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Twin Turbo Heatsink Review
Twin Turbo Heatsink Review
Abstract: Whenever I hear about the 'Overclockerz Store' I sometimes wonder if the OCZ fellows don't spend their entire day trying to make simple little heatsinks into daemons of cooling prowess.

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OCZ Technology   Cooling / Heatsinks   Mar 17, 2001   Max Page  

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Synthetic Test Results:

FrostyTech Synthetic Temperature Test Platform (50W heat load)
Mfg. Name Model No. Ambient Temp. (C) Large block (C) Small block (c) Thermal compound Thermal pad No. Fans Fan Noise Clip
1 OverClockers Store Twin Turbo 24.9 40.6 47.9 AOS 52029KY none 2 med stiff
2 Thermaltake Superorb 25.6 49.2 60.1 AOS 52029KY none 1 (2) low easy
3 Coolermaster CH5-5K12 26.6 53.7 64.8 AOS 52029KY carbon 1 med stiff
4 ThermalTake Volcano II 26.5 51.7 53.2 AOS 52029KY yellow 1 low stiff
5 Ascent AC300-4P 28.1 59.5 70+ AOS 52029KY none 1 low easy

With two 60mm fans on the Twin Turbo, we'd be a bit surprised it wasn't able to knock out most of the competition. True that while this isn't much of a fair competition between the various heatsinks we used for our tests, they all strap onto a socket, and in the end, they're all meant to do the exact same thing.

The closest comparison to the Twin Turbo in terms of performance is the much quieter Thermaltake Volcano II heatink. Other then that their really isn't much in the way of competition to the Twin Turbo when it comes to cooling. But, the same can't be said for size and noise. The Twin Turbo is moderately noisy, and when compared to the rest of the heatsinks we tested, just a giant. At 120mm long it is one of the largest socket heatsinks we've ever looked at in fact. 

The height of 62mm for the Twin Turbo puts it in the range of the other heatsinks, but, with those two large fans, it is definitely one of the longest we've seen.

Rise Above Ambient Temperature (C)
Mfg. Model with large block with small block
1 OverClockers Store Twin Turbo 15.7 23.0
2 Thermaltake Volcano II 25.2 26.7
3 Thermaltake SuperOrb 23.6 34.5
4 Coolermaster CH5-5K12 27.1 38.2
5 Ascent AC300-4P 31.4 41.9+

Just as you might have expected, the Twin Turbo kicks out the competition when we look at the results in rise above ambient temperature. With larger surface area processors, like those which are heat-spreader topped, the Twin Turbo does remarkably well with only a 16 degree Celsius rise in temperature. On the smaller copper die template the results are equally good, averaging in at about 23 degrees.


This heatsink is not for the average computer user, no it is for the overclocker or performance user. Add to that a few constraints.... namely; 1. you have to have a large enough case to fit the heatsink and space around the socket. 2. you should be able to tolerate a bit of noise. The Twin Turbo is by no means a vacuum cleaner of a heatsink but it will drown out even the noisiest of powersupplies. If you like quiet computers, then stay clear of this, and just about any other heatsink on the market with a 60mmx60mmx25mm fans. The noise output isn't as much as with a 7000RPM global win but it is sufficient.

In terms of performance the numbers speak for themselves - the Twin Turbo can cool well, it has the power of two large fans to make sure that it does. The heatsink itself is standard enough, but when hooked up to these two fans the combination is very effective. If this fits your needs, you can get the Twin Turbo from the overclockers store.

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 1:  Twin Turbo Heatsink Review
 2:  Taking a closer look at the Twin Turbo
 3:  FrostyTech Synthetic Temperature Test Platform
 4: — The final word on this heatsink

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