Thermaltake Memory Cooler ReviewBosco - January 4, 2003
: GF City Computers
Price: $15 USD
After having a good break, and times spent with families, it's time to get back to work again, and I get the honor of providing OCC Canada's first review out for the new year! To start off, I will take a look at two of Thermaltake's memory cooling products, because they go together pretty well, and are similar enough to be placed into one review.
The Active Memory Cooling Kit package
The package contents
The first package that I have is the Active Memory Cooling Kit. This one contains a single-sided blue heat spreader (passive), and a single-sided orange heat spreader that is integrated with a fan (active). The fan uses the 3-pin connection that plugs into your motherboard and allows for fan RPM monitoring, or if that is not possible, it also includes a 3-pin to 4-pin converter, but there is no extension after that, meaning either way, you will use up a power connector. The package also includes the heatspreader adhesives, and the metallic clips to firmly secure them in place, but if you trust the adhesives, I don't think the clips will be needed.
Small, fast, yet quiet
It's an Everflow!
The Memory Heatsink and Heat Spreader package
The package contents
The second package I have is just to complement the first, and this one contains two single-sided blue heat spreaders (passive), as well as two rather large memory heatsinks. From the look of the latter, it suggests that they were meant to be placed on a GeForce3 card, but any mechanic who can cut aluminum can resize these for other uses. Again, like the first package, several adhesives are included as well as the metal clips for the heat spreaders, however in this package I will only look at the heat spreaders, when combined with the first item above.
Installing the heat spreaders can be extremely easy or tediously difficult, depending on whether or not you choose to include the metal clips. Installing the active heat spreader (the orange one) first requires that you determine the alignment of your memory module to your motherboard, and then figuring out how the fan will fit in there. After that, installing the entire unit (as well as the remaining passive heat spreaders) only requires that you place the adhesive on the memory module, and then placing the heat spreader itself on top of the module, ensuring that as much of the module is covered by the heat spreader, without touching any solder points on the chips. After that, you can place the metal clips on to the pair of heat spreaders to keep them in place, although I had so much difficulty with them when trying to place them on the orange heat spreader, because the integrated fan bracket gets in the way, and there's no convenient method of removing it.
All set, and ready to go!