Thermaltake ISGC-400 CPU Cooler Reviewajmatson - May 24, 2009
Category: CPU Cooling
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Recently, we took a look at a new series of coolers designed by Thermaltake, the ISGC-300, made to push the limits of efficiency and noise reduction. ISGC, which stands for Inspiration of Silent Gaming Cooling, uses the unique design of its fans to increase air flow while reducing operating noise. With the varying types of processors, and their thermal limits, you need a cooler that keeps the temperatures down yet is versatile enough to work on a variety of platforms. Thermaltake has taken years of experience and research to develop the ISGC series coolers, to provide the best solution to the rising temperatures that modern processors put out. This time we are looking at another one of the ISGC series coolers - the ISGC-400, which uses the same quiet technology, but a different design approach from the ISGC-300.
The Thermaltake ISGC-400 comes packaged in a sturdy black box to protect the precious innards. The front of the box shows a sneak peak at how the cooler looks. There's also a picture of one of Thermaltake's mascots, Zoe. The back of the packaging has a top view showing the unique features of the ISGC fan design, as well as features of the cooler. On the sides are expanded lists of features and specifications.
When you open the packaging, the insides slide out, revealing a well packaged product. I really appreciate how well the cooler was cared for, since it is fragile and important to your system. The cooler and the fan are surrounded by foam and cardboard to keep them steady and safe. On the top layer is the ISGC 12 fan, and underneath is the cooler itself, and the accessories. The ISGC-400, like the ISGC-300, supports current sockets including AMD AM2+, AMD AM3, Intel 775, and Intel 1366 (i7). Included with the cooler are setup guides and instructions, as well as the mounting hardware for each socket, the fan mounts, and a syringe of Thermaltake thermal paste.
Now that we have everything out of the box, we can take a better look at the workings of the ISGC-400.