Thermaltake V1: "Peacock Tail" Cooler

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Comparisons

Thermaltake V1: Comparables
G-Power 2 Pro
V1
CNPS9700
MaxOrb
SPL @1m
°C Rise
SPL @1m
°C Rise
SPL @1m
°C Rise
SPL @1m
°C Rise
29 dBA
16
30 dBA
16
30 dBA
16
29 dBA
19
25 dBA
18
24 dBA
18
23 dBA
19
24 dBA
21
20 dBA
23
21 dBA
22
20 dBA
24
20 dBA
25

The V1 performed very well overall, but not good enough to be considered elite. It bests the Thermalatek MaxOrb by a few degrees and performs similarily to the Gigabyte G-Power 2 Pro and Zalman CNPS9700.

Comparison: Cost/Performance/Noise
Model
Approx. Price
Fan Voltage
SPL @1m
°C Rise
Scythe Ninja Copper
$55
12V
22
17
Xigmatek HDT-SD964
$35
9V
21
20
Scythe Ninja Mini
$35
9V
22
21
Thermaltake V1
$55
3.5V
21
22
Zalman CNPS9700
$65
3.7V
20
24
Thermaltake MaxOrb
$50
3.6V
20
25

With the fan turned all the way down to its starting voltage, the V1 is comparable in performance to the Scythe Minja and Xigmatek SD964. Both of these heatsinks are significantly smaller, a fraction of the V1's $55 price tag, and come with much smoother sounding fans. Also, to get the V1 down to 21 dBA, a capable fan controller is required. The included VRFan Speed Control only goes down to approximately 7V.

MP3 SOUND RECORDINGS

These recordings were made with a high resolution, studio quality, digital recording system, then converted to LAME 128kbps encoded MP3s. We've listened long and hard to ensure there is no audible degradation from the original WAV files. It represents a quick snapshot of what we heard during the review. The recordings contain ~10 seconds of the heatsink fan sound at each speed tested, with 5~7 seconds of ambient between each level.

The recording begins with the ambient noise of the test room. Please set your playback volume so that the ambient noise is almost inaudible, then don't adjust the volume control again. For best results, save the sound file to your own PC, then listen.

Thermaltake V1 at 3.5V, 5V, 7V, 9V and 12V at 1m

Reference Comparatives (all at 5V, 7V, 9V and 12V at 1m)

Nexus "Real Silent 120mm fan"

Scythe Andy Samurai Master w/stock fan

Xigmatek HDT-D1284 with stock fan

Big Typhoon VX with stock fan

Thermaltake MaxOrb with stock fan

Zalman CNPS8700

The recordings are intended to give you an idea of how the product sounds in actual use — one meter is a reasonable typical distance between a computer or computer component and your ear. The recordings contains stretches of ambient noise that you can use to judge the relative loudness. For best results, set your volume control so that the ambient noise is just barely audible. Be aware that very quiet noises may not be audible — if we couldn't hear it from one meter, chances are we couldn't record it either!

More details about how we make audio recordings can be found in our article: Audio Recording Methods Revised.



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