Thermaltake V1 CPU Cooler

Makaveli - 2007-05-29 00:27:36 in Cooling
Category: Cooling
Reviewed by: Makaveli   
Reviewed on: June 3, 2007
Thermaltake
Thermaltake
Price: $59.99 USD

Introduction:

I’m extremely embarrassed…I’m a staff member on OverclockersClub.com and my system has never been overclocked. I know, it’s probably a crime against humanity, but I’m hoping to change all that today with Thermaltake’s new V1 CPU cooler. Could this dynamically shaped CPU cooler provide the cooling I need to achieve a decent overclock? Let’s find out.

Thermaltake is one of the most renowned names in the computer hardware industry.  From cooling, to cases, to power supplies, everything Thermaltake makes has a standard of high quality. Will this V1 CPU cooler keep up to the high standard of Thermaltake products?


Closer Look:

I’m not going to lie. Even from the outside of the box, this cooler reminds me of a clam. Thanks to the see-through box, you can already tell what the product inside looks like. The front of the box displays all the processor series and motherboard sockets for which this V1 cooler is compatible with.  The back of the box has some close-up pictures of the cooler to give you an idea of what you’re about to experience. The sides of the box have the specifications of the cooler, as well as a few diagrams of how this cooler dissipates heat from your CPU.

 

 


Once you open the box, you’ll see the plastic which encases the cooler and a box of goodies.  The plastic just needs to be pulled apart from the middle and it will open.

 


Now that we have the cooler out, let’s take a look at it. Notice how there are 4 different heat pipes; 2 large and 2 small. The large heat pipes run across the top of the cooler while the small heat pipes run across the bottom of the cooler. You can also see that the fan in between the copper fins is a ball bearing fan. 


The side of the cooler allows you to see the stair-like cuts of the copper fins. The sides are connected by a copper piece with the Thermaltake logo etched into it.

 

Closer Look:

On the bottom of the heatsink, you’ll see a clear plastic film stuck to it to prevent scratches and to keep it clean from any dust or other materials, which would disrupt perfect contact between the heatsink and the processor. Also, notice the fan port and a fan RPM dial which means that you can change the fan speed from “High” to “Low”.


 


Remember that white box we saw earlier? Well that’s your box of goodies. Inside of it, you can find the instructions, mounting brackets and thermal paste.


Installation:

Installing the CPU cooler was very easy, but it is also very easy to mess up and not get the right contact. The very first thing you need to do is to take 90% rubbing alcohol, a few Q-tips and wipe off all the current thermal paste on your CPU.  It should be almost perfectly clean so that you can easily read the writing on the top of the processor.


After it’s all clean, you should get the cooler ready to snap into place, by getting the brackets installed on the heatsink.  To do this, line up the brackets on the board so that you know where to install them on the heatsink and screw the brackets into place. Now, apply a new, thin coat of thermal paste on the processor. I used “Ceramique” by Arctic Silver and used a credit card to smooth it out evenly. Install the heatsink so the fan is horizontal and the fan cables dangle on your video card. Push the pins into their respective holes and turn them the way the arrow points, so that they lock into place on the motherboard. The picture on the left shows you what the brackets should look like on the heatsink and the picture on the right shows the cooler installed.

 


Plug in the fan cable and turn on your computer; the fan lights up blue when it’s on.

Specifications:

 

Model
Brand Thermaltake
Model CL-P0401
Spec
Type Fan&Heatsinks
Fan Size 120mm
Compatibility Intel Core Extreme / Core 2 Quad / Core 2 Duo (socket LGA775)
Pentium D (socket LGA775)
Pentium 4 (socket LGA775)
Pentium (socket LGA775)
Celeron D (socket LGA775)
Celeron (socket LGA775)
Athlon 64 FX (socket AM2 / 939)
Athlon 64 X2 (socket AM2 /939)
Athlon 64 (socket AM2 / 939 / 754)
Sempron (socket AM2 / 754)
RPM 1300 - 2000 RPM
Air Flow 86.5 CFM
Noise Level 16 - 24 dBA
Power Connector 3 Pin
Heatsink Material Copper Base & Copper Fin
Physical Spec
Fan Dimensions 120 x 120 x 25mm
Heatsink Dimensions 147 x 92 x 143mm
Manufacturer Warranty
Parts 1 year limited
Labor 1 year limited

 

Features:


Ultimate cooling performance

Smart CPU & System Thermal Management

Mirror-coating copper base to guarantee perfect contact between CPU and cooler.

Silent & Overclocking-Proof Solution

Testing:


Test System:

I am going to be comparing the Thermaltake V1 CPU cooler to Thermaltake’s MaxOrb CPU cooler and the Intel stock cooler. There are a few things I want to point out.  First, the overclock I had the system at was 2.7GHz with a VCORE of 1.400. The reason it isn’t too significant is because I overclocked it the highest that the stock cooler could handle under load without crashing. Both the V1 and the MaxOrb have a fan control dial to turn the RPM of the fan from “Low” to “High”.  My computer would crash when I tried to run load with the fan on “Low” for each cooler, so I only tested the “Low” settings for idle.  I ran OCCT for 30 minutes to get the load for the CPU. I used Core Temp to get each core reading and then I averaged the cores together to get a temperature. All temperatures are in Celsius and lower is better in all tests.



Clearly, the V1 CPU cooler does much better than its competitors in all the tests. During testing, I noted the noise from the cooler. It was almost silent when the fan was on "Low" but when it's on "High", it is noticeable but not too loud, especially with a side panel on. Below are some pictures of the V1 and the MaxOrb next to each other so that you can get an idea for size, differences and similarities between the coolers.

 

 

Conclusion:

I’m very impressed with Thermaltake’s V1 CPU cooler because it blew the competition out of the water.  I had no idea that a CPU cooler could make the processor 11 degrees Celsius cooler at idle! One of my friends has a Big Typhoon cooler and I get better temperature readings with the V1 than he does with that huge cooler. The dynamic design clearly makes a difference over the standard circular-shaped CPU coolers.  In my book, this cooler is better than anything I’ve ever tested and I was very impressed with how simple it was to install. I do have to say it is slightly on the large side for a cooler and it is a little bit noisy when the side panel is off.  I have always dreaded having to install a back plate on the motherboard to support the CPU cooler, so I was glad that I didn’t have to do that with this cooler. If you’re in the market for a CPU cooler and want to stand out from the crowd with your low temperatures and unique design, then the V1 cooler is for you. Thermaltake can add this CPU cooler to its line of high performance and quality products.

Win this cooler and a lot more at OverclockersClub.com's Thermaltake contest which can be found HERE!


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