Thermaltake TMG IA1 CPU Cooler Review


The following system was used in testing:

Case: NZXT Tempest
Motherboard: XFX 680i LT SLI
CPU: Q6600 @ 2.4 GHz
Memory: 2x2GB OCZ SLI Ready DDR2 800 MHz
CPU cooling:
– Masscool 8W553
SilenX iXtrema IXC-120HA2
Thermaltake DuOrb
Titan Cool Idol
Cooler Master GeminII S
Cooler Master Sphere
Cooler Master Hyper 212
Zalman CNPS9300 AT
Vantec AeroFlow FX 92
Vantec AeroFlow FX 120
Xilence Xilent Blade Pro
Thermaltake MaxOrb EX
Thermaltake Spinq
Noctua NH-C12P
Thermaltake BigType 14 Pro
Cooler Master V8
Titan Fenrir TTC-NK85TZ
– Thermaltake TMG IA1
Video Card: XFX 9800 GTX Black Edition

Tests were conducted under idle and load states. The computer was left to sit after 30 minutes after being turned on to check the idle temperature. The load temperature was found by running the latest version of Prime95 which supports multi-core CPUs by default. Temperatures were obtained through SpeedFan.


The testing results turned out to be fairly good, especially on high fan speed settings. A record temperature, for this test system, was achieved on high fan speed settings which resulted in a low of 36C in idle. Under load conditions the high fan speed settings also achieved an almost record low of 48C. However the problem with the high fan speed settings is how loud it sounds. Cranking it from low to high sounds like a jet going off. The low fan speed results weren’t as great as the high, but they still provided decent results over a lot of the other coolers we’ve tested.