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Thermaltake Big Typhoon VX Review

Former staff writer    -   March 5, 2007


Conclusion:



After seeing the performance of this cooler, even on an overclocked CPU, it left me with few doubts regarding its ability. The sheer size and cooling performance of this thing make it a must have for any enthusiast or hardcore overclocker. This unit was easier to install than the Freezer 7 Pro, due to there being more clearance between the base and the top of the cooler, thus making the push pins more accessible. This cooler only raised a couple of  major concerns during the installation and testing phases, those being the weight - almost 1Kg and is a heck of a lot to be hanging from the CPU socket.  The other major concern that I had was the overall performance to cost ratio, This cooler does provide decent cooling, but for its size as well as weight I would have expected more.  It is not so much that this is a bad cooler it is far from it, it just does not provide the amount of cooling that I would expect from a ~$50 cooler.  This cooler is not as cheap as many others and that may be a turn-off for a lot of people. In fact, when shopping around, I found that the Freezer 7 Pro is almost half the price of the Big Typhoon VX and as shown by our results on the previous page, is a better performing cooler too. If you don’t have an issue with price, or are simply looking for some killer air cooling for your new blistering CPU, or you want that bit of extra overclock, then the Thermaltake Big Typhoon VX is an ideal choice. I feel that if this cooler was to be mounted in a larger case with more a lot more air flow then it would have better performance.  It could also have been due to the fact that the Q6600ES I was performing the testing with, has a thermal output of ~105 Watts (stock, no overclock). If you were to use this cooler on a lower wattage chip such as an AMD rated for 65Watts thermal output, then you would get much better cooling.  I do feel that this cooler had a hard time coping with the output from this processor, though overall it will still remain a good cooler in my eye, however maybe not worth the hefty price tag. 

Pros
  • Quiet cooler
  • Modular design
  • Easy to install
  • Built in fan controller


Cons
  • Weight
  • Size
  • Poorer performance than cheaper coolers



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