It’s been a while since Thermaltake Technology Co., Ltd. released a liquid-cooling system. The last one was Thermaltake PW880i announced in the middle of 2009, when it made very ambiguous impression. BY the way, that system never became really popular that is probably why it disappeared from retail pretty quickly after that.
And finally in the summer of 2011 Thermaltake was ready to announce two new liquid-cooling systems – Bigwater 760 Plus (CLW0211) and Bigwater A80 (CLW0214). The first one is a slightly enhanced modification of the old Big Water 760i with the support for all contemporary platforms and an improved water block and expansion tank. However, the second system is a completely new product for Thermaltake.
However, one glance at the newcomer will be enough for our regular readers to recognize the design of most compact liquid-cooling systems, such as Corsair H50 or Antec KÜHLER H2O 620. So, today we are going to find out if the new “Big Water” will be able to surprise us.
Technical Specifications and Recommended Pricing
Package and Accessories
Thermaltake Bigwater A80 ships in a pretty standard box designed in Thermaltake’s well-recognizable style:
The back and sides of the box contain extensive information about the cooling system, including detailed technical specifications and even a comparative efficiency chart:
According to this chart, Bigwater A80 should be as much as 10°C more efficient than Intel’s boxed cooler. I have to admit that it raises a red flag right there, because any air super-cooler is 17-20°C more efficient than the boxed cooler that comes with Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition processor even without taking into account the noise.
The system is bundled with a universal plastic backplate, two sets of steel retention brackets with spring-screws, three sets of screws and an installation guide in 14 languages:
Thermaltake Bigwater A80 is made in China and costs about $65. It comes with a 3-year warranty.