THERMALTAKE WATER 3.0 RIING RGB 240 REVIEW AND TEST

THERMALTAKE WATER 3.0 RIING RGB 240 REVIEW AND TEST

Today we introduce you to the next novelty from the company Thermaltake, announced this year. Thermaltake Water 3.0 Riing RGB 240 is an updated model of the previously released Water 3.0 Extreme S. This model is built on the basis of Asetek company’s development is quite a good choice among the variety of liquid cooling systems, presented in the All-in-One format.

The main difference between the updated version and predecessor are complete fans. In the case of the Water 3.0 Extreme S used quite ordinary fans to rev / min with a plain bearing 1000-2000 rotational speed. New well – Riing 12 RGB – are based on hydrodynamic bearings have a rotational speed 800-1500 rev / min max mode. performance (400-1000 in “silent” mode), and also has interesting implemented LED backlight. Well, let us together look at how good this “upgrade” and whether he is overpaid?

THERMALTAKE WATER 3.0 RIING RGB 240 REVIEW AND TEST

Thermaltake Water 3.0 Riing RGB 240: PACKAGING EQUIPMENT

Supplied Thermaltake Water 3.0 Riing RGB 240, as well as models of the previously released in a small cardboard box. The very type of packaging remains the same. On the edges of a description of the delivered product, its specifications, and lists some of the features of the device in several languages. The entire kit delivered recorded in box made of recycled cardboard.

Components Thermaltake Water 3.0 Riing RGB 240 consists of the main unit (radiator + water block), two fans (120 mm), the fan controller mounting kit for different platforms Intel and AMD, as the installation guide.

Thermaltake Water 3.0 Riing RGB 240: APPEARANCE

Let’s begin with a detailed examination of the radiator. Before us is quite a standard 240-mm aluminum radiator with 13 flat channels through which the fluid circulates. Between channels is Corrugated aluminum, which acts as a heat spreader. The water block is connected to the radiator 2 rubber tube, enclosed in a sheath, the length of which is 326 mm.

THERMALTAKE WATER 3.0 RIING RGB 240 REVIEW AND TEST

The design presented in the form of a pump combined with microchannel water block, absolutely not changed. Just the same, you can watch and other products collected on the basis of ready-made solutions from Asetek. On the cover there is no eye-catching details, such as RGB-illumination. Only the logo of the manufacturer and the name of the line to which the this product.

It connects the pump to the mat. board using a cable with 3-pin connector.

On the base of water block is applied neat circle thick proprietary thermal interface.

Processing copper base is good, it is polished, but not to a perfect mirror finish.

Print test showed that in the center there is a slight bulge (all screws are tightened evenly to obtain the most accurate and precise print). A similar mark obtained in the case of the Water 3.0 Extreme S.

We now turn to the fans. Riing RGB 12 256 as mentioned above, it is based on high hydrodynamic bearings. From the producer of technical improvements noted the following:

  • Blades, guides and focuses the airflow closer to the edge, thus increasing the air pressure;
  • On the inside of the fan housing has a special projection, the guide portion of the stream in the middle. This avoids the partial outflow of air from the fan edges and achieve a minimum level of aerodynamic noise;
  • The presence of anti-vibration mounting;
  • RGB-lighting.

The connector at the fans a little bit different from the standard. 5-pin connector is needed to connect to the corporate controller fans. But if you want them, you can easily connect to a 4-pin connector, placed on the mat. board. rotational speed is controlled by the PWM (Pulse Width Modulation). Complete controller provides 2 modes – increased productivity, where rotational speed varies in the range of 800 ~ 1500 the RPM, and quiet, in which the rotational speed is markedly reduced, and changes in the range of 400 ~ 1000 RPM. Fan cord is enclosed in a sheath, with a length of ~ 46 cm.

THERMALTAKE WATER 3.0 RIING RGB 240 REVIEW AND TEST

Now the controller. He is represented by a separate small device with 3 buttons and 3 connectors for fans. Each button is responsible for switching certain modes of fans and lighting. So, SPEED button is responsible for switching between “quiet” and “increased productivity”, respectively. MODE button toggles the backlight connected fans. A total of 6 – Red -> Blue -> White -> Green -> LED off -> 256 colors. PLAY / PAUSE button is useful for fixing a particular color in the 256 colors. The white dot on the controller is 1 slot from which you need to carry out the connection of fans. Material controller cable braid exactly the same as that of the fan cable length is about 50 cm.

It connects the controller to the mat. board using a standard 4-pin connector.

Also, the controller has an LED that can light up 2 colors – red and blue. If the lights red, it means that the silent mode is activated fans. If blue, then, accordingly, performance mode is activated.

Now for the backlight. Fans of the line Riing 12 256 RGB LED lights have a ring around the perimeter of the body. Sami saturated colors, but in terms of luminance, they yield the same Corsair SP / HD120 RGB. Below is the photo and video modes are represented backlight.

THERMALTAKE WATER 3.0 RIING RGB 240 REVIEW AND TEST

Thermaltake Water 3.0 Riing RGB 240: TEST CONFIGURATION AND INSTALLATION

  • Housing: Corsair 570X RGB (3 x Corsair SP120 RGB + 1 x Thermalright X-Silent 120);
  • Processor: Intel i7-3930K (Socket LGA2011), 4 GHz, the voltage is fixed at 1,215V;
  • Video Card: Sapphire R9 290X Vapor-X 4GB;
  • board: ASUS P9X79 Pro;
  • Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum, 4 x 8GB, 1866 MHz;
  • Storage: Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB + Seagate ST1000DM003;
  • Power Supply: Corsair AX760i;
  • Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD.

What is particularly good at this type of attachment – a very simple installation process on the S2011 platform (3). The first – to fix the plastic mounting ring.

They install and fix the thumb screws.

Dress up the ring on the water block, fix its bottom plastic ring.

Bolted to the radiator fans, and then fix the radiator in the enclosure.

Smear thermal paste on the CPU cover (or a reserve on branded water block and use it) and set on top of the water block. Connecting the water-block to CHA_FAN connector. The controller connects to the fan connector CPU_FAN. The fan is connected to the controller. If desired, the controller can be fixed in a particular location for the pallet, using complete Velcro, which one part of the double sided tape is attached to the pallet, and the other to the body controller. That’s all – turn on the PC and use.

THERMALTAKE WATER 3.0 RIING RGB 240 REVIEW AND TEST

Thermaltake Water 3.0 Riing RGB 240: TESTING

LinX AVX 0.6.4 software was used for the CPU load, the value of the volume of task – 25000, load duration was – 30 minutes. For nuclei of temperature measurement used software CoreTemp 1.5 software.

Testing was conducted in the above test configuration, as the thermal interface was used thermal paste Arctic Cooling MX-2. rotational speed in all case fans installed on the possible maximum. The ambient temperature at the time of testing was 24-25 ° C. This time we will depart from the accepted test in the two approaches, since the test was performed in a slightly different configuration and, therefore, the results obtained previously, can not be compared with the results today. We will test two modes – performance / low – and learn how to effectively cope Thermaltake Water 3.0 Riing RGB 240 with the above-mentioned cooling of the processor depending on the rotational speed of the fan package. In the diagrams, which are presented below, are the minimum / maximum temperature (° C) in idle processor cores and load respectively. As the opponent stands liquid cooling system from Corsair company – H80i GT (pump works in max performance mode, the fan speed is fixed at 1500 rev / min.).

As you can see, Thermaltake Water 3.0 Riing RGB 240 copes with cooling i7 3930K. 67 ° C – a very good result. It should be noted that in the maximum performance mode, the fans operate only slightly louder than the silent mode. Compared to Corsair fans mounted on the LSS H80i GT, even in productive mode Riing 12 RGB 256 operate significantly quieter. Therefore, you can safely leave the productive mode is not afraid of any excessive noise. It should also be mentioned that the pump runs almost silently, which undoubtedly pleases.

THERMALTAKE WATER 3.0 RIING RGB 240 REVIEW AND TEST

Thermaltake Water 3.0 Riing RGB 240: CONCLUSION

What we have in the end? Thermaltake Water 3.0 Riing RGB 240 – quite a standard and popular solution, built on the basis of Asetek development, Kojima used by many other companies. The main feature of the AIO similar solutions are new fans Thermaltake Riing 12 RGB 256, supplied with a proprietary controller that allows you to not only control the lighting, but also switch between the two modes of rotational speed.

Pros Thermaltake Water 3.0 Riing RGB 240:

  • High efficiency;
  • The quiet fan with anti-vibration mount;
  • The presence of multi-mode backlighting from fans;
  • Separate controller for switching modes, and backlight;
  • Quiet pump.

Minuses Thermaltake Water 3.0 Riing RGB 240:

  • Relatively weak brightness fans Riing 12 RGB 256;
  • Fairly high cost.

Source: thermaltake

THERMALTAKE WATER 3.0 RIING RGB 240 REVIEW AND TEST was last modified: December 12th, 2016 by Casey Rembrandt