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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [01.13.04]
Manufactured by: Thermaltake


Finally they can sell it!

It was the summer of 2002 when Thermaltake and other cooler manufacturers started announcing and releasing their K8 (Opteron and Athlon64) CPU coolers. They all wanted to make sure that customers knew about their cool new products before the Athlon64 was released.

Unfortunately, the Athlon64 was delayed several times since then, and Thermaltake, along with other manufacturers, were left with products that could not be used, and spent a lot of marketing money promoting them.

Well finally the Athlon64 is alive, and starting to really kick. Just last week they announced the Athlon64 3400+ to add to the current lineup of 3200+ and 3000+. Retail end users are finally starting to be able to pick up some accessories for their shiny new CPU's, and Thermaltake is right there with several products.

Venus Series

Tt's K8 series of coolers will be known as "Venus". To refresh, Socket A coolers are designated "Volcano" while P4 coolers are called "Spark".

Naturally, Thermaltake kicks off this product line starting with the model # 12

Unfortunately, early attempts of overclocking the Athlon64's currently available have been less than amazing. Chipsets currently available do not seem to be able to lock the PCI/AGP multiplier, so we are quite limited with how far we can push the FSB rate. The ultra-uber-l337 FX series come unlocked out of the box, so we have a lot more to play with there.

That doesn't stop Thermaltake from going to the limits of what you can jam in the Athlon64 retention clip though!

The heatsink is a 100% copper block, measuring in at 73x73mm, and 48mm tall. It sports 73 fins, which is plently, although they are soldered to the base, as opposed to being skivved out of a solid copper block. The Venus 12 weighs in at a hefty 760g.

It's not the most effective way to design a heatsink, but it's close. And with all these fins, Venus 12 has a ton of surface area to effectively dissipate heat.

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