Thermaltake NiC C4 CPU Cooler Review

When it comes to CPU cooling Taipei based Thermaltake has found a way to impress us time after time with stellar performance from their all in one liquid coolers. And although their naming schemes sometimes leave something to be desired, they certainly seem to know how to create a great product for thermal management. For the first time we will be taking a close look at one of their air coolers, the NiC C4. The C4 is near the top of their new line of NiC coolers designed for maximum performance in the close confines on some of today’s motherboards. Will the C4 live up to the performance bar set by it’s bigger AIO brothers, or is this just another standard issue air cooler? Read on to find out!

Special thanks to Thermaltake for the NiC C4 for review!

NiC C4 Untouchable CPU Cooler:
Incorporating the proprietary technology, all new Thermaltake NiC series ( lineup consists of the F3, F4, C4, and C5 ), the new CPU cooler series with non-interference cooling space for the ram and motherboard area, the advancement towards silence, performance and compatibility. Fully compatible with RAM of all kinds, ideally for power users to fill their RAM slots with high-end overclocked RAM.

New Standard Non-Interference Cooler
The new NiC Series coolers solve the problem that high performance RAM and CPU coolers cannot co-exist in the past. NiC series coolers achieve the best RAM clearance allowing user to install high end overclock RAM with coolers with ease.

Overclock Design support up to 200W
Heat is conducted from the CPU onto the cooler through the thick nickel coated copper base and then onto the aluminum fins with 4 Φ6mm U-shaped heat-pipes. This ensures the best possible heat dissipation performance conducting heat effectively.

Curved Aluminum Fins
Aluminum fins are specially designed in a curved shape to reduce back air resistance and at the same time maximize airflow through them. The 0.4mm thick aluminum fins also increase the overall thermal dissipation area.

Integrated Dual 120mm VR fans
Both VR fans are contacted to an adjustable fan speed knob where the fans speed can be manually adjusted from 1000 to 2000rpm. A convenient tool-less fan mounting bracket design makes installation easier.

Universal Socket Compatibility
All-in-one back-plate design, the universal socket offers support all latest Intel and AMD platform.

The C4 comes in dark themed box with red accents Inside you will find two pieces of molded foam that are plenty sufficient to protect the cooler from damage. Back on the outside the front of the box has a large picture of the color matching red and black cooler as well as its wattage cooling limit and a couple of key points.

Thermaltake NiC C4 CPU Cooler

Flip the box around and you will find a complete listing of the features, compatibility and 8 photos showing off the cooler.

Thermaltake NiC C4 CPU Cooler

And finally the left side of the box has a complete listing of the technical specifications of the cooler. They are listed below:


Thermaltake NiC C4 CPU Cooler

Included with the C4 you will find all the hardware needed for installation on every motherboard from current Intel/AMD offerings all the way back to 775 support. There is also a small tube of thermal grease and instruction manuals.

Thermaltake NiC C4 CPU Cooler