Date: January 27th, 2010
Article by: Damian Plasencia (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Thermaltake USA
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
The overall design of the V1 AX works to manage both CPU and system temperatures. The two major features of the heatsink are the side flow and opening design. The side flow design works to fully utilize system air flow. The opening design creates multi-air-intake and dissipates heat completely. This is something I like seeing in heatsinks. While the CPU is being handled by the base of the cooler, you also have the design of the cooler's body helping to reduce other thermal problems, whether it be the mainboard, mosfets through enhancing system airflow.
One of the main focal points of this cooler are the heatpipes. The V1 AX features a dual-V heatpipe cooling architecture removing heat via 4 different channels. The base of the cooler is also eye catching. Thermaltake went with a mirror coated base, guaranteeing perfect contact between the base and the CPU's IHS.
The included fan comes with an attached fan controller which can increase or decrease the fan speed from 1000-1600RPM.
Note: The fan controller did not work from the start. Setting the fan speed to low did not change the speed nor did it change setting it to high. Borrowing a controller from another Thermaltake cooler allowed me to complete the testing.