Thermaltake Symphony
By Gabriel Torres on August 24, 2005


Introduction

Symphony from Thermaltake - also calledCL-W0040 - is an external liquid cooling system originally targeted to home theater PCs, but there is nothing wrong on using it together with a regular PC. Since we hadn't this product with us for enough time for performing an in-depth review, we've just created this new section called "First Look", where we will be talking about products without making any in-depth benchmarking or testing, due to lack of time or due to lack of a correct methodology for benchmarking the product.

This product draw our attention by its size: 3.60 feet high (1.10 meters). Its design, however, makes it looks like a home theater speaker and not a cooling device. That's why Thermaltake is targeting this product to home theater market segment.

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Figure 1: Thermaltake Symphony. Pay attention to its height.

The system has a huge heatsink measuring 28.5" x 4.72" (72 x 12 cm) and using five 120 mm fans rotating at 1,400 rpm.

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Figure 2: Detail from the grill, pay attention on the radiator fans.

Together with Symphony comes a copper block.

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Figure 3: Copper block that comes with the product.

Inside Symphony

Symphony uses two 12 V pumps with a pumping capacity of  23.78 gallons per hour (90 liters/hour) and a reservoir.

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Figure 4: Thermaltake Symphony from inside.

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Figure 5: The other side of the radiator.

Main Specifications

Thermaltake Symphony (CL-W0040) main features are:

* Researched on http://www.pricewatch.com/ on the day we published this review.

Conclusions

Symphony design is really stylish, but we think its main drawback is its price. It will reach the US stores on first week of September at USD 350, a high price even for mature markets like the USA. So it is a product for those fortunate ones willing to spend a lot of money in a stylish external water cooling device.

Originally at http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Thermaltake-Symphony/184


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