Thermaltake ISGC-400 CPU Cooler Reviewajmatson - May 24, 2009
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When it comes to CPU coolers, every degree counts - especially when overclocking comes into play. While it might seem like a small difference, that little bit can mean having a stable overclock or a fried processor, which no one likes. The ISGC series coolers have great cooling designs and do their jobs well. The ISGC-400, when compared to a stock AMD heatsink, blows it away - especially on the overclocked tests, where the stock heatsink did not cool the processor well enough to keep the system stable. When comparing the ISGC cooler to other aftermarket coolers, it came in around the same. However, when compared to its kin, the ISGC-300, it did fall behind just a bit; which, like I mentioned above, when dealing with temperatures every degree counts.
Because of its design, the ISGC-400 also restricts tall memory from being installed with it, in any of the memory slots. However, with the lessened height of the ISGC-400, compared to the ISGC-300, you will have no problems installing it in a mid-tower case that has fans on the side panel. During testing, the cooler was nearly silent - even at the highest RPM. Overall, this is a very nice CPU cooler and will do a great job keeping your precious components cool during those long frag fests.
- Great cooling and airflow
- Very quiet even on high setting
- Easy to install on AMD boards
- Uses new ISGC fan
- Interferes with tall memory