Thermalright true spirit 120 direct cpu cooler review

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Thermalright True Spirit 1đôi mươi CPU Cooler Review

by Rafael Coelho | Nov 7, 2011 | Cooling | 0 comments


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Today we are testing the Thermalright True Spirit 1trăng tròn, a CPU cooler with a tower heatsink, four heatpipes & a 1trăng tròn milimet bạn.

The True Spirit 1đôi mươi box is small và simple, as you can see in Figure 1.

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Figure 1: Package

Figure 2 shows the box contents: heatsink, tín đồ, a small bag of thermal compound, manuals và installation hardware. It’s a shame that considering this cooler supports two fans, it doesn’t come with the wire clips necessary khổng lồ hold the optional second tín đồ.

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Figure 2: Accessories

Figure 3 displays the True Spirit 1đôi mươi heatsink.

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Figure 3: The True Spirit 1đôi mươi heatsink

This cooler is discussed in detail in the following pages.

Figure 4 illustrates the heatsink from the front. The heatpipes are positioned in two rows at each side.

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Figure 4: Front view

Figure 5 reveals the side of the heatsink. Notice that the fins are bent up and down on the edges. The manufacturer claims this feature minimizes airflow resistance.

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Figure 5: Side view

The top of the cooler is presented in Figure 6. Here you can see the tips of the heatpipes & the holes and hooks for installing the fans at both sides.

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Figure 6: Top view

Figure 7 shows the base of the cooler, which looks perfectly mirrored.

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Figure 7: Base

The 1trăng tròn milimet PWM tín đồ is shown in Figure 8.

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Figure 8: Fan

Figure 9 displays the True Spirit 1trăng tròn with the bạn installed.

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Figure 9: Fan installed

Figure 10 reveals the installation parts that make a frame on the motherboard. The backplate (blaông xã part, with screws already installed) goes on the solder site of the motherboard. The thumbnuts (at the left) hold it in place, và the metal frame (at the right) is screwed over them.Figure 11 shows the frame installedon our motherboard.

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Figure 10: Frame parts

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Figure 11: Frame installed

After installing the frame, put the cooler over the CPU and hold it in place, screwing the transversal holder to the frame.

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Figure 12: Heatsink installed

The last step is lớn install the bạn, as shown in Figure 13.

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Figure 13: Cooler installed

We tested the cooler with a Core i7-860 CPU (quad-core, 2.8 GHz), which is a socket LGA1156 processor with a 95 W TDPhường (Thermal Design Power). In order to lớn get higher thermal dissipation, we overclocked it to lớn 3.3 GHz (150 MHz base cloông chồng and 22x multiplier), keeping the standard core voltage (Vcore), which was the maximum stable overclock we could make with the stoông chồng cooler. Keep in mind that we could have sầu raised the CPU cloông chồng more, but to lớn include the stochồng cooler in our comparison, we needed to use this moderate overcloông chồng.

We measured noise và temperature with the CPU idle and under full load. In order lớn get 100% CPU usage in all threads, we ran Prime 95 25.11 with the "In-place Large FFTs" option. (In this version, the software uses all available threads.)

We compared the tested cooler to lớn the Hãng sản xuất Intel stoông chồng cooler with a copper base (included with the CPU), as well as with other coolers. cảnh báo that in the past, we tested coolers with a socket LGA775 CPU, và we retested some "old" coolers with this new methodology. This means you can find different values in older đánh giá than the values you will read in the next page. Every cooler was tested with the thermal compound that accompanies it.

Room temperature measurements were taken with a digital thermometer. The core temperature was read with the SpeedFan program (available from the CPU thermal sensors), using an arithmetic average of the core temperature readings. During the tests, the left panel of the case was open.

The sound pressure màn chơi (SPL) was measured with a digital noise meter, with its sensor placed 4" (10 cm) from the bạn. We turned off the case và đoạn phim board cooler fans so they wouldn’t interfere with the results. This measurement is only for comparison purposes, because a precise SPL measurement needs khổng lồ be made inside an acoustically insulated room with no other noise sources, which isn’t the case here.

Hardware Configuration

Operating System Configuration

Windows 7 trang chủ Premium 64 bit SP1

Software Used

Error Margin

We adopted a 2 °C error margin, meaning temperature differences below 2 °C are considered irrelevant.

The table below presents the results of our measurements. We repeated the same kiểm tra on all coolers listed below. Each measurement was taken with the CPU at idle và at full load. In the models with a tín đồ supporting PWM, the motherboard controlled the người speed according to lớn core load & temperature. On coolers with an integrated người controller, the bạn was set at the minimum tốc độ on the idle thử nghiệm và at full speed on the full load chạy thử.

Idle Processor

Processor at Full Load
CoolerRoom Temp.NoiseSpeedbộ vi xử lý Core Temp.NoiseSpeedVi xử lý Core Temp.
Hãng Intel stochồng (socket LGA1156)14 °C44 dBA1700 rpm46 °C54 dBA2500 rpm90 °C
Cooler Master Hyper TX3 G114 °C47 dBA2050 rpm33 °C56 dBA2900 rpm62 °C
Zalman CNPS10X Extreme14 °C45 dBA1400 rpm27 °C53 dBA1950 rpm51 °C
Thermaltake Silent 115614 °C44 dBA1200 rpm38 °C49 dBA1750 rpm69 °C
Noctua NH-D1414 °C49 dBA1250 rpm27 °C49 dBA 1250 rpm53 °C
Zalman CNPS10X Performa14 °C46 dBA1500 rpm28 °C52 dBA1950 rpm54 °C
Prolimatech Megahalems14 °C40 dBA750 rpm27 °C60 dBA2550 rpm50 °C
Thermaltake Frio14 °C46 dBA1450 rpm27 °C60 dBA2500 rpm50 °C
Prolimatech Samuel 1714 °C40 dBA750 rpm40 °C60 dBA2550 rpm63 °C
Zalman CNPS8000A18 °C43 dBA1400 rpm39 °C54 dBA2500 rpm70 °C
Spire TherMax Eclipse II14 °C55 dBA2200 rpm28 °C55 dBA2200 rpm53 °C
Scythe Ninja317 °C39 dBA700 rpm32 °C55 dBA1800 rpm57 °C
Corsair A5018 °C52 dBA1900 rpm33 °C52 dBA1900 rpm60 °C
Thermaltake Jing18 °C44 dBA850 rpm34 °C49 dBA1300 rpm60 °C
GlacialTech Alaska18 °C43 dBA1150 rpm36 °C51 dBA1600 rpm60 °C
Deepcool Gamer Storm18 °C43 dBA1100 rpm35 °C48 dBA1600 rpm62 °C
Corsair A7026 °C56 dBA1900 rpm40 °C56 dBA1900 rpm65 °C
Deepcool Ice Blade Pro23 °C45 dBA1200 rpm38 °C52 dBA1500 rpm64 °C
AC Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 223 °C47 dBA1750 rpm44 °C51 dBA2100 rpm77 °C
Corsair H7027 °C60 dBA1900 rpm37 °C60 dBA1900 rpm61 °C
Zalman CNPS9900 Max27 °C55 dBA1600 rpm38 °C58 dBA1750 rpm63 °C
Arctic Cooling Freezer 11 LP25 °C45 dBA1700 rpm51 °C49 dBA1950 rpm91 °C
CoolIT Vantage26 °C60 dBA2500 rpm37 °C60 dBA2500 rpm62 °C
Deepcool Ice Matrix 60025 °C46 dBA1100 rpm41 °C53 dBA1300 rpm69 °C
Tirã Hati26 °C46 dBA1500 rpm40 °C57 dBA2450 rpm68 °C
Arctic Cooling Freezer 1327 °C49 dBA1950 rpm41 °C53 dBA2300 rpm70 °C
Noctua NH-C1426 °C52 dBA1300 rpm37 °C52 dBA1300 rpm61 °C
Intel XTS100H26 °C49 dBA1200 rpm42 °C64 dBA2600 rpm68 °C
Zalman CNPS5X SZ23 °C52 dBA2250 rpm38 °C57 dBA2950 rpm69 °C
Thermaltake SlimX321 °C50 dBA2700 rpm46 °C50 dBA2750 rpm99 °C
Cooler Master Hyper 10121 °C50 dBA2600 rpm38 °C57 dBA3300 rpm71 °C
Antec Kühler H2O 62019 °C52 dBA1400 rpm34 °C55 dBA1400 rpm58 °C
Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 Pro20 °C46 dBA1100 rpm36 °C49 dBA1300 rpm62 °C
GlacialTech Siberia22 °C49 dBA1400 rpm34 °C49 dBA1400 rpm61 °C
Evercool Transformer 318 °C46 dBA1800 rpm33 °C51 dBA2250 rpm65 °C
Zalman CNPS11X Extreme20 °C51 dBA1850 rpm34 °C56 dBA2050 rpm61 °C
Thermaltake Frio OCK15 °C44 dBA1000 rpm27 °C64 dBA2200 rpm51 °C
Prolimatech Genesis18 °C49 dBA1050 rpm30 °C49 dBA1050 rpm54 °C
Arctic Cooling Freezer XTREME Rev. 215 °C41 dBA1050 rpm32 °C44 dBA1400 rpm60 °C
NZXT HAVIK 14016 °C48 dBA1250 rpm29 °C49 dBA1250 rpm55 °C
Antec Kühler H2O 92018°C41 dBA650 rpm29°C64 dBA2500 rpm49 °C
Zalman CNP7X LED18 °C45 dBA1950 rpm33 °C48 dBA2150 rpm58 °C
Eđồ họa Superclock14 °C43 dBA1300 rpm27 °C58 dBA2350 rpm47 °C
Evercool Transformer 415 °C46 dBA1500 rpm26 °C53 dBA1950 rpm52 °C
Xigmatek Dark Knight18 °C47 dBA1700 rpm30 °C53 dBA2150 rpm57 °C
Xigmatek Aegir15 °C44 dBA1500 rpm27 °C50 dBA1950 rpm52 °C
Cooler Master GeminII S52416 °C45 dBA1300 rpm29 °C53 dBA1800 rpm58 °C
Enermax ETS-T40-TA16 °C40 dBA1050 rpm28 °C48 dBA1800 rpm55 °C
Corsair H8014 °C42 dBA2150 rpm25 °C52 dBA2150 rpm47 °C
Akasa Venom Voodoo13 °C40 dBA1000 rpm26 °C48 dBA1500 rpm51 °C
Xigmatek Thor’s Hammer15 °C44 dBA1500 rpm30 °C50 dBA2000 rpm55 °C
Cooler Master Hyper 612 PWM19 °C45 dBA1400 rpm30 °C52 dBA1900 rpm54 °C
Xigmatek Loki17 °C44 dBA1850 rpm34 °C55 dBA2750 rpm60 °C
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO14 °C44 dBA1250 rpm26 °C50 dBA1750 rpm50 °C
Xigmatek Gaia17 °C44 dBA1250 rpm32 °C46 dBA1500 rpm61 °C
Rosewill RCX-ZAIO-9221 °C48 dBA2050 rpm37 °C54 dBA2600 rpm68 °C
Thermalright True Spirit 12016 °C41 dBA1000 rpm30 °C46 dBA1400 rpm55 °C
In the graph below, at full load you can see how many degrees Celsius hotter the CPU core is than the air outside the case. The lower this difference, the better is the performance of the cooler.

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Themain specificationsfor the Thermalright True Spirit 1đôi mươi cooler include:

Application: Sockets 775, 1155, 1156, 1366, AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, và FM1 processorsDimensions: 5.2 x 2.0 x 6.3 inches (133 x 52 x 160 mm) (W x L x H)Fins:AluminumBase: Nickel-plated copperHeat-pipes: Four 6-mm copper heatpipesFan: One 1đôi mươi mm fan Nominal tín đồ speed: 1,500 rpmFan air flow: 66.5 cfmMaximum power consumption: 2.5 WNominal noise level: 37.4 dBAWeight: 1.26 lbs (570 g)Average price in theUS*: USD 30.00

* Researched at Nansgaminggear.com on the day we published this nhận xét.

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The Thermalright True Spirit 1đôi mươi is an excellent CPU cooler. It presented good cooling performance with low noise, low weight &, best of all, low price. These characteristics place the True Spirit 120 aước ao the best price/performance CPU coolers available today, earning our Silver Award.


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