Thermaltake Big Typhoon

Test Setup and Performance

Test Setup and Method

Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe
AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego Core
Corsair TWINX2048-3200
BFG 6800GT OC
Antec TruePowerII 430W
Raidmax Scorpio 868B case
4 80mm intake fans, 2 80mm exhaust fans

Tests were conducted in 3 different situations: fully closed side, 120mm hole over heatsink, and 120mm fan in the hole.

Closed side 120mm hole over heatsink

120mm fan over heatsink

Ambient temperature was 21.5°C +/- 0.5°C. The processor was at 3 different clocks: 2.20 ghz & 1.40v, 2.87 ghz & 1.44v, and 3.01 ghz & 1.52v. Temperatures were taken using Asus PC Probe. Idle temperatures were measured after letting the system sit for 5 minutes; load temperatures were measured after 15 minutes of Prime95.


Performance: Stock Fan, Closed Side

Now let's start out with the somewhat common situation of a completely closed up case. As shown earlier, there is only about an inch of clearance for the heatsink's fan. Thus, we may see some air starvation issues.

2.20 ghz, 1.40v core:

Closed side, 2.20 ghz, 1.40v idle Closed side, 2.20 ghz, 1.40v load

2.87 ghz, 1.44v core:

Closed side, 2.87 ghz, 1.44v idle Closed side, 2.87 ghz, 1.44v load

3.01 ghz, 1.52v core:

Unfortunately, this was unattainable at the temperatures it reached. It went up to 48°C and became unstable.

These are just about the same as what was attained using the stock AMD heatsink assembly; however when I had been using the stock heatsink, it was at an ambient temperature of about 5°C lower. Thus, we can hypothesize that there was a 5-7°C improvement was attained, a solid advancement. However, I feel it will be able to do much more with a breathing hole.
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Most Recent Comments

23-04-2006, 06:56:19

WC Annihilus
Yes I've finally gotten it up. See how it performs here...

23-04-2006, 07:41:26

FragTek
Rumor has it that lapping the base on those babies is a must for optimal performance.

Great review mate!

23-04-2006, 08:30:46

Ham
Nice piece of writting WC. Puts everything bar the ninja to shame size wise i think...

23-04-2006, 08:32:25

WC Annihilus
Also possibly the Tuniq Tower. I'm debating whether to add results when switchin the fan to med speed Panaflo or not...

23-04-2006, 10:36:36

Raven
why not lap it and rerun the tests to se how big of a change it does ?

23-04-2006, 13:18:40

NickS
Nice review WC

Very thorough testing.

Nick

24-04-2006, 05:55:24

PV5150
Absolutely awesome review WC, you are to be congratulated. Your style was very fluid and the review very comprehensive. Perhaps, if possible, it'd be cool to get the BT lapped and then make a comparison. As per Raven's suggestion. It's definitely a beefy cooler, and worth a look for a well ventilated case
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