoming the basis for many mods to come. It is also one of those cases that will make you ponder buying all the rest of the Mini-ITX gear just so you can complete a build in, and have one of these Core V1 Mini-ITX cases gracing your desk. That alone says volumes about a design. Thermaltake has won us over once again by showing they can offer unique, and stunning designs, even when it comes to a Small Form Factor chassis.
PRICING: You can find the Thermaltake Core V1 for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Thermaltake Core V1 retails for $40.99 at Amazon.
Canada: The Thermaltake Core V1 retails for CDN$60.18 at Amazon Canada.
Read more at: http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/6635/thermaltake-core-v1-mini-itx-sff-chassis-review/index.html
August 31st, 2014 - by Matthew Wilson
While all in one liquid cooling units continue to dominate the high end CPU cooling space, there is still plenty of room left in the market for a good old fashioned air cooler. Today we will be taking a look at the Frio 14 from Thermaltake. This CPU cooler promises minimal noise output at an affordable price but, does it deliver? Letâ€™s find outâ€¦
Overall, we are very impressed with the Thermaltake Frio14 silent CPU cooler. It was clearly designed from the ground up to deliver excellent cooling proficiency at very low noise levels.
Temperatures were kept lower than 50 degrees at all times, even on the power hungry FX-8350 chip. Noise levels were even better, coming in at just 35dBA thanks to the high quality 140mm fan.
I would like to point out that our results are taken with the fan spinning at 100%, most real world scenarios such as gaming, didnâ€™t require the fan to spin this fast and as a result, youâ€™ll achieve even lower noise levels.
If you are interested in overclocking then there is plenty of thermal headroom to play around with. However, for better results, you may want to look in to the Frio Extreme, the dual tower variant of this cooler.
We have been informed by Thermaltake that the Frio14 will release in the UK for about Â£30, a fantastic price given that it can trade blows with much more expensive coolers. However, store availability has yet to be announced.
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Strong cooling performance.
Easy mounting procedure.
KitGuru Says: If youâ€™re in the market for an extremely quiet, yet affordable CPU cooler and donâ€™t mind the bare aluminium look, then the Thermaltake Frio14 is the first cooler you should be looking at.
For more information: http://www.kitguru.net/components/cooling/matthew-wilson/thermaltake-frio14-silent-cpu-cooler-review/
August 26, 2014 - by Jan Ramon Fischer
Thermaltake new Frio Silent Series - Frio Silent 14, another CPU cooler with non-interference cooling design for the use of high performance RAM and motherboards, 140mm fan silently enhance air flow to aid in performance. Fully compatible with RAM of all kinds, ideally for power users to fill their RAM slots with high-end overclocked RAM.
We got a very positive review from Hartware. The cooler scores above average compared to ~30 regular CPU coolers, especially under load. Compared to other silent coolers, it scores 2nd out of ~30 coolers under load (only beaten by the AlpenfÃ¶hn Himalaya 2). The only point for critique is that you can not turn the cooler by 90Â° to avoid overlapping with overclocked and oversized RAM bars on AMD systems.
â€œAll in all, the Thermaltake Frio Silent convinces through its low sound level and good to very good cooling performance as well as the easy installation. We can especially recommend this cooler for silence freaks, the price of roughly 40 EUR is appropriate for a silent cooler of this caliber.â€
- extremely silent, even at 12V
- good to very good cooling performance
- good build quality
- easy installation
- can not be turned by 90Â° on AMD systems, which might cause problems with high RAM heatspreaders
For more information: http://www.hartware.de/review_1764_1.html
August 15, 2014 - by Kyle Bennett
Today we are reviewing the Thermaltake Core V1 mini-ITX computer case.
Thermaltake is a company that needs no introductions. To be honest, the reason most of us know the name is because you've probably, at some point in the past decade, had one (or more) of its products installed your system. In the early days, the Thermaltake brand was synonymous with performance cooling but, over the last few years, it is hard to find a segment of the industry the company hasn't expanded into.
We have featured numerous product from Thermaltake in our product reviews over the years, everything from the company's cooling products and award winning power supplies to audio components and its uniquely distinctive computer cases.
Lots of folks are looking towards a high end desktop computer system with a much smaller footprint. Mini-ITX motherboards have gotten to such a good quality level over the last few years, putting a gaming and overclocking behemoth in a small case is a possibility and Thermaltake wants to take it to the next level.
As with any chassis that lacks a 5.25" external drive bay, if you cannot live without an optical drive, you will need to look at other small form factor cases. This is neither a positive or a negative, it is just something you have to take into consideration when building a system in this case. Only two 3.5" hard drive mounting locations can be a turn off for some but, as we showed you earlier, that too can be remedied with just a few screws. We would have liked to have seen exhaust fans included with the case but, as it turns out, the Core V1 performed very well without those. The filtration system, specifically the lack of filters for the side panels was a bit of a let down, but it is hard to complain considering the price point.
Enthusiasts are in and out of their cases more than any other group we know. We are constantly upgrading our hardware, troubleshooting or just trying different configurations. The Thermaltake Core V1 has a surprising amount of room and is easy to work in and around. Thanks to some clever design choices, Thermaltake lived up to its promise of being able to use standard desktop components in this chassis. The cut out for the GPU is brilliant, the separate compartment for the PSU and the ability to use CPU coolers up to 140mm in height gives you plenty of options when selecting a cooler for your system.
After spending a good deal of time with this case, we can safely say that Thermaltake's "Your Build, Our Core" moto is spot on. The Core V1 would make a great foundation for a Steam Machine, HTPC, or LAN box. With a little ingenuity, we even turned this chassis into a very competent file server capable of holding up to four 3.5" hard drives.
The cooling performance of the Core V1 was great all the way around. In standard trim it didn't break a sweat and did almost as well in enthusiast trim. Adding an all-in-one cooler might be nice for your CPU but, by removing the large 200mm fan, the temperatures of your other components will suffer. We found that the best overall cooling performance came from leaving the 200mm intake fan in place and installing the best 140mm CPU cooler you can find.
The Thermaltake Core V1 is one of the best mini-ITX cases we've ever seen. The minor faults are just that, minor and the versatility makes working with this chassis a true pleasure.
Surviving our enthusiast testing process isn't a chore to be taken lightly. Every case that comes through the HardOCP labs is thoroughly examined, pushed to the limit, and tested in ways that we feel gives you an accurate assessment of the product's ability to perform in the manner you would use it at home.
The Thermaltake Core V1 should be at the top of the list for anyone building a LAN box, HTPC, or Steam Machine. The ability to pack this case with full-size, high-end hardware will make it a favorite with enthusiasts looking to reduce their system's footprint without sacrificing performance.
The Thermaltake Core V1 is available at Amazon for $46.14 plus shipping and at Newegg for $49.99 plus shipping.
Thermaltake Core V1 Mini-ITX Computer Case
For more information: http://hardocp.com/article/2014/08/15/thermaltake_core_v1_miniitx_case_review/1
August 10, 2014 - by NiKKTECH
With the introduction of the first 120mm AIO (All In One) Liquid CPU Coolers a few years back regular users/consumers could now enter the water cooling world without the extra cost and work required when purchasing a custom kit. Of course it may have all started with the two most well-known AIO manufacturers in the world (namely Asetek and CoolIT) which in turn rebranded their solutions for a number of companies like Antec, Thermaltake and Corsair but now even more have joined up making the battle much fiercer than what it used to be. Competition is always a good thing however and so aside lower prices this has also brought forth the introduction of 240mm and 360mm AIO liquid CPU coolers which in some cases even offer performance comparable to custom water cooling kits. Thermaltake just released the Water 3.0 Ultimate a massive 360mm AIO liquid CPU Cooler but until that makes it here we decided to check their Water 3.0 Extreme 240mm AIO liquid CPU cooling solution.
When we saw that the 240mm radiator used in the Water 3.0 Extreme was not as thick as the one used with its predecessor the Water 2.0 Extreme model we were quite curious as to what Thermaltake had done in order to make up for that. The obvious course of action would be to increase the density of the fins and use both a better pump and better 120mm fans which they did and so the end result is actually slightly better than expected. Of course half a degree Celsius is not what Iâ€™d call a breakthrough especially since the fans and pump product slightly more noise than the ones used in the Water 2.0 Extreme (strange since Thermaltake claims that these fans are less noisy) but whatever performance increase we can get for the same amount of money is always good. The thinner radiator of the Water 3.0 Extreme takes less space and that should appeal to people with midi towers who just don't have much space to spare. The Antec Kuhler H2O 1250 did outperform the Water 3.0 Extreme again by half a degree but it has two significant drawbacks, it's fixed fans and noise levels so no matter how you see it the Water 3.0 Extreme is a slightly better choice overall.
Price is also another plus for the Water 3.0 Extreme Liquid CPU Cooler by Thermaltake since it currently costs just USD99 inside the USA (Amazon.com) and 118.28Euros inside the EU (Amazon.de). Of course if you don't mind the mentioned drawbacks of the slightly better Kuhler H2O 1250 by Antec you can find it for even less but in the end that comes down to personal preference. The only really bad thing about the Water 3.0 Extreme is that it made us want to check out the latest Water 3.0 Ultimate even more but that's really not enough for us to keep our Golden Award away from it.
- Overall Build Quality
- Excellent Performance
- Thin Radiator (27mm)
- Fan Control Software
- Quad Fan Solution (Dual Ready)
- Easy Installation
- Price (For Some)
- Noise Levels (Extreme Mode - For Some)
For more information: http://www.nikktech.com/main/articles/pc-hardware/cpu-cooling/liquid-cpu-coolers/3889-thermaltake-water-3-0-extreme-liquid-cpu-cooler-review?showall=&limitstart=
August 5, 2014 - by Al Shuryan
I have to say this last year has been a fantastic year for full tower cases and the design engineers are gifting the water cooling enthusiast, pro builder, expert builder and overclockers with some products to get very excited about. The Thermaltake Urban T81 is a full-tower water cooling engineered marvel thatâ€™s an affordable competitive alternative to the $300+ cases of 2012/13. These newly designed water cooling cases are something special. The room, use of space, bracket designs, mounting options are giving those serious about water cooling the foundation for some ultimate configurations.
Review Sample Provided by: Thermaltake
Product Name: Thermaltake Urban T81
Be sure to catch some of the MODS the Modders-Inc. Staff have done with this case. There will be a full article about the fun we had with the Staff MOD-OFF at QuakeCon using the Thermaltake Urban T81 case. Weâ€™ve also posted a build log of each of our T81 Mods/Builds.
So, with all these MODS and builds in the Thermaltake Urban T81 I think we have some experience with this product. Itâ€™s built well, has classic features like suicide doors, beautiful looking magnetic front door, filtered intakes on 3 sides, 6 USB ports four 2.0 and two 3.0. Closed the case is very quiet, the dual side suicide doors are a gift to anyone working in their case often and the price shows everyone Thermaltake is serious about getting your attention, business and showing they are enthusiastically devoted to customers whoâ€™s interest is building a good, decent, super or ultimate build.
Modders will take heart in knowing this is built for the MOD, I know, I did it in not just one but I liked this case so much my own personal rig is in one and being modded as I write this article. To me itâ€™s so good, The PUNISHER will become my Modders-Inc. review/test Bench Rig case.
The only thing some might find tight is the space for cable management. Itâ€™s a little tight but not a drawback.
At the time of writing this the Thermaltake Urban T81 can be found at NewEgg for $169
This is definitely a water coolers case. You donâ€™t have to water cool your build to enjoy the room, ascetics and beauty of a case like this. Itâ€™s still a fantastic case even without water cooling but it is feature rich and many are for cooling.
â€œThis is a classic in the making, Builders and Modders REJOICE!â€
For more information, please go to: http://www.modders-inc.com/thermaltake-urban-t81-full-tower-chassis-review/
August 1, 2014 - by GDM Editorial Matsueda KiyoshiAkira
Thermaltake new Mini-ITX chassis reviewed by hermitage akihabara in Japan, some part of the content is Google translated as follow:
"Core V1" (Model: CA-1B8-00S1WN-00) cube-type Mini-ITX case that made its debut in the domestic market in about two months or so from the announcement, stated the (tax) 4,980 yen market expected selling price than the "COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2014" initially announced.
Well, whatsoever, the impact is too strong to 4,980 yen market expected selling price excluding tax. That's why, it was a validation of while looking for the price of Nari "shoddy construction" in a corner of the head's for sure. But just finished verification procedures of conventional, big pitfall and this was not found.
The rapid spread of consumer Mini-ITX motherboard, choice of compatible PC case countless. Kind of Cube-type PC case is more compact due in particular. But perfection is also high, none of the "Core V1" is, it means amazing there is that it would be available at 5,000 yen including tax impression cheap. Of Mini-ITX Cube corresponding type PC case "selling chart", before biting into the top, it would not require that much time.
For more information: http://www.gdm.or.jp/review/2014/0801/78714
July 31, 2014 - by Chad Sebring
Thermaltake breaks barriers with its latest cooler. Have a look at our first ever 360mm triple radiator AIO in Thermaltake's Water 3.0 Ultimate.
Thermaltake proves that sometimes it is much better to be first once again. In short, the Water 3.0 Ultimate is the end all be all if you are looking for the most efficiency of any AIO we have tested. Of course, most others tested were 240mm systems, but also remember, even on the custom loops that got beat, they come with 60mm thick radiators, and outright kill the Water 3.0 on surface area, yet they could not keep up. We also realize that most of what makes a good radiator great is when the fans that accompany it are up for the task at hand, and with the high FPI design in Asetek radiators, throwing near 300 CFM of airflow through this radiator was bound to have tremendous effects on cooling, and our charts prove that as well.
Do not consider our lack of an instruction sheet and splitter cable to be any reason to think ill of this design and quality, both as a cooler, as well as its contents. Realize that butts were busted to get this cooler to us as soon as possible, and we had to take what was available, but retail kits will have everything needed to get the Water 3.0 Ultimate up and running in your system as expected.
This does lead us to one of only two things that we can actually make a slightly ill remark towards. One of them is of course the need for room. You are going to need a full-tower design with triple 120mm radiator support in some form to use this internally. The second thing that Thermaltake brought up is the noise levels. Of course, some will say this is way too much to have sitting next to you, but the intention was to be the best of the best, and sometimes when trying to set the bar as high as Thermaltake has with this cooler, concessions have to be made, and with PWM in control, only rarely will you hit out such high noise levels.
Availability may be quite low at this moment, but knowing this cooler is going to hit the market very soon, and at only $139.99 as set by Thermaltake's MSRP, we can see the lines forming already to be some of the first to own this cooler. We hope for your sake that customs is polite and expeditious in the manner in which they check that container through, as we know a few of you are already foaming at the mouth to get one of your very own. To put that pricing into perspective, the Water 3.0 Ultimate is releasing for around $10 more than any typical 240mm AIO releases at, and it handily beat the Phobya kit that costs much closer to $200 to own. Looking at things in that sort of light makes this the obvious choice.
We really love the trend that Thermaltake has taken in the last year or two. They must really have some great minds over there in their concept and R&D teams. While we saw the changes happening slowly over the years, it's like the whole company has been injected with caffeine as of late, because there is a whole new league of products coming out. We all had the question in the back of our minds about a 360mm AIO and what sort of performance could be had. Well, with the advent of better cases to support this, Thermaltake bounds into the charts, pushing everyone out of their way to stand proudly on the top of the heap, with the best performing AIO we have ever tested.
For more information, please go to: http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/6553/thermaltake-water-3-0-ultimate-360mm-aio-cpu-cooler-review/index.html
Jul 24, 2014 - by Bob Buskirk
For the past few years Thermaltakeâ€™s cases have sort of been mainstream, appealing to pretty much anyone who wants a case. While this may or may not be the best thing other case companies have been really becoming popular with enthusiast builders out there. At CES this past January Thermaltake told us that they were going to be returning to their roots with some of their new cases, making these cases specifically for builders, modders and enthusiasts. Today we are taking a looking at the Urban T81 Full Tower which features a dual-swing door design, full modular drive concept, three 200 mm and a 140 mm fans included and the sleek design that you expect from Thermaltakeâ€™s Urban Series. Will this case impress? Read on as we find out!
I have to say I am extremely impressed with this case. It seems as though Thermaltake has really listened to its customers and done all of the right things with the Urban T81. Being part of the Urban Series you are going to get a sleek case and the T81 is no exception to that. It has a very subtle, but sleek design. The front brushed aluminum door makes it so there are no drives messing up that sleek look of the case.
The T81 is more than capable of handling pretty much any piece of hardware you throw it at it. It is a full tower case so you do have support for ATX and E-ATX motherboards, eight hard drives, two optical drives, and long graphics cards and power supplies. As I said this is a builders case and Thermaltake has really taken that to heart with the modular drive system. This allows you to completely remove all of the storage from the case and move the hard drive cages to whichever configuration you would like. It really does give you a lot of options.
When it comes to cooling Thermaltake does include three 200 mm (2 front, 1 top) fans and a 140 mm exhaust fan. That should be more than enough to keep your system cool, but of course you can add quite a lot more fans if you wish. One thing that I really did not mention too much was the radiator support. This case can support some pretty extreme watercooling configurations, check out the graph below to see what I mean.
Another great feature of this case is the dual-swing door design. This not only looks cool, but makes it extremely easy to get in inside your case. Not only that the lock on the door gives you an extra level of security. Installation in this case is a snap and I did not encounter any issues at all when installing my system.
At the end of the day this is one of the better cases that I have seen lately, from the build quality to the features. If you are looking for a sleek full tower case this should be at the top of your list. Right now you can pick up the Urban T81 at my favorite online retailer for $168, which is a great price. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Thermaltake Urban T81 Full Tower Case a 10 out of 10 score and our Recommended Award.
- Sleek design
- Dual-swing door design
- Modular storage system
- 4 included fans
- Lots of room for watercooling
- Easy installation
- Would have liked to see tie-downs on the back of the motherboard tray
Full Urban T81 review@THINKCOMPUTER please check: http://www.thinkcomputers.org/thermaltake-urban-t81-full-tower-case-review/
Thermaltake Wins the Prestigious â€œIDEA Award 2014â€ for the Innovational Core V71 Extreme Full Tower Chassis
Virginia, United States â€“ July 22, 2014 â€“ Victory once again for Thermaltake! Carrying on the mission of â€œDelivering the perfect user experienceâ€, Thermaltake continues developing innovative and amazing products being the industry leader in computer chassis, thermal solutions, and power supply units. After receiving the â€œCOMPUTEX d&i Awards 2014â€, Thermaltake is honored to celebrate the second victory with the â€œIDEA Award 2014â€ (International Design Excellence Awards) this year! Standing out from numerous contestants, out of 687 finalists this year, Thermaltake Core V71 Extreme Full Tower Chassis is one of the undisputed winners among the category of â€œComputer Equipmentâ€.
For Mr. Kenny Lin, the president & CEO of Thermaltake Group: â€œThe IDEA Award 2014 represents clear recognition for the level of innovation, benefit to the user, responsibility for the society, environment, culture and economy, benefits to the client, visual appeal and appropriate aesthetics, design research and strategy categories that demonstrated by our Core V71 Extreme Full Tower Chassis. It is an important confirmation of the long term corporate and product strategies: "Our pioneering spirit is undiminished, we are delighted to receive this! "
Thermaltake Core V71 Extreme Full Tower Chassis
Thermaltake Core V71 is the new of its kind concept for more versatility and adaptability to any configuration. The Core V71 full-tower E-ATX case gives PC enthusiast flexible installation and keeps the system cool. Users can modify for superior liquid cooling or superb airflow through seamless operation. This new chassis is the ultimate powerhouse suitable for any type of PC enthusiast â€“ no matter liquid cooling or extreme airflow. Engineered with the subtle curves, bold textures and clean lines, among many award winning case designs from Thermaltake, the Core V71 keeps it to include enthusiast level features while keeping the design simple. The massive mesh design maintains a constant stream of fresh air inside the case while keeping the hot air out. With integration of a fan controller and LED indicator, which offers a perfect complement outside of the chassis.
A highly customizable 5.25â€ & 3.5â€ drive bay feature enables users to freely interchange the 3.5â€ hard-drive cages to suit oneâ€™s need and removing the 5.25â€ & 3.5â€ drive bays to gain maximum interior space for advance cooling performance or liquid system builds. The Core V71 is built with an exclusive back tray design allowing users to assemble and expand easily and fast when all of the drive cages have been removed. Time saving screw-less assembly with the 5.25â€ & 3.5â€ tool-free drive bay design minimizes the hassles of installing ODD and HDD devices for convenience and ease of accessibility. Also, Core V71 is built with a fundamental airflow optimized design. Standard equipped with triple 200mm LED fans and a 140mm fan. It is the first in the market that has the ability to house 4x 200mm fans along with three more 120mm fans to achieve unrivalled airflow in your chassis. Core V71 pushes the envelope allowing users to utilize high-end water cooling solutions that feature up to a front 360/top 420mm, or front 420mm/top 360mm, along with rear 120mm and bottom 120/240mm radiators support for extreme performance.
For more details on the Thermaltake Core V71 information please visit:
Thermaltakeâ€™s corporate mission
Marked by outstanding technical depth and organizational strength, Thermaltake insists to provide the best for worldwide users in every aspect. The praise and affirmation from international design awards push forward Thermaltake with its 3 brandsï¼Thermaltake, Tt eSPORTS and LUXA2 keep building a world-class cultural brand for the enjoyment of entertainment, e-Sports, technology and enhanced lifestyle choices to all users!
Thermaltake in IDEA 2014 Gallery: http://idsa.org/core-v71
Tt Design Center: http://www.myttdesign.com/
About IDEA Awards
Started in 1980 by IDSA, the International Design Excellence Awards program (IDEAÂ®) fosters business and public understanding about the impact of design excellence on the quality of life and the economy. The IDEA program is considered one of the most preeminent design competitions in the nation with its scope and influence reaching far beyond U.S. boundaries.
IDEA Awards 2014 : http://idsa.org/awards
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Thermaltake product video link:http://www.youtube.com/user/Thermaltakereview
Thermaltake Facebook Fan Page:https://www.facebook.com/ThermaltakeInc
Thermaltake Introduces the New Frio Silent Series Ultimate Cooling Design
Taipei, Taiwanï¼July ,8, 2014ï¼Thermaltake, being an industry leader in computer chassis, thermal solutions, and power supply units today introduces ultimate air-cooling solution Frio Silent Seriesï¼Frio Silent 12, Frio Silent 14, and Frio Extreme Silent 14 Dual around the globe. Frio Silent Series have been specially designed to solve the noise problem that all extreme PC gamers have been suffering for long time, leading them into a world without disturbance. Furthermore, the Low Noise Cable (LNC) design helps new Silent Series keep the noise down to another level. This July, featuring the Thermaltake Frio Silent Series â€“ a CPU cooler that incorporated some of the most up-to-date CPU cooler technologies and persevered the greatnesses from its predecessors of Frio OCK and Frio Extreme which not only creating a new phenomenon for overclockers but also set another signature for the Frio Silent Series. More information is as follow:
Thermaltake Frio Silent 12 CPU cooler
Thermaltake Frio Silent 14 CPU cooler
Thermaltake Frio Extreme Silent 14 Dual CPU cooler
Frio Silent 12 and 14
Non-Interference Cooling Design: Frio Silent 12 and 14 solves the co-existing problem on high performance RAM and CPU coolers, it achieves the best RAM clearance allowing user to easily install high-end overclock RAM with CPU coolers.
Performance Optimized Design: Optimized 0.4mm aluminum fins are designed not only for distinctive looks but also for rapid heat dissipation. Tower side flow design optimizes the cooling performance.
Heat Conductivity: 3 x Î¦8mm solid cooper heat-pipes dissipate heat effectively allowing maximum heat conductivity. Heat-pipes are in Direct Contact with the CPU to ensure fast and efficient heat dissipation.
PWM and LNC in One: A 120mm/140mm PWM fan is fitted to enhance airflow to produce impressive cooling performance up to 1400RPM/1200RPM. LNC (Low Noise Cable) can reduce 38% noise level.
Thermaltake Frio Silent Series' optimized 0.4mm aluminum fins are designed not only for distinctive looks but also for rapid heat dissipation
Thermaltake Frio Silent Series with solid cooper heat-pipes dissipate heat effectively allowing maximum heat conductivity
Thermaltake Frio Silent 12 solves the co-existing problem on high performance RAM and CPU coolers
Thermaltake Frio Silent 14 achieves the best RAM clearance allowing user to easily install high-end overclock RAM with CPU coolers
Frio Silent Extreme 14 Dual
Ultimate Air-Cooling Solution: With dual fans and 6 x Î¦6mm solid-copper heat pipes, the Frio Extreme Silent 14 Dual accelerates heat transfer from the CPU onto the copper base for a faster dissipation.
Dual PWM Fans: Two 140mm PWM fans are fitted to produce high air flow in silence, with speeds up to 1200RPM. LNC (Low Noise Cable) can reduce the noise level by up to 38%.
Dual Tower in Aluminum: Optimized dual tower 0.4mm aluminum fins are designed for both a distinctive look as well as performance. The tower-side flow design optimizes cooling performance by increasing the connection between hot and cold air.
Mirror-Finish Copper Base: The copper base makes a perfect contact with the CPU, ensuring fast and efficient heat dissipation. 6 x Î¦6mm solid copper heat pipes dissipate heat effectively, enabling maximum heat conductivity.
Thermaltake Frio Extreme Silent 14 Dual has been specially designed to solve the noise problem
For more information on the Thermaltake Frio Silent Series information please visit:
Frio Silent 12 http://www.thermaltake.com/Air_Cooler/Air_Cooler_/Frio/C_00002336/Frio_Silent_12/design.htm
Frio Silent 14 http://www.thermaltake.com/Air_Cooler/Air_Cooler_/Frio/C_00002337/Frio_Silent_14/design.htm
Frio Extreme Silent 14 Dual http://www.thermaltake.com/Air_Cooler/Air_Cooler_/Frio/C_00002335/Frio_Extreme_Silent_14_Dual/design.htm
Thermaltake Announces Satellite Notebook Cooler and Speaker in One
Taipei, Taiwanï¼June 12, 2014ï¼Thermaltake, being an industry leader in computer chassis, thermal solutions, and power supply units today officially announces the new notebook cooler: Satellite. Cuboidsâ€™ Satellite is a 2-in-1 NB cooler, combining cooling fans with dual-speakers. It is the best choice for laptop users as it provides effective heat conductivity as well as quality sound effects. Unfold effortlessly to adjust to multiple heights for comfortable typing. Itâ€™s easy to carry, store, and suitable for any size of notebook. Designed by students, Satellite is a d&i award-winning product which is creative and stylish yet easy to use!
Dual Cooling Fans
2 x 50mm cooling fans that speed up to 2500RPM to effectively exhaust heat, allowing maximum heat conductivity for great cooling performance.
Dual 2.0 channel speakers constantly provide a clear and full sound. Enjoy your favorite music, games, and videos with high-quality sound.
Designed for your health â€“ the multiple height settings allow NB users change angles for better visual viewing for different use. It gives you a more comfortable viewing experience for extended periods of time.
Elegant cover makes storage effectively, easy to organize, makes your gaming and working environment neat and tidy.
Compact and Portable Design
Distinctive design, compact and easy to carry, Satellite is laptop usersâ€™ best partners. Wires can also be stored inside, great to use anywhere.
For more information on the Thermaltake Satellite information please visit:
Thermaltake Urban T81 Full-Tower Chassis
Thermaltake presents an update of its Urban line with the new Urban T81 â€“ an elegant, high-impact design. Beautifully architectured, the T81 is engineered for one solid purpose: To provide enthusiasts with the ability to build the highest performing systems while retaining a simple, elegant, and commanding appearance. It is not merely a PC chassis; it is an exemplar of modernist design.
Dual Swing Door Design
Inspired by automotive â€œsuicide doorsâ€ , the T81's novel door panels are an innovative and inspired design that sets it apart from any other chassis . Likewise, the front door panel's brushed aluminum finish masks extrusive drives and devices, producing a unified aesthetic of modern sophistication.
Fully Modular Concept
A highly customizable 5.25â€ & 3.5â€ drive bay enables users to freely interchange the 3.5â€ hard-drive cages to suit oneâ€™s need, or remove 5.25â€ & 3.5â€ drive bays to gain maximum interior space for maximum airflow or the addition of liquid cooling systems.