Date: June 11th, 2007
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Thermaltake USA
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
With everything out of the box, notice there's not a lot of mounting hardware and no alternate retention frames or backplates to install. This means no motherboard removal!
The V1 is a tall cooler at 143mm high, so make sure you have enough clearance in your case. It's somewhat heavy as well at 637 grams. The construction is all copper, from the base to the fins to the heatpipes.
A top view of the V1 reveals a non-standard 110mm fan sandwiched between two sets of copper fins. The way this cooler works is illustrated above – the fan pulls cool air in through one set of fins then pushes the warm air out the other side.
Looking in from the side, again we see the fan as well as four heatpipes coming out of the base. Two of them run along the bottom part of the fins, and the other two run through the top.
The V1 already has a nicely lapped mirror finish on the base. This is becoming more common to see on heatsinks and that can only be a good thing.
The fan has a three inch wire attached to it with a fan speed dial on the end. The lowest speed setting is 1300 RPM and the highest setting is 2000 RPM. It's always nice to have an adjustable fan but in this case I'm not too pleased since the wire is not long enough to reach outside of the case. So unfortunately, the wire just hangs there in the way and isn't practical because it's a pain to reach inside the case to adjust the fan. Thankfully, this wire can be detached if desired.