Thermaltake's Core series of cases are designed for modding and water cooling. It's also recommended to use the latter over conventional fan setups because of how open the cases are. To be an owner of a Core P3 or P5 case is to constantly battle dust and other particles. I've yet to install water cooling in the P5 unit I have, and instead, I'm simply relying on ZOTAC's GPU shroud and a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU cooler (opens in new tab).
So just what temperature readings do I get when the system is pushed to its limit? Tl;dr: I was pleasantly surprised by just how effective both solutions are.
Before installing a custom water cooling loop, I decided to take a few readings to see just how much of a difference it's going to make. I thought of the poor airflow the PC currently has, coupled with the severe lack of ... well, anything really. Here's what I currently have installed in the system:
- ASUS PRO GAMING Z170 motherboard (opens in new tab).
- Intel Core i5-6600K (overclocked to 4GHz) (opens in new tab).
- 16GB DDR4 RAM (opens in new tab).
- ZOTAC GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme Edition (opens in new tab).
- 850W EVGA G2 PSU (opens in new tab).
Pushing the system to its limit for 45 minutes resulted in the following readings:
|Component||Max temperature||Max fan speed|
|GPU||142F (61C)||1,060 RPM|
|CPU||126F (52C)||675 RPM|
Ambient temperature was 68F (20C). Color me surprised. I knew the Hyper 212 Evo CPU cooler was good, but not that good. A maximum reading of 126F (52C) overclocked to 4GHz with very little airflow and only spinning up to 675RPM? That's an impressive result. The same goes for ZOTAC and the company's AMP! Extreme Edition GTX 1070, which managed to keep a cool face under load without sounding like a jumbo jet taking off.
After we have everything set up with the liquid-based cooling solution, I'll run the tests again and compare figures, taking into account just how much (or how little) effort the radiator fans put in to keep everything within safe parameters. However, if you're looking at a Thermaltake Core case and don't want to deal with water cooling in any form, it's certainly possible to run a powerful yet adequately cooled system.
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Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.
Damn good results. Color me impressed! What was the stressor?
I have the Coolmaster Hyper T4 cooler (Much like the 212) on an AMD FX-8320 and I can overclock to 4.3GHz before the temps get too high.
You couldn't be bothered to post a decent photo of the case?
haha yeah I was hoping to see some pictures of the build
Was thinking the same.
What's happening on image 1
Thanks for the article. My PC normally runs at 38 Celsius with the fan at 50%. I just lowered it to 35%, much quieter now. Of course, if it gets to 47 Celsius(how I got this number? YouTube of course), it will automatically speed up. Not really a fan of liquid cooling. Too Loud for my ears...but maybe it's just due to having an all in one, with only one type of Liquid Cooling solution. Much happier with an aftermarket CPU Fan.
With most closed loop coolers you can change the fan attached to the radiator.