The Thermaltake Bigwater 760i is designed to be an entry level product for amateur users who wish to get an affordable and complete water cooling kit in order to assemble their first water cooled PC.
As you can understand the price does matter in that category and you won't get a top or the best all-in-around solution at the price range of $150. The installation procedure is simple and easy even for someone rookie in the water cooling section. Besides the very comprehensible printed manual, Thermaltake has several videos that should be watched before starting anything. After unpacking you will understand that everything is here... You don't need to use nothing else, besides a scissor to cut at the proper length the water tube. The system can be upgraded with several GPU blocks, as we can see in the following picture. So we can say that the system is future proof.
After the positive ones, it's time to mention what we didn't liked. First of all the radiator's fan is..loud! Even at the lowest rotation speed produced enough noise to keep you wonder, who said that water cooling is..noiseless! If you set the fan at maximum speed, then prepare additional noise. Another problem is that the fan speed control knob is not placed at the front of the 2U water cooling bay but at the back. This makes rather difficult changing the fan's speed whenever you like, since you have to dig for it inside the case between many cables.
Passing to the performance, we hoped to see better results than the ones we got. First of all there is a "flaw" in the design of Bigwater 760i. The radiator is small and its not placed outside of the box, so the already hot air isn't enough to cool down the hot water. That is clearly showed up when we overclocked our Intel E6750 and after 23 minutes of Orthos testing we noticed a gradual increase in water's temperature. We don't believe that this is a problem of the Bigwater 760i but rather a limitation since the system is compact and its placed inside the case. So what's the best you can expect, compared to Intel's stock fan? We managed to see up to 8 Celsius difference at full load, average temperatures may be even lower. It's possible that such performance can also be obtained from an air cooler with less money and installation fuss.
Summing up our presentation, we feel that Bigwater 760i is a good product for entry level users who wish to explore water cooling and give a new look at their boxes. Middle to expert users probably will avoid this product and look for something much more powerful that will keep their overclocked processor cool for good.
- Price is good, for entry level water cooling users
- The retail package is superb, everything is included
- The installation process was very simple even for amateur users
- It uses only two 5.25 empty spaces to be installed
- You can use other water blocks from Thermaltake (VGA, HDD) to further expand system
- The included fan is too loud even at lowest rotation speed
- The control knob regulating the fan speed is at the wrong place
- Performance was not so impressive to justify the 150$ that Thermaltake wants in order to buy the product