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Thermaltake ToughAir, family of high performance air coolers

When it comes to keeping the processor at a good temperature, we currently have two options: liquid cooling in its two variants (AIO and custom) or by air. Liquid cooling has many advantages, such as a much clearer interior of the PC and except in the high range of air-cooled heatsinks, better performance. They also have their disadvantages, such as making more noise due to the pump, the danger of liquid leaks and that, so to speak, they cannot work for an unlimited time.

Thermaltake Revives Its Air Heatsink Catalog

In total, there are three models that Thermaltake has launched within this family of products, and although they are quite different from each other, they all have a common denominator: the new 120 mm fan with high static pressure that, according to the manufacturer, promotes better cooling , quieter but with better performance, so that although they are not excessively large heatsinks, they can easily cool high amounts of heat from the processor.

We are going to see the three models individually to know what the manufacturer has prepared, but before that we have prepared a table with the technical specifications of all so that you have them at hand at a glance.

Kind Tower Tower Shell
Compatibility Intel LGA 1200/1156/1155/1151/1150
AMD AM4 / AM3 + / AM3 / AM2 + / AM2 / FM2 / FM1
Intel LGA 1200/1156/1155/1151/1150
AMD AM4 / AM3 + / AM3 / AM2 + / AM2 / FM2 / FM1
Intel LGA 1200/1156/1155/1151/1150
AMD AM4 / AM3 + / AM3 / AM2 + / AM2 / FM2 / FM1
Dimensions 123.6 x 98.8 x 159.5 mm 123.6 x 71.7 x 159.5 mm 137.7 x 123.6 x 114.1 mm
Heatpipes 4 of 6 mm 4 of 6 mm 4 of 6 mm
Fans 2×120 mm 120 mm 120 mm
Fan speed PWM 500 ~ 2000 RPM PWM 500 ~ 2000 RPM PWM 500 ~ 2000 RPM
Air flow 58.35 CFM 58.35 CFM 58.35 CFM
Noise 23.6 dBA 23.6 dBA 23.6 dBA
TDP 180 W 170 W 140 W

TOUGHAIR 510, dual fan heatsink

This heatsink is in the shape of a simple tower, with four nickel-plated copper heatpipes but with direct contact technology to maximize heat transfer. The particularity of this heatsink is that it incorporates two fans in push-pull configuration to maximize air flow, fans that are anchored to a plastic structure that practically covers the entire surface of the heatsink and that helps, in addition to improving aesthetics, so that the air flow is focused inside.

The aluminum sheet tower has an asymmetrical arrangement, which allows creating larger spaces for the air pushed by the fan to enter in such a way that it improves its passage through the sheets and can cool them more efficiently. In addition, the tower is quite narrow and even with the two fans installed it will not create compatibility problems with large RAM modules since in no case will it touch them.

TOUGHAIR 310, small but efficient

Toughair 310

This model is basically a shortened version of the previous one, because it incorporates exactly the same tower of aluminum sheets and heat pipes but in this case it includes only one fan, slightly lowering its cost but also reducing the heat dissipation power of the unit by 10 watts. heatsink. There is not much more to tell here because it is literally the 510 but with one less fan, no more.

TOUGHAIR 110, low profile clamshell type

Toughair 110

Here we are dealing with a completely different heatsink, basically because it is a shell type and not a tower. As you can see in the image above, it also has four large heat pipes that rise from the base to a framework of aluminum sheets that, in reality, is nothing but the tower of the previous two but lying down. The 120mm fan you use is exactly the same, and it can be placed both above and below the lamella mesh.

In this case, Thermaltake has established the TDP which is capable of dissipating at considerably less, 140 watts (compared to 180 and 170 watts of the previous ones), but it has the advantage that its height is much lower so it is suitable for systems requiring low-profile heatsinks.

Price and availability

Although Thermaltake has already presented this new family of over-the-air heatsinks, for now it has not indicated when they will be available on the market or at what price they will arrive. However, we understand that for example the 310 will be about 10 euros cheaper than the 510 as it is the same heatsink but with one less fan, but beyond that we do not dare to predict what the price will be.