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Thermaltake Volcano7 HSF Review - Volcano7 - Page 4

So you've seen the new breed of large heatsinks, but are scared away by the high dollar entry prices? If this fits you, then come join Mike "Darthtanion" Wright as he takes a look at the newest cooler to wear the Volcano label; namely the Thermaltake Volcano7 HSF. We're going to see whether it has what it takes to play with the big-boys, and at a take home price that is a good bit cheaper than the competition.

| CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Dec 2, 2001 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: Thermaltake

Conclusion

 

The newest Volcano is here and it's a good one. Though I had problems with the variable speed fan, the design still proved itself to be effective and still maintain a stylish look. With more and more people going to a windowed case, good looks is playing a vital role in the sales of heatsinks. It's good to see that you can have a good looking cooler and also receive a respectable amount of actual cooling.

 

As stated earlier, though, if you have a lot of case cooling, then you might want to consider getting yourself a fan that doesn't change speeds on you. While the concept is very interesting, the high rate of air moving throughout the case won't allow it to heat up enough to activate the fan's higher rates of speed. It will, however, work well in a normally vented case. When I turned off some of the fannage running within my case, I was able to reach the better cooling capabilities of the fan.

 

Bottom line...If you're building a new system and want a heatsink that looks cool and can also keep your system at an acceptable temperature, then check out the Volcano7 HSF. It is an effective cooler and costs about US$10 less than the Alpha sink that was used as a comparison (and that's an Alpha without a fan).

 

- Pro's

 

Larger footprint

 

Very smooth base

 

80mm fan

 

Looks good

 

- Con's

 

Lot of case airflow impedes the variable fan

 

Rating - 9/10

 

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