|Best CPU Cooler Performance Intel/AMD Q1-2010|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cooling|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Saturday, 13 March 2010|
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Thermaltake Contac-29 CLP0568
Thermaltake has been one of the most boldly-marketed companies to ever sell aftermarket cooling products. Their heatsinks and CPU-coolers generally offer either fresh new looks (a la Thermaltake SpinQ) or great performance (Thermaltake V14-Pro), but rarely do both work together nicely.
Switching from previous designs, the Thermaltake Contac-29 borrows from the time-proven Heat-Pipe Direct Touch (HDT) design first noticed in the Xigmatek HDT-S1283 heatsink, and keeps to the traditional 'U-tower' heatpipe rod layout.
Features and Specification
Priced at $36.99, the Thermaltake Contac-29 CLP0568 is targeted at PC hardware enthusiasts and budget-minded overclockers. While the AMD clamp mounts exposed copper HDT rods very well to the processor and transfers heat to the twin-fan aluminum finsink, a standard push-pin mounting clip system keeps this cooler from reaching its very best possible performance with Intel CPUs.
Using both the overclocked AMD Phenom-II X4-965 BE (140W version) and six-core Gulftown Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition CPU's, Benchmark Reviews evaluates cooling performance with the Thermaltake Contac-29 CPU-cooler.