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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




Overall, the Volcano 11 from Thermaltake does a fine job of cooling your processor. There are always better coolers out there, but when it comes down to our purchase we have to consider things such as price -vs- performance. With retail prices researched at roughly US$30, it is going to be a good bit higher that the Volcano 7+ which has a near cult following among many enthusiasts. But then, it has features that are not available on the V7+ too.


One advantage of the newer Volcano, however, is that it uses a more standardized 80mm fan. And while it can get downright noisy with it cranked to full power, the included rheostat helps make sure that you get exactly the kind of cooling you need. Meager power output? Slow the fan down and enjoy your newfound peace and quiet. Fragfest? Adjust the fan speed to maximum and never have a worry about excessive heat build-up over the processor core.


Another benefit is that the shroud and the heatsink go high enough to alleviate any problems with a larger than normal fan getting in the way of the capacitors surrounding the socket. Even when used on the EPoX line of boards, there was no problem with the big fan interfering with the hardware that sits close by the socket.


Of course, there is the problem of noise if you happen to be inclined to a life of quiet solitude. When the fan spins at max speeds, it truly is loud. Though it doesn't compare to the screaming Deltas of old, it still manages to leave you know doubt that it is there. But then you can always use any 80mm fan in the sink with no problems. One of the largest problems I remember with the Volcano 7+ was the use of a 70mm fan, which is still not a readily available size when shopping.


Bottom line...When it comes down to cooling, you just can't go with the cheapest thing on the market. There is simply too much at stake to risk the health of your processor. Quality cooling is a must for a performance rig and when it comes to air cooling, the Volcano 11 is just that. With an all-copper design and a fan that just drips airflow, the Volcano 11 would make a nice addition to any power user system. And besides, it looks cool too.


- Pros


Effective cooling


80mm fan size


Built-in external rheostat


All copper sink


Multiple fan speed controls


- Cons


Fan is LOUD at maximum speed


A little expensive


Rating - 9/10


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