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Thermaltake Contac 29 CPU Cooler Review
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Written by PR0F GIGGLES   
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With so many CPU coolers available on todays market you really need to consider your choice carefully, and since we get to play with them for free that’s why we try and help to narrow down the difficult choice you have to make. Now in the past I have been skeptical of some coolers even before testing them simply because how could a small cooler provide as much cooling as a large cooler. Well I have to say that in almost all cases I was corrected in my thinking and was reminded that it is always the little things that I forget to consider in a CPU coolers abilities. Let’s take a closer look at some of the things that make the small Thermaltake Contac 29 cooler keep up with some of the larger coolers out there.

Product Provided By: Thermaltake

Price: $36.99 Can (newegg.ca)

Closer Look:

Specifications and Features:


 
Compatibility    Intel® Core i7 Extreme (Socket LGA1366)
Intel® Core i7 (Socket LGA1366 & LGA1156)
Intel® Core i5 (Socket LGA1156)
Intel® Core i3 (Socket LGA1156)
Intel® Core 2 Extreme (Socket LGA775)
Intel® Core 2 Quad (Socket LGA775)
Intel® Core 2 Duo (Socket LGA775)
Intel® Pentium D (Socket LGA775)
Intel® Pentium 4 (Socket LGA 775)
Intel® Celeron D (Socket LGA775)
Intel® Celeron (Socket LGA775)
AMD® Phenom II X4 / X3 / X2 (Socket AM3/AM2+)
AMD® Phenom X4 / X3 (Socket AM3/AM2+)
AMD® Athlon 64 FX (Socket AM2)
AMD® Athlon 64 X2 (Socket AM2)
AMD® Athlon 64 (Socket AM2)
AMD® Sempron (Socket AM2)
Heatsink Dimension    120 (L) x 50 (W) x 159.5 (H) mm
4.72 (L) x 1.99 (W) x 6.28 (H) inch
Heatsink Material    Alumium Fins & Aluminum Extrusion Cover
Heatpipe    Ø 8 mm (x3)
Fan Dimension    Ø 120 x 25 mm
Fan Speed    800 ~ 2,000 RPM
Bearing Type     
Noise Level    15 ~ 33.2 dBA
Max. Air Flow    29.434 ~ 72.084 CFM
Max. Air Pressure    0.356 ~ 1.985(mmH2O)
LED Fan   

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Power Connector    4 Pins (PWM)
Rated Voltage    12 V
Started Voltage    6 V
Rated Current    0.04 A (Max 0.19 A)
Power Input   

0.48 W (Max 2.28 W)

MTBF    30,000 Hours
Weight    558 g
High compatibility, no extra cost for future upgrading CPU
Low noise for user's comfort
PWM function fan automatically adjust the fan speed according to the CPU temperature
Including 2 sets of anti-vration soft mounts allow users to upgrade the secend 120mm fan
3pcs of 8mm heat pipes with direct contact processed provide sufficient heat dissipating power

 

Testing Setup:

  • CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 965 Black Edition
  • CPU Cooler: Thermaltake V1
  • MOBO: MSI 790X-G45
  • Video Card: HIS Radion HD 5770
  • RAM: 4GB of Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR3 1600
  • PSU: Kingwin Lazer 850W
  • Case: Cooler Master CM Storm Sniper (with additional side fan)
  • HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500GB
  • OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit Edition

Testing:

As usuall I will be recording this coolers average temps of both while its running idle and while running under the load of Prime 95’s Torture Test. This will be done for both stack clock of 3.4 GHzand while overclocked to 4.0 GHz. This room will remain a constant 17 °C (62.6 °F).

 

CPU Cooler

Coolink Corator DS

Thermaltake Contac 29

State

Idle

Load

Idle

Load

Stock Clock (3.4)

25°C (77°F)

28°C (82.4°F)

25°C (77°F)

28°C (82.4°F)

Overclock (4.0)

28°C (82.4°F)

31°C (87.8°F)

30°C (86°F)

39°C (102.2°F)

 

So after that is good to see that this smaller cooler could stand up to the much larger cooler while running idle but unfortunately it fell a little short when it was overclocked but really what do you expect this cooler is almost half the size of the other cooler. Also something to note is that during testing there was only one fan attached so the addition of a second fan could further reduce the temp of the cooler.

Conclusion:

In the end I found that this was a good cooler. What it lacked in size it made up for in efficiency. While it might not have been the best overclocking CPU cooler it stood its ground and proved that even little coolers can still provide good heat dispersion.

Another great thing about this cooler is that it fits a wide arrange of socket types out there and is incredibly easy to take in and out of most systems, and hopefully will be future proof so you won’t have to buy a new cooler with your next rig.

Something that I found a little annoying was the fact that I had a hell of a time trying to mount this cooler into my Intel rig. Because of how close the legs are when placed to fit into a LGA 775 Socket the legs are placed right under the corners of the fan(s). However this issue really doesn’t mean much to most because you’re most likely not going to be switching you CPU Coolers as often as I do.

o in the end what did I think? I think that this is a great little cooler for modest systems. While for some this cooler might not provide the cooling they need (I am talking to you overclockers), this is still a great cooler for just about every other system out there, especially seeing as how it performed just as well with the CPU set to stock settings. What I am really trying to say is, if you need a massive monster cooler because you are overclocking the crap out of you CPU, you should look elsewhere. For just about everyone else this is a great cooler for such amazingly low price sticker.

Pros:

  • Good cooling under standard load
  • Great price to cooling to size ratio
  • Looks good
  • Easy to install
  • Fits most systems
  • Supports a second fan

Cons:

  • Taking it off of a LGA 775 Socket is a pain in the @$$

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