Thermaltake Volcano 7+ Copper Heatsink and Fan ReviewBosco -
Category: CPU Cooling
: GF City Computers
Price: $23 USD
Before I start, you guys are probably wondering: "Why would I review a Volcano 7+ when there are superior models already out for quite some time now?" Of all the reviews that I've seen so far on a Volcano HSF, I've yet to find one that is tested against a Pentium 4 CPU. Even if a Volcano 9+ is released, it will most likely be tested using an AMD processor, since up to this point and a little beyond the latter CPU is the one that requires more cooling power. Thermaltake also has another solution for the Pentium 4, known as the Spark 7, but from what I know, availabilty on that particular item is very low, and as such not very many people have actually heard about it. Because of these reasons, I've decided to bring back an older item and put it to the test using a socket 478 environment.
For those who have not yet seen a Volcano 7+ before, here it is, in a very attractive package.
The package comes with the copper HSF unit itself, a fan speed setting cable, and a small bag that contains extra screws and parts for the socket 478 retension mechanism, as well as thermal compound and a Thermaltake case badge. Oh, and there's no need to fret! The instruction pamphlet is bilingual, with the other language being English.
This item is initially intended for a socket 370 or socket A processor, so you will find that you cannot install this unit directly on to a s478 system out of the box. You will first need to detach the heatsink from the fan so you can remove the s370/sA metal clip. You can then put reattach the fan and heatsink together, and begin installing the s478 specific parts. Not too difficult, but 6 screws were used just to get the retention clips installed, but it certainly does feel very sturdy, and if you screwed it in tightly, there's no worry that it will come loose anytime soon.
After prepping it up for the s478 system, installation is as simple as placing the unit into the bracket that came with your motherboard and pressing the 4 clips to secure it into place, after you have cleaned your CPU of the old thermal compound and applied a fresh layer on it.
Now let's test this baby!