Thermaltake TMG IA1 CPU Cooler Review

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Introduction (Cont'd)

In Figure 5, you can see the top view of TMG IA1 and have an idea of the shape of the heatsink fins. At first look it seems like the front tabs are a good idea because, as we said on last page, these tabs "involve" the fan, but the rear shape seems to be of more an aesthetic effect than of a performance-increasing system.

Thermaltake TMG IA1Figure 5: Top view.

The power connector is a three-pin micro type, without the speed control pin (PWM). However, the fan speed can be adjusted through a little potentiometer attached to the fan. The cable from this potentiometer is very short and thus you cannot adjust the fan speed without opening the case. A pity.

Thermaltake TMG IA1Figure 6: Base, potentiometer and power connector.

TMG IA1 base is made of well-polished copper, resulting in a mirror finishing that you can see in Figure 7. You can also see that the four copper heatpipes do not touch directly the CPU, being connected to the base.

Thermaltake TMG IA1Figure 7: Mirror-like base surface.

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Author: Rafael Coelho

Rafael Otto Coelho is a physicist with a master's degree in Education, and is a college professor in Brazil.

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