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|Review: Thermaltake Bigwater 760 Plus|
|Posted by Dexter K.|
|Tuesday, 24 January 2012 23:10|
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Verdict and Conclusion
If you run at stock clocks and want to take a plunge in watercooling the Bigwater 760 plus is a decent choice. The platform itself allows you to add in more radiators, or a better waterblock once you are more comfortable. There is no need to read a huge guide on which watercooling items to buy from which stores, and no problems with buying the wrong size barbs or tubing.
That is not to say that everything is perfect, because its not. There is a big problem with the block being magnetic. Either the copper core is coated with stainless steel, or the nickel plating has tons of impurities. I am also very disapointed in the fact that it lost to an air cooler at half the price. Thermaltake really needs to make the radiator a 120x2 if it wants to compete with top of the line coolers when it has a top of the line sort of price.
While it only costs about half as much as my custom loop, its price is still a real problem. Retail is $150 (the lowest I can find it for is $130). The big problem with this is the fact that there is a popular watercooling kit out there at the same price that includes a 120x2 radiator and uses aftermarket quality components. Thermaltake really needs to lower the price by $60 if they want to compete.
I really think that if you run a quad-core chip the Bigwater 760 Plus might be fine for you, but a hex-core processor is just way too much heat for this poor little heatsink to disapate.
If you are looking for a top of the line water loop this is not it. However, if you want to get started with watercooling but do not know how to get started this is a fine place to do so. But keep in mind that there are alternatives with better components for the same price. Just keep to mild overclocking or stock speeds and this watercooling kit will keep things at reasonable temperatures.