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ThermalTake Volcano 7 heatsink review

Former staff writer    -   November 5, 2001
Category: CPU Cooling


Introduction


I received my ThermalTake Volcano 7 today, and it looks very promising. The first thing I said when I opened the box up, was "This thing is huge". It isn't the biggest heatsink on the market, but sure is an upgrade from the old ThermalTake Volcano heatsinks. Once I looked over the heatsink, I saw that the heatsink itself isn't much bigger than the old volcano's, if at all. The 80mm fan on top makes this heatsink look very massive. Most heatsinks on the market have a 60mm fan, while this one has a 80mm fan.

  

ThermalTake didn't use the standard fan grill on this heatsink. They used a custom fan grill, made by them. This type of fan grill was first seen on the Crystal ORB's, I'm glad to see they have brached out and started using them on heatsinks. A few things that caught my attention when looking at the Volcano 7, was the extra wire coming off the fan. I looked closely and I found out that it goes to a small green looking sensor on the side of the fan. What's that, you might ask? It allows the fan to run at a much lower rpm (fan speed) when your computer case is cool. When your computer case get's too hot, the fan will detect it and raise the fan speed, therefore cooling your cpu more. I think this is a great idea because, why have a fan running at full speed when it's not needed? Remember, if the fan is turning slower it will be much quieter.

ThermalTake didn't use the standard fan grill on this heatsink. They used a custom fan grill, made by them. This type of fan grill was first seen on the Crystal ORB's, I'm glad to see they have brached out and started using them on heatsinks. A few things that caught my attention when looking at the Volcano 7, was the extra wire coming off the fan. I looked closely and I found out that it goes to a small green looking sensor on the side of the fan. What's that, you might ask? It allows the fan to run at a much lower rpm (fan speed) when your computer case is cool. When your computer case get's too hot, the fan will detect it and raise the fan speed, therefore cooling your cpu more. I think this is a great idea because, why have a fan running at full speed when it's not needed? Remember, if the fan is turning slower it will be much quieter.


Specifications

Here is a chart of the temperature controlled fan and how loud it is, at different rpms.

Fan Speed Air Flow Noise
2,900 rpm 46 CFM 27 dB
5,000 rpm 53 CFM 39 dB


P/N A1124
Fan Dimension 80x80x25 mm
Rated Voltage 12VDC
Started Voltage 7VDC
Power Input 2.16W ~ 2.64W
Max. Air Flow 53 CFM @ 5,000rpm
Noise 39 dB at 5000 rpm
Bearing Type Two Ball Bearing
Life Time 50,000 hours
Connector 3 PIN


Closer look



Here is a top view of the Volcano 7. From this view you can see the solid copper core of the heatsink.



This is the very bottom of the heatsink. Thermaltake has this piece of paper you must peel off before you install the heatsink. Why? Because it protects the TIM from getting dirty or rubbing off. As usual, we take the stuff off, and apply some NanoTherm or Artic Silver II.


Looks like glue to me


Nice and clean, now

 Performance

There really isn't a good way to test this kind of heatsink with the temperature controlled fan, because the fan will adjust it's speed as it needs to. However, I will still post the idle and full load temps.

Test Rig
  • 1.4Ghz T-bird
  • KG7-RAID
  • Kingston 512MB PC-2100
  • SB Live! X-Gamer
  • WinXP

    This time, instead of showing a fancy chart I'll just show you some screenshots from MotherBoard Monitor. This show's the CPU temps and case temps, along with the fan speeds. To get the full load temp. I played some MP3's while running Seti@Home.


  • Idle


    Load

    Conclusion
    Thermaltake has a very unique heatsink here, and I wouldn't mind recommending it to the average user or moderate overclocker. However, I don't think it would reach my expectations as an extreme overclocker. I really love how quiet this fan is, and the temperature controlled fan. The look's of the heatsink is also a big plus! The installation went just as smooth as the other Volcano heatsinks, and it was a fast installation. I'd like to thank ThermalTake for providing this new heatsink for us to review and play with.


    Pros:
    • Temperature controlled fan
    • Copper core
    • Massive!
    • Look's very cool

    Cons:
    • I'm sure this heatsink/fan would never keep "my" overclocked CPU's cooled :)
    • Some, might consider it too big.



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