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Thermaltake ISGC-300 CPU Cooler Review

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The tests for the Thermaltake ISGC-300 are twofold. First, I will test the temperatures while at stock, and the second set will be overclocked to 3.8GHz (205x18.5) at 1.5 volts. During testing, the computer will be left to sit idle for 30 minutes and the temperature will be recorded. Then I will run Prime95 for 30 minutes and again take the temperature. To monitor the temperature, I will be using AMD Overdrive's system monitor, as well as CoreTemp .99 to make sure the readings are accurate. All testing will be done in a Thermaltake V9 gaming case to show a real-world environment for users, not an open system. The ambient room temperature will be kept at 24 degrees C, to ensure correct readings throughout the testing.

Testing System:

  • Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 955
  • Motherboard: ASUS M4A79T Deluxe
  • Memory: Mushkin HP3-12800 2x2GB 9-9-9-24
  • Video Card : NVIDIA GTX 260 (216)
  • Power Supply: Mushkin 800w Modular Power Supply
  • Hard Drive: 1 x Seagate 7200.11 750GB SATA w/32MB Cache
  • Optical Drive: LG 8x DVD+/-RW
  • Case: Thermaltake V9 Gaming Case
  • Thermal Paste: Arctic Silver 5
  • OS: Windows Vista Ultimate Edition
  • Ambient Temp: 24 Degrees C (75F)


Comparison Coolers:

  • Stock AMD Heatsink
  • Titan Cool Idol
  • CoolIT Domino A.L.C. (on medium speed)






While on the lower fan setting, the Thermaltake ISGC-300 was a little hotter than the Titan Cool Idol. However, when the fan speed was at maximum, the ISGC-300 did pull ahead ever so slightly. In the game of temperatures, every fraction of a degree counts, so the littlest edge can make all of the difference. Compared to the stock AMD cooler, there was no challenge. As a note, because of thermal limits, the stock cooler was not able to complete the overclocked temperatures, which caused system failure within minutes as the temperature rose too high.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (Continued)
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing
  5. Conclusion
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