X-bit Labs has taken a look at a water cooling and air cooling solution from ThermalTake: the BigWater and the Big Typhoon.
The actual operational principle of the liquid-cooling systems is based on transferring the heat away from its source and its rapid dissipation. And if the first one can be achieved with an efficient water block and a powerful pump, then the second one is hardly possible to fulfill inside a standard ATX system case, even a very roomy one. There is simply not enough room in there for a heatsink topped with two 120x120x25mm fans, and even if you manage to squeeze it in, the hot air will not go anywhere and will stay inside. Of course, there are some systems that allow installing heatsinks on the case rear or side panel. However, these liquid-cooling systems use either a single 120mm fan (such as Cooler Master Aquagate Mini R120) or two 70x15mm fans (Cooler Master Aquagate Viva). And our tests showed, that this is obviously not enough.
Nevertheless, convenience of use, exterior looks and universal design seem to dominate over efficiency and noise in mass liquid-cooling systems these days. Looks like the marketing departments of these companies turn out more powerful than their engineering teams. So, today we are going to talk about a new liquid-cooling system from Thermaltake that… But let’s not jump ahead of time and start from the very beginning
Check it out over here. Overall the Big Water 760i seems to be a flop, it not only performs a lot worse than the Big Typhoon 120 VX but it's also noisier.