Thermaltake BigTyp 14 Pro CPU Cooler (Page 7)

| Mar 17, 2009 at 11:00 pm CDT
Rating: 85%Manufacturer: Thermaltake
Final ThoughtsIt looks to me that the testing of the BigTyp 14 Pro shows that bigger isn't always "better". While the cooler does a descent job of cooling, I think it could be better if tinkered with just a little bit more. The overall size of this cooler also takes a lot of buyers out of the market in fear of clearance issues. With the fan being 140mm, it does bring up some issues in smaller cases and I will try to explain the best way I can for you to understand it. Referring back to image number fourteen, or the image of the base of the cooler, I took some measurements to aide in deciding if it will fit. From top to bottom you will need an additional 55mm of clearance from the edge of the CPU itself and on the horizontal it will require 65mm of space from the edge of the processor. I realize that the cooler you own will have to be removed to see if these measurements are an issue, but you want to be sure before getting it to your house. The height is not an issue as it only stands 129mm tall, which is shorter than most tower coolers on the market. The BT14 Pro looks really sexy with the black plastic shroud and bright blue LED's and is a pleasure to not have to listen to roaring in the background. However, I have to say I would honestly take a bit more fan noise for the gain in performance to the overall temperatures. Don't get me wrong here, as most readers should already know, we at TweakTown test beyond where most other places test to. This is based to give an honest perspective on summertime overclocked temps. While you may never reach these temperatures with your processors, this is a good estimate to base off of. The only issue I keep coming back to is the fan and its ability to do the job at hand well enough. I think the concept of a spit set of fins is a good addition and the base being copper and soldered to the six, 6mm heat-pipes should transfer more heat with more speed to those fins, so I am left blaming the fan. I really think Thermaltake could have taken a bigger CFM fan and not caught too much flack about the noise increase if the need arises to use the full RPM of the fan under overclocking runs. While the cooler does look nice, the space required to accommodate it and its par performance will have me looking to buy something else.
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