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Old 03-18-2011, 08:32 AM   #1
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"The Thermaltake SlimX3 is, as its name suggests, a low-profile CPU cooler with two heatpipes and an 80-mm fan. Let's*see if it can cool our CPU.The SlimX3 box is very small and simple. You can see it ..."

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Old 03-18-2011, 05:49 PM   #2
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Hmmm it begs the reason why Thermaltake have have designed an HSF that actually performs worse than the stock Intel HSF so did you do tests at stock speeds to compare to Intels cooler was it better/worse (cooler/quieter) at stock speeds... I can't see this thing selling well if it's an overall worse performer than the stock Intel HSF, why would you bother paying for it
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Old 03-21-2011, 04:49 AM   #3
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ThermalTake seems to exist to be confused with ThermalRight, the folks who do CPU coolers "right".

There is a market for a well-done ultra small heatpipe blowdown cooler, too bad TT didn't do it right.
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Old 11-04-2012, 04:12 AM   #4
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Hi mate, I wanted to ask you a question about your review of the thermaltake x3 slim, because, well, you appear to be the only person to even write about it and as far as I can tell your review slammed it

Yeah I know, it's obviously it's not a good cooler, probably just too small for its own good, the thing is however, it's so small that I am wondering if there's a way to get a better result with it, its just so small it could be super useful in slim cases.

Basically what I am wondering is about the fan, your review said it was running at up to 2750rpm but thermaltake site said it goes up to 2400rpm, did you push the fan a bit? If not, did you try it with a high cfm fan? The thermaltake is only 22.35cfm at 2400rpm. Do you think it would make a difference if a e.g. Nocturna NF-R8 pushing 31.19cfm at 1800rpm was installed? The reason I ask is that my case is extremely space limited and I am hoping that this cooler with a decent fan and paste would be ok.

One other question, did you try some premium paste? The stock paste would have to be terrible wouldn't it?

Any thoughts? I would love to hear you opinion as you seem to have an extensive knowledge base with regards to coolers.
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Old 11-04-2012, 09:34 AM   #5
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Hi Niam,
We just tested the cooler with stock characteristics, and the fan were tested at 12 V.
We always test cooler with the stock thermal compound, but the TT compound is not bad at all (it was actually one os the best thermal compounds we tested). You can check our thermal compound roundup here:
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/artic...uary-2012/1490
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:59 AM   #6
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Ok so what about with a high CFM fan?


By the way, on newegg, thermaltake replied to someones complaints, may be interesting for here.


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The Slim X3 cooler wasn't designed to be "better" than stock. It is a stock replacement for those that need a smaller heatsink to fit in small form factor cases. There are no cpu coolers of this size that are even recommended by anyone to use in an overclocked environment.

Taken directly from the Newegg product page:

"The Slim X3 CPU cooler from Thermaltake provides an efficient CPU cooling solution for building a HTPC on a budget. With an ultra low 36mm profile, it is designed to fit in slim type cases."

The price tag that this cooler has is because of it's slim design to accommodate smaller form factor cases with a cpu that is running at a maximum of 70w TDP.

More from the Newegg Product Page:

" This highly rated cooler will help protect your investment on Intel socket LGA775 or LGA 1156 with support for CPUs up to 75W TDP."
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The fan that comes with the cooler has a high rpm already.
There is no free lunch: for high cooling performance, a cooler needs a bigger heatsink.
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The fan that comes with the cooler has a high rpm already.
There is no free lunch: for high cooling performance, a cooler needs a bigger heatsink.
Ah but RPM does not = high CFM


Its all about the CFM as far as I understand it. There must be a significant difference from using a 21cfm fan and a 32cfm fan.
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Yes, you are right. But this cooler is a low profile one. If you can use a bigger fan, you can find a bigger cooler.
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At 36mm in height with the fan, its a very low profile cooler, as far as I can find, only the Noctua NH-L9i matched it.

Adding a 25mm fan only adds 10mm to the height, Still under 5cm. And still smaller than the majority of the low profile coolers.

Another thing to remember is that its not just height, Scythe make the Big Shuriken 2 Rev.B, its a fine low profile cooler but its width and depth are too large for the vast majority of microATX motherboards or low profile cases. The x3 Slim is small in all proportions.

This is why I was asking about improving the CFM and see how it goes, there's practically nothing on the market as small as it.

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