Kuthec KTI2000 P4 Heatsink Review
In our search for new
heatsinks we often encounter new companies, or in this case a manufacturer whose
products we had seen long ago on Akiba. Kuthtec (Kuang Thousand Technology Co.
Ltd) are a Taiwanese based company who made some rather eye-catching heatsinks
which we will be reviewing shortly here. For the moment, we are going to be
concentrating on the Kuthtec KTI-2000, a brand new addition to their line of
Pentium 4 heatsinks, and apparently rated at up to 2.8GHz.
While the design may seem
familiar to those of you who have seen our reviews of certain Dynatron and AVC
heatsinks, Kuthtec have brought in a little extra innovation and added some
bottom cooling fins and a venting cut to the side. Will this be enough to bring
the KTI-2000 out from the OEM class and into the range of performance coolers?
For that answer, and many more, read on ;-)
- Model Name: KTI2000
- Fan Specs: Everflow, ~4000RPM, 12V,
- Fan Dim: 15x70x70mm
- Heatsink Dim: 83x69x37mm
- HS Material: Extruded Aluminum
- Weight: 275grams
- Mfg by: Kuthtec
Sold By: www.kuthtec.com.tw
Kuthtec KTI2000 From All
||The Fan: |
The 70mm fan is rated at
0.23A and is pretty quiet in operation. The fan attaches to
an aluminum fan shroud and to the fins. For the size of the
heatsink, I would be tempted to add something a little
bit bigger, and maybe sacrifice some of the quiet. The Everflow fan connects via a 3-pin fan
header on the motherboard. On either side of the fan are the guides
where the Stainless Steel clips go. The small
tab prevents the clips from sliding off to the side.
With the fan removed you can see two things more clearly.
First off, the two clip guides are in direct contact with the
tops of the fins and provide a good means of clipping down the
heatsink without large bulky plastic mechanisms. Secondly, we can see that the
fan is held slightly off of the fins for better
||Side A: The side of the KTI-2000 is fairly plane
except for the small vent cut into the center base of the heatsink. Most
of the exhaust air is still forced out the left and right sides. The heatsink body
itself is 37mm in height, and 83mm in length. |
||Side B: |
Each of the
27 extruded fins tapers from 1mm thick at the base to about 0.5mm thick at
the very top. The fins
are each spaced 1.5mm apart and the base plate is 10mm thick.
To either side of the base we can see where Kuthtec added
in some bottom facing fins, and recessed them slightly. This adds a little
extra surface area for cooling - but it is hard to say exactly how
effective these upside down fins are.
Base finish on the Kuthtec KTI-2000 is a standard
sanded finish which is pretty even over the entire surface. Testing with
the straight edge we find a very flat surface - which is exactly what we
like to see. In the image to the left you can see the bottom
fins which Kuthtec have added and the small vents cut into both sides of
the heatsink. The flat area in the center of the heatsink is about