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-- ThermalTake Smart & Silent Volcano9/CoolMod
-- Category: Review
-- Posted by: GideonX
-- Posted on: 2002-12-03
-- Price: ~ $13.00 USD
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We're going to run these two units through the trusted test rig:
  • Epox 8K7A Motherboard
  • AMD Tbird 1.4Ghz
  • Crucial 256MB DDR PC2700
  • eVGA GF2MX 32MB

   The temperatures on the CPU were recorded with the Compunurse probe.  The Volcanos were run at full speed (4800RPM +/-).

Models

AMD Tbird 1.4 Stock

AMD Tbird 1.4 @ 1.53 (1.85V)

Ambient Temp. ~ 27C Idle Full Load Idle Full Load
Vantec CCk-6027D 38.8C 41.2C 42C 46.5C
Dr. Thermal TI-V86N 39.4C 43.5C 44.9C 48.2C
Speeze Copper Rock 38.9C 41.1C 41.9.C 45C
GlobalWin CAKII-38 39.1C 42.7C 43.8C 47.2C
AVC Tundra 39.5C 43C 43.9C 47.9C
SS Volcano 9 / CoolMod 37.5C 39.8C 40.5C 44.3C

   Since the Volcano 9 and Volcano 9 CoolMod are identical except for the LEDs, we did not bother to put up identical scores in two rows.

   The VERY large SS Volcano 9 does well compared to some of the other heatsinks we had a chance to use together with it.  One thing that was a real pain was the installation.  Since the unit is so large, some of the capacitors on the Epox motherboard got in the way.  Removal of the power supply as well as some CDRW drives were necessary to get to the socket.

   The Volcano 9 CoolMod is an interesting heatsink, utilizing the addition of 4 LEDs that are connected to the motherboards LED leads.  I was disappointed that my specific fan was not functional, but I will classify that as a fluke occurance.

   For both units, the fan speed adjustment attachment is probably not very convenient for many people.  It requires you to wire it outside of the case so you can access it, or more simple removing the panel on your case and turning the dial or knob.  The auto temperature adjustment worked well after we tested the full speed temperatures.  The speed of the fan leveled out at about 4500 - 5000 RPMs once the system reach full load which consisted of running the new Distributed.net RC5-72 Client.  At this speed, the temperatures were close to the full speed temperature marks achieved earlier.

   Overall, the Volcano 9 series performs well and also taking into consideration the eye candy factor.  The option of getting of the Volcano 9 CoolMod will appeal to some that want to add a bit of spice to the ho-hum designs of the offerings from other manufacturers today.

   Thanks to ThermalTake for sending over these two samples, they have always been on the top of new and improved cooling products.  I'm sure there will be more Volcanos to come.



Pros:

  • Large heatsink with copper base
  • Smart fan included
  • 3 hole retention clip
  • Optional offering of CoolMod version
  • Respectable cooling performance


  • Cons:

  • May not fit easily on some motherboards
  • CoolMod version is a wiring mess
  • LEDs are not very bright

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