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Thermaltake Water 3.0 Riing RGB 240 Cooling System Review

Written by Tyler Rondman

Thermaltake Water 3.0 Riing RGB 240 Cooling System Review

In the summer, we tested the Thermaltake Water 3.0 Riing RGB 360 fluid cooling system, which demonstrated the high efficiency of heat dissipation for flagship processors running in overclock mode.

Not so long ago, a new revision of this series was released, improvements were made, and they added support for an AM4 socket.

We tested the Thermaltake Water 3.0 Riing RGB 240 version with a smaller area of the radiator.

In our tests, we found the manufacture did not focus on the updates of the AM4 mark on the box cover and you can buy it in different Russian stores.

Thermaltake Water 3.0 Riing RGB 240 Review

The kit includes a reinforcement frame for INTEL, a mounting frame for INTEL and AMD; mounting screws and nuts, support screws for AMD sockets, a backlight control panel, areas with adhesive tape, assembly instructions and a warranty card.

Everything is packed in a solid cardboard box with the image of the system on it. You can find the data and important features displayed on the box.

Appearance

No changes have taken place externally compared to the older version. The only difference is the size of the radiator and the number of fans in the kit.

The Thermaltake Water 3.0 Riing RGB 240 is SVO maintenance-free. On the cover is the manufacturer’s logo and it has the round pump block with a microchannel water block.

The base looks polished with a copper appearance. There is a thermal paste applied to it, which is enough for one installation. Further, you can fix protrusions along the perimeter.

The pump is powered by a cable with a three-pin connector. The braid is flat, and the length is sufficient.

The second component is an aluminum 240mm radiator, consisting of 13 flat channels. The distance between the channels is filled with corrugated aluminum.

The modules are connected by means of two rubber tubes with a fabric braid and a length of 326 mm. The connection points are reinforced.

The Thermaltake Water 3.0 Riing RGB 240 radiator is equipped with two Ring 12 RGB fans, which are well known for circular lighting. In addition to the design of the component, improvements have been made to increase air pressure.

The speed of revolutions is regulated in a range from 800 to 1500 revolutions per minute. They added an additional quiet mode with a range from 400 to 1000 rpm.

There are six backlight modes: red, blue, white, green, RGB, off. There is also a dynamic color change.

There are anti-vibration pads on the fastening points. It is important to note that the fans are connected using a 5-pin connector.

They are not connected directly to the motherboard, but to the complete control panel with three mechanical buttons.

With it, you can change the color of the backlight, change the speed of revolutions, and turn on the lighting effects. To fix them on the case you can use sticky tape.

Assembly

What has changed in the Thermaltake Water 3.0 Riing RGB 240 is the method of attachment. The new design has become more convenient and reliable. We connected it to the motherboard with a socket LGA1151.

We began the installation by fixing the support plate to the pump. Next, we put it on a reinforcing plate by tightening it with the help of support screws. Unlike the older version, this one comes with support screws fixed on the plate not to displace them during installation.

Instead of using screws with a plastic head, they now have massive nuts. You can assemble and install the SVO without using a screwdriver. We put a pair of fans on the radiator and fixed it on the wall of the case. The length of the hoses is sufficient for both the installation on the front wall and the upper one.

Possible problems could arise with the new fixing method when used with outdated ADM sockets. To install this NWO on these boards, you will need to keep the metal plate from the backside of the board.

The Thermaltake Water 3.0 Riing RGB 240 is one of the best OWS in this segment with low cost, great heat removal efficiency, low noise level and an original design. Its performance is sufficient for all processors used in gaming and production assemblies. An excellent option is to pair it with a glass body lid or a transparent front panel.

About the author

Tyler Rondman

When he isn't enjoying the beautiful Northwest outdoors, you can find Tyler on business and tech sites, writing about the latest news, analyzing trends, and generally making the Internet a more interesting place.