Thermaltake Symphony External Water Cooler

Thermaltake Symphony External Water Cooler

ThermalTakeSymphony.jpgJust when we thought external radiators for water-cooling kits couldn’t get any more outlandish, along comes the freakishly large Thermaltake Symphony. We thought the Zalman Reserator’s 24-inch tank was big, but the Symphony dwarfs it.

The problem with the Symphony is that although it provides fantastic cooling and overclocking performance while being extremely quiet, it’s insanely expensive and cools only the CPU. For this much money, we expect a VGA water block in addition to a CPU block, as well as the ability to add even more water blocks. No dice. This is a CPU-only kit, and as such its price isn’t justified.

As you can see, the Symphony is designed to look right at home alongside the home theater system in your living room. It resembles an audio speaker, and behind its black mesh grill resides an enormous 24-inch radiator, which is cooled by five ultra-silent 12cm fans spinning at 1400rpm. At the base of the radiator are two 12V pumps that connect to the inlet and outlet tubes.

Water moves to the all-copper CPU water block by way of two very long sections of black silicone tubing. The tubing comes pre-connected to the water block and radiator, and as we mentioned, Thermaltake doesn’t provide hardware to add more cooling blocks into the circuit. Like the Reserator 1 Plus, the Symphony uses quick-detach valves, which work splendidly, so you can unplug the radiator for leak-free transport.

Installation is straightforward, although motherboard removal is required to install the CPU water block, even on AMD Socket 939 systems. Once you attach the water block, you just fill the reservoir and you’re done. As the benchmark chart details, the Symphony’s performance was exceptional. Despite sporting five 12cm fans, the unit is totally inaudible during operation because the fans are barely spinning. We were even able to overclock our 2.6GHz FX-55 processor to 2.75MHz.

At the end of the day, the Symphony is a niche product. If you must hide a water tower among your home theater gear, look no further. For every other possible use, we’d rather use Zalman’s Reserator 1 Plus. It’s just as quiet, less expensive, and cools your CPU and your GPU.
—Josh Norem

Month Reviewed: January 2006

Verdict: 7





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