Thermaltake BigTyp 14Pro CPU Cooler
Author: Rutledge Feman
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 02-20-2009
Provided by: Thermaltake
First Looks

The BigTyp 14Pro arrives in a fitted plastic clamshell, with a fair amount of wasted space around the cooler. Included with the cooler are: a user's manual, a warranty statement, Key3 Spirit information and sticker, mounting hardware, and the cooler itself. The cooler comes equipped with a small fan-controlling dial mounted into the 3-pin power adapter. As you can see, there are six heat-pipes, which run from one set of aluminum fins, through the base, back to the other fins on the cooler. Like I mentioned before, the BigTyp 14Pro clearly represents a brute-force cooling solution.

A large snap-on plastic assembly keeps the 140mm fan secured to the body of the BigTyp 14Pro. Where other companies decide to use metal clips and vibration dampening strips, Thermaltake opted to use this plastic mount, which, because it is round along the edges, takes up a larger footprint than necessary. We find the Tt logo on the sides of the fan-mount, as well as at the center, on top of the cooler.

I was impressed to find that the copper base of the BigTyp 14Pro was remarkably smooth and flat. Reflections returned almost no distortion, and the base was well finished. Compared to other coolers on the market, the BigTyp 14Pro's base is among the best — suffice it to say that you won't be bringing out the sandpaper for this cooler.

As well finished as the base may be, it is surprising that Thermaltake opted not to use heat-pipe direct touch technology (HDT). Almost all of the best performing coolers on the market are designed with HDT in mind, and this new design clearly provides an advantage in performance.

Installation up next…

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