Thermaltake Contac 29 Direct Touch CPU Cooler Review

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Test Configuration

Thermaltake Contac 29 System Image

Thermaltake Contac 29 and Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus

Thermaltake Contac 29 on the left, Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus on the right.

For today’s testing I’ll be using my Intel X58 setup with a temperature probe secured against the processor IHS to measure IHS temperatures. Windows 7 Professional x64 was used with processor loading performed by executing individual Super Pi 32M threads. Testing was performed at a one, two, four, and eight threads with fan speeds at 25%, 50%, and 100%. To make things a bit more interesting the CPU was run at 4GHz with 1.35vcpu, 1.30vtt, and 1.65vdimm with the memory at DDR3-2000 and the uncore at 4GHz. Temperatures were measured by CoreTemp 0.99.5 and with my UEI DT302 and the factory k-type probe. Arctic Silver Ceramique was the thermal grease used for both the processor and the IHS probe. Lastly a half-pea sized dab of Ceramique was applied to the center of the IHS. For each heatsink the system was warmed up to 80C after which it was rotated slightly to thin the thermal grease. For temperature measuring each value was recorded after 5 minutes of the indicated loading. For instance, after 5 minutes of sitting at idle in Windows the measurement for idle was recorded.

Intel X58 Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

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Processor

Intel Xeon w3570

Motherboard

EVGA X58 E760 Classified

Memory

Corsair Dominator GT DDR3-2000 C7 3x2GB

Video Card

Asus HD 4890 1GB

Hard Drive

Seagate 7200.10 320GB

Case

Dimastech Bench Table Hard V2

Cooling

Thermaltake Contac 29

Power Supply

Corsair HX1000

Operating System

Windows 7 Professional x64

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