Thermaltake Pacific TF1

Here is my first ever half-assed review of something. The good, the bad, and the leaky.

What is it?

The Thermaltake Pacific TF1 is a monitor, that watches the health of your cooling system, and alarms when there are any issues. I love this idea, because I’m super super paranoid that I’m going to have a failure, and I’m not going to know. I’ll just be sitting here gaming, or editing, or working on a 3d project, and all of a sudden my machine will thermal shutdown. What a terrible thought! I’ve had that happen to me before, so I know the disappointment of having a thermal shutdown, or overpowering a power supply.(Which is why I got the Corsair AX1600i, shut down the paranoia!) My last major malfunction with thermal shutdowns was with the AMD FX 8350, which is the build before this one. Long leap from 8 cores to 32, wow! I ran the FX 8350 this long, and skipped all the other Ryzen fun, because it kept on trucking at a very comfortable speed. So that’s what it is, the hey dude your computer is hot, machine.

Why do I need it?

Well, you could say that you don’t, but it’s definitely a piece of mind. You can watch your water temp, which is great. You can rearrange your cooling system, add and remove radiators, change fans push/pull configurations, see what flow is best for you, where your gains drop off from flow, and see what your water temp looks like compared to your CPU/GPU temps.

You can also see the flow rate, which is super helpful to see what you’re putting out. Do you need another pump? Is your pump failing? Is the pump putting out what spec says it should? Is there a bottleneck? Maybe you need to make some adjustments.

It’s pretty much the ultimate, when it comes to tweaking your cooling system to get the most out of it. I used the hell out of mine for that.

2 Failed Thermaltake Pacific TF1

Why do I not use it anymore?

What about the bad? there’s a bad side to everything, right? Yes, unfortunately there is. With the Termaltake Pacific TF1, I experienced leaking, twice! Two different units, both leaked after about 10 days each. Each time, I redid my bends, and tried to see if there was pressure being pushed towards one side of it, or what the deal is. I couldn’t figure out how to make it not leak. It’s a leaker, that’s not what I want in my system, not for long anyways. I can say, it’s a great diagnostic tool, leaks or not. I enjoyed using it to figure out what optimal looks like for my system.

Second poopy thing that drove me crazy is the alarm, on the first one that is. I shouldn’t say the alarm, it was actually the flow rate sensor, it was inaccurate. It showed flow way low, and kept alarming. When I say low, like 20-30 lph, when I’m running 160-200 lph. That was not right out of the box, it ran about 5 days before having that problem. Bearings? I don’t know, I’m not going to diagnose it, I didn’t get any use out of it.

Conclusion

I love the idea. Love it! I love the Thermaltake Pacific TF1 as well, honestly. I just can’t run it in a daily driver, I’ll keep it around as a diagnostic tool though. I’ve been a huge fan of Thermaltake for years. I’ve always run Thermaltake/Gigabyte in all my machines, and never had a problem. This is my first custom loop, though, and apparently they don’t have their head in that game. Anybody else have the same problem? Last thing I can say is, like a holy bucket – it does not hold water.

Bucket with holes