Air coolers these days have reached a sort of an upper limit on their performance. Recent heatsink companies have been taking what seem to be two routes in order to improve the performance of their coolers: by design or by sheer size. Thermalright has taken the design over size route and provided us with light yet very effective heatsinks like the SI-97 and XP-90. Other companies like Asus, instead took the size route in their introduction of the beastly 865 gram Star Ice. Today, we have Thermaltake’s Beetle CPU cooler. Thermaltake seems to have taken a middle road between size and design, by offering a very large, but relatively (compared to the very similar Star Ice) light cooler (because of use of aluminum rather than copper). How does it perform however? Join us as we take a closer look.
|Heatsink Dimensions:||80 x 75 x 127 mm|
|Heatsink Material:||Copper Base & Aluminum Fins (39 Fins)|
|Fan Dimensions:||90 x 25 mm|
|Noise Level:||20dB ~ 44.5dB|
|Fan Speed:||1600RPM ~ 4300RPM|
|Heatpipe:||3 x Copper Tube (6mm)|
· Intel P4 LGA775
· Intel P4 478 Prescott FMB1.5
· AMD Athlon 64 / Athlon 64 FX
· AMD Athlon XP up to 3400+
· AMD Sempron up to 3400+
As with most Thermaltake products, the Beetle comes complete with all the accessories you need. In the package we found a Components box and the Beetle heatsink. Inside the component box, there were separate bags for each mounting system labeled K8, LGA775, K7, and P4. There were also two fan controllers included, one for the front 3.5” bay and one for the expansions slots at the back of the computer. Aside from these there were some miscellaneous mounting brackets/supports, thermal compound, and some screws.