Thermaltake Contac 29 Reviewairman -
Category: CPU Cooling
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A staple in the overclocking world, as we all know, is the way a processor is kept cool. There are so many choices as to what brand, type, size, and method available to users to accomplish this task. Of course, the most common is air cooling. Many denominations of air cooling are also available such as construction material, size, with or without heatpipes, and, of course, price. As more manufacturers develop different features and additions to their product lines, consumers may find it difficult to make a decision on what will work best for them. Hopefully, with the reviews available on OverclockersClub, we can make it easier.
A very popular brand in the computer accessory industry is Thermaltake. Thermaltake offers products such as power supplies, cases, fans, and heatsinks. Their newest Contac 29 will be tested in this review. The Contac 29 is compatible with Intel 775, 1156, and 1366 as well as AMD AM2, AM2+, and AM3 platforms. This cooler utilizes three 8mm heatpipes with direct contact. Direct contact coolers are those that have a part of the surface of the heatpipes in direct contact with the CPU. These can usually perform better as the heat does not have to transfer through any other medium to take advantage of the heatpipes. This review will consist of overall observations of the cooler, as well as test results when paired with some of the latest hardware.
The Thermaltake Contac 29 is packaged in a white box. The box is finished with high quality graphics and a large list of specifications and features. The heatsink is packaged with one 120mm fan set up in a push configuration with the ability to add a second fan.
Opening the package will expose a plain white cardboard box with two holes in the top used to pull out the inner box. The heatsink itself is protected inside of this inner box that is kind of "folded" around it with a sheet of quarter inch protective foam covering the exposed side. After removing the foam sheet, the walls of the inner box can be folded back to release the heatsink. Inside of the inner box is the mounting hardware. The hardware includes four pushclips just like the ones on the stock heatsinks, four screws to hold the clips to the heatsink, a small tube of Thermaltake thermal paste, and four extra rubber holders if the user chooses to add an additional fan.
So far, this heatsink looks pretty reasonable for a $30 bite out of the wallet. On the next page, I will take a closer look at the heatsink itself and share my evaluations.