Thermaltake NiC C4 Reviewhornybluecow - May 22, 2014
Category: CPU Cooling
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Thermaltake NiC C4 Introduction:
Today we look at the Thermaltake NiC C4, a CPU cooler that falls into the category of an affordable, yet effective means, which to harness the thermal load generated by your processor. Priced at $54.99 MSRP, the NiC C4 is not a bargain basement dweller if you are shopping purely on price. The NiC C4 has a new slim tower design that is capable of dissipating up to 220 watts within a compact space. The NiC in Thermaltakes NiC series stands for None-Inference Cooler. A design Thermaltake developed for all those times when you thought you found the perfect cooler, but it would not clear the latest and greatest memory modules you picked for the build. Thus leading to a compromise on that no compromise build. This is no longer the case as Themraltake aims to please in a compact form.
In a market flooded with CPU Coolers ranging from price oriented, to extreme performance, it takes a lot to be a top contender. The cooler has to have all the right stuff from the fans, the fin array package, all the way down to the way the heat pipes wick the thermals away from the CPU die, so without delay let’s jump right in and see if Thermaltake equipped the NiC C4 with the right parts to allow it to successfully cool the latest CPU technology.
Thermaltake Nic C4 Closer Look:
Looking at the packaging for the Thermaltake NiC C4 it has an assortment of information. The front of the box shows a 2/3rd profile of the red cooler and is followed by a quick rundown of what it offers. These include the thermal dissipation of 220 watts as well as the amount of heat pipes presented in the bottom left corner. This is great for anyone wanting the quickest idea of that they are buying, but usually a box alone doesn't sell me a product. It is, however, great for a quick rundown.
The right side of the box Thermaltake lists the major features of the cooler in different languages, while the back lists the same in English along with a few images to help felicitate the point. This includes a fan controller and universal socket to name a few. Finally, the left side list all the technical details that are pointed out on the front of the box and that's very important to have on any CPU Cooler!
After opening the box, you see a fold out manual and behind that is a neatly packed product with the parts box on top the form holding the CPU cooler in place. The cooler itself has the fans already attached, which will need to be removed for installation. The parts box includes all the hardware necessary to mount components for AMD and Intel sockets. Thermaltake was kind enough to include some decent thermal paste (covered later) that is in a syringe-style tube.
Once the instruction sheet is unfolded, you can see it has each step in multiple languages and easy-to-follow step by step instructions. There are two different manuals, one for Intel and the other for AMD. For this review I focused on the Intel side even though I did test out the AMD installation separately. The step by step guide was a little confusing and did require me to double check that I was doing it right. It's very easy to install the support brackets upside down as you can still install the CPU cooler!