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Written by Olin Coles   
Monday, 13 October 2008
Table of Contents: Page Index
Thermaltake V14Pro CPU Cooler CL-P0471
Closer Look: V14Pro
CL-P0471 Details
TIM Application and Surface
Testing Methodology
Test Results: Stock Cooling Fan
Thermaltake V14Pro Conclusion

Thermaltake V14Pro Conclusion

Thermaltake keeps their packaging uniform with each product launch. The Black, red, and orange colors are a Thermaltake staple, while specifications and features always occupy at least one panel of the retail box. Keeping consumers educated, while at the same time giving them a see-through view of the product, is always a good way to deliver what you promise. Surprisingly, Tt makes no claims on their packaging... ever. Maybe they should, since the V14Pro has just set the bar for stock cooling.

If you're a fan of copper coolers, the six heat-pipes and 98 individually polished copper fins on the CL-P0471 should keep you happy with the appearance. The V14Pro looks like a flower in full bloom with it's wide "V" design and shape. The indigo-blue LED inside the 140mm fan really shines bright and offers complimentary, if not contrasting, focal point for attention.

Construction is solid, but only because six copper rods create a very rigid frame for the V14Pro. The CL-P0471 needs to be well made, since it's primarily composed of two very heavy copper fin-sink sections and support them at proper distance from the fan is critical.

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Thermaltake should be absolutely proud of their V14 Pro (CL-P0471), which performed well beyond any other stock cooler and settled in at the middle of our high-volume coolers during the Best CPU Cooler Performance - Q3 2008; even without a Yate Loon D12SH-12 high-flow fan attached.

This article has been published on the same day that Thermaltake has launched their V14Pro CPU cooler. At the time of this writing, the CL-P0471 has not yet been made available to retailers. Thermaltake expects to retail the V14Pro for $79.99 at the time of launch, but we expect that the actual sales price will be considerably less. As soon as we discover pricing, this section will be updated.

In conclusion, the V14Pro comes with a recommendation for enthusiasts looking to keep their modded or lightly overclocked system looking good while still performing at very cool temperature levels. The integrated 140mm fan makes it impossible to improve airflow, but it's already performing so well despite this. Six heat-pipe rods feed into a well-polished contact base, which means that very little Thermal Paste needs to be applied and extra effort is unnecessary to improve the finish. While the weight of this product is enough to warrant a bolt-through kit with backplate, the CL-P0471 relies on Intel's less than perfect mounting clip system. Nevertheless, Thermaltake has set a new standard for CPU cooler as their V14Pro set itself apart from even the (previously) best competitors.

Pros:Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award

+ Best performing stock kit we've tested yet!
+ Six 6mm copper heat-pipes
+ Polished copper contact base
+ Two very dense finsink arrays
+ Powerful 140mm integrated cooling fan
+ Fan speed control dial
+ Very easy to install - no motherboard removal necessary
+ Top-five high-volume finisher in our Best CPU Cooler Performance - Q3 2008

Cons:

- Uses Intel push-pin clip system
- Heavy unit weight should require backplate
- Large footprint may not fit all motherboard layouts

Ratings:

  • Presentation: 8.75
  • Appearance: 9.25
  • Construction: 9.00
  • Functionality: 9.75
  • Value: 8.25

Final Score: 9.0 out of 10.

Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.

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