Thermaltake BigTyp 14Pro Review

gotdamojo06 - 2008-12-18 11:46:33 in CPU Cooling
Category: CPU Cooling
Reviewed by: gotdamojo06   
Reviewed on: January 19, 2009

Introduction:  

With the new year now upon us, you may be thinking about upgrading a few of your components to bigger and better things. Well we all know that if you are looking for the best possible performance from any piece of hardware, you are going to want to overclock it. We also know that the easiest piece of hardware to overclock and brag about is the processor, however the one downfall of overclocking your processor is the fact that the increased voltages coupled with the increased frequencies create more heat. This is exactly where Thermaltake comes into play with their new BigTyp 14Pro CPU Cooler. This massive piece of hardware is fastened on top of your processor and will help cool it; what more could you want? I am curious to see how well Thermaltake's newest BigTyp cooler is going to be able to cool the Q9450 in comparison to the other coolers that are currently on the market.

 

Closer Look:

The retail packaging for the Thermaltake BigTyp 14Pro has its own unique design to it; the front of the package is where you are going to find out the main information about the cooler, however you are also going to be able to see the fan that is installed atop the cooler through a cutout in the cardboard. The top left hand corner of the package is where you are going to find the Thermaltake Logo proudly displayed. At the bottom left hand corner, you are going to find a nice picture of the cooler displayed with the logo to the right of the image. Under the logo you are going to see the main features that Thermaltake wanted everyone to know about its cooler. When you take a look at the back of the package, you are going to see that the cutout theme has wrapped around to this side as well. The back is where you are going to find the "application view" along with the "Operation Diagram", which will help you decide if this cooler is going to be too large for your specific setup. The next side of the package is where you are going to find multiple images of the cooler itself to help describe it and show off its main features, which are described above. The final side of the retail packaging is where  you are going to find all the specifications about the cooler you will need to know, such as its weight, the overall dimensions, and the air pressure the fan can create.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thermaltake took all the necessary precautions to keep the BigTyp 14Pro safe during the shipping process as they used a piece of molded plastic to keep the heatsink in place and prevent anything from hitting it and causing structural damage. Not only is the BigTyp 14Pro encased in the molded plastic protector, but the accessories box is also placed inside.

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Inside of the accessories box, you are going to find two different plastic bags; one is full of the mounting hardware for the LGA775 socket, while the other has the mounting hardware for the AMD sockets. Thermaltake has also included a plastic wrapper full of thermal paste in case you do not have any on hand. Also included inside the accessories box are the installation instructions and warranty card.

 

 

Now that we have an idea of what the Thermaltake BigTyp 14Pro looks like and how it is packaged, let's take a nice close look at the design of it.

Closer Look:

The Thermaltake BigTyp 14Pro has its own distinctive look to it; not only does it feature the tower design, but it also utilizes the flat-top blow-through design very much like the Big Typhoon. There are six large copper heatpipes that connect to the base and soar high up into the air and pass through the 69 aluminum fins. The fins create a flat table-like design, where the large 140mm fan is going to be able to rest atop and blow fresh air down on the fins. All six heatpipes are spaced very closely together to dissipate all the heat coming off the IHS of the processor evenly and get rid of it as quickly as it possibly can. The 140mm fan is encased in a large smoke colored plastic casing to force the air to pass through all the fins and not be allowed to escape. When the heatpipes do go through the fin array, they are aligned one atop the other, resembling the number six on dice. The base of the cooler is nice and thick looking, which is going to help with the amount of heat that it can pull off the processor's IHS and be absorbed by the heatpipes. As you can tell from the pictures, the BigTyp 14Pro is a very tall heatsink, which is why it reminds me of the towering type of heatsink even though the fins are arranged in a flat, horizontal direction instead of the typical vertical alignment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

The fan that is attached to the Thermaltake BigTyp 14Pro is a very large 140x140x30mm fan, that can produce 85.76CFM at its maximum while operating at 7V and creating 16-24dBA. The fan can also create 1.60mmH20 worth of Air pressure while being able to last an approximate 50,000 Hours. The fan is connected to the motherboard via a 3-pin power connector, but it also comes with an installed fan speed adjuster that allows you to choose from "low" to "high" and anything in between by twisting the knob.

 

 

The base of the Thermaltake BigTyp 14Pro is created out of both aluminum as well as copper, and Thermaltake took the extra time to satisfy its customers by polishing it to a mirror finish, giving it a nice flat and even surface. A flat and even surface on a base is going to allow the cooler to have good connection with the IHS of the processor, assuming that the processor's IHS is just as flat. The LGA775 socket mounting hardware is very easily installed to the base; it takes four screws to tighten the pieces down.

 

 

Now that we know what the Thermaltake BigTyp 14Pro looks like, I think it's time to see what this thing is actually capable of doing and how she compares to others on the market!

Specifications:

 

Socket Type

Intel: LGA775
AMD: Socket AM2/AM2+, 939, & 754

Heatsink Material

Aluminum Fins; Aluminum & Copper Base

Heatsink Dimensions

156 x 155 x 128 mm

Heatsink Heatpipes

6 @ 6mm diameter

Fan Dimensions

140 x 140 x 30 mm

Fan Speed

1000-1600RPM (10% Varrance)

Fan Bearing Type

Ball

Fan Noise Level

16~24 dBA

Fan connector

3 pin

Fan Color

Black

Total Weight

800g

 

Features:

Testing:

To properly test the Thermaltake BigTyp 14Pro, I will be monitoring the highest temperature of the processor at idle (little to no CPU usage), and at full load (100% CPU usage). For coolers that do not have a fan supplied, I will be using a Thermaltake 12v 120mm fan. My idle test will be done by running the computer for 30 minutes and recording the maximum temperature during that time. I will be using OCCT:PK to simulate a full load. I will run a torture test for 30 minutes with the mixed (CPU and RAM) mode turned on, and gather the maximum temperature during this time. The temperature monitoring software that I will be using is Real Temp 2.60, as it reads all four cores, documents the maximum temperature for a period until you reset it, and most importantly, it reads the 45nm processor's temperatures correctly. I will be taking the four highest temperatures that were produced during the test, and report the average of the four cores. The stock test will be done using all the stock settings for the Q9450 @ 2666MHz. During the overclocked tests, I will be using 410MHz FSB with an 8x multiplier to give me 3280MHz overclocked speed, with a vCore of 1.34v. All the temperatures are measured in degrees Celsius.

 

Comparison Heatsinks:

NOTE: Some of the listed heatsinks were originally tested using an E6600; I recently re-tested and gathered new data after the switch from the E6600 to the Q9450. The new temperatures are represented in the graphs below.

 

 

 

 

 

The Thermaltake BigTyp 14Pro was able to do fairly well in comparison to the other coolers that I tested. It was able to beat out the Domino A.L.C. (Full), the Thermaltake SpinQ, and tie the OCZ Gladiator MAX. It was just a few degrees off from the best performers, such as the Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme, the Titan CoolIdol, and the Cooler Master V8.

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!

 

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