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Thermaltake Big Typhoon Cooler

Manufacturer: Thermaltake Technology
Supplied by: Thermaltake Technology
Estimated Price: $50

by Dean Barker (3/19/2005)


It was not too long ago, we posted our review of Thermaltake's Beetle Cooler The Beetle is an oversized cooler that evokes more images of a 72' Beetle than those of the rose eating variety.  Thermaltake continues this oversized cooler line with their newest cooler, the Big Typhoon.  The Tt Big Typhoon sports a low speed 120mm fan perched atop a 120 x 50mm bank of high count aluminum convection fins.  Good air flow plus lots of surface area is often the recipe for success in a cooler.  Many other design features are also found in the Big Typhoon such as heatpipes, near universal application, optional rheostat for manual fan control and more.  Today, we have an opportunity to take a closer look at this Thermaltake’s behemoth's looks and performance.  As always, let's begin with a quick look at the cooler specs.


  • Application: Intel LGA775, Intel P4 478 pin, AMD K7, AMD K8, AMD Sempron

  • Observed Dimensions: 120mm square sloping to 67 x 50mm at its base; total height 135mm

  • Observed Weight: 825 gms

  • Construction: Copper Heatpipe and Base / Aluminum fins

  • Fan Size: 120 x 25mm

  • Fan Speed: 1300 RPM

  • Fan Noise: 16 dBA

  • Air Flow: 54.4 CFM

  • Single three pin connector

What you get

Included with the Big Typhoon are some well laid out mounting instructions, a blister pack of white thermal grease and mounting hardware for all currently available platforms.  The Thermaltake Big Typhoon is BIG as we said.  Given its weight, the included universal mounting hardware is a straight forward back plate that is attached under the mainboard.  Multiple mounting hole combinations drilled into this plate make it near universal.  The downside of this is that if your mainboard doesn't have mounting holes around the socket, you're out of luck.  Look at the second pic below.  You know you have a big cooler when you have mainboard standoff like nuts included with a heatsink. 




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