Components and Design
The Monsoon III LT measures in at 131 x 120.9 x 160mm and a hefty 855 grams. This is a massive heatsink, but not too uncommon since the dual and quad-core processors hit the scene.
This cooling solution uses two 120mm fans to increase air flow over the fin arrays to move the heat away from the heatsink faster. I’ve always wondered why more vendors didn’t use two fans. Could the increase in sound be the reason? Most likely.
The copper and aluminum base is milled pretty well, but I wouldn’t say it was polished to a mirror finish. You’ll notice some swirls in it in the photo above. This isn’t a huge deal, but most vendors are ensuring the base is milled without any graininess and polished with a finish you could check your hair in. This one could have used a little more time under the polisher and buffer machine at the factory.
The fans used with this heatsink are manufactured by Coolermaster and run at about 2,000 RPM. This means that can push or pull a lot of air and will make a small amount of noise at the same time. We’ll keep an ear out for this during the testing phase of the review.
All in all, the overall construction and design of the Monsoon III LT is pretty decent and shows some true craftsmanship and originality. I would have liked to see the base milled smoother and polished better. It shouldn’t be a deal breaker for consumers, and will most likely not have a huge effect on how it performs.