Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
As we mentioned when looking at the MSI Core Frozr L CPU cooler, it is rare that a motherboard manufacturer will come out with a CPU cooler. In the past, this was a trend that quite a few companies got on board with, but as time went on and aftermarket coolers got better and better, motherboard makers found themselves up against great solutions at great prices, which made their efforts to provide CPU air coolers tougher to do and still be competitive. However, when we made mention that MSI was one of the only ones doing this sort of thing, along with the likes of EVGA, it was brought to our attention that GIGABYTE had released a cooler as well.
Reaching out to GIGABYTE to see about availability of their new CPU air cooler, they were more than happy to oblige with our request. What we were sent is a cooler that is much larger than what MSI had produced, and just at a glance, we feel this GIGABYTE solution should stand a good chance of taming out CPU and showing well in our charts. There are some things about this cooler that apparently will help in this quest as well. Initially, we see that this cooler uses a pair of fans, which can do nothing but help its cause. Then we see something we do not recall before. We have seen many variations of CPU air coolers based on a three heat pipe arrangement, but we cannot recall any cooler we have tested to ship with the heat pipes of ten millimeter diameter before. Also, with all of the motherboards GIGABYTE makes, the broad compatibility of this cooler means that no matter what processor you use outside of Ryzen, GIGABYTE has you covered.
Today we are here to talk about the GIGABYTE Xtreme Gaming XTC700 CPU air cooler, and to show you how well it competes against the masses. Not only does this cooler sport what we previously mentioned, but GIGABYTE jumps on the RGB train too. This means they use a shroud on the top of the cooler, and a large section of it is backlit with RGB LEDs and can be controlled via software as well. What you are about to see is an amalgam of many tricks of the trade along with some newer things that we typically do not see on air coolers, which should give GIGABYTE the edge when it comes not only to performance but attractiveness to the customer as well. For anyone using a black GIGABYTE motherboard, and those with orange trim especially, if you love to build themed systems, you may want to pay close attention to what we are about to show you.
The chart that GIGABYTE provides on their site is a bit all over the place, so we will try to add some flow to what is presented as we go along. The XTC700 is capable of mounting to anything Intel made, since and including LGA775. When it comes to AMD users, we see they go back to Socket 754, and even though there is no mention of AM4, if your motherboard offers AM3 mounting as well, you could use the XTC700 on them, even though support is not technically there for Ryzen. The base of the cooler is made of aluminum, which is what is supporting the three direct contact heat pipes, which are copper, and are 10mm in diameter. Slid over the heat pipes, this tower offers forty-one aluminum fins, and the sides of them have been closed off to trap the airflow within the tower. All told, with the fans included, the tower weighs in at 1015 grams, and measures 139mm in width, it is 109mm thick, and stands 169mm tall. All of this comes together to allow GIGABYTE to feel good about the 200W TDP of this design.
The XTC700 ships with a pair of 120mm fans to cool the tower. Each fan will spin in the range of 500 to 1700RPM, and are supported by a pair of ball bearings for smooth rotation. Each fan is also capable of a maximum of 53 CFM and also sport a 1.93 mmH2) static pressure rating too. These fans should last for 70,000 hours delivering at maximum, 31 dB of noise into the room. These fans do require a 4-pin connection to the motherboard for sensing and PWM functionality, but the fans connect to the PCB as well. Speaking of that PCB, there is also a 9-pin USB 2.0 connection that comes from it and is what allows for software control, and it is neatly routed through the tower as not to look odd when it is mounted to the motherboard.
Since this CPU cooler was released publically back in December, we would have expected to be able to find the Xtreme Gaming XTC700 cooler available somewhere in the wild, but this is not what we find at all. Taking this a step further into the realm of a lack of information, nobody who has posted news, anyone who has done a review, and even GIGABYTE were not willing to provide us with any pricing information at this time. From what we see in this design, with the features and construction in mind, we would expect that this cooler will likely be found eventually somewhere in the $80 to $100 range. This bodes well for what we think of the design, its solid construction, and the features provided with this cooler; it just does not bode so well for your wallet. Remember, we can only guess at the price at this time, as it does not seem to be publically expressed at this time, but if we are sent the pricing information, we are more than happy to update this review with said information, should it become available to us.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [GIGABYTE Xtreme Gaming XTC700 CPU Cooler]
- Page 4 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 5 [Installation and Finished Product]
- Page 6 [GIGABYTE Xtreme Gaming Software]
- Page 7 [Test System Setup, Thermal Tests, and Noise Results]
- Page 8 [Final Thoughts]