Pros: High Performance, Quiet, Thick Radiator
Cons: Similar Performance From Air Coolers, Thick Radiator
The specs listed on the box:
Here are some closeups of the unit itself
The attached cables are USB, 4 pin male, and 3 pin female.
The USB will plug into the motherboard and provide support for the included Fan Control Software. The software monitors various temperatures including coolant temperature. It has 3 profiles which offer varying performance and acoustics. I have, found the normal and extreme profiles to offer very similar performance despite the extreme profile being very loud.
The Included accessories:
The Water 2.0 Extreme includes standard Intel and AMD mounting hardware (including LGA 2011). The included fans are very high quality, offering high airflow and low noise.
Here is the unit with fans mounted. As you can see, the unit is very thick with the fans mounted. This might become a problem during installation
The mounting procedure was very simple. The instruction manual contains everything needed for mounting. Most information is even printed on the pieces themselves. I also found the thermal paste to be of decent quality.
The performance of the Water 2.0 Extreme is very good. It outperforms large, high performance air coolers while taking up much less space.
At stock speed on a 3570k, the load temperature average was 52. At 4GHz the average load temperature was 60.5. Finally, at 4.5GHz the average load temperature was 80. These temperatures are slightly higher than average, but still acceptable.
As I stated before, the Water 2.0 Extreme is a think radiator. This helps with performance, but obviously creates space issues. The radiator might not fit into some cases, so that should be considered before purchasing.
I highly recommend the Water 2.0 Extreme to anyone who is interested in closed loop watercooling. This unit is priced at or below its competition. For anyone looking for a dual 120mm setup, the Water 2.0 Extreme needs to be on your list!