Thermaltake NiC C4 Reviewhornybluecow - May 22, 2014
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Thermaltake NiC C4: Conclusion
Thermaltake has done a great job of designing a CPU Cooler that works on some core issues all coolers have to deal with. Being slender allowed the Cooler (with fans attached) to accommodate tall memory heat sinks. It's often the case you have to sacrifice a fan on one side or orient the cooler in the different way for installation to proceed. I have in the past and will continue in the future to be disappointed in CPU coolers that are designed without a second thought of its surrounding counterparts.
The Cooler itself doesn't get away without some flaws of its own. I truly dislike the design choice to have a fan controller built in. Either have one speed on 1100 RPM or allow us to use the motherboard to control the fans. I have been struggling with this for a while between really not liking this feature on the NiC C4 , to deciding it's okay. The installation process is not the easiest and requires a lot of effort to get the support bar threaded in. Ultimately, once everything is installed, it becomes easy to overlook the issues at this price and I recommend you do the same. After all, it's only going on once!
Affordability is usually not the main focus for a cooling connoisseur, yet Thermaltake NIC C4 is the perfect CPU cooler for your buck. For the price of $54.99, the NiC C4 guarantees a thermal dissipation of 220 watts. In comparison to the NiC C4’s older brother the Thermaltake NIC C5 priced at $59.99, which only dissipates 10 additional watts. The NiC C4 is more cost-effective for the budget conscious consumer. Besides the NiC C4 and C5, other coolers such as the Noctua NH D-14, Corsair H100i, and Corsair H80i are equivalent to the NiC C4, but they come with a higher price tag for that similar performance profile. If you need a reasonably priced cooler that can step up to the plate without striking out, then the C4 is one of the most valuable (and economical) players in today's CPU cooling market.
- Compact Size
- Cooling Performance
- Fan Contoller
- Fans are loud at 2200 RPM
- Hard to mount