In my opinion, Thermaltake ISGC-300 and ISGC-400 coolers have one primary advantage: low level of generated noise. Other than that, it looks more like a hurdle race on the spot, because in reality Thermaltake didn’t really implement anything new or revolutionary efficient in their ISGC series. The hurdles are in fact unjustifiably high recommended prices of the new solutions that make them absolutely uncompetitive in the today’s market. Luckily, Thermaltake ISGC-300 is already selling for $44, and ISGC-400 – for $49 and up instead of the recommended $60. But even this fact doesn’t help the newcomers in their default configuration to successfully compete against a real budget and way more efficient Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus.
Is there any way to make Thermaltake ISGC coolers more attractive? I believe there is. Besides lowering the price, they should remove the weak ISGC 12 fan and replace it with a more efficient one (especially, since there are suitable fans like that among Thermaltake’s solutions). The ISGC-300 could use additional ten heatsink plates, which will not only make the heatsink effective surface bigger, but will also allow to use the entire airflow from the 120 mm fan. It is a little trickier with ISGC-400, because we don’t see any design flaws that could have caused its weak performance. Also, we would like to wish Thermaltake to start including LGA1156 retention kits with their coolers, because this platform will most likely be more popular than LGA1366.