Thermaltake BigTyp Revo CPU Cooler Review

Waco - 2013-07-02 18:26:17 in CPU Cooling
Category: CPU Cooling
Reviewed by: Waco   
Reviewed on: August 29, 2013
Price: $37.99

Thermaltake BigTyp Revo CPU Cooler: Introduction

Those of you who have been OCC members or lurkers for a long time may be having pangs of déjà vu after reading the title of this review. Fear not, you aren't going crazy. While OCC did review the Thermaltake Big Typhoon VX way back in the year 2007 it is most assuredly 2013 and you are definitely reading a review about Thermaltake's new kid on the block: the BigTyp Revo. No, that's not a typo, it actually is called the BigTyp Revo.

This new cooler comes from a long lineage of Thermaltake coolers that offer great bang-for-buck performance and is the newest iteration in the "Big Typhoon" line of coolers. The original Big Typhoon was a great cooler back in 2007 with good cooling at a reasonable cost. The BigTyp Revo looks to extend that low-cost and high-performance trend into the present with support for every modern socket type as well as quiet performance. Can this diminutive cooler stack up to the current crop of mega-coolers without breaking your wallet?

 

Thermaltake BigTyp Revo CPU Cooler: Closer Look

The BigTyp Revo comes in a box very typical of Thermaltake: black and white with red accents. I can't say the color combination is all that original but it's definitely smacking of Thermaltake style. The front of the box sports a large photo of the actual cooler (no weird renderings here!) along with a bold proclamation of 160 watt CPU support, socket 2011 support, and five 6mm heatpipes. The left side of the box has a fairly comprehensive list of specifications and features, but as usual, head to the Specs & Features page for a full breakdown of all the numbers.

Spinning the box around we are greeted with a few more pictures along with a quick rundown of the basic features of the BigTyp Revo. Between the direct-contact heatpipes, powerful 120mm fan, and high-density aluminum fins, this cooler sure seems like it has the right ingredients for good cooling! The right side of the box reveals a big list of the features presented on the backside of the box but in a variety of languages that I probably should be able to read by this point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For once, I'm not waiting till the next page to reveal the product you're just dying to see; behold, the Thermaltake BigTyp Revo! The BigTyp Revo ships with a universal backplate and a small variety of mounting brackets and bolts/screws to mate it up to your socket of choice. There's a manual, sure, but who reads those? You should, however, keep reading and jump to the next page for the full reveal.

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.

 

Thermaltake BigTyp Revo CPU Cooler: Specifications

Compatibility:
Intel:
LGA 2011
LGA 1366
Core i7
LGA 1155/1156/1150
Core i7/Core i5/Corei3
LGA 775
Core 2 Extreme/Core 2
Quad/Core 2 Duo/
Pentium D/Pentium 4/
Pentium/ Celeron D/
Celeron
 
AMD:
FM1 / FM2
A-series
AM3+ / AM3
Phenom II / Athlon II / Athlon/Sempron series
AM2+ / AM2
Phenom II / Phenom / Athlon / Sempron series
Heatsink Dimension:
148 x 130 x 105mm
Heatsink Material:
Aluminum Fins & Aluminum Base
Heatpipe:
Ø6mm x 5pcs
Fan Dimension:
120 x 120 x 25 mm (L x W x H)
Rated Voltage:
12V
Started Voltage:
5V
Rated Current:
0.40 A
Power Input:
4.8 W
Fan Speed:
800-1800 RPM(PWM)
Air Flow:
85.16 CFM
Air Pressure:
3.25 mmAq
Noise:
20 dBA
Life time/Fan Life time:
30,000 hours
Connector:
4-pin
Cooling Power:
160W
Weight:
530 g

 

 

Thermaltake BigTyp Revo CPU Cooler: Features

 

 

All information provided by: http://www.thermaltake.com/products-model.aspx?id=C_00001896

Thermaltake BigTyp Revo CPU Cooler: Setup & Testing

Testing of the Thermaltake BigTyp Revo will be accomplished installing the cooler into the test system mounted into a case, not a test bench. Most systems are built and mounted into a sealed (relatively) chassis, so this method will be used to generate the load and idle results to give a real world view as to what kind of cooling performance one can expect based on the test system listed below.

Of course, your results may vary, due to case design and ambient air temperature, by several degrees. The CPU load is generated by Prime 95 version 27.7 running small FFTs for a period of two hours with a cool down period of one hour after the computer has returned to an idle state. Real Temp 3.70 is used to log the temperatures over the time frame with the highest and lowest averages across the four cores of the Core i7 2600K test CPU. Ambient temperatures are kept at 22C throughout the testing to minimize the impact of a variable temperature. The Thermaltake BigTyp Revo was tested using the included thermal paste (labeled simply with the Thermaltake logo) to give an accurate depiction of the out-of-the-box performance.

 

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To be perfectly honest I had my doubts on whether this little cooler could keep up with the big dogs. It turns out those doubts may have been founded in reality but I urge you to go back and look at the price of this cooler. Now that you've done that, look back at the results again. Note that while the Thermaltake BigTyp Revo does sit on the upper end of the temperature curve for both stock and overclocked settings, it is definitely within the realm of safe temperatures on both fronts. On top of that the fan actually has a fairly pleasing tone to it even at full blast; with it on any kind of temperature controlled curve you probably will never notice it running. Yes, the fan is actually pretty quiet!

Thermaltake BigTyp Revo CPU Cooler: Conclusion

Where to begin? The Thermaltake BigTyp Revo has an interesting name, a classic design, and fairly good performance for the price. At $38 to your door it's extremely hard to find faults here! It is both far more quiet than a stock cooler and offers far superior cooling performance. While it doesn't match the auditory bliss of a low-profile Noctua cooler, it does nothing to offend my (admittedly picky) ears when running in daily use even when overclocked. At 100% speed the fan is audible but not obnoxious at all. Installation is a breeze with nary a glance at the instruction manual.

So how do I sum up this fairly low-profile cooler? In short, if you're in the market for an easy to install and inexpensive cooler that's capable of handling a modest overclock without undue noise: buy it now. Not a single cooler has come across my desk that can measure up to the performance of the BigTyp Revo at the same price point. Sure, you can spend more and get a better cooler, but if you don't need a better cooler why spend more than you need to? The BigTyp Revo provides quiet cooling at a price point nearly anyone can afford. Thermaltake has a winner!

 

 

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