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Thermaltake BigTyp 14Pro

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Posted February 1, 2009 by Jake in Cooling

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Thermaltake here makes a product that can run with the big dogs for enthusiast overclocking air cooling users and really can put on a good showing. Thermaltake has done a fine job making this a solid product, as you can feel the craftsmanship when you hold it. Every detail in the manufacturing process has been done well. The option to change the speed of the fan is nice to see, but the accessibility of the control is a problem.

The other concern is the frameless fan which would seem to cause a pressure drop, hindering the fan’s ability to efficiently push air through the densely-packed fins. Interestingly though, the cooler still manages to put up some very good performance numbers, so it would be really interesting to see the results with a shroud on the fan.  But when the fan speed was increased to maximum, it would be a little loud for some people’s preference. Lastly, when it comes to installation, I think a backplate would be more useful rather than some screw-nuts especially due to the weight of the product and the fact that it’s rather top-heavy.

In the end, the BigTyp 14Pro is an examination in apparent contradictions, both aesthetically and functionally.  It does indeed post some excellent temperature results and exhibits great build quality and those cannot be denied, but it also does have some frustrating issues that could be easily resolved with some simple design modifications.

With a price tag of approximately $60 USD, the Thermaltake BigTyp 14Pro is competitively priced in the upper tier of products, and despite the few frustrating issues, is a great CPU cooler with excellent performance and quality.

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Thermaltake BigTyp 14Pro

Our thanks go to Thermaltake for providing the BigTyp 14Pro for this review.

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