Thermaltake ISGC-300 CPU Cooler

Installation

With the ISGC-300 the installation of the cooler is basically the same no matter what socket you are going to mount the unit to. As it uses the mounting holes of the motherboard to support the total weight of the cooler. The process begins with attaching two metal brackets to the base of the cooler. After sliding on gaskets and washers slide the attached metal brackets to the motherboard. The last step is to screw on the nuts to secure the cooler in place.

brackets

mounted attached

Chances are that you would mount this cooler in an upright case where the fan is aimed towards to the rear allowing the air to blow right out the back. If you intend on using the cooler in a HTPC or other type of case you may have to have the cooler in the same direction as above depending on what memory you are using. In the case of the OCZ Blades we use this was our only option.

Testing Hardware:

Motherboard: Asrock X58 SuperComputer
Processor: Intel Core i7 920 @ 3.6 @ 1.4v
Ram: Patriot DDR3 PC12800 6GB Tri-Channel
Video Card: Sapphire HD3870 Toxic
HDD: Seagate 7200.11
Power: Thermaltake Tough Power XT
Case: NA
Cooling: Thermaltake ISGC-300
OS: Windows XP SP3

Competition:

Thermalright T.R.U.E.
Zalman CNPS 9900 LED

Testing of the ISGC-300

Over time, we’ve found that we have been able to get a better overclock on our i7 920 at a very decent voltage of 1.4. We used this for the testing of the ISGC-300. During testing, we allow the system to sit idle for one hour and then measure the temperature. Afterward, we then load OCCT and ran a 30 minute bench session with priority set at high and recorded the temps at the end. Each core was recorded for more detail of performance.

Chances are that you would mount this cooler in a upright case where the fan is aimed towards to the rear allowing the air to blow right out the back. If you intend on using the cooler in a HTPC or other type of case you may have to have the cooler in the same direction as above depending on what memory you are using. In the case of the OCZ Blades we use this was our only option.

Results

idle

load

The ISGC-300 performed pretty well but we were looking at getting a little more from which we were not able to. So with the number present is the Thermaltake ISGC-300 a good cooler to purchase? Yes, if you are moving from a stock or very under-performing cooler as it will shine over any stocker. But if you are currently an owner of a mid-range cooler chances are the numbers would be about the same and a parallel movement would not be worth it.

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