Thermaltake V1 CPU Cooler Review

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Published: May 18, 2007
Author: Amber Lupala
Editor: Amber Lupala
Provider: Thermaltake

Introduction

Thermaltake, a well-known maker of a variety of cooling products, has made a reputation for designing products that perform well and look good in the process.We recently reviewed their Blue Orb cooler and were impressed by its performance and appearance.Today we have another Thermaltake cooler under the microscope; this time, it�s the Thermaltake V1 CPU cooler.Will its unique design prove to be as functional as it is attractive?That is what we�re here to find out.

About Thermaltake:

” Ideas originate from humanity, realizing ideas is our belief. ”

Kenny Lin, Thermaltake CEO. Thermaltake Technology Co., Ltd. started its core business based on our extensive knowledge of PC thermal management during the era where the area of performance CPU cooling was only exclusive for “overclockers” orPC enthusiasts. With the company’s initial launch of Orb coolers, it created waves of shocks and appraisals throughout the gaming and overclocking communities. Thermaltake quickly became the name gamers turn to when they need high-end and reliable thermal solutions.

With company’s core business of CPU cooling still growing at a vast rate, Thermaltake made another grand entry to the PC chassis industry. To date, Thermaltake has always been considered as the pioneering company that revolutionized the PC chassis industry with Xaser series enclosures. The typical and traditional beige and plastic front panel design was outdone by Xaser series chassis’s atypical gaming red and aluminum front panel. It was also the first enclosure available to public with Hardcano unti which provided users full control over computer’s thermal management system.

In the year 2002, Thermaltake announced Purepower line of power supply unti for the ever-growing power-hungry PCs. Purepower series PSU quickly gained recognition with its extensive warranty and high-reliability guaranty.

Today, Thermaltake has grown into a world-class company with state-of-the-art testing and R&D facility based in Taiwan along with 60+ engineers and ID team covering each application segment such as Liquid Cooling, Air Cooling, PC Enclosure and Power Supply for main-stream users, high-end solutions, system integrators and industrial applications; thus achieve Thermaltake’s company motto, ” COOLall YOUR LIFE ” !

Specifications:

Compatibility: Intel Core 2 Extreme, Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Due, Pentium D, Pentium 4, Pentium, Celeron D, Celeron, AMD Athlon 64 FX, Athlon 64 X2, Athlon 64, Sempron
Dimension: 147x92x143
Heatsink Material:Copper Base & Copper Fin
Heatpipe:Copper Tube 6mm diameter x 4 pcs
Fan dimension:120x25mm
Rated Current: 12V
Started Voltage:7V
Power Input:3W
Fan Speed:1300~2000 RPM
Max Air Flow:86.5 CFM
Max Air Pressure:2.22 mmH20
Noise:16dBA~24dBA
Life Expectation:50,000 hrs
Connector:3 pin
Weight:637g

Features:

� All copper construction, provides most efficient heat conductivity and dissipation
� 4 long length Heatpipe structure, removes heat from source via 4 different channels
� Side flow design further utilizes system air flow to help accelerate air speed without increasing fan speed for added cooling efficiency
� Opening design, create multi-air-intake and dissipate surplus heat completely
� Silent and powerful VR fan, 16dBA at minimum fan speed.
� Adjustable fan control boost cooling performance at overclocking operation
� The 110mm fan comes equipped with blue emitting LED lights.

The product:

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The Thermaltake V1 cooler arrived in a colorful, clear plastic container with a nice view of the cooler from the front and back.On the back there is a list of features and specifications for the cooler.While the cooler looks large, it�s about the same size as other coolers on the market.

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Removing the cooler from the packaging, the first obvious thing to notice is the unique shape and appearance of the V1 CPU cooler.The two sets of copper heat fins flow from the base of the fan into an almost fan-like shape, with the clear fan sandwiched in-between the two sets.Definitely an interesting shape; I like it when compared to the typically box-like shape of most coolers.As you can see, this cooler is a horizontal cooler, meaning that the air moves over the motherboard instead of directly on it.Along with the cooler itself, the package comes with a set of brackets for Intel or AMD installations; glad to see that the cooler is compatible with both CPU manufacturers.

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Looking closely at the cooler, I was a little surprised to see the heatpipe design of the cooler.While I�m no thermal engineer, I was surprised to see that the heat pipes weren�t fully embedded inside the radiator fins, especially the length immediately exiting the cooler.The pipes are actually on the outside.Plus, looking at the design, only half of the pipes/fins receive direct air flow from the fan blowing onto them; the other half receive less air flow via the fan�s intake/vacuum.Like I said, I�m no expert, but I suspect that these inefficiencies lead to the average results we see when we test the cooler.

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