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TherMagic CPU Cooling System (CCS) Review

By: Mike Wright | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Dec 13, 2002 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 6.0%Manufacturer: TherMagic

Conclusion

 

When I first agreed to test the CCS cooler, I had thought that I would get some better results than I managed to achieve. The thought of finally adding any sort of water to my system was a huge leap of faith for me since I have always been more than a little nervous about this prospect.

 

But while the safety of the cooler proved to be very high, the performance lagged behind even middle of the road HSF units that are currently available on the market today. And considering that this unit will set you back about US$100, you can see that it will be hard pressed to get a large following.

 

I will say, however, that this thought is a worthy one to follow. The current application needs some hardcore improvements, but the idea of creating a liquid-cooling system that is fully enclosed and SAFE for the end user is a notable concept. Bringing liquid to the masses could do wonders for future technologies. And a final item of note is the fact that they include a small syringe of TherMagic TIM with the kit. For those who have been sleeping lately, it manages to beat out the highly vaunted Arctic Silver line by just a tad, which says a lot.

 

Bottom line... While I cannot recommend the CCS in its current state of development, I would keep an eye on them for future revisions. While the cost is actually minimal for a liquid rig, the level of performance doesn't justify the price tag.

 

- Pros

 

Smooth base

 

Low cost for liquid

 

Fully self-enclosed system

 

- Cons

 

Performance lags behind competition

 

Poor cost -vs- performance ratio

 

Rather loud

 

Rating - 6/10

 

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