Computer users are like Harley riders. I know this sounds far fetched but if
you think about it this statement has a lot of truth in it. A large amount of
computer users buy parts for their computers because they are shiny or carry
a brand name, just like Harley riders. For a lot of people in both groups it’s
not about the performance of the machine that guides their purchasing decisions
but the amount of bling for the buck. There is nothing wrong with buying bling
for your system as long as you know that’s what you’re buying.
When the Thermaltake Mini Typhoon arrived I was impressed with the bling factor.
Once I got over the shininess of the copper I began to have second thoughts
about attaching it to my motherboard due to its weight. The Mini Typhoon weighs
in at a chunky 1.2 pounds with a large amount of it at the head of the unit.
The fit and finish of the Mini Typhoon is equal to the detail that Thermaltake
puts into their computer cases. I can vouch for this because my current system
sits inside a Thermaltake Xaser V Daimer case. The most important piece of any
heat sink is the base that sits on top of your CPU. The finish on the Mini Typhoon
is so well polished that it is mirror like. The smoother the surface the better
the heat transfer.
Here's a look at the features:
- Supports up to TDP 130W
- 6 heatpipes, maximized heat transfer (6mm diameter)
- All copper structure, provides extremely fast heat conductivity
- 92 0.2mm thick copper fins and perfect fin rate, perfect weight-to-performance
- Waved fins to reduce wind shearing noise
- Dimension: 112 (L) x 94 (W) x 125 (H) mm
- Fan dimension: 92x92x38 mm
- Weight: 623g
- Max airflow: 38.7CFM
- Fan dimension: 92x92x38 mm
- Noise: 18dBA
- Fan speed: 2200RPM
- Maximum air pressure: 2.69 mm H2O
- 3 in 1 application
- For LGA775: push pin design for faster install
- For K8 and latest socket AM2, tool-less clip, easy to install
- RX Type Flow
- Powerful 9238 reversed fan to reduce the noise from air-rebounding,
Cooling is a relative thing that depends on many factors such as; CPU, case
configuration, the number and location of fans, fan speed, and where you place
your system. At work I see a fair amount of heat issues directly related to
where the user places his/her system. I have mentioned this to say that my results
with the Thermaltake Mini Typhoon may not be the same as yours. My system specs
at the moment are as follows:
- Thermaltake Xaser V Daimer case
- Asus A8N- SLI MOBO
- 2 x Seagate 250gig SATA HDD>
- 1.5 gig Ram (PC 4200)
- AMD 3500+ Venice Core CPU
- Nvidia 7800GT Graphics Card
- Connect X 500w PSU
- 2 x 120 mm fans
- 3 x 90 mm fans
- Hardcano Fan Controller/ Temp monitor
The Thermaltake Mini Typhoon comes packaged in a blister case which really
shows off the very nice finish on the copper. Included are clamps for AMD K8
and M2 processors, as well as the Intel LGA775. The instructions are clear and
in color and a packet of generic heat sink paste is included. I would suggest
dumping the generic paste and using Artic Silver to get a bit more thermal advantage.
Installation is simple and I had the Mini Typhoon installed and the system fired
up within a 15 minuet period. The clip for the AMD board could use some improvement.
It does not secure the Mini Typhoon as well as it should and it allows it to
slip a bit from side to side.
To create the load conditions I ran the same tasks for both heat sinks. I was
downloading six music files while uploading six music files. This was done in
the background while playing Rome Total War on max settings for one hour.
With my stock AMD heat sink my temps were:
- IDLE: 31.2 Celsius/ 87 Fahrenheit
- UNDER LOAD: 36.6 Celsius/ 97 Fahrenheit
Surprisingly, the temperatures I recorded after installing the Thermaltake
Mini Typhoon were only minimally better under load than the stock AMD heat sink.
However the Thermaltake Mini Typhoon outperformed the AMD heat sink at idle
speed. I should point out that to avoid clearance issues with my window mounted
fan I had to remove it when installing the Mini Typhoon. Although this might
affect the results of the Minis temperatures I believe the effect would be minimal.
- Thermaltake @ IDLE: 28 Celsius/ 82 Fahrenheit
- Thermaltake UNDER LOAD: 34.3 Celsius/ 95 Fahrenheit
As you can see the Mini Typhoon is 5 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than the stock
AMD heat sink at idle temps. However there is only a difference of 2 degrees
Fahrenheit at load temps. At the time I am writing this review I do not have
a price for the Mini Typhoon and I would be hesitant to change out my stock
heat sink and spend the money for such a minimal gain in cooling. However if
you like the bling or if you are building a system and purchased your CPU without
a heat sink the Thermaltake Mini Typhoon might be for you.
- Bling, Bling, Bling!
- Easy install
- Supports both AMD and Intel Boards
- Poor AMD clip design
- Minimal temperature difference over stock AMD heat sink
- Lot of weight hanging from motherboard
I give the Thermaltake Mini Typhoon a 6/10 for DarkVision Hardware