Thermaltake brings one cooler by air and two by sea


— 1:00 PM on February 16, 2017

Either Thermaltake's management drives its product engineering team to the edge of exhaustion, or those engineers are very enthusiastic about their jobs, because the company's latest announcements could make for a day's worth of news. The company is showing off the Contac Silent 12 CPU cooler, the Water 3.0 Riing RGB 360 all-in-one liquid cooler, and the Pacific W4 RGB CPU water block. We'll proceed through the trio, starting with the most traditional and ending with the most out-there item.

Thermaltake's rather restrained Contac Silent 12 CPU cooler has a heatsink with four 6-mm copper pipes dissipating heat through an aluminum fin array in a tower arrangement. The 6-mm heatpipes make direct contact with the CPU's integrated heat spreader. The included 120-mm fan employs a hydraulic bearing and is attached with spring clips. The company supplies a "low-noise cable" that can reportedly reduce fan speed by 27% and noise level by 24%. A few moments of research suggest that the cable simply has an integrated resistor that slows the fan down by reducing its voltage.

Users can mount the Contac Silent 12 on Intel motherboards with 775 to 1336 CPU pins. The cooler is equally ready for AMD chips on sockets up to and including the Ryzen-ready AM4, though there's no AM1 support. The Contac 12 measures 6.0" x 5.0" x 3.0" (15 cm x 13 cm x 2.5 cm) and weighs in at 24.7 oz (700 g).

With that plain, colorless air cooler out of the way, please direct your attention to the Water 3.0 Riing RGB 360. This all-in-one liquid cooler has a 360-mm radiator endowed with three 120-mm Riing RGB LED fans. The included controller can be used to configure fan speeds and color settings. Users can switch between red, blue, white, or green hues, or activate a mode that cycles through an array of 256 colors. A play/pause button can lock the lighting in one of those colors even after a shutdown or reboot. Sadly, neither the integrated water pump or the water block assembly feature LED illumination of any kind.

The block is ready to work with all current Intel desktop CPUs or contemporary AMD CPUs up to AM3+, but doesn't include brackets for use in future AM4 systems. The radiator is 27-mm thick and can be fitted with up to six fans if space permits.

The last stop on our journey from mild to wild is Thermaltake's Pacific W4 RGB CPU Water Block. Just to be clear, the W4 can cool CPUs that don't have their own RGB LEDs. The W4 is intended for custom open-loop liquid cooling systems. The block is made from nickel-plated copper with 0.15-mm channels and sports a PMMA cover with a pair of G1/4 fittings. The included lighting controller offers seven static colors, a cycle of all 256 colors, and a lights-off mode. The LED brightness is independently adjustable and the controller retains settings between system power cycles. The W4 is ready to perch atop pretty much any Intel or AMD processor from the last ten years, AM1 excluded.

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