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Thermaltake NiC-F4 Review


Thermaltake NiC-F4 Testing:

Testing of Themaltake's latest high performance air-cooled solution 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 for a period of two hours, with a cooldown 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 24 °C throughout the testing to minimize the impact of a variable temperature. Each cooler is tested with the manufacturer supplied thermal compound as delivered. Many of us have our own TIM favorites, but for the end-user without a half dozen tubes of thermal paste laying around, the supplied TIM will have to do and is how these coolers will be tested.

Testing Setup:


Comparison Coolers:






At idle, both stock and overclocked the NiC-F4 was able to keep my Core i7 2600K at 26/27 °C or about right in the middle of the comparison field. That field contains cooler costing much more than the NiC-F4. Now when you get to the overclocked results, again the NiC-F4 keeps pace with other higher priced CPU coolers delivering 51 °C at stock speeds and 73°C when overclocked. Pretty impressive results for a $40 cooler. As far as noise is concerned I heard none at all from within the chassis. That alone for a cooler in this price range and hearing some of the screamers on earlier high end coolers from Thermaltake I am truly impressed with the results.

  1. Thermaltake NiC-F4 Introduction & Closer Look:
  2. Thermaltake NiC-F4 Closer Look: Continued
  3. Thermaltake NiC-F4 Specifications & Features:
  4. Thermaltake NiC-F4 Testing: Setup & Results
  5. Thermaltake NiC-F4 Conclusion
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