Thermaltake NiC C4 Overview
When you take the C4 out of the box you will immediately notice how refined the cooler is. A lot of air coolers are a huge disarray of sharp metallic pieces mashed together to cool a cpu. The C4 is the opposite. It’s like opening the hood of modern BMW. Sure there are all of the same engine components as other cars, but covering all the ugly parts are molded plastic pieces bringing everything together into a singular piece of art. So too, the C4 has all the same sharp aluminum fins, dual 120mm fans, 4x6mm copper heat pipes, and a mirror finish copper base as the best coolers out there. What sets it apart though is the clam shell style plastic fan brackets that cover and mold the whole mess into one distinct piece of engineering. It’s a fantastic result to say the least.
Taking a closer look at those individual components, you will find each of the four pipes capped and crimped nicely at the top of the .4mm aluminum fins.
Within the fan brackets are a pair of Tt TT-1225 fans set in push/pull. These have a range of 1000-2000 rpm and will move 99.1cfm at full speed! Noise however, ranges from 20-39.9 dB; at 2000 rpm I expect these to be quite audible.
The fans are nicely wired together to a single 3 pin connector. Also hard wired in is a knob style fan speed controller. This will allow the performance and noise to be easily controlled by the user.
Finally, the mirror finished base. We’ve seen some sloppily finished bases lately here at ThinkComputers.org, this one brings with it a relief to see that someone still knows how to polish metal. This copper base isn’t as thick as some but it seems solid enough and with a finish like that it should be allowing an excellent transfer of heat through great surface contact.
What isn’t easily deduced from the photo’s is how compact the cooler is. From Thermaltake’s advertising you can tell they have tried to make this cooler fit with any of today’s ram configurations, at first look it certainly seems like they will be successful.