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ThermalTake Volcano 7+ Heatsink review

Former staff writer    -   May 17, 2002
Category: CPU Cooling


Introduction

It's been awhile since I have reviewed a heatsink. Mostly, because I have been very busy will my new hosting company. However, I'm getting back into the groove of things, and I have a fine looking heatsink that I will be reviewing today. It's called the Volcano 7+ from ThermalTake or, TT is what we like to call them. In this heatsink, TT packs in a variable fan speed switch, fan monitoring capability, solid copper heatsink, and Tiny Fin technology. How well does the Volcano 7+ keep up with other heatsinks? Read on and find out!



Front of box (Click to enlarge)



Back of box



What you get
  • The heatsink and fan
  • Fan grill (Gotta love that)
  • Variable fan switch
  • Thermal paste
  • Bag of screws
  • TT Case Badge


  • Everything you get (Click to enlarge)



    Instructions that are included.

    Closer look
    This is a "Pretty" heatsink :) The fins on the heatsink, are really thin and are made to transfer heat faster, and TT likes to call it "Tiny Fin Technology". They make it sound like they came up with the idea of using thin fins.. It's not a new thing out, just a little new to TT. I think they made a good choice, in adopting thin fins on this heatsink. Besides, the thin fins, the whole heatsink is solid copper! It's so heavy you'd think it's made of solid iron!


    Fin's of the heatsink (Click to enlarge)


    Another view

    When you open your box that the Volcano 7+ comes in, you find out that you have to install the fan on to the heatsink, yourself. TT provides you with a bag of screws to do, just that. One thing I found when install the fan on to the heatsink, is that the holes the screws go in, aren't threaded. This makes it a little harder for you to put the screws in, as your having to make the threads yourself with the screw. No big deal really, you just have to put a little more elbow grease in it :)



    Screws that you have to put in (Click to enlarge) The fan has two wires coming from it. One is for fan monitoring, and the other connects to the variable fan switch. The fan monitoring plug connects to your motherboard (If your motherboard supports it), and you will then be able to monitor the fan from your bios, or your operating system.


    Click to enlarge


    Variable fan switch connection to fan

    Ah, the variable fan switch :) This is what all the talk is about, with the Volcano 7+ HSF. It's great to have a variable fan switch. Why? Let's say you just got finished fragging someone on Quake 3, and your ready for bed. Now, if your like me and you leave your computer on 24/7, then the fan noise coming from your computer can keep you up at night. With a variable fan switch, you can turn your fan down really low, and be able to sleep. It's no problem lowering the fan speed, if your computer is idled. Now, if your an overclocker the fan switch probably won't do you much good :) However, you could always use it on a case fan or something :)


    Sideview of the variable fan switch (Click to enlarge)


    Top view of the variable fan switch (Click to enlarge)

    Benchmark

    Here is the benchmark system I used:
  • Dual AMD 1600+ MP CPU's (stock speeds and voltages)
  • Tyan Tiger S2460 motherboard
  • Windows XP Pro


  • The results (Click to enlarge)

    While testing, the room temperature was at 72°f and 23°c. The case tempeture was 86°f and 27.5°c.



    Conclusion
    A very fine heatsink, ThermalTake has here! However, there are a few things I didn't like about it. The holes the screws go in, on the heatsink, aren't threaded. The variable fan switch, isn't needed for overclockers. However, like I said earlier you can always hook it up to a case fan. This heatsink is also very versatile! ThermalTake has included hardware so that you can convert this heatsink so that it can fit on, socket 370 and socket 478 motherboards! (Those are P3 and P4 motherboards, by the way) I think it's a really good idea!


    Pros:
    • Fan grill included
    • Variable fan switch
    • Solid copper heatsink
    • 370 & 478 socket conversion kit included

    Cons:
    • Non-threaded holes, for screws
    • Variable fan switch, isn't needed for overclockers



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