Date: August 29th, 2006
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Thermaltake
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
A top view shows off the 120mm fan with its orange blades and attractive fanguard.
With the fan assembly removed, we can see some of the construction details. Each group of three heatpipes pass through a series of closely spaced fins that provide a lot of surface area to dissipate the heat delivered from the base via the ‘pipes. An aluminum frame provides support and mounting tabs for the fan.
As you can see from this angle, the fins are quite deep with an undulating surface along the bottom edge. The 3-pin fantail is sleeved in a white mesh material.
The base is flat, with a brushed finish that just barely passes my fingernail test. A better finish would inspire more confidence here.
The heatpipes are soldered to the base, and an upper plate, which also serves to locate the mounting bracket, is screwed to the base. This makes for a very sturdy assembly.
If you've owned Thermaltake cooling products in the past, you're probably familiar with their mounting system. A series of “H-plates” are used to secure the coolers to a variety of motherboards, and the board must be out of the case for installation. The brackets on the right are for Socket 775 mobos with clearance issues. A bag of screws and some thermal paste round out the mounting accessories.