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Written by Olin Coles   
Tuesday, 15 July 2008
Table of Contents: Page Index
Best CPU Cooler Performance - Q2 2008
Thermally Conductive Element Reference
Cooler Master Hyper Z600
Cooler Master CM Sphere
Gigabyte G-Power II Pro
GlacialTech Igloo 5750
Noctua NH-C12P
SilenX IXC-120HA2
Sunbeam Core Contact Freezer CR-CCTF
Thermaltake V1 CL-0401
Thermaltake DuOrb CL-P0464
TIM Application and Surface
Testing Methodology
Test Results: Stock Cooling Fan
Test Results: High-Output Fan
Final Thoughts and Conclusion
Best of Q2-2008 Conclusion
The Aftermath: Editors Notes

Thermaltake V1 CL-0401

Thermaltake launched the V1 cooler, model CL-0401, over one year ago. So why are we testing a Q2-2007 cooler in a Q2 2008 article? Simply because we haven't yet had the opportunity to produce test results, and I don't know how well this product will perform. There have been other coolers from Tt that we've liked in the past, namely the Thermaltake MaxOrb CL-P0369, and they've all performed fairly well.

The V1 cooler offers a unique approach to cooling, with a proprietary speed-controlled fan sandwiched between two heatpipes with copper fins on either end. Unfortunately this proprietary fan will limit the amount of overclockers that might consider this product as a viable cooling solution for this system. Additionally, the V1 uses the standard Intel LGA775 push-pin clip system, so compression between surfaces will be adequate at best.

There are four uneven-length copper heat-pipe rods used on the Thermaltake V1 CL-0401. The two longer heat-pipe rods span up to the top and then bend across, while the other two shorter rods get up to the midway point and drive across the heatsink fins. Despite the roundabout path, this design is very similar to the "U" design of current heat-pipe coolers.


As CPU processing power increases, so does the need to remove the damaging heat that increased power generates. Nowhere is this more truer than with overclocked processors which operate beyond their original specifications. But, the last thing a computer enthusiast wants when designing their machine is to cap it off with an ugly cooler. Thermaltake has long been an innovator in the realm of CPU cooling with many of its thermal strategies being adopted by OEM and other companies.

They also lead the way in innovative designs that remain supremely functional. The patented fan-shaped design of the CL-P0401 V1 provides an extra element of style while cooling the current crop of Intel and AMD processors. Its all-copper construction provides maximum efficiency in conducting damaging heat away from the CPU. A group of four heatpipes draw heat upward from the mirror-finished base which lies in perfect contact with the chip.

The array of dissipation fins enables the 110mm fan to easily move 86.5CFM at 2000RPM by creating multiple air intake points. The speed can be adjusted to balance the cooling performance and the already low 24dBA noise level. The blue LED lights within the fan add a stylish glow against the copper surfaces enhancing the appearance of your system whether you're using an Intel Socket LGA775 or AMD Socket AM2/939/754) family of processors.


CL-0401 Specifications

  • Thermaltake V1 CL-0401
  • Heatsink Dimension 5.8 x 3.7 x 5.3 inch (L)x(W)x(H)
  • Heatsink Material Copper Base & Copper Fin
  • Heatpipe Copper Tube 6 mm x 4 pcs.
  • Fan Dimension 110 x 25 mm
  • Fan Speed 1300 ~ 2000 RPM
  • Noise Level 16 dBA ~ 24 dBA
  • Max. Air Flow 86.5 CFM
  • Max. Air Pressure 2.22mm H2O
  • LED Fan Blue Color
  • Power Connector 3-pin
  • Started Voltage 7V
  • Rated Current 12V
  • Power Input 3W
  • MTBF 50,000 Hours
  • Weight 637g

As of July 2008 the CL-0401 is available at NewEgg for $59.99.


We live in a world where most things seem to move at the speed of light. At Thermaltake, we feel the same way and that is exactly how Thermaltake conducts itself to deliver innovative, reliable and customer-centric solutions to the worldwide market. Since the beginning of Thermaltake in 1999, it has been at the forefront of creating new and exciting products at a time where most computer users were provided little to no choices for components that may seem irrelevant, but in reality crucial to the performance of a PC.

Thermaltake Server Series solutions, with years of thermal experience and industry leadership, sets its goal on reforming total thermal management in server segment by formulating the perfect mixture of versatility, efficiency and thermal management with each respective server product category: Rackmount Chassis, Server Fixed & Redundant Power Supply and Server CPU Cooling Management Solutions.

With its comprehensive line of products available, it enables Thermaltake's core customers to enjoy a one-stop-shop experience, reduce product design-in evaluation period and most important of all, flawless integration process. Each of Thermaltake's strengths enables its customer to focus on their core business while taking advantage of the skills and efficiency of a single thermal management solution partner.


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