Thermaltake Big Typhoon VX Review

Admin - 2007-02-25 21:48:56 in CPU Cooling
Category: CPU Cooling
Reviewed by: Admin   
Reviewed on: March 5, 2007
Thermaltake
Price: $55 USD

Introduction:



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.

Closer Look:



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.


Specifications:





Model CL-P0310
Compatibility Intel Core 2 Exterme(Socket LGA775)
Intel Core 2 Duo (Socket LGA775)
Intel Pentium Extreme Edition (Socket LGA 775)
Intel Pentium D (Socket LGA 775)
Intel Pentium 4 (Socket LGA775)
Intel Celeron D (Socket LGA775)
AMD Athlon 64 X2 (Socket 939, AM2)
AMD Athlon 64 FX (Socket 939, AM2)
AMD Athlon 64 (Socket 754, 939, AM2)
AMD Sempron (Socket 754, AM2)
Heatsink Dimensions 122(L) x 122(D) x 103(H) mm
Heatsink Material Copper Base & Aluminum Fin (142Fin)
Heatpipe Copper Tube 6mm x 6 pcs
Weight 822g
Fan Dimension 120x120x25 mm
Rated Voltage 12V
Started Voltage 7V
Poer Input 3.00W
Fan Speed 1300 ~2000 RPM
Max. Air Flow 86.5CFM
Max. Air Pressure 2.22mmH2O
Noise 16dBA~24dBA
Life Expectation 30,000hrs
Connector 3 Pin

Installation:



Installation is easy. Simply attach the mounting method that you will be using (in my case LGA775), apply your thermal paste and then secure the cooler with the 4 push pins, making the necessary hookups. If you have a small case, you might run into a clearance issue with this cooler, though if you are using a larger or a regular sized case then you should be okay.




Testing:



Test Setup

Testing will be relatively straightforward on this cooler - boot the machine and let it idle for 10 minutes at desktop and then run 15 minutes of OCCT to obtain a load temp. I will then OC (over-clock) the CPU to 3 GHz and repeat. All the temperatures will be the average of the 4 cores as reported by core temp. (temp1+temp2+temp3+temp4/4=result)


During the testing phase of thie review i noticed that the speed settings on the fan controller only really changed the temperature outcome by 2-3*C at most.  I attempted to reseat the cooler and got the same results so i do think that this was a short coming of the cooler and not a mounting issue.

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. 

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