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Thermaltake BigTyp Revo CPU Cooler: Closer Look
So here you have it: the BigTyp Revo. I did a double-take when I first pulled this cooler out of the box thinking my eyes were playing tricks on me, but that fan really is an awesome army green. If you happen to have a Corsair C70 in the army green color, just stop reading right here and go buy one of these since they're a match made in heaven. The green 120mm spinner is rated for 800-1800 RPM and should prove to be both quiet at lower loads as well as capable enough to keep things cool when you push your CPU to the max.
Flipping the BigTyp Revo over reveals the true nature of the beast. The direct-contact heat pipes are clearly visible along with the fairly densely packed aluminum fins adorning the five heat pipes. There is no connection between the fins and the base other than said heat pipes, but this falls right in line with the design of many very capable coolers so it doesn't worry me too much (as well as following its heritage from the Big Typhoon). To be honest the design is extremely reminiscent of the famed Thermalright XP-120 of yonder days. That's not a bad likeness to have by any stretch of the word though! Everthing seems well-machined and the fit and finish is superb.
Everyone likes shiny things; this is a universal truth that applies even more so to the bases of heat sinks. After removing the sticker on the base of the BigTyp Revo I was somehow hoping for a gleaming surface of pure flatness and polish. Alas, it was not to be: the base of the Revo features relatively obvious machining marks on the otherwise extremely flat surface. The gaps between the direct-contact heat pipes and the aluminum base are nearly invisible, which should lead to great heat transfer between them. Even my little Lego man was confused when he couldn't see his reflection and gave up on viewing his own visage through the base machining. A rough base doesn't always mean poor cooling capability, but it does place more reliance on your thermal paste of choice.
Mounting the Thermaltake BigTyp Revo was a breeze. The motherboard backplate gets bolted to the board, the appropriate "wings" get screwed into the base of the cooler, then you screw the whole mess together. It's been a while since I've mounted a cooler that was this simple and easy: I didn't even glance at the manual once. There is one thing you must be aware of when choosing this cooler, though, is that it will actually rest on taller RAM once installed. Personally this didn't bother me and it just confirmed that it would do a great job cooling my memory, but if you have ludicrously tall heatspreaders on your memory you will not be able to use the BigTyp Revo without a lot of hassle.