Thermal Take Active Memory Cooling Kit ReviewFormer staff writer - October 12, 2001
Price: $12.95 USD
ThermalTake is always coming up with more and more ways of keeping your system cool. Today, I will be reviewing a brand new product that they will be selling, the Active Memory Cooling Kit. This isn't your everyday memory cooling device. This cooling kit, uses ThermalTakes's old Memory Cooling Kit, plus a 40x40x20mm fan ontop. I can't wait to see how much more I can overclock my 512MB PC-2100 Kingston Memory on my KG7-RAID board.
The fan is 40x40x20mm and runs at 5000rpm, give or take a little. The 23dBa is pretty loud, and it only blows out 5.1CFM. Maybe I can find a 7000rpm black label deleta fan to replace it with :) I have always been a big "fan" of fan grils and I'm happy to see that ThermalTake included one on this memory cooling kit. It gives it a more complete look.
|Fan Dimension:||40x40x20 mm|
|Fan Speed:||5000+/- 10% RPM|
|Air Pressure:||1.59mm - H20|
|Max Air Flow:||5.1CFM|
|Bearing Type:||Sleeve bearing|
|Life Time:||30,000 Hours|
The installation is straight forward. If you have used ThermalTakes old Memory cooling kit, you should know how to install this memory kit. You first apply the thermal tape on the insides of the metal plates. Then, place one plate on one side of your memory chip, and the other plate on the other side. Lastly, clip the two metal clips on top of the memory and plates to hold them in place. This part might take a few tries as they are made to fit tightly. See picture below:
When I was reviewing the 512MB PC-2100 Kingston Memory I tested the memory up to 150 FSB and it worked great! A few days after that memory review I decided to try 155 FSB. I set it, in bios and proceeded to load windows. Windows got past the startup screen, so I was like, yes! It's going to work. Then windows asked for username and password, I typed it in, and it continued to load all my startup programs. I figured it was pretty stable, I would try and run a few benchmarks, so I loaded up Sandra and as soon as I double clicked the memory benchmark, BAM! Blue screen of death (BSOD) :( I suppose the memory just got to hot, I felt it, and it was very hot indeed :) Here are the benchmarks after installing the ThermalTake Active memory cooling system.
This is with no FSB adjustments, 1400Mhz. Stable
This is 9.5x150, 1.42Ghz Stable
This is 9x155, 1.4Ghz Stable!