At the time of this review the Water 2.0 Extreme can be purchased online for under $130.00 USD which makes it slightly higher in price than the Corsair H100 competition. In all reality though, they are priced about the same if you take advantage of available rebates and do some shopping around.
Using an all-in-onc LCS has some great advantage as far as cable management and keeping the inside of a case looking clean and orderly. I really like the way the fan power is able to come from the pump area now, no need to have two fans plugged into a motherboard’s headers with this setup. As mentioned before, you will need to make sure you have two 120 mm fan openings at the top of your case in order for the radiator to fit there, this could limit some people from using this piece of hardware unless a suitable case is purchased.
To top it all off is the fan control software that accompanies the Water 2.0 Extreme. The software works real well and gives the user total control of the pump and fans via preset options, or by choosing your own using the software’s custom option.
The Water 2.0 Extreme actually exceeded my initial expectations, especially when the system was overclocked. About the only complaint I have is the price being a little higher than the Corsair counterpart, but without testing the Corsair unit I would expect it has some stiff competition with the Water 2.0 Extreme.
Based on performance, improvements made since the release of its predecessors, and the value it provides; the Thermaltake Water 2.0 should definitely be on your short list if you are looking to buy an all-in-one LCS. 9/10 is the rating this time around for the Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme, excellent product!
Dino DeCesari (Lvcoyote)