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Thermaltake BigWater SE + Volcano 4005

Michael Larabel

Published on 1 April 2006
Written by Michael Larabel
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Reaching the last major component with the BigWater SE is the 5.25" drive bay tank. This tank is faintly similar to some past Swiftech 5.25" reservoirs we have examined, however, this one ships with an aluminum exterior and has its fill cap neatly integrated into the top. At the front of the drive bay is also an indicator for displaying the water level inside of the unit. At the rear of the reservoir are the two water leads. Other specifications for this part include the 178 x 139 x 30 mm size, 103 grams, and 250cc fill capacity.

Outside of the main contents are the UV green tubing, which was quite rigid yet it should not prevent many problems when routing the material around an ATX chassis, and the included fluid. Thermaltake does not state the composition of this fluid mixture; however, it does not need to be mixed with water. If when filling the system the liquid runs out, water, however, can be mixed with it as an alternative. Some of the details for this water are being UV reactive, anti-freezing, anti-rusting, and reducing the evaporation rate. The tubing included is 150cm long, in our testing this was more than enough, and ended up having a bit extra tubing.

Now moving onto the Thermaltake Volcano 4005 cooler, it is a copper water block with an integrated radiator on top. The radiator tubing itself and then the copper block are all made out of copper, and the unit uses a Y-tube connector for splitting up the water flow in order to accelerate the heat transfer. In total, there are 10 liquid loops and the radiator supports 8cm and 9cm fans. Like the BigWater SE kit, the Volcano 4005 also uses the quick installation connectors. The included connectors support 4mm, 6.4mm, and 10mm ID tubing. The total weight for this contraption is 874 grams with dimensions of 94 x 92 x 153.5 mm and the liquid block measuring up to be 55 x 55 x 18 mm. Like the CPU water block included with the BigWater SE, the Volcano 4005 supports all major Intel and AMD sockets. The tubing included with the Thermaltake BigWater SE was not nearly as wide as what was included with the Swiftech H20-220 APEX Ultra.


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