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Friday, June 12, 2009
Thermaltake ISGC-300

2. A closer look

The medium-sized retail box gives us an idea of the real dimensions of the cooler. The graphics on it with the fighting figure makes it easily recognizable and tease the gamers. The retail price of the SpinQ is around $48, as found at several online stores.

The cpu cooler is placed in a hard carton box and all accessories are found in a separate box. These include several clips for Socket 775/ LGA 1366 and AM2. The printed manual could be better but on the positive side, it comes in many languages.

The Thermaltake ISGC-300 comes with a big 120mm fan pre-installed. Four heatpipes with a diameter of 6mm each create heat transferring from the base to the the array of aluminum fins.

The specific U design is also met in many other CPU coolers. However, Thermaltake's fan should make the difference here at least in the performance an of course noise.

The 120mm fan spins at 800 ~ 1300 RPM . According to Thermaltake, the specific fan is very silent, but we have to find out it in practice later.

The base is made out of full copper:

Installing the Thermaltake ISGC-300 requires several steps. First you need to mount the correct clips for your system, in our case the LGA1366. You need to use the four mounting screws that are included in a plastic bag. Then you have to place the black washers into the pins and flip over motherboard.

At the back, place the four white washers and use the included nuts to secure the cpu cooler. While it sounds difficult, it isn't.

Here is how the system looks like after installation:




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