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Thermalright T-Rad2 GTX Cooler

Relatively small flat box is designed following Thermalright’s best traditions: brown cardboard with the company name on the top cover…

… and the cooler model name on one of the sides:

The distinguishing feature of all Thermalright packaging is minimum information on maximally modest packaging. Some users believe that this is the way packaging should be designed, as serious solutions should ship in serious boxes. Some believe that these boxes won’t be well noticed on the store shelves because they are way too simple. Both these points of view have the right to exist, although in my opinion, the most important feature of the packaging should be its ability to protect the device inside properly, and Thermalright has no issues here, because the cooler sits inside tight polyurethane foam casing covered with a sheet of the case material.

Thermalright T-Rad2 GTX is bundled with a bunch of useless aluminum heatsinks, a set of screws, washers and bushes, Thermalright The Chill Factor thermal compound, installation manual and a sticker with the manufacturer’s logo.

There are no fans included with the cooler. This solution is made in Taiwan and its recommended price is $56.95.

Thermalright T-Rad2 GTX has very brutal looks and in my opinion resembles a piece of some futuristic armor more than a cooler heatsink:

It is pretty heavy for its size – 360 g with 228 x 105 x 25 mm dimensions:

Thermalright T-Rad2 GTX consists of six copper nickel-plated heatpipes 6 mm in diameter that come out of the copper nickel-plated base and pierce aluminum heatsink plates:

There is an aluminum panel attached with screws to two side plates on the front of the heatsink that serves as the base for the fans.

One heatpipe goes through the lower part of the heatsink, while the other five – through the upper part:

The heatsink array consists of 85 aluminum plates. Each is 0.35-0.4 mm thin and the space between the plates is a little less than 2.0 mm.

 

The heatpipes lie in special grooves in the copper cooler base and are soldered to them. The thickest part of the base plate below the heatpipes is no bigger than 2 mm:

 

They use soldering technique not only where the heatpipes contact the base, but also where the heatpipes contact the heatsink plates. As you can see, it is not always done neatly enough:

As usual, the copper nickel-plated heatsink base of Thermalright T-Rad2 GTX is bent, namely it has a bump in the center:

Despite this fact, the thermal compound imprint from the ATI Radeon HD 4890 graphics processor is very solid, while the one from Nvidia GeForce GTX 275 unfortunately, not quite:

 

In conclusion to our overview of the Thermalright T-Rad2 GTX cooler I have to add that this heatsink can accommodate two 92x92x25 mm fans or one 120x120x25(38) mm fan. We are going to discuss their installation procedure as well as graphics cards compatibility in the corresponding chapter of our review.

 
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