Thermaltake Contac 29 review

A bargain CPU cooler that offers some seriously low temperatures

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Our Verdict

An amazing piece of kit for only £20.

For

  • Great performance
  • Wide socket support

Against

  • Not pretty but that doesn't really matter

What do you need in a CPU cooler? Do you need it to look like someone's ripped the still-sparking heart out of one of Michael 'Ka-blam Boom' Bay's Transformers? Does it need sparkly LEDs and fanciful, extraneous trimmings?

No, it needs to keep your processor cool and not break the bank doing it so you can spend a little more on sexier components like graphics cards or RAM. Thermaltake's Contac 29 then ticks all the right boxes.

It's not beautiful to look at, being just a plain, square, fat heatsink with a chunk-off fan strapped to it, but it gets the job done and no mistake.

It's also got compatibility up the wazoo - catering for all three of Intel's latest socket designs as well as tipping a respectful hat to the AMD camp and its CPU mountings.

We strapped it to Intel's i5-750 and it absolutely destroys the reference cooler design.

At stock frequencies that was hitting 36°C and 61°C at idle and under load respectively, but wouldn't allow us to run under load with the basic overclock we needed to get our 2GHz RAM sticks running. Compare that with the Contac 29's stock performance of 27°C and 44°C and you can colour us impressed.

The cooler was also partly responsible for the 4.12GHz we managed to get out of the latest Gigabyte revision of its UD6 motherboard.

Under the strain it hit almost the same operating temperatures as the reference cooler did at stock frequencies. Now that's cool.

For a chiller block priced at £20 you really can't argue with that cooling prowess and we sure as hell wouldn't. A great cooler and no mistake.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeCooling Fan/Heatsink
Number of Fans2
Fan Speed2 x 2000 rpm
Brand NameThermaltake
Connectors4-pin LP4
Air Flow2 x 72.1 CFM
Application/UsageProcessor
Fan Diameter2 x 120 mm
Heatsink Height159 mm
Heatsink Width50 mm
Heatsink Depth120 mm
Compatibility

Intel Socket LGA 1366 Processor:

  • Core i7

Intel Socket LGA 1156 Processor:

  • Core i7
  • Core i5
  • Core i3

Intel Socket LGA 775 Processor:

  • Core 2 Extreme
  • Core 2 Quad
  • Core 2 Duo
  • Pentium D
  • Pentium 4
  • Pentium
  • Celeron D
  • Celeron

AMD Socket AM3 Processor:

  • Phenom II x4
  • Phenom II x3

AMD Socket AM2 / AM2+ / 939 / 754 Processor:

  • Phenom
  • Athlon64 FX
  • Athlon 64 X2
  • Athlon 64
  • Sempron
ManufacturerThermaltake Technology Co., Ltd
Product NameContac 29 CPU Cooler
Manufacturer Part NumberCLP0568
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.thermaltake.eu
Weight (Approximate)558 g