Thermaltake TMG IA1 CPU Cooler
Author: Rutledge Feman
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 04-12-2009
Provided by: Thermaltake

Full specifications, taken from the Thermaltake website, are:

There are some interesting pieces here. The first think you'll notice is that the base isn't just copper, but rather copper and aluminum. This isn't the best solution, but we'll see how it performs. The base also doesn't take advantage of HDT (heat-pipe direct touch “technology”), where the heat-pipes actually come into contact with the CPU. The BigTyp 14 Pro also didn't use HDT, though it has been proven recently to have great advantages in cooling.

Also, the fan is rated at 20dBA and 70.28 CFM. It seems like an impossibly good combination, but take this with a grain of salt: 70.28 CFM is the “max airflow,” while 20dBA is simply labeled as the “noise level.” The two likely won't run hand-in-hand. The last thing you'll see is that the MTBF is only 30,000 hours, not the 100,000 you might be used to seeing on other computer products. A little bit of math brings this up at just under three and a half years. For those of us who leave our computers on all day, this is probably a lower number than you would like to see.

Continue on as we take our first looks at the TMG IA1.

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