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

The Intel mounting brackets for the TMG IA1 install as easily as four screws. Once the brackets are tightly secured, the cooler can be installed just like the Intel stock cooler, or any other push-pin cooler. I have never been a fan of the push-pin installation mechanism as you can almost never be sure that the fit is secure. For this installation, however, I raised the motherboard an inch or two off of the table (more so than would happen with standoffs), and the installation process was much smoother.

The cooler did not fit with the fan pushing air towards the rear of the case, the standard orientation for most users. Facing towards the rear of the case, the cooler's fins conflicted with the copper heat-sink on my Northbridge. For those with smaller Northbridge heat-sinks, though, this should not be an issue, as clearance is substantial everywhere else. Also notice that I had to run my RAM in single channel mode in order to fit this cooler.

Here you get some shots of the cooler installed in the case. The blue LEDs really shine, and the shape of the cooler is a nice break from the normal circles and squares you find within a computer case.

Continue on for testing and conclusions.

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