TR2TT is a Thermaltake company making its name known with CPU coolers. The TR2-M4 is very similar in design to the Cooler Master Aero 7 coolers. Check out the review to see how the “X Blower” HSF performs.
It is amazing how far we have come with CPU cooling fans. Showing my age, I remember working on PCs when the CPU was a rectangle and had no fan, just a little lone heatsink.
Features and Specs
- Blower fan: Two-way air induction, optimum air flow, air spread on the heat sink evenly
- Embedded VR function in X-blower fan
- Tool-less clip: 3-point fixed, quick to install
- Heat sink: Unique copper-screwed process, make good contact between copper and aluminum, perform well
- Manual fan speed control: Install in PCI slot, from 2100 rpm to 4500 rpm
|Fan Dimension:||80x80x70 mm|
|Heatsink Dimension:||80x80x45 mm|
|Rated Current:||0.07 ~ 0.45 A|
|Power Input:||0.84 ~ 5.40 W|
|Fan Speed:||2100 ~ 4500 ±10% RPM|
|Max. Air Flow:||10.9 ~ 26.9 CFM|
|Max. Air Pressure:||1.1 ~ 7.5 mm H2O|
|Noise:||25 ~ 41 dBA|
|Bearing Type:||2-Ball bearing|
|Life Expectation:||75,000 Hours|
The TR2-4M is rated up to AMD Athlon XP 3400+. If you’ve read some of our other recent CPU cooler reviews, you are probably thinking that you’ve seen a design similar to the TR2-4M before. The comparison to Cooler Master’s Aero 7 series is undeniable. You can check out Neal’s review of the Aero 7 Lite here.
|The front of the package||The back of the package|
|It could be a tight fit in some motherboards.|
Included in the package is a speed control knob for the fan that you put in a PCI slot. This gives you easy access to control the fan speed without having to open the case, which is indeed a nice touch.
The test machine for this cooler is a Falcon Northwest Mach IV. The CPU is an Athlon XP 3000+ overclocked at 11 x 200MHz. This gives us a CPU running as a 3200+ with an effective 400MHz FSB (front side bus).
Here is full list of parts in the machine generating heat.
|Motherboard:||ASUS A7N8X Deluxe 2.0|
|CPU:||Athlon 3000+ @ 3200+ 400MHz FSB|
|Memory:||1GB Corsiar DDR 3200|
|GFX:||NVIDIA 5900 Ultra 256MB|
|Storage 1:||Maxtor DiamondMax 9 200GB ATA 133 7200RPM|
|Storage 2:||2x IBM 80GB’s RAID 0 on Promise ATA 133 Controller|
|DVD-Burner:||Sony DVD RW 500UA|
The stock heatsink/fan in the Mach IV is a Cooler Master Socket A cooler. Test temperatures were read using Motherboard Monitor from Alex van Kaam. The inside case temperature during both test runs was 23C. First, we ran the TR2-M4 at the same speed as the Cooler Master (2500 RPM), and then we tested it at 4500 RPM.
Even if I run the TR2-M4 at 2500 RPM, it manages to beat the Cooler Master by 10-15%. If you can stand the added noise, you can even shave off a few more degrees by running it at 4500 RPM. I settled running it at 3500 RPM, which caused a temp increase just 1C more compared to running at 4500 RPM.
So what does this great cooling cost? We have seen it for $15.00 US, which is a great price.
|This cooler is both quiet and powerful. It easily handles an Athlon 3000+ overclocked to 3200+ with 400MHz FSB.|
|Innovative 2-way induction fan as well as a cool fan-controller for the PCI slot.|
|Normal cooler bundle plus a cool PCI fan controller.|
|The copper base attaches very well to the rest of the heatsink. No problem with keeping the CPU cool.|
|Price / Value||
|Web search found the price of $15.00 US. It’s a really good and inexpensive cooling option.|
|Final Score: 8.5||The TR2-4M is a solid performer, with a few flaws. The main flaw in my opinion is the lack of a front mounted speed control unit versus PCI only. Overall, I like it and plan to keep it in my system.|