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Thermaltake Volcano 11+ Xaser Edition
Page 3 - Conclusion
Author: Dan Podhola (WebMasterP)
Date: September 16, 2003
Category: Cooling
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Analyzing all the information I have laid out, one could come to the conclusion that what I have here is a high-feature, good-performance, fairly-noisy heatsink offering from Thermaltake. I think that analysis is right on. The performance offered exceeds the heatsinks I tested the Volcano 11+ against, but that comes at the cost of sound pollution. Thermaltake has combated that problem by offering noise reduction tools. Unlike Zalman's product, you can control the sound element without opening the case. If one were to decrease the speed, the sound would drop and the performance would most likely fall into the same area as the other heatsink. The bonus is that the extra performance is at your finger tips if you need it.

I cannot forget the automatic fan speed adjustment either. A fan controlled by the CPU temperature is a feature I think every heatsink should ship with. The ability for the heatsink's performance (and, connectedly, noise output) to scale with need is a great idea and I hope Thermaltake continues this practice. Thermaltake has definitely earned kudos with me for this addition.

The Volcano 11+ Xaser Edition can be found around the internet for around $32.00 (US). This makes it slightly more expensive than your average heatsink, but not unjustifiably so. Would I be willing to shell out $32 for this heatsink? Absolutely.

The bottom line is that if you are looking for an ultra quiet heatsink and fan, I would look elsewhere. On the other hand, if you are looking for a fairly priced heatsink that offers good performance and tons of features, the Volcano 11+ Xaser Edition is definitely a good buy.

Keeping noise and installation into account while weighing the performance and features makes scoring difficult. I feel a sure-footed 4 out 5 is in order.

Final Score

4 out of 5 Weird Blue Faces

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