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ThermalTake Geforce4 Copper Cooler Review

Former staff writer    -   May 31, 2002


Testing

I guess one of the biggest reasons you would want to buy this Geforce 4 cooler is hoping that you will be able to overclock your videocard more since this cooler is suppose to keep your card cooler. I did a comparison of the stock cooler and the ThermalTake Geforce 4 cooler. I tested to see how high I could overclock the core and the memory, and it be stable without any artifacts. Then I took the highest overclock I could get with the stock cooler and with the TT GF4 cooler and ran a 3Dmark2001SE benchmark. While I was running the benchmark I recorded the "load" temperature via a thermal probe that I placed under each cooler. To get the idle temperature of the two coolers I allowed the system to idle in windows for 10mins.

Test System:
  • Abit KR7A133-RAID
  • Athlon XP 2100+
  • Samsung PC-2700 DDR Memory CAS-2
  • MSI Geforce 4 ti 4600
  • SB Audigy Gamer
  • Windows XP Operating System
  • Default settings in 3dmark (1024x768x32) No FSAA






    Conclusion

    The cooler and ram heatsinks were very easy to install. The cooler did in fact lower the temps at idle and under load. The idle temp wasn't lowered by much but hey, who keeps there video card at idle :) I think the cooler along with the ram heatsinks, look very cool installed! The bottom of the cooler wasn't as smooth as I would have liked, but I have seen worse. The kit came with no instructions at all, but it was fairly easy to figure out without instructions. If you plan on overclocking your Geforce 4 Ti series videocard, then I recommend getting one of these coolers. If you don't plan on overclocking don't waste your money, unless you want it for the looks :)

    We would like to thank ThermalTake.com for providing us this cooler to review!


    Pros:
    • Cools very well
    • Copper!
    • Comes with RAM heatsinks

    Cons:
    • No instructions included
    • Bottom of cooler could have been smoother



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