IntroductionIn our last test session we made a run with the Thermaltake MaxOrb and found that it performed better than any of the other coolers we have tested thus far. Today we will be taking a look at another Thermaltake product that is sure to rock our testing charts.The Thermaltake V1 places a fan in between two cooling fins to maximize incoming and outgoing air. The box makes some pretty bold statements about the level of performance that the V1 is capable of delivering, and at $60 USD the V1 is in the upper atmosphere of air coolers.Let's take a look at the Thermaltake V1 and see if it can deliver the "Ultimate Cooling Performance" the box claims it does.
The V1 is designed to fit all socket 775, AM2, 939, 940 and 754 motherboards. The specs are very similar to those from the MaxOrb we tested just the other day. It will be interesting to see which cooler is better considering that the cost of ownership is comparable but the design is so much different. The Thermaltake V1 uses a 3-pin power connector on the fan with a rheostat that is attached with an 8 inch wire. It may be possible to place the fan adjuster outside of the case if you get creative with any extra openings on the back plate.
The front of the package has a window that shows the product and all of the possible processors that the product will fit. Thermaltake also makes some pretty bold claims about the V1 right on the front.
The side view shows how the cooler works with some product images.
The rear of the package has a larger view of the product and rounds out the product feature list.
The other side shows the specifications which we listed on the previous page.
From the side you can see the length of the cables on the V1 and the accessory box.
A closer look at the V1 shows the way the heatpipes are arranged with one set going high and another set entering the fin area in the middle.
A side view shows the low-side heatpipes and a bracket for stability on the top.
Here you can see the fan that is in the middle of the cooler. By placing the cooler on the inside The V1 is able to take advantage of the air moving to and away from the fan.
The heatpipes that are mounted on the other side go to the top of the cooler where the bracket is installed.
Here's a closer look at the rheostat Thermaltake used on the V1. I really can't figure out why this wasn't either mounted to the cooler or given a longer cable.
A closer look at the bottom of the heatsink where it contacts the CPU shows us a pretty cloudy picture. Unlike the MaxOrb the V1 does not have a nickel plated coating and it does not have the mirror finish enthusiasts have come to expect these days.
Accessories and Documentation
Accessories and Documentation
The accessories side of things looks a little thin compared to some of our recent reviews. Then again, simplicity is best and the V1 is able to mount to any Intel Socket 775 and AMD AM2 based motherboard with very few parts to worry about losing; bravo!
Much like the accessories, the manual for the V1 is very straight forward.
Test ResultsTweakTown uses a different method for testing CPU heatsinks which allows for an even playing field across all product tests. We feel that by using the same ambient temperature and strict lab-like testing procedures we are able to accurately compare one product to another. More information on our testing procedure can be found in the T.E.C.C. article here.
Despite using less heatpipes, the V1 runs toe to toe with the MaxOrb we previously tested. This puts it at the top of our cooling charts for dissipating heat.
At idle speeds the V1 does a much better job than the MaxOrb but at full load it is still very loud. The cooler also rattles at full speed making a very annoying tin can sound. Since the fins are so close together at the base I would assume that two or more of them are just far enough apart that the fans vibration makes them touch together in places.
Final ThoughtsThe Thermaltake V1 is a decent cooler for everyday use with reduced fan speed, but when the heat is on and the fan turned up the audible rattle is enough to make anyone find the receipt and make a trip to return it. As for delivering the "Ultimate Cooling Performance", I found that the V1 is really good but to tag it as ultimate might be a pretty good stretch. Product availability is one of Thermaltake's strong suits. In the U.S. just about every computer shop I have entered carries their brands, and even Radio Shack is now carrying Thermaltake parts now. A quick scan on Pricegrabber shows the V1 being offered for a little over $60 USD after shipping. This is a full $10 USD more than the MaxOrb which offers nearly the exact same performance, so if Thermaltake is in your future this fortune teller says go for the MaxOrb and have enough left over to get a new tube of Arctic Silver.
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Chris Ramseyer started his career as a LAN Party organizer in Midwest USA. After working with several computer companies he was asked to join the team at The Adrenaline Vault by fellow Midwest LAN Party legend Sean Aikins. After a series of shake ups at AVault, Chris eventually took over as Editor-in-Chief before leaving to start Real World Entertainment. Look for Chris to bring his unique methods of testing Hard Disk Drives, Solid State Drives as well as RAID controller and NAS boxes to TweakTown as he looks to provide an accurate test bed to make your purchasing decisions easier.
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