Excerpt: When the wimpy-looking Cooler Master Hyper 212+ ( reviewed Holiday 2009 ) came along and matched performance with the best air coolers on the market, we wondered if its direct-contact heat pipes were responsible, and if so, how soon we’d start seeing imitators. It didn’t take long. Thermaltake’s Contac 29 is a near–carbon copy of that little wonder, with a few subtle refinements and one colossal pain.
Pros: Top-tier performance; similar price/size as CM Hyper 212+.
Cons: Tetchy push-pin install; frustrating fan attachments.
Conclusion: The Thermaltake Contac 29 CPU cooler is a very good choice if you’re looking for an inexpensive way to cool your CPU. It cools as well as cooler priced twice as much, which is truly saying something about the design and quality of it. Yes, I’d consider this cooler loud, but I prefer a quiet system since it sits not far from me on my desk, but honestly it’s not overly loud at all.