From the beginning, I liked the idea of being able to control the speed of the fan of the cooler. It gives you the flexibility to adjust the system for either performance or quiet. While the self-adjusting fan speed of the original Volcano 7 was a good idea, it proved to be useless for those (like me) who have a good bit of airflow moving through the case. Thermaltake has certainly fixed that problem here. The three settings should be able to take care of even the hardest of hardcore users who want a good amount of cooling prowess as well as the opportunity to keep the noise levels at an acceptable level.
On the other side of the coin, however, is the odd fan size. While it makes for a good fit atop the socket, it makes it difficult to go out and get a more powerful fan to use without having to get a reducer. There are some monstrous 80mm fans to be had, but the choice in the 70mm size is rather limited. Also of note is the fact that it doesn't fall into the budget category. Retail pricing of this HSF is in the neighborhood of US$45, but if you like quiet, then that shouldn't be too much a turn-off.
Bottom line...If you're one of those folks who are sick and tired of the fact that good cooling equates to lots of noise, then let me introduce you to this cooler. It provides outstanding cooling power without the ear-piercing whine of a lot of sinks available. While it fits into the middle-range of coolers price-wise, it is well worth it for the luxury of a quiet operation.
Fan speed control
Made for both AMD and Intel
No thermal tape
70mm fan size
Rating - 9.5/10 and TweakTown's Editors Choice Award
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