My test rig or raped media centre components used for this review / test are as follows,
Motherboard:- Gigabyte GA-H61M-DS2-DVI micro ATX
CPU:- Intel i3 3240 3.4Ghz - socket 1155
Memory:- 8GB DDR3 Kingston Beast
Graphics:- Sapphire R285 Compact
PSU:- CoolerMaster M1000
Chassis:- Thermaltake Suppressor F51
Fitting the Thermaltake Pacific RL240 Water Cooling Kit into the Suppressor F51 chassis went very well apart from the radiator mounting problem as mentioned earlier in the review. I was forced into fitting the radiator into the front of the chassis due to my motherboards memory arrangement. There were plenty of mounting points for the radiator in the front of the chassis. Fitting the pump / res combo was also hassle free in the Suppressor F51 as again plenty of mounting holes in the chassis floor were available. Within one hour I had completely hosed the system & was filling it with coolant! After bleeding the cooling system and leak testing for an hour I was confident enough to switch the system on. All booted with no issue & I was happy to be back to where I was 2 hours previously, with a fully working but now water cooled PC.
Conclusion:- I must say that I’ve been very impressed with Thermaltake’s Pacific RL240 Water Cooling Kit. The cooling performance of the kit has proved itself against what I know I can build myself from off the shelf parts. With an ambient air temperature of approx. 21c the kit idled at approx. 22-28c. I decided to give it a bit of a hammering so set Prime95 running & walked away. 10 minutes later I took note of the current temperature approx. 48-50c, after one hour the system was still holding a full load temperature of 48-51c. This is also with the fans running at 50% / 800 R.P.M ish & the D5 pump set at speed position two. I’m sure by increasing both the fan & pump speed the temperature would decrease slightly, but for me it’s about finding a happy medium between noise & performance.
Pro’s:- Quality radiator, pump /res combo & water block. Very versatile, expandable & ease of fitment into chassis.
Con’s:- Not many! Only the size of the radiator could be a problem with some chassis’ / motherboards.
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