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Thermaltake sucks!, or something else?

| Posted: Apr 24, 2002 8:41 am

Dan the Man is back, better than ever. Dan from Dan's Data, an Australian hardware website, starts off his latest rant-based article saying "Freedom of speech is a wonderful thing", luckily for him that is indeed the case, well and I guess me as well. But, on the other hand, some opinions are best left unspoken, or in this case unpublished - not this one, though. While the job of a journo is to create controversy which in turn creates attention (hits), I think Dan has over stepped the line this time and treaded on quite a lot of peoples toes - Outright attacking other websites is not on! And again, I can't be sure of the motives behind this article from Dan or why he would even bother posting it.

 

In his article, entitled "Great product! Doesn't work!", Dan suggests the new Thermaltake active and passive RAM sink product does not work have any added benefit when it comes to overclocking and tweaking the memory, only a 5% increase in overclockability. Though, Dan fails to pick up on one very important factor. In a crowed market, with many companies competing for the top spot, they are having to add extra features (or increased performance), to let's say their motherboards, to get people to buy the particular product over a great deal of other products, they could choose to buy. Features like; coloured PCB, improved software bundles, or stylish included IDE cables which give them an edge over the competition when it comes to the buyer, not the person reviewing the product.

 

Thermaltake are a maker of some pretty cool (no pun intended) products for enthusiast users, with a few flops in the past, which is excusable - no company is totally invincible. Since Thermaltake cater for the enthusiast user who wants to get the absolute maximum amount of performance out of their systems, a 5% increase in memory overclockability from their RAM cooling products, in my opinion, is warranted - considering the product costs next door to nothing anyway. While a 5% increase is not going to translate to a great deal of added real world performance, this is where the "brag factor" comes into play, and in this case... how high someone can overclock their memory compared to the next person, which is ultimately going to mean a slightly higher 3DMark score, for some this understandably matters. In any case, even if the Thermaltake RAM cooling products can only provide a slight decrease in temperate to the RAM chips, it's going to increase stability of the product because it is operating at a cooler temperature. Since the product is marketed toward enthusiast users, chances are their memory is going to be pushed up to faster speeds be it through overclocking or tweaking, so the product can only help the situation, not worsen it.

 

As I said I'm not totally sure of the motives from Dan behind this article, and that still hasn't changed. Dan expressed comments and I expressed mine as a concerned reader and thought, our readers should know that Thermaltake memory cooling products don't entirely suck, like Dan portrays them.

 

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