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Thermaltake Volcano 11 "Xaser Edition" HSF Review

By: Mike Wright | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Apr 3, 2003 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: Thermaltake

Fan Speed Control



I will apologize for the poor photo quality of this print, but I was having a fight with the auto-focus and lost.


At any rate, you'll notice that there are two different connectors shown above. Depending on how you configure the setup of the cooler, you can have one three different methods to control the fan speed. Lets take a look at them.



By using the included thermal probe and attaching it to the larger of the two connectors, you can have the cooler automatically adjust your fan speeds in accordance with the temperature registering on the probe. It will spin at a minimum of 1300RPM (20.5-CFM @ 17dBA) for temperatures of 20 degrees Celsius or less to a maximum of 4800RPM (75.7-CFM @ 48dBA) when it reads 55 degrees Celsius.


Now while this may look good on paper, I still don't know of many enthusiasts who use this function. Personally, I want the ability to adjust the fan speeds according to what I think my needs are, not the built-in probe. But there you have it, just by putting the probe butted up against the processor core gives you the ability to have automatic fan speed adjustments.



Next up is a feature that has been gaining a lot of popularity amongst the Power Elite. It is a very simple rheostat device that fits into any empty PCI slot in the case. This allows you to manually adjust the fan speeds according to your own needs from the exterior of the case. Using this method, there is no need at all to have to break open the side panel of the enclosure just to adjust the fan speed.


So if you're doing some light word processing and Internet browsing, you can slow the fan speed down to a minimal level and have good cooling and a low level of noise. But if it happens to be Saturday night and you have a local LAN party to head off to, then crank that thing up to maximum speed and have all the cooling potential available heading straight onto the processor to keep things nice and chilly.


See why I like to be able to adjust the speeds myself?



The final method of fan speed control is really no control at all, but it is quite effective if you don't mind the noise. It is simply a full bore fan speed that forces maximum speeds at all times. Just attach the provided jumper onto the smaller of the two connectors and you're set. It gives maximum performance 100% of the time.


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