Thermaltake 1U DTFCF014-1 Heatsink Review
Everybody knows about Thermaltake, but most people don't know that this heatsink manufacturer also makes 1U heatsinks. Like a good desktop heatsinks, 1U heatsinks work best when they are designed to be super efficient, and use the best possible materials.
This particular cooler, the Thermaltake DTFCF014-1 (which we will be calling the 1U Extruded after its aluminum construction) is really only good for older 1U servers with processors producing less than 50W of heat.
It's somewhat difficult to really say whether or not the Thermaltake 1U Extruded heatsink would be better or worse off without the fan. Considering that all 1U server cases will have some type of cooling fan to keep the hard drives and other IC's within spec, is the little 60mm fan really necessary?
After all, those little server cooling fans can produce a good steady flow of air, which the 1U heatsink here could take advantage of for cooling as long as the socket is orientated the right way. So the question that has been in the back of my mind is whether Themaltake would have been better off not cutting away part of the fins and leaving the fan out of the picture entirely.
It's a tough call, but if it were a passive heatsink, the orientation of the motherboard socket would be the be all and end of this heatsink. That's something to think about at least, but let's move forward and take a good close look at Thermaltake's DTCFCF014-1 1U heatsink.
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