Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 @ 3.0GHz
VisionTek Radeon HD 3870 OverClocked Edition
VisionTek Radeon HD 3870 running separately
OCZ Reaper 2x1GB PC3-10666 6-6-6-20
WD 74GB Raptor (10K), WD 500GB CaviarSE16 (7.2K)
Cooler Master Silent Pro M600W
Lite-On 20x DVD±R/W SATA
Lian-Li PC-A77 with NZXT Sentry LX
Windows Vista Ultimate x64
All testing of the Thermaltake BigTyp 14Pro occurred at an ambient temperature of 23C, with all five case fans at high (3x120mm front intake, 2x120mm rear exhaust all ~2000RPM). CPU load was created with OCCT, and temperatures monitored with Everest Ultimate. Idle situations consisted of a blank Windows desktop measured 30 minutes after a load test to ensure that coolant temperature was not still changing. Only the highest CPU core temperature is shown. For comparison, results from the Thermaltake ProWater 850i liquid cooling kit, the NorthQ NQ-3360A air cooler, and the CoolIT Domino ALC liquid cooling kit are included (at high fan speeds).
The Thermaltake BigTyp 14Pro performed surprisingly well, beating out some of today's better coolers, even coming within just four degrees of one of Thermaltake's own complete water-cooling kits. Solid numbers here, for sure.
Conclusions up just ahead…