Thermaltake Big Typhoon VX ReviewFormer staff writer - March 5, 2007
Category: CPU Cooling
Price: $55 USD
Imagine you are building the ultimate computer. For the ultimate processor, you will definitely need the ultimate cooling solution. Thermaltake has seemingly headed everyone’s plea for a big monster of a cooler with this Big Typhoon VX. Founded in 1999, Thermaltake may not have been around as long as some companies, but they have secured a major foothold in the computing world. Making cases, power supplies, coolers and more recently with liquid cooling, as well as other computer-related items. Their presence in the computer world is second to none and this Big Typhoon VX is the biggest and 'baddest' air cooler that they produce at present. Coming from a company with this much background, this product is bound to be a solid performer. We are about to see if the Big Typhoon VX stands up to the Thermaltake name.
Taking a look at this behemoth of a cooler, I was surprised at the weight (822g), as it seems like a lot to be hanging from your motherboard in a case. However, with the LGA775 mounting method, I think that it may be better than older methods of fixing the heatsink to the motherboard. The front of this box is cut out so that we can actually see one side and the top of the unit. The rest of the box is adorned with the specifications, some key features and some pictures of the unit.
It was only when I opened the box and removed the cooler, when I got my first glimpse at how big it actually is! The unit comes out of the plastic housing and there is also a small accessory box in the bottom of the package, which contains the various mounting clips and hardware.
The unit itself has a copper base with 6 heat pipes (3 per side), that rise from the base and into the fin structure. On top of the fins is the 120mm fan, as well as a nice shroud to help keep things out of the fan. The bottom of this cooler is relatively smooth for a stock cooler - smoother than most, in fact. Something to note is that a fan speed controller is hard mounted to the top right corner of the cooler. If you have a smaller case, there could be an issue with reaching the control, though I don't anticipate it really being an issue.