Date: March 4th, 2010
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Thermaltake USA
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
The 33 fins are relatively widely spaced to take advantage of the modest pressure and airflow of the included low speed fan. The fan gets power from a motherboard header via a 3-pin connector and Thermaltake also supplies a small fan speed control knob with the 300. You'll need to open the case to use it, but it's better than nothing.
There's really nothing earth shattering about the design, but Thermaltake makes a lot of bold claims about many of the design elements. We'll go over these as we proceed with this part of the review.
For example, Thermaltake intimates that the “sawtooth” design of the 33 aluminum fins is responsible for smoother airflow, improved cooling and reduced noise. While these claims are difficult to objectify in a review, cooling performance and observed noise levels can either support or oppose them. At any rate the fins are closed off at the sides of the cooler to keep the airflow in the cooler where it can do the most good. Four-6mm heatpipes are arranged across the fins to allow for maximum heat dispersion and the ‘pipes all originate at the copper base. The highly polished surface is dead flat and there is ample evidence of solder here, promising maximum heat transfer.
Thermaltake's mounting solutions for the 300 are a bit surprising. For one thing, AMD user's will have to remove the retention bracket on their boards and use the supplied backplate, a departure from the way most coolers attach to the existing bracket. Intel solutions, on the other hand, dispense with a backplate and use slotted nuts to secure the studded brackets from the backside of the board. Let's see how this works on the mule system.
PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
Our testbed for this review consists of the following hardware:
Intel Q6600 Kentsfield Core2Quad CPU
Western Digital WD800 hard drive
Western Digital WD6400 hard drive
Samsung SH-S203N DVD writer
Buffalo Firestix DDR2 RAM (2 X 1GB)
EVGA 8800 GTS 320MB graphics card
Thermaltake Toughpower 750W PSU
All coolers were tested in the open case pictured above. Keep in mind that temps inside your case will be different, depending on the chassis and airflow.