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Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Thermaltake Bigwater 760i

1. Introduction

Thermaltake is a well known cooling system manufacturer. It's known to most users from their extreme air cooling solutions for CPUs. The recent trend of water cooling couldn't leave Thermaltake out of the game. A new product called BigWater 760i promises to fulfill your needs in getting an affordable water cooling solution with ease of installation and good performance. We will try to find out how good the overall package is, considering that air coolers are much cheaper and have adequate performance.

- Thermaltake Bigwater 760i

Thermaltake announced at this year's Computex show, the next generation of high performance liquid cooling systems, Big Water 760i. According to Thermaltake, this new breed of liquid cooling system focuses on ease of use while improving upon the performance level that Big Water series of water cooling systems have been know for.

Big Water 760i consists of an all inclusive bay drive unit and a water block with intelligent interconnect that can be installed effortlessly.  Ultra quiet pump, 12CM blue LED fan, water reservoir and high performance radiator are all strategically positioned inside the bay drive unit.  User can simply install the bay drive unit into a 5.25” drive bay, secure the water-block on the CPU and connect the intelligent interconnect to complete this easy installation process.

To decrease manufacturing cost, traditional water blocks often are designed with a simple water channel. However, water within the cooling system travels at very high speed and does not have sufficient time to absorb heat from the heat source. 

To overcome this major downside, Thermaltake developed a water block with Redundant Micro Channel Design to effectively divide water flow into micro channels thus accelerating heat transfer from the heat source to the liquid material. In addition, micro channels are stacked on top of each other to fully utilize the available space within the water block and further increase heat transfer.

Intelligent interconnect has built-in automatic shut-off valves that prevents accidental water leakage while disconnecting the water tubing while assembly or dismounting.  A feature that greatly decreases the risks of damaging other critical components from improper installation. In addition to water block, the pump also plays a determining factor in thermal efficiency.  BigWater 760i utilizes the P500 pump that is capable of pushing 500L/H (131.9G/H) of water that improves the overall efficiency and cooling performance.  Durable ceramic bearing mechanism also ensures years of uninterrupted operation.

The radiator is now equipped with the new Dimple Tube Technology to increase the turbulence within the radiator, effectively enlarging the surface area of coolant contact and elongating the time that the coolant stays in the radiator in order to be cooled.

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