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Reviewed by: Ed Lau [03.08.03]
Edited by: Carl Nelson

Manufactured by: Thermaltake
Est. Street Price: $40

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...That it?

The other change is the great looking grille on top of Thermaltake's trademark ceramic-looking orange fan.  The "X" design is quite unique and looks great through a window.  Some may say that it impedes airflow and I can see why looks great.  I prefer it to the Coolmod, which I thought was rather tacky.


Undercover Brother says...


SOLID.  Pick one word to describe Thermaltake's clips and that's it.  Doing what all the cool kids are these days,Thermaltake uses a clip that attaches to all six points on a socket like we first saw with the Volcano 9.  The Volcano 11 isn't the heftiest combo I've seen recently but at just under 500g, it is still a considerable large chunk of copper and a secure clip is essential.  While everyone else is making newfangled toolless clips that get mixed opinions from me, Thermaltake's clips are easy to install as usual.  Funkalicious.


Testing Methods

As you know, we've been recording temperatures using thermistors mounted directly onto the CPU for the past months as it is more accurate than thermistors on the motherboard, which are actually mounted in the socket under the chip.

However, even this has a margin of error. New motherboards are finally allowing the use of the Athlon XP's built-in thermal diode. This method of temperature measure should, in theory, be even more accurate than our previous testing method so we will be using this procedure for this review.

The test machine consists of a AGOIA 1800+ (1.53 GHz) Athlon Xp mounted on a MSI KT3 Ultra-ARU with a single stick of 512MB Samsung PC2700 DDR333 RAM.

The case has changed since my last heatsink fan test from a Xaser II to a Xaser III.  I have turned off two of the fans (the blowhole and one side intake) to reduce the difference between the two cases to a minimum.  There should only be a small, if any, discrepancy.

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