Date: April 12th, 2004
Article by: Roger (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor)
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As I stated, this is a pretty hefty cooler. It looks fairly powerful, and you'd think it would make a racket, when in fact it's only rated at 16-37 dba. In comparison, my Thermaltake Volcano 12 is rated at 21-48 dba.
On top of the unit is an 80mm Scythe fan which draws the hot air out of the pins instead of pushing cool air onto them. There is no fan grill so watch those fingers.
The dual ball bearing fan can be easily removed. If you want to try reversing it to see whether or not you'll get better performance by blowing cool air onto the pins, it's as easy as flipping the fan over. FYI, I tried, and it does work better by drawing the heat out from the pins.
The fan has a passthrough four-pin power adapter in addition to the one-wire cable which connects to the motherboard fan header to monitor the fan's RPMs… which maxes out at 3400. The fan also connects to the rear fan controller via about 2 feet of wire.
Under the fan, you can see the aluminum pins. Aluminum is one of the best materials for releasing heat.
A closer look and a lot of counting will get you to about 480… and that's about how many pins we're looking at here. The pins are oval shaped, approximately 1.5 x 2 mm in dimension. The shape of the pins ensure there is a bit more cooling surface.