Fall 2014 Cooler Roundup - Thermaltake NiC C5 HSF

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Fall 2014 Cooler Roundup
NZXT Kraken X31 LCS
NZXT Kraken X41 LCS
NZXT Kraken X61 LCS
Thermaltake Water 3.0 Pro LCS
Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate LCS
Thermaltake NiC L32 HSF
Thermaltake Frio Extreme HSF
Thermaltake NiC C5 HSF
Fall 2014 Cooler Performance
Final Thoughts

 

Thermaltake NiC C5:

The Thermaltake NiC C5 is the last cooler in our roundup, but it is no way one of the last coolers you should consider when shopping for your next build. This cooler has a very slick fan-shroud that seals in airflow from a pair of 120mm fans. The design of the cooler is very unique and I really like the way the sides cover up the edges of the fins and make this "untouchable". The large 120mm fans are arranged in a push-pull configuration that should move a lot of air.

Thermaltake NiC C5 Box

Thermaltake NiC C5 Box

 

The C5 comes with the same mounting hardware as the Frio Extreme, right down to the bracket, screws, spacers and everything. One thing that is missing from the C5 bundle is a large add-in switch and control for the fan. Instead, the C5 comes with a small rheostat that controls fan speed that ranges from silent to "Shut the hair dryer off!". As we are testing the maximum performance of all of these coolers, we will be running this cooler cranked up - but I wouldn't recommend that for long periods if you share accommodation with anyone that has their sense of hearing. It's loud.

Thermaltake NiC C5 Bundle

Thermaltake NiC C5 Bundle

Thermaltake NiC C5 Base

Thermaltake NiC C5 Base

 

This cooler is pretty. I really like the detail of the fan shroud and even the metallic accents on the top of the cooler. All of these things state that Thermaltake is proud to have this in their lineup. The fans, control and even the base is very polished making this one of the best looking coolers in our roundup.

Thermaltake NiC C5 Profile

Thermaltake NiC C5 Profile

 

While the picture shows the cooler mounted to blow air up toward the top of the case, for testing we mounted in blowing toward the rear fan - just as we did with every other cooler.

Thermaltake NiC C5 Installed

Thermaltake NiC C5 Installed

 

If you want to check out all of the features and specifications of this cooler, please be sure to check the product page here.

Now that we've seen all the candidates, we'll take a look at how they all compare on the following page.