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Thermaltake Contac Silent 12 CPU Cooler
Hello everyone, Will here. Today I am bringing you a quick review of Thermaltake’s Contac Silent 12 CPU air cooler. This cooler is a small air cooler with four dedicated heat pipes and a single 120mm PWM controlled fan. This cooler is very affordable at roughly $25 USD. But how does it perform? Well, let’s find out.
First, the obligatory informative paragraph of this blog post. The Thermaltake Contac Silent 12 is a budget CPU air cooler. It offers excellent cooling performance on a budget. The Contac Silent 12 features a 120mm PWM controlled fan, high airflow fan blades, and a long-life hydraulic bearing. The Contac Silent 12 cooler supports both AMD and Intel sockets. And you can actually make use of those preinstalled CPU cooler mounts on AMD boards. The aluminum heat sink has optimized 0.4mm thick fins with 2.2mm air gap and 4x 06mm solid copper heat pipes, designed specifically for heat dissipation and maximum heat conduction. The heat pipes are in continuous direct contact with the CPU which allows for fast and efficient heat dissipation. The Contact 12 silent comes with a Low-Noise Cable (LNC) which can reduce 24% of noise level and 27% fan speed. The fan clips included with the cooler allow for the cooler and fan to combine tightly and makes for easy assembly and disassembly.
The cooler itself out of the box feels cheap and flimsy. The cooler is very light even with the fan attached to it. Installing the cooler was a bit of a chore after removing the Corsair H60 AIO liquid cooler I had in place. I did not want to remove the motherboard to place the cooler, so that was a big hassle. The worst part about installing the cooler was connecting the fan cable to the motherboard and attaching the fan to the cooler as the fan clips do absolutely hold the fan in place extremely tight. It was really hard removing the included fan to replace with a Riing 12 fan. So, my advice is to install this cooler fresh while the motherboard is outside of the case. Otherwise, it was a breeze to install with the included Intel socket adapter as this fan comes out of the box set up for AMD installation on the preinstalled AMD cooler mounts. Another thing that I noticed about this cooler install was that it took so much pressure to get the clips to attach to the mount. It made me worry that I was going to break my CPU socket. Otherwise, no gripes with the install.
So, how did I test this cooler out? Well, I first tested my Corsair H60 AIO liquid cooler. I tested starting at 9am and ran 5 tests of the Intel Burn Test software which supposedly stresses a CPU much more than many of the other stress tests like Aida64. After running these tests, I took an average of all five tests and those are the numbers you will see. Each stress test was tested on the high setting for five passes each. Then I tested the Thermaltake Contac Silent 12 in the same fashion the following day and again the next day, replacing the stock fan with the Thermaltake Riing 12 fan. The test system is my Intel i7-7700K overclocked to just 4.7GHz on the MSI Z270 Tomahawk motherboard with 16GB of DDR4 RAM clocked at 2933MHz. So, let’s take a look at the results.
First up, the Corsair H60 AIO liquid cooler was in push/pull configuration at the radiator with default fan curve set by the MSI Z270 Tomahawk Click Bios 5. Initial temps were 41 degrees Celsius. After five runs of Intel Burn Test, the maximum temperature reached 92 degrees Celsius. I then removed one fan and has single fan push at the radiator. Again, the starting temperature was 41 degrees Celsius and a maximum temperature reached was 92 degrees Celsius. I then went into the Click Bios 5 and used the “All Fans Max” setting, maxing all fans out. The initial temperature recorded was just 38 degrees Celsius with a maximum of 88 degrees Celsius.
Up next, the Thermaltake Contac 12 Silent with stock fan. The initial temperatures came in at 37 degrees Celsius and a maximum of 94 degrees Celsius. With a custom fan curve, I was able to get a minimum temperature of 37 degrees Celsius but the maximum reached 95 degrees Celsius. With the Click Bios 5 max fan settings, I got a minimum of 37 degrees Celsius with a maximum of 94 degrees Celsius.
Finally, I removed the stock fan and replaced it with a Thermaltake Riing12 static pressure fan. Starting temperature for this setup was at 38 degrees Celsius but it peaked at an astounding 97 degrees Celsius. With the Click Bios 5 maximum fan setting, I got a minimum of 38 degrees Celsius and a maximum of 95 degrees Celsius.
Conclusion and Final Thoughts
So, as you can see, the numbers were pretty close with default settings but there was a fairly substantial difference when maxing out the fans with a 6 degree difference favoring the H60 liquid cooler. I imagine all temperatures would be a lot cooler if I had a delidded 7700K. Even with the temperatures being where they were, the Thermaltake Contac 12 Silent performed admirably and is a decent investment at just $25 which would be perfect to add some flair to a budget build. This cooler is probably perfect for an AMD Ryzen 3 or Ryzen 5 processor up to a 1500x. All in all, the cooler was very quiet and I did not notice it even at maximum fan speeds. I would definitely recommend this to anyone on a budget. Thanks for stopping by. Leave a comment below. I hope to see you next time.
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Thermaltake Contac Silent 12 CPU Cooler Review
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