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Thermaltake BigTyp 14Pro Review

gotdamojo06    -   January 19, 2009
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Conclusion:

The Thermaltake BigTyp 14Pro is one interesting looking cooler for your processor; not only is it very tall, it also has its own long table leg look to it. I was surprised at the results it was able to produce. I was looking forward to seeing another cooler that would be able to come very close to the Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme, however the BigTyp fell short. It didn't fall short by much, but as any overclocker knows, every degree makes a difference. The BigTyp was able to perform better than the average of the coolers that I tested, with results falling around the Scythe Ninja 2. The multi-platform design that Thermaltake has incorporated in this cooler is always a good thing, as it allows you to upgrade your system from let's say a socket 939 platform to an AM2+ or an LGA775 socket type and not cause you to need to spend any extra money on a cooler. The fan that comes with the Thermaltake BigTyp 14Pro is a large 140mm fan that was able to operate at a low noise level as well as move quite a bit of air. It also helps that if it was still too loud for you, you could always use the in-line fan speed controller to adjust the fan speed, and thus the noise. I was disappointed that the cooler was not able to do better with that large of a fan installed. The total weight of the BigTyp came out to 800 grams, which is quite heavy. Some people may not want to install such a large heatsink for fear they may break something, but despite the weight, it is still fairly safe. The 6 heatpipes that were used in the construction of the cooler also came in handy in the dissipation of the heat.

Overall, I would still suggest this cooler to someone that is looking for a new cooler that is going to allow them to use it in either an AMD or Intel system, while allowing for some good cooling for your overclocked processor. The BigTyp did gain a few extra points in my book by having the very secure mounting hardware, however it can become a hassle if you are like me and change parts inside your system quite often, as it is a bolt on cooler requiring the removal of your motherboard. The price of the cooler was a little higher than I would like to pay for this cooler, but it is still reasonable. Again, I would suggest this cooler if you are going to be overclocking your system or if you are just looking for some excellent cooling for your processor. Really, at this point in the game, the performance of high-end heatsinks is much like what the water cooling set is experiencing; minimal differences in performance for the dollars you spend. The total difference in cooling performance for our test system falls in a four degree Celsius range. Spend wisely!

 

Pros:

  • Multi-platform Design
  • Performance (Relative)
  • Low Noise
  • Mounting Hardware
  • Large 140mm Fan
  • Adjustable Fan Speed
  • 6 Heatpipes

 

Cons:

  • Mounting Hardware
  • Price
  • Weight

 

 

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