Thermaltake NiC C4 CPU cooler
WHAT WE LIKED:Good design, solidly built, decent performance, TONS of RAM clearance.
WHAT WE DISLIKED:VR knob is more gimmicky than useful for most applications, tricky mounting, hard to find correct warranty information.
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Overall the Thermaltake NiC C4 isn’t a bad cooler. It achieves the NiC standard that Thermaltake set for the product and had room to spare to the first RAM slot. The design is unique, with black blades surrounded by a red frame that are further surrounded by a black shroud. Overall build quality is excellent and what I’d expect from a Thermaltake product.
In my opinion the VR knob needs to go. It should be replaced by a 4-pin PWM connector instead. However, if you’re overclocking and testing on an open-air bench table then it’s easily accessible. They could also patch the VR knob issue by adding an extension cable for those who will be using this cooler inside a standard case.
The Thermaltake NiC C4 can be found over at Amazon.com with an $58.41 price tag which is way down from when it was initially released. At low speed the fans were nearly inaudible but at high speed it was very much noticeable, especially for only 2000RPM. Although at that ~2000RPM it was pushing out nearly 100CFM so that’s to be expected.
I’m giving the Thermaltake NiC C4 our PureOverclock Good Hardware award. There was no warranty term mentioned anywhere on the packaging or Thermaltake’s website. Also the installation process was a little tricky as one or two of the threaded plastic standoffs were a tight fit. The VR knob will be essentially useless for most people and most situations, although it makes sense for open-air test bench setups. It could do with an extension cable or just get rid of it altogether in favor of a PWM set of fans. Finally, the price to performance ratio with the NiC C4 was about on par with some other cooling solutions we’ve tested.
[Editor’s Note: After the initial posting of this story, we were able to determine that the Thermaltake NiC C4 Cooler has a 1 year warranty. We had to do this through third party means though (Newegg). It’s disappointing that Thermaltake would not have this information readily available with the product or on their website.]
[Update: After this review was published it was brought to our attention that the warranty for this product is actually 3 years, and not the 1 year which we reported previously above. Here is a link to the warranty information which was provided to us by Thermaltake: http://my.thermaltake.com/usa/csWarranty.aspx.
However, this information was not readily available to our reviewer either in the shipped product or on Thermaltake’s website. This is what the customer would have experienced when purchasing the product, so we feel it was important that the review reflect this situation.]