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  Product:     Thermaltake Silent Boost RX K8 CPU Cooler  
  Price:     $29 (CDN) / $25 (U.S)
  Supplied By:     Thermaltake
  Author:     clsGrinder
  Date:     March 24th, 2006
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Annie from Thermaltake for sending the Silent Boost RX K8 CPU Cooler for review.

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Introduction:

Thermaltake is a company that requires little introduction; they are successful at making great coolers at great prices. This deadly combination has made Thermaltake a big name in the cooling business. With quiet cooling on the minds of every computer enthusiast these days, especially users of the HTPC variety, Thermaltake unveils their silent cooler. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the Thermaltake Silent Boost RX K8 CPU Cooler; a new product that promises easy installation and a quiet performance for the AMD platform.

Specifications:

The Thermaltake Silent Boost RX K8 is an all copper heatsink made specifically for AMD 754 pin platforms and up, it features a shroud and an open design 92mm fan. This configuration should minimize turbulence (noise) with a manufacturers rating of 18dBa @ 2200 RPM. Here are some specifications taken from Thermaltake’s website.

Model
Thermaltake Silent Boost RX K8 CPU Cooler
Heatsink Dimensions

85mm x 73mm x 48mm (46 fins)

Weight

543g

Fan Dimension

92mm x 92mm x 38mm

Fan Speed

2200 ± 10% RPM

Max Air Flow

38.7 CFM

Rated Voltage

12V

Rated Current

0.25A

Input Power

2.88W

Fan Speed

2200 RPM

Noise

18dBA

Max. Air Pressure

2.69 mm H 2 O

Life Time

30,000 Hours

Connector

3-pin

Compatibility

AMD Athlon X2 (Socket 939), AMD Athlon 64 FX (Socket 939/940), AMD Athlon 64 (Socket 754/939), AMD Sempron (Socket 754), AMD Opteron (Socket 940)

Thermaltake Blue Orb II CPU Cooler
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Thermaltake Blue Orb II CPU Cooler
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The Thermaltake Silent Boost RX K8 CPU Cooler arrived in a clear plastic blister-pack. The top of the HSF can be seen clearly from the front. Device specifications are clearly listed on the back of the package.

Thermaltake Blue Orb II CPU Cooler
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Thermaltake Blue Orb II CPU Cooler
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I usually cringe every time I see this style of packaging, because for me it usually means that the plastic shell is heat sealed together around all four sides and I hate that. Thankfully Thermaltake doesn’t like that either, and their Silent Boost package opens like a clam-shell. I would like to thank Thermaltake for not having me thrash the outer packaging with my scissors or utility knife. An inventory of the Silent Boost is pretty basic:

  • 1 x RX K8 HSF
  • 1 x Pack of standard white thermal paste
  • 1 x Fold-out colour installation guide

Thermaltake Blue Orb II CPU Cooler
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Thermaltake Blue Orb II CPU Cooler
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At first glance, the Silent Boost means business. The all copper base and 46 copper fins look very sharp. A folded aluminum shroud is screwed to the copper base in four places. This shroud helps focus the air across the fins, and make handling and installation of the HSF easier. A standard spring retention mechanism is used with a leaver used to apply force to the CPU via the retention frame.

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