CPU Heatsink Roundup May 2006

Cooling/CPU Cooling by jmke @ 2006-05-01

Eight new heatsinks are compared to 21 other air cooling solutions from different manufactures. We have some promising entries from Spire, Aerocool, Scythe, Thermaltake and Tuniq for you today!

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Thermaltake Mini Typhoon

Thermaltake Mini Typhoon
Supplied by: Thermaltake

As you have correctly guessed, the Mini Typhoon is quite similar to the Big Tyhoon. The Mini Tyhpoon, as the name reveals, is more compact, it’s also completely made out of copper and features a “reverse-flow” 92mm fan.

At ~$40 it’s about $5 cheaper than the Big version.

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Specifications :

  • AMD: Athlon64/64+ Socket754/940/939/M2
  • Intel: Socket 775

    Fan included: custom design 92mm x 92mm x 38mm
    (2200rpm / 38CFM)

    Heatsink Dimensions: L112xW94xH125mm
    Weight: 623gr

    In the Box :

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  • Instruction manual
  • Small bag of thermal paste
  • Mounting clips for the different platform


    The Mini Typhoon is reduced in size to fit the custom design 92mm and be easier to install. The overall design is similar to the Big one, except everything is now made from copper. The base is quite smooth but small traces from machine lapping are visible.

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    Installation :

    The clip on system for K8 requires that you place the small metal strip between the two metal stripes which stick out the base, if you misalign this clip you won’t be able to apply enough pressure on the CPU and the temperatures will be higher than expected. If you take this into account when installing the Mini Typhoon you won’t find any problems; plug and play. I was able to easily swap out the stock fan with a 92mm Delta fan, the included screws worked perfectly.

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    Performance and Noise :

    I compared the Mini Typhoon to its big brother and the Thermalright XP-90C

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    The stock fan at full speed is horribly loud, the packaging states 18dBA Absolutely Quiet, I can assure you that this fan is not quiet at 12v, what’s even worse though is the performance, it’s not able to match the Delta fan which is 13dBA quieter! Only when running the stock fan at 50% it’s able to pull ahead and offer a slightly better performance/noise ratio.

    Comparing the performance to the XP-90C the Mini Typhoon is on par CPU temperature wise, and is able to cool the PWM area 7°C better. The Big Typhoon clearly has the noise/performance lead.

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    At overclocked speeds the stock fan of the Mini Typhoon is able to outperform the Delta fan, but the noise level makes it simply no feasible option. With the Delta fan the Mini Typhoon is ahead of the XP-90C and only trailing the Big Typhoon by 3°C, not bad!

    The Verdict:

    The Mini Typhoon with its included fan is hard to recommend, its performance/noise ratio is horrible, however when you swap out the RX fan you can get excellent performance.

    Good performance/noise ratio with standard 92mm fan.
    Stock fan offers good performance/noise balance at LOW speed.
    Plug and play installation
    Multi platform compatible

    Stock fan incredibly loud at full speed with only average performance
    Plug and Play installation on K8 only if you correctly place the clip

  • Where to buy?

    Next up is our last contestant, the Tuniq Tower 120 ->
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