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Gigabyte Xtreme Gaming XTC700 CPU Air Cooler Review

  1. About the Gigabyte XCF700…
  2. Design Overview
  3. Installation Process and Motherboard Clearance
  4. How its tested??
  5. Temperature Readouts and Observations
  6. Thermal Paste Spread and Conclusion
  7. View All

Design Overview

At first, you’ll not expect it to be anything out-of-the-ordinary compared to many 120mm tower CPU cooler. The base has a direct contact with the heatpipes with tall array of stacked heatpipes. The fans are preinstalled but its secured by fan clips with a cap towards the top. Under the cap, there’s a circuit that has a set of connection for the fans and RGB. Due to the shape of the top cap and the fan frame, you’ll guess that it wouldn’t be possible to swap for another fans with standard frame design.

Closer Look

Judging by the PCB inside, it takes care of supplying power to the fans and the RGB effects.

Both the USB header cable and the Y-cable for the fans are installed inside the heatsink. The Y cable with two ends does not use traditional 4-pin fan connector, which also means the connectors on the fans are the not the same. The single connector has a 4-pin for the motherboard. Gigabyte may have decided to use such wiring for motherboards which have a single 4-pin header for the CPU. However, due to the design of the cap and the fan frames, you wouldn’t able to fit standard frame CPU fans unless you plan on removing the cap. Removing the top cap needs to be done carefully as it latches itself on the top heat fin.

Fan Overview

Due to this, these fans have to be really good and last longing. Usually, ball bearings are preferred due to lesser noise at full speed during longer runs compared to cheaper sleeve bearing.

The fans are Power Logic PLA12025B12L 2 ball bearing fan. There are seven fan blades, each having grooves that supposedly improves airflow. During fan re-installation, I observed that the top cap grooves in such a way that only the top and the bottom section of the fan can be installed. Moreover, the metal clamps won’t secure the standard frame 120mm fans, nor it has any convenient way to remove it.

The comparison of the XTC700’s fan (middle) between the Noctua NF-F12 (top) and the Noctua NF-A14 shows the frame extends beyond the 120mm fan frame, but it stays within the 140mm frame design.

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