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Thermaltake Water 3.0 Riing RGB 360 Edition Liquid CPU Cooler Review

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   With every single one of the recently released mid-towers featuring enough interior space to fit at least a single 240mm radiator inside (there are even quite a few Mini-ITX and Micro-ATX models with enough space for 240mm ones) it's really not strange that most hardware component manufacturers have started to focus most of their resources in the development and release of AIO liquid CPU cooling solutions. Now as some of you may already be aware there are just 7 manufacturers of AIO liquid coolers currently in the market some of which release their solutions under their very own brand names (such as Alphacool, Swiftech, DeepCool and Cooler Master) and others which act as OEM suppliers and release them under other brand names (this includes Asetek, CoolIT and Apaltek). The second group as expected "owns" a much larger percentage of the market compared to the first and that's really not a bad thing since these manufacturers adjust their AIO liquid solutions based on the requirements of each company (bottom line they are not identical). Thermaltake recently released the latest member in their Water 3.0 line the Riing RGB Edition and with us today we have the top of the line 360mm model.


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   Just like with all the other members of the Water 3.0 line the Riing RGB edition (currently available in 240/280/360mm) is actually manufactured by Asetek on behalf of Thermaltake and since the first is considered by many to be at the top of the liquid cooling industry that's not a coincidence. In terms of specifications the Riing RGB 360 Edition model seems to share the same radiator (392mm long, 120 wide and 27mm thick), tubes (326mm long - although this time over they are sleeved) and pump/waterblock combo (3600RPM +-150RPM) as the Water 3.0 Ultimate which we reviewed a couple of years back. The main difference is the three 120mm Riing RGB fans which may look many times better but are actually quite slower compared to the ones used in the Water 3.0 Ultimate (1500RPM/2000RPM) so not only do they produce lower airflow levels (40.6CFM/99CFM) but don't seem to do much better in terms of noise (26.4dBA/20dBA). Last but not least Thermaltake bundles a smart fan controller with the Water 3.0 Riing RGB Edition which can be used to control both the speed and color (5 LED modes) of the three bundled fans (unfortunately no control software once again).