While this is only the second cooling review I've done on the LGA2011 test system, Thermaltake's Water 2.0 liquid cooling kit was able to upstage one of the top ranked air coolers in the Noctua NH-D14 SE2011. That's impressive enough in itself but even Tt's budget-minded Performer was able to do so - very impressive.
Installation on the LGA2011 socket is very easy once you take a moment to read the instructions and understand what is being asked of you. It's really convenient that you don't have to remove the motherboard to swap coolers on this platform. It's also nice that the kits come with thermal interface material pre-installed. Of course, you can always clean the block before use and use your own paste should you choose to do so.
We made comparisons with the Corsair H70 water kit throughout this review and for good reason - the H70 and the Pro kit are essentially identical. Both, along with the Performer model, are manufactured by Asetek with the only real difference being the included fans and tubing. I tested the Corsair kit over a year ago on a different platform so unfortunately I wasn't able to compare the two units in an apples-to-apples manner.
At full speed, I was able to hear the fans from outside the Cosmos II chassis but they weren't overly loud. I also noted that the pump made a bit of gargling noise for a bit after starting it up for the first time. I've seen this happen before as it can sometimes take a while for the water to circulate through the system and get rid of any potential air pockets.
As of writing, the Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer can be found for under $70 while the mid-grade Pro sells for just south of $90. For under $70, the Performer is a real steal if you're after great temps and don't plan on overclocking. Either way, these prices are right in line with Corsair's current pricing so really it comes down to which company you want to support.
OCIA.net awards the Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer and Pro our Gold Seal of Approval!