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Thermaltake Volcano 4005 Heat Exchanger Review - Page 3 of 3

OPERATION

After letting the Arctic Silver 5 cure for about 24 hours, I began testing. Testing consisted of letting the system run idle for 2 hours followed by a temperature check. Then, I would let the system run at full load for 2 hours, followed by another temperature check. I would then let the computer sit for an hour with no load. After it sat for an hour, I would change fan settings and repeat the whole cycle.

I was shocked to discover that my system ran hotter with the bare Heat Exchanger than it did with the base waterblock. At load, the CPU ran 2 degrees hotter at low fan speed and 1 degree hotter at high fan speed. The difference came when I added the A2017 Smart Case Fan. At load, the CPU ran 1 degree cooler with both fans on their lowest setting, and 1 degree cooler with both fans on their highest setting.

Temperatures

These temperatures prompted me to tear apart the system and attempt to see if I had set anything up incorrectly. After checking it a fourth and fifth time, I determined that it was set up as shown in the manual.

She's Gonna Blow, Whoa Whoa Whoa, Volcano!

CONCLUSION

I must be honest, I was hoping for better results. For the price of $65, this should at least be cooler than the stock BigWater waterblock out of the box. The only way I can recommend the Volcano 4005 Heat Exchanger is if you buy an optional fan to install, and even then you probably won't squeeze much more than 1 or 2 degrees out of it. I give the Thermaltake Volcano 4005 Heat Exchanger a Base Hit. Thanks to CrazyPC for the review sample.

Feel free to discuss this review in this forum thread.

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Last Updated on December 19, 2005


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