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

The TMG IA1 comes in a well-shaped plastic clamshell. I was surprised to find that, upon opening the packaging, the clamshell was a little bit cracked. Along with the cooler comes a typical bundle: a manual, a warranty statement, some literature on the mission of Thermaltake, mounting hardware, and a small optional fan controller.

Up top, we get a good idea for the overall layout of the TMG IA1. The fins have an odd butterfly-like shape. I'm not sure of the reasoning for this, but the looks aren't too shabby. Here you can also see the layout of the four heat-pipes in the cooler.

With the exception of the fan, the TMG IA1 takes on a generally standard design. The fan doesn't have any sort of grill or frame—it's attached to the tower with a proprietary metal clip. If you have lots of loose or stray wires, this could be a problem, but some zip-ties should fix your woes. On the TMG IA1, we find plenty of fins, all of which are thin and densely packed, optimized for a high airflow environment. This seems fitting considering the 70+ dBA rating on the fan.

In typical Thermaltake style, the base of the TMG IA1 is smooth with a reflective finish. There are some visible machining marks, which don't show up very well in pictures. Because the TMG IA1 is compatible with some AMD sockets as well as LGA775, no mounting brackets come installed by default, the user must install them.

Continue on for installation.

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