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Thermaltake Tide Water All in One VGA Liquid Cooling Module Review
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CLOSER LOOK

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This is one of the neatest pieces of hardware I have ever reviewed. The way Thermaltake achieved total self-containment is pretty impressive. In this first photo below, you can see the small pump in the upper right corner just above the coolant reservoir.

Thermaltake Tide Water - Pump Location

Thermaltake Tide Water - Heat Sink, Fan, Reservoir

Thermaltake came up with a clever way to divert air away from the intake tube. It's difficult to capture in a photo but once mounted, the air bubble naturally travels up and away from the intake area due to the design of the reservoir itself.

Thermaltake Tide Water - Reservoir Air Bubble Trap

All of the photos above are of the Tide Water's underside (once mounted in your case). The shot below is of the topside.

Thermaltake Tide Water - Top Side

Thermaltake Tide Water - Exhaust Side Panel

Below you see the switch controlling the fan's high and low speed settings. The high speed setting was noticeably louder than the stock 7800GTX fan and even louder than my PSU. The low speed setting was considerably quieter and basically sounded just like my system did before installation.

The placement of this switch is questionable. You have to open your case in order to access it. The high speed setting really didn't drop the temps much more than the low speed setting. So, most people will probably be fine with leaving it set to low anyway. Still, it would be nice if Thermaltake had placed the switch on the back panel itself or on an extension mount of some sort.

Thermaltake Tide Water - Fan Switch

Next Page: Closer Look cont...

Last Updated on March 21, 2006


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