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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [01.29.04]
Manufactured by: Thermaltake



The main components of the Giant III are a pair of aluminum heatsinks, that are installed using the tools you saw on page 1 of this article. Installation was very simple, and should only take 15 minutes or so. The first thing you would do is install the blocks you saw on page 1 of this article, then insert the two heatpipes. After that, you would install each of these heatsinks using the included screws. You'll need to install a pair of fans that are controlled by this PCI bracket:

This fan supports three different speeds, low, medium, and high. It is rated at 3000, 4200, and 5300 RPM at those speeds, with a max air flow of 22.3 CFM at high. Noise is rated at 21, 30, and 38 dBA respectively.

A 40mm mini-blower can be installed on the edge of the Giant III for those who have the need for speed. The PCI controller only has an on and off switch. Ratings for this fan are 9000 RPM (!), blowing just 3.54 CFM. This little sucker spins at an excrutiating 41.6 dBA. Believe me when I say that this is one of the most annoying fans I have ever heard in my life. If you think a loud 80mm fan is annoying, you haven't heard this thing!

The whole point of having a blower fan is that the airflow is highly focused. The way the Giant III is designed, this blower is focused on NOTHING; it appears to have been thrown on for good measure. In fact, the whole heatsink itself seems like a jumble of crap added to an otherwise well designed silent heatsink.

So what does the end result look like? Get some eye protection and check it out on the next page...

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