Thermaltake Big Typhoon

Conclusion

Conclusion

Thermaltake has put out a powerful contender in the air cooling field. It managed to beat out (theoretically of course, but no doubt true) the stock AMD heatsink by a solid amount despite being half-starved for air. That being said, as tests continued, we saw a larger and larger dependence on space and air. For some people, providing for these needs will require a bit of case modding, thus making this option less attractive. Also, mounting was a large pain with several difficulties, some of which could have been avoided with better design. However, despite all of this, it is well worth the labor.

Pricewise, this is one of the higher options (currently £24.95 at Overclockers and $52.99 at Jab-Tech), but you most certainly get what you pay for.

Pro's
Great Performance
Quiet Operation
Includes Fan Grill

Con's
Difficult Installation
Dependent on Air (may require case modding)
Low Quality Base Lapping
Slightly Costly

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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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