Detonator Cooler review
Klein on September 02, 1999
video card to be able to get better performance hasnít
been done a lot until recently, when video cards have gone
past 100MHz. In the past, you were lucky to get 95MHz from
the 90MHz default clocked Voodoo 2. That was only 1 and Ĺ
years ago. Today, you can get over 210MHz from a 183MHz
default clocked Voodoo 3 3500 and having a TNT2 Ultra
running at 175MHz core and 215MHz memory from 150MHz core
and 183MHz is attainable, but there is one thing you need.
In steps TennMax with their cooling solutions.
I wanted to
review the TennMax TNT Detonator to see if the efficiency
the slim aluminum design was all that it was hyped up to be.
Was it what I expected, or was it lacking something? The
answer to both these questions is yes. In the following
review you will see what I am talking about.
TNT Detonator pictured in other reviews made me eager to try
this unique cooler out. The thing that makes this cooler
unique is the thin layer of metal placed on the side for air
to pass though and cool. The fan inside the center of the
heatsink pushes the air onto the thin layers of metal. The
entire unit is light and may feel underpowered, but like I
said before, efficiency is the key to a good heatsink and
fan combo. When I first saw the unit with a thermal pad on
the bottom of it, I thought to myself, if TennMax can make a
cooler of this quality then surly the thermal pad is a good
idea also. The power connection is made to go straight to a
power lead from the power supple rather than the fan
connection of the TNT2 board. In my case, I have the
Creative Labs unit, which does have a fan connection, but I
suppose it would be hard for a cooler made for many TNT2
cards to run from just a single board.
TNT Detonator cooler is probably the easiest heatsink and
fan combo to install. The hardest part of the whole process
may be to get the original heatsink or heatsink and fan
structure off. You donít want to twist the original
A simple way
to remove it is to place the dull side of a butter knife
under the edge of the heatsink and turn your wrist so the
knife move in a 45 degree angle and pops off the heatsink.
After that, you will see glue still on the chip. Donít
leave it there, as it will make the heatsink a lot less
efficient. You should take a sharp knife and evenly scrap
the old heatsink glue off. Once youíre done with that you
can install the TennMax cooler.