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Thermaltake GeForce4 "Highest Performance Cooler" Review - Conclusion

With the new GeForce4 video boards hitting the streets, is it any wonder that Thermaltake has come up with a cooling solution for it? Probably not. So come join Mike "Darthtanion" Wright as he takes a look at the Thermaltake GeForce4 "Highest Performance Cooler". Not only do we need to see if the cooler is more effective than a stock heatsink, but we also want to know if it will allow us to overclock the core any higher. Let's see if it can do both!

| Video Card Colers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 26, 2002 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: Thermaltake

Conclusion

 

Well, after our testing was complete, I believe that we managed to answer both of the questions that were on our mind. Yes, the Thermaltake GeForce4 Cooler does manage to lower GPU chipset temperatures. Yes, it also manages to allow us to overclock at least a little higher because of this. Sounds like we have a good thing going here.

 

But how about pricing? Though it is difficult to find this cooler right now, that will change in the very near future. We were able to get one of the early units for testing, but they are being made ready for retail sales. Pricing will be around US$20, so shouldn't be too much an issue. After all, if you are going to spend upwards of $400 for a video card, then why not get a little added insurance to help it work better and last longer?

 

Bottom line... While the coolers installed on most GeForce4 cards are better than any other stock heatsink of the past, the Thermaltake GeForce4 Cooler is even better. Effective cooling and higher overclocking capabilities make this something to consider for those who either have bought, or are planning to buy a GeForce4 video card.

 

One final note for those who are new to the GeForce4 series of video board. The pin layout for the heatsink is not the same as for those of older video boards. Unless you are planning on using an epoxy of some sort, a normal chipset cooler will not work on the GeForce4 Ti series video card.

 

- Pros

 

Very good cooling

 

Copper construction

 

Great design

 

Comes with RAM sinks

 

Affordable

 

- Cons

 

RAM sink fins placed horizontally

 

Base not smooth enough

 

Rating - 9/10

 

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