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Thermaltake ISGC-100 CPU Cooler Review
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Written by Munk   
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http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:g2YS8K5H0xrtyM:http://www.amdzone.com/pics/cooling/thermaltake/isgc/1.jpgCPU’s re getting a lot hotter as we are climbing into the 4Ghz+  overclock potential of today’s PC platforms. Stock cooling is not enough to cover the cooling needs of the serious overclocker. Is cooling only important for the enthusiasts out there? Not at all, in fact the recent updates in HTPC standards to have enough horse power to run HD video are impressive and need just about as much cooling due to the confined HTPC cases that are on the market. If you want your HTPC to run for hours at a time and maintain components at a proper temperature you need to invest in some aftermarket cooling. Because HTPC cases are usually lower profile, the need for low profile coolers is important while not sacrificing cooling potential. This is where the ISGC-100 from Thermaltake steps up to the plate in order to provide the low profile and needed cooling you want for your personal home theater project. Let’s take a closer look: Provided by: Thermaltake

Price: $49.99

Closer Look:

 

 

Specifications and Features:


  Innovative Silent Fan with Advanced Technology
* Unique ISGC Fan Blade
* Hydro Dynamic Bearing (HDB)
  The Perfect Copper+ Base Architecture  x  3 Heatpipes Suitable for Micro ATX
  Individual Sawtooth Fin Design
  
Compatibility   

Intel® Core 2 Extreme (Socket LGA775)
Intel® Core 2 Quad (Socket LGA775)
Intel® Core 2 Duo (Socket LGA775)
Intel® Pentium D (Socket LGA775)
Intel® Pentium (Socket LGA775)
Intel® Pentium 4 (Socket LGA 775)
Intel® Celeron D (Socket LGA775)
Intel® Celeron (Socket LGA775)
AMD® Phenom (Socket AM2+)
AMD® Athlon 64 FX (Socket AM2)
AMD® Athlon 64 X2 (Socket AM2)
AMD® Athlon 64 (Socket AM2
AMD® Sempron (Socket AM2)

Heatsink Dimension    124(L) x 976(W) x 70(H) mm
4.88(L) x 3.82(W) x 2.86(H) in
Heatsink Material    Aluminum Fins
Aluminum Extrusion Cover + Copper Base
Heatpipe    Ø 6 mm x 3
Fan Dimension    Ø 92 x 25 mm
Fan Speed    600 ~ 1600 RPM (PWM)
Bearing Type    Hydro Dynamic
Noise Level    17 dBA
Max. Air Flow    37 CFM
Max. Air Pressure    1.22 mmH2O
LED Fan    ----
Power Connector    4 Pins (PWM)
Rated Voltage    12 V
Started Voltage    7 V
Rated Current    0.08 A
Power Input    0.96 W
MTBF    50,000 Hours
Weight    335 g

 

Testing Setup:

 

 

Testing:

For testing we will be maintaining an ambient temperature of 20 degrees Celsius. We will be running both an idle and load temperature for both stock clocks and overclocked to 3Ghz. I will be putting the Thermaltake ISGC-100 against the Thermaltake MeOrb, and the Evercool Buffalo.

 

Temp

Evercool Buffalo

ISGC-100

MeOrb

Idle

18°C

26°C

25°C

Load

27°C

41°C

40C

Idle Overclocked

20°C

27°C

32°C

Load Overclocked

31°C

42°C

62°

 

I wasn’t expecting the two Thermaltakes to do as well as the Buffalo because it is a tower cooler I put it in this test to show you what kind of differences you will see between a low profile cooler for an HTPC and an enthusiast cooler. Over all the temps were pretty great for the ISGC-100 cooler I very much like how it ramped up during overclock to beat the temps on the MeOrb. The cooling ability of the new ISGC fans from Thermaltake is pretty darn good in my opinion.

 

Conclusion:

Over all the ISGC-100 is a pretty snazzy little cooler, I like the look of the ISGC fans as I mentioned in the review we did on the 120mm on launch. This cooler would appeal to the female of the species in style and male of the species in its cooling ability or vice versa depending on who the bigger geek is in my house there is no competition…it`s my wife…..ok no that’s a lie…

Would I recommend this cooler? Absolutely, if you are in the market for a nice looking/functional HTPC or workstation PC you would be hard pressed to find one this small with similar cooling ability.

Pros:

  • Style
  • Decent Cooling for its Size 
  • Low Profile
  • Copper Heatpiping 

Cons:

  • Price to Cooling Ratio is a Little Imbalanced
 

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