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Thermal Integration TI-RV108N Pentium 4 Heatsink
Thermal Integration TI-RV108N Pentium 4 Heatsink
Abstract: If you're looking for a bit of insight into the cooling world, pay close attention to this type of heatsink from Thermal Integration.

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Thermal Integration   Cooling / Heatsinks   Feb 29, 2004   Max Page  

Home > Reviews > Page: Closer Examination of the Heatsink
Thermal Integration TI-RV104N Heatsink From All Angles
The Fan:
The TI-RV108N fan draws 0.3A while spinning away at 4000RPM. No fan grill is included in the package to protect the impeller from errant wires. The fan sits freely on top of the heatsink in a stainless steel frame. The fan connects to a standard 3-pin motherboard header and supports RPM monitoring.

Heatsink Top:
The TI-RV108N looks pretty neat from above with the fan removed. Like other heatsinks of this design, the heatsink and fan are separate units. When installing it into a PC, it is easiest to lay the PC on the ground on its side and go from there so pieces don't fall out of the socket by accident. The copper core is 28mm in diameter, and the fins are 1mm thick at the base. Each fin is spaced 2mm from one another.

Side A:
The heatsink stands 63mm tall, of which the actual heatsink is a minor 36mm in height. The 28mm diameter copper core extends the full height of the heatsink, so it is a very massive part of the 515grams the RI-RV108N weighs. The clips are separate to the entire assembly, and slide into the two small channels on either side of the fan.

Side B:
The fan and bracket sits on top of the entire heatsink, but doesn't actually screw into it. This can make installation a little tricky at times. The fan sits almost flush against the top of the fins which is an interesting departure from most cooler designs we've tested.

Heatsink Base:

The base of the TI-RV108N heatsink is nicely machined copper. The copper is actually a little raised above the aluminum surface, and it is the only part of the heatsink that comes in direct contact with the processor. Surface flatness is pretty good, and surface finish is also nice and smooth. The best part about this design is that all the exhaust air from the fan exits the heatsink directly at the processor, adding more cooling into the equation.

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Table of Contents:

 1:  Thermal Integration TI-RV108N Pentium 4 Heatsink
 2: — Closer Examination of the Heatsink
 3:  Heatsink Thermal/Acoustic Test Parameters
 4:  Surface Roughness Comparison
 5:  Temperature Test Results

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