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-- Thermal Take Volcano 5 (A1110) Socket Cooler
-- Category: Review
-- Posted by: GideonX
-- Posted on: 2001-09-05
-- Price: ~ $19.95 USD
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Note: We have since changed our temperature measuring from using the onboard sensor on the motherboard, to using the CompuNurse, an external temperature probe.  This probe is situated right next to the CPU slug, so it provides the most precise temperature reading as possible.

   This unit comes with a 32CFM fan, which we did not replace.  What we did was use the fan that came with it and then test it afterwards with a Delta 38CFM to even all the temperatures out with our other coolers.

   Our trusty old test rig is as follows:

  • IWill KK266 Socket A Motherboard

  • AMD Thunderbird 800Mhz CPU

  • Crucial PC133 CL2 Ram, 128MB

   The test will consist of an idle temperature check and a full load temperature check.  The full load will be accomplished by using the RC5 program and running 3DMark 2001 for 30 minutes.

   Here are some results:


AMD Tbird 800 Stock

AMD Tbird 800 @ 1003 (1.85V)

Ambient Temp. = 27C Idle Full Load Idle Full Load
OCZ Gladiator 35C 37C 41C 45C
ThermalRight SK-6 31C 34C 36C 40C
GlobalWin CAK38 34C 37C 38C 42C
ThermalTake Dragon Orb 3 35C 37C 38C 43C
Vantec CCK-6035D 32.5C 35.5C 36C 42C
Swiftech MCX370-0A 31.3C 33.7C 34.3C 38.5C
SVC Golden Gate 40 33.5C 36C 39.5C 43.5C
>> Thermal Take Volcano 5 << 35.9C 37.5C 39C 43.8C
> Volcano 5 w/38CFM Delta < 35.2C 37.1C 38.2C 43C

   This unit seems to perform better under higher temperatures.  The overclock speeds yielded better results in the temperature comparison.  The black cover on the top of the unit under the fan may have played a part in this unit's performance.  It may be directing the air from the fan directly through the heatsink without it escaping from the top.  Switching the fan to a Delta fan didn't offer that much more performance.  From what I see, I think I'll take the quieter fan any day.

   With this type of performance with a very nice price tag of only about $20, make sure you give this one a look.  The lower noise level and equal performance with some other high performance units, this may be the best bang for the buck as of yet.  For now, its a toss up between the SVC GG 40 and this unit for the Best Bang for the Buck award.

   Thanks to Kenny at Thermal Take for sending us a test unit, these guys at TT know what it takes to make a heatsink.  Give them a shot, you may be pleasantly surprised in what you find.


  • Quiet
  • Not expensive

  • Cons:

  • Tough clip
  • Does not cool as much as the big boys, but its 20 bucks

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