CPU Air Cooler Mega Test
Published: 10th August 2016 | Source: Various | Price: do not click here |
|CPU||Intel: 775,1150, 1151, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011/v3. AMD: FM1, FM2/+, AM2/+, AM3/+|
|Heat pipes||3x8mm copper pipes|
|Materials||Aluminium fins, non copper C.D.C base|
|Fan Speed||1x120mm fan @1500|
|Noise Level||Max 24.5dB(A)|
|Weight||448g (without fan)|
As we leave near the half way point in our cooler mega test we leave the refined Noctuas and begin our look at some of the German designed Raijintek range. It's fair to say that Raijintek favour a red, white and black theme to both their packaging and product, which should stand them in good stead with regards to people choosing their coolers to match the internal colour theme of their case. Inside the box, which is a bit of a reality check after the Noctuas you get a set of multi language instructions, a universal back plate, fittings for both AMD and Intel, metal spring clips, a sachet of TIM and 5 rubber fan mounts, which means either someone can't count or they're admitting that they're prone to breaking. Either way, not good.
At just 58mm deep including the fan, the Themis isn't going to cause you any RAM encroachment issues. We are though a bit concerned that there's not really a lot of fin stack there for the 120mm fan to work with. Also of concern is the way the 3x8mm heat pipes are all located up the lateral edges of the fin stack.
Normally we'd be showing you a picture of the top of the cooler, and if we did, you'd see how the copper pipes are neither capped or Nickel plated. Instead we thought we'd show you the state the fin stack was in when we removed the cooler from the box. Several of the fins were crushed down, and one of the top ones was peeled up quite substantially. Unfortunately this isn't an isolated incident with Raijintek, their kit tends to be either really good, or really bad, an indication to us that there are some serious quality control issues at the manufacturing and packaging level.
The fitting method for the Themis was nearly identical to that of the Noctua, with the exception that the Raijintek method is a pain in the arse. Seriously, how can two methods be so similar and yet one is sweetness and light and the other the spawn of Satan. As for performance? Well there wasn't really much of it to be honest, and although we've said the bequiet Shadow Rock2 came bottom of the 4.7MHz, the Themis is conspicuous by its absence as it was the only cooler to actually fail this test