CPU Heatsink Roundup February 2006

Cooling/CPU Cooling by jmke @ 2006-02-23

In our first roundup of the year we compare 21 popular heatsinks from different manufactures. Heat pipes, Fan-less, Copper and Aluminum, close to 12kg of heatsink put through extensive tests and compared to the new AMD stock cooling.

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Thermaltake Big Typhoon: Specs

Thermaltake Big Typhoon:
Supplied by: Thermaltake

Thermaltake was absent from my last roundup and many readers suggested I did something about that. I contacted Thermaltake and they were happy to provide their latest and best heatsink for review, the Big Typhoon.

It’s on of their big boys alright; equipped 6 heat pipes and having a 120mm fan for cooling it towers over your motherboard. First impressions were good.

The Big Typhoon is not extremely new, priced very competitive: ~€35 / ~$35

It comes in a stylish retail package:

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Specifications :

  • AMD: Athlon64/64+ Socket754/940/939
  • Intel S478 and S775

    Fan included: 120x120x25mm (54.4CFM)

    Heatsink Dimensions: L122xW122xH103mm
    Weight: 813gram

    In the Box :

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  • A large collection of mounting gear for the different platforms
  • A detailed picture manual
  • A small bag of generic thermal compound

    Construction :

    The Big Typhoon is colossal, at first sight when you see it installed you might think of a Thermalright XP-120 on steroids. It larger and heavier than any other heatsink I’ve seen yet which has its fan installed to blow air onto the motherboard.

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    A profile shot reveals that there is quite a bit of room left below the aluminum fins ; allowing the air to escape.

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    The base is made out of copper and joins the 6 copper heat pipes. Finishing is "ok" but lapping the base might improve performance by a degree or two.

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    Looking closer at the Big Typhoon with the fan removed the layout of the heat pipes and the aluminum fins does ring a bell. If you were to enlarge the base of the Sonic Tower and then bend the heat pipes into a different shape you basically get:

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    The 120mm has a custom paint job, sleeved 3-pin cable

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    This fan was an excellent choice by Thermaltake, more on the next page ->
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