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Thermaltake NiC C4 Review

hornybluecow    -   May 22, 2014
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Thermaltake NiC C4 Testing:

Testing is conducted by installing the cooler into the test system case, rather than a test bench. Most systems are built and mounted into a (relatively) sealed chassis, so this method will be used to generate the idle and load results to give a real world view as to the cooling performance one can expect, based on the test system listed below. Of course, your results may vary by several degrees due to case design, case fan placement and ambient air temperature. The CPU load is generated by Prime 95 version 27.9 using "Small FFTs" for a period of one hour, with a cool down period of one hour after the computer has returned to an idle state. HW Monitor 1.18 is used to log the temperatures with the highest and lowest averages across the four cores of the Core i7 4770K test CPU. Ambient temperatures are kept at 24 °C during the testing to minimize the effect of temperature variations. 

Setup:

Comparison Coolers:

  • Corsair H100i Balance Mode
  • Corsair H80i Balance Mode
  • Intel Stock
  • Noctua NH-D14
  • Thermaltake Nic C4 1100 / 2200 RPM
  • Thermaltake Nic C5 1100 / 2200 RPM

 

 

In the above charts you can see how well the NiC C4 cooler does compared to the competition. In each chart it's keeping up with its big brother, the NiC C5. To top it off, the competitors include the Noctua NH-D14, which is arguably the best air cooler on the market, along with Corsiar AIO (All in one) Liquid Cooler(s), which are behind everything else every so slightly. Keep in mind, the Corsair AIO Coolers are set to Balance mode to simulate the most desired operation between high noise, high performance or low noise and low performance. At this point, it's hard to recommend the NiC C5 over the C4 as it provides little to no improvements even under a higher overclock. Not that the NiC C5 was ever on trial during this review, but the extra 10 watts dissipation clearly has no advantage.




  1. Thermaltake NiC C4: Introduction
  2. Thermaltake NiC C4: Closer Look
  3. Thermaltake NiC C4: Specifications & Features
  4. Thermaltake NiC C4 Testing: Setup & Results
  5. Thermaltake NiC C4: Conclusion
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