Thermaltake Typhoon Heatsink Roundup :: Performance: AMD

05-18-2006 · Category: Hardware - Cooling

By Tulatin

Thermaltake Typhoon Heatsink Roundup
Thermaltake Typhoon Heatsink Roundup

While I've used a 3000+ for testing for the longest time, I figured it was time to step up. For this review, I worked through a friend to get a nice clocker of a CPU - a week 515 3200+ Venice. For those of you out there in the know about Athlon 64 overclocking, you'll know about the potential these chips have. Potential for high clocks and heavy heat loads that is. So heavy in fact, that on mere air cooling, we can't pass 2.7GHz as of yet. This chip will become the foundation of our new heat sink, water block and motherboard overclocking test machine, as its harsh demands will be able to show off just how far this hardware can go. For our testing, we've also elected to fly in a new motherboard - a DFI SLI-D to be exact, in order to help out with overclocking some very nice memory as well as the CPU itself. For all intents and purposes, we now use the OCCT software for all AMD testing, as it allows us to monitor how temperatures change in the system over the thirty minute period. It also provides a nice indicator of what the heatsink is really capable of. Thermal testing is done on three tiers - Stock Clocks, "Common" Overclock (which pushes up about 100W of heat), and Maximum clock, in which the heatsink is given free range to see how far it can go, a feat which can push up near to 130W of heat.

  • Athlon 64 3200+ "Venice" 0515
  • DFI NF4 SLI-D
  • 2x1GB Corsair XMS3500LL Pro
  • 2x6800GT in SLI
  • Enermax Liberty 500W PSU
  • Open Air Test Bench

Mini Typhoon Stock


Thermaltake Typhoon Heatsink Roundup

Now if that's not impressive, I'm not sure what is. While it may have tied off with the best of the stock coolers - the Blue Orb II, the Mini Typhoon managed the all of this with but one disadvantage - its tremendous height. What that means for the casual user, is that if there's a replacement for your stock heatsink in the cards, you'll be hard pressed to find something cooler than the Mini Typhoon. Yet, while initial loads are all well and good, let's see just how the cooler handles the common level of heat.


Mini Typhoon Common


Thermaltake Typhoon Heatsink Roundup

Ah, this is just what I was talking about earlier in the review, where performance seemed to run in the family. Though at a disadvantage thanks to a smaller fan, the Mini Typhoon's all copper construction enables it to follow oh so closely (2 degrees centigrade) behind the class leader, the beastly Big Typhoon. Yet, the worst is to come, and the heat's really about to fly, as we push this heatsink to its absolute limit with the redline tests!


Mini Typhoon Redline


Thermaltake Typhoon Heatsink Roundup

Most impressive - when pushed to the absolute rated limit (about 130W), the Mini Typhoon maintained the 2 degree delta between itself and the Big Typhoon. This, all with the same quiet yet not quite perfectly efficient fan on board - something performance hungry users may want to look into. While I initially thought that the smaller blocks of fins on these units would have bode against the cooling capacity of this heatsink, I'm happy to report that for the AMD platform, the performance of both Mini and Big Typhoon is enough for most moderate overclockers; and as such, when given the choice of Big Typhoon and Mini Typhoon, it'd probably work out for the best to grab a Mini Typhoon and a good looking fan, after all, I'd rather secure a clip, then fight a screwdriver down. With the AMD side of things sorted out, it's time to see how things turned out on the Intel side of the fence.