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Thermaltake BigTyp 14Pro

Thermaltake BigTyp 14Pro is currently the most high-performance cooling solution from Thermaltake. It has recently replaced Big Typhoon 120 and is now among respected super coolers for LGA 775 platforms.

  

Unfortunately, BigTyp 14Pro isn’t bundled with the LGA1366 retention kit that is why we had to use one from Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme-1366 RT, just like we did for Thermalright AXP-140. However, since the base of Thermaltake BigTyp 14Pro is thinner than that of Thermalright coolers, we put a 5-mm thick piece of rubber underneath the crosspiece of the retention:

As a result, the cooler was pressed just perfectly against the processor heat-spreader, although it was really hard to achieve this kind of secure contact (the bent retention plates show how hard we had to press it).

Since we had to use the retention that had been originally designed for a different cooler, the base wasn’t strictly in the center of the CPU heat-spreader, because of the angled heatpipes coming out of the cooler base. They hit against the X-shaped retention plate. Therefore, the thermal compound imprint on the cooler base looked as follows:

As you see, one heatpipe is barely taking part in the heat transfer, which makes proper testing of this cooler impossible. Nevertheless, we decided not to give up tests and would like to wish Thermaltake to release their own LGA1366 retention kit for the BigTyp 14Pro cooler. The interesting thing is that they already have the new retention kits for V1/V1 AX coolers, but not for the flagship Thermaltake BigTyp 14Pro solution.

Let’s take a look at the cooler installed into the system case:

 

The retention limitation causes the cooler to slightly turn along the horizontal axis.

 
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