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

LGA775 installation is very straightforward with the BigTyp 14Pro CPU cooler. First, attach the LGA775 mounting bracket, using the four screws provided. Next, place the cooler on the motherboard, and invert the motherboard. With the screws protruding through the motherboard, attach the washers and caps. That's all there is to it.

Weighing in at 800g, the BigTyp 14Pro is sure to put strain on your motherboard. I would have liked to see a back-plate included with the cooler for greater stability. It's also a bit awkward how the motherboard and cooler must be inverted to affix the cooler. This requires keeping the two pieces together as they are turned and holding them together while the caps are screwed down. A more sensible solution would have a back-plate, and screws installed from the front.

As we have seen in all of the previous pictures, the BigTyp 14Pro is a very large cooler. Because of conflicts with motherboard cooling, the heat-pipes can only be angled sideways, leaving only two identical orientations for installing the cooler. In this orientation, however, the fan-mount and heat-pipes conflict with my RAM, requiring that the RAM be installed in a single-channel configuration, in the far two slots on the motherboard.

Once installed on the motherboard, the plastic fan-mount still conflicts with the case. After a small bit of modification (removing a bit of the fan bracket), I was able to finagle the whole assembly into the case. The BigTyp Pro14 again surprises me because the case in use is a Lian-Li PC-A77, one of the most spacious and standard cases on the market. If the cooler cannot fit in the PC-A77 factory-direct, I'm surprised it fits in any other standard tower, especially mid-sized towers.

Now that we've had a look at the BigTyp 14Pro and tossed it in the case, let's test it out.

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