Thermaltake Contac 29 Direct Touch CPU Cooler ReviewFri, Mar 05, 2010 - 12:00 AM
Thermalright Contac 29 CPU Cooler Review
Today I’ll be showing you Thermaltake’s Contac 29 which combines performance and silence in a heatpipe tower package. Priced at $36.99 plus shipping the Contac 29 sits around what I’d consider to be the mid-range price bracket. I must say the majority of the performance oriented heatsinks in the $25 to $50 price bracket all look awfully similar. Below is an artsy image of the Thermaltake Contac 29 heatsink with its bright orange fan.
The Contac 29 is equipped with three 8mm heatpipes that make direct contact with the integrated heatspreader included in modern processors. Pressed into 54 aluminum fins with a 12 fin per inch spacing, the Contac 29 sits roughly 6 and 1/4 inches or 160mm tall from the base to the top of the heatpipes. The fins are 120mm wide to coincide with the 120mm wide fan bundled with the package. The fins themselves are just under 2 inches or 50mm thick. Combined with the 25mm thick fan brings the heatsink to 3 inches or 75mm thick. In the image above you can barely make out the rubber connectors that secure the fan to the heatsink while eliminating any vibrations from the fan.
Speaking of the fan, it is a 120mm x 120mm x 25mm fan that spins at a maximum of 2000 rpm while pulling 2.28 watts. Using the 4 pin connector on my EVGA Classified I found the fan to spin at 1980 rpm at 100%, 1160 rpm at 50%, and 730 rpm at 25%. Unfortunately there aren’t any airflow details regarding the fan but they do rate it at 15 to 33.2 dba which I find wholly believable. Lastly, the Thermaltake states the heatsink weighs 558 grams. Since I haven’t got a scale with which to measure this I am going to presume this includes the fan also. Now let’s take a look at the heatsink and packaging.