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    Name: Volcano 6Cu & 6Cu+
    Company: Thermaltake
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    SLCentralHardwareReviewsCooling Jun 18th, 2019 - 10:00 AM EST
    Thermaltake Volcano 6Cu & 6Cu+
    Author: Mike Kitchenman
    Date Posted: November 30th, 2001
    SLRating: 9/10

    Installation

    Well, along with every other heat sink out there, one of their major features/drawbacks is ease of installation (or complete lack therein.) Well, the Volcano 6's aren't really here or there. I've had easier clips pass my desk, however I've also had much worse clips mass thru my skinny little fingers, too. So, I'm not that upset by it.

    Installation required a flat head screwdriver like SO many other sinks to today as well, not a surprise. It attached itself pretty securely and the relatively lightweight sink made for a very safe install feeling. You don't feel like you're crushing the chip (assuming you're following Johnny's instructions.) So all in all, I don't have a beef with the clipping mechanism, but I wasn't overly impressed with it either.

    Installation: 2/3

    The Test

    Now we're getting to the part where the Volcano 5 fell thru on me here, the torture test. Lets see what the 6's do for me at this part...

    The Test

    Record the CPU temperature at idle (do a normal boot and then wait about half an hour for temps to stabilize and record.) Then record the temps at full load (after about 45 minutes of the CPU running 2 instances of Prime95.) Temperatures are taken in 3 spots; Motherboard probe from mobo monitor, CPU motherboard probe from mobo monitor as well, and finally core temps taken with a compunurse glued to the CPU core.

    The Test Bed

    Blizzard 280 midtower (Our Review)
    Asus A7V Mobo
    AMD Tbird 800@1GHz 1.85v (Blue core CPU)
    Arctic Silver 2

    The Candidates

    Thermaltake Volcano 5 (Our Review)
    Vantec 6035D (our Review)
    Thermaltake Volcano 6Cu
    Thermaltake Volcano 6Cu+

    The Results

    Idle
      CPU Back Probe Mobo Room
    Vantec 6035D 42 C 43.2 C 30 C 25.5 C
    Thermaltake Volcano 5 46 C 52.4 C 30 C 25.6 C
    Thermaltake Volcano 6Cu 44 C 45.2 C 30 C 25.7 C
    Thermaltake Volcano 6Cu+ 43 C 42.9 C 30 C 25.8 C

    Load
      CPU Back Probe Mobo Room
    Vantec 6035D 45 C 43.2 C 30 C 25.5 C
    Thermaltake Volcano 5 49 C 58.8 C 30 C 25.7 C
    Thermaltake Volcano 6Cu 47 C 49.8 C 30 C 25.8 C
    Thermaltake Volcano 6Cu+ 46 C 47.9 C 30 C 25.8 C

    Well, There's them numbers!!! I've got to say I'm more than satisfied with the Volcano 6's performance. The 6Cu, with the slower fan came surprisingly close to that of the 6035D, and then the 6Cu+ well, you can read the numbers, right? Wow!

    Mind you, these were with stock fans on both of them. I was curious to see if the Thermaltake high CFM 60 was actually as good as the delta, so I ran another test. The Volcano6Cu with the 38cfm Thermaltake fan against the same cooler with the Delta 38cfm. Here are the results from the test:

    Thermaltake Fan Vs. Delta

    Idle
      CPU Back Probe Mobo Room
    Thermaltake Volcano 6Cu+ Stock 30 C 29.3 C 21 C 18.4 C
    Thermaltake Volcano 6Cu+ Delta 30 C 29.3 C 21 C 18 C

    Load
      CPU Back Probe Mobo Room
    Thermaltake Volcano 6Cu+ Stock 33 C 32.8 C 21 C 18.2 C
    Thermaltake Volcano 6Cu+ Delta 32 C 32.9 C 21 C 18 C

    Well, there you have it! The Thermaltake 60mm DOES match the delta 60 for cooling. I think it's a keeper then. A 60x60x25mm fan that does the delta's work at about 10 dBA less; what more could you ask for?

    Cooling Score:

    Volcano 6Cu: 5/5

    Volcano 6Cu+: 5/5

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