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Reviewed By: Carl Nelson [11.05.01]
Manufactured by: ThermalTake
Suggested Price: $??


The Smartest Heatsink in the World!

Before even considering the performance of the V7 or anything else, this just has to be the coolest damn feature anyone's ever thought of! Variable Fan Speed!

Here's how it works.  At normal operating speed and temperature, the 80mm fan spins at a nice quiet 2900 RPM; at this level you'll be hard pressed to hear it over your power supply fan (or 7 other fans if you're like me, and I know you are :P).

When the going gets tough, and heat begins to accumulate, the fan will speed up to compensate.  At 35 degrees C, the fan will be spinning at 5500 RPM, which you *will* hear, believe me, but the idea is to get the CPU at a nice steady temperature, and have the fan spin at somewhere between 2900 and 5500.  For instance, right now, with FrontPage and Photoshop open, and a CD playing, the V7 is running at 2900 RPM.  But there's more to it, which I'll get to soon.

Truly this is not only a unique feature, but if it works well it could be a god-send to those of us who place a high priority on noise, and think of more than just CFM.  If this weren't the case, we'd all be using 7200 RPM fans on our CPU's, right? Ugh...

Looking beyond the variable fan speeds (damn that's cool.. Okay, I'm done), you'll find another high-quality heatsink by Thermaltake.  Tt really goes beyond just slapping a bunch of parts together and saying "hey, at least it cools well!".  Like I said earlier, they have always had extremely well-engineered products, and this is no exception.

The fan shroud is required to keep as much of the air flow given by the 80mm fan as possible.  Their other choice would be to use a bigger heatsink, but many of us just don't want to have to use the 'peg' method of securing a heatsink... It's a real pain in the ass if you ever plan on changing your heatsink more than once.  Besides, Intel has a great heatsink system with their S478 P4's, and AMD will be sure to follow (eventually, one would hope).

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