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3.0 out of 5 stars Good performance, good Heatsink and FAN, 'budget' mounting mechanism, 25 Nov 2012
This review is from: Thermalright 140mm True Spirit Fan with 6x Copper Heat Pipes for Socket 1366/1155/775 and AM2/AM3 (Accessory)
I'm a big Thermalright fan. They make some good stuff, usually straight to the point and effective, no gimmick, with great build quality and good fans. A bit like Noctua, but cheaper, with a wider market in mind. Their True Spirit-inspired line has been very successful over the years. True Spirit, True Black, Archon, Ultra-120... Or their new designs, like the HR-02 active / passive cooler, and the SilverArrow.

The TS140 performs great for me. Under OCCT Linpack, I get well under 70C for a 2700K @ 4.6GHz @ 1.3V. That's a delta of about 35-37C (average core temp 65C, case temp 29C), for a decent overclock and vcore (which may give you a difference max core clock depending on your chip). Intel burn test gave me an extra 5C, so still within specs. All that with a very respectable amount of noise. The TY-140 fan does a great job at dissipating that heat, and quietly (max fan speed 1300 rpm). It's virtually silent in quiet mode (800 rpm), and has a typical 140 mm low pitch rumble noise at full RPM that isn't actually very loud.

First point, It is a tall cooler. In general, taller than most. From specs, it is taller than a SilverArrow, which can already cause fitting problems in some cases, so make sure you have the room for it.

Second point, RAM clearance. Not too much of a problem with my setup. The fan actually clears the first RAM slot as the heatsink is very slim, however I can foresee some problems if your RAM is closer to the CPU. Even the HyperX which is low-profile would seem to struggle. The fan clips also add extra constraints on RAM clearance.

Third point, the fan mounting is a PAIN. In fact, only three of the four fan clip points are fully secure, the last one just wouldn't go in.

Fourth point, the Heatsink mounts, while adequate, aren't up to the standard I expected from Thermalright, even from their budget line. I also have a MUX-120, which had far superior mounting brackets (thumb screws, and spring loaded screws, a central pressure screw), and cost me less money. To the point where I'm thinking of swapping the mounts around, although I am not sure about compatibility (would have to be the whole assembly).

Fifth point, the box and foam padding to protect against shocks are also not up to the standard I was expecting. Everything came in intact, but I suspect the content would not survive a drop.

So, for the price, it's good. The build quality of the heatsink and fan is great. The performance is there, the mounting mechanism is a bit of a let down, but let's face it, who removes their HSF on a regular basis. Once it's in, it's in, but setting it up is not pretty. There could be RAM clearance problems on smaller motherboards. As for the fan brackets, I don't have a lot of confidence in them. It is strange to notice that they barely work as intended (BTW, they also added a set of brackets and vibration pads for a push-pull configuration), but so far the fan seems to hold in place fine.

For an alternative, look for the Thermalright HR-02 Macho, The Alpenfhon Matterhorn Pure, Alpenfhon K2 Mount Doom, Thermalright SilverArrow.

Spec :
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2700K @ 4.6GHZ @ 1.3V.
Thermalright True Spirit 140.
Kingston HyperX 12800C9 8GB @ 1.545V.
Asrock Z68 Extreme 4 Gen 3.
Gigabyte HD7970 Windforce 3X GHz edition 3GB.
2 x Crucial M4 128GB
2 x Samsung F3 1TB
Corsair AX850.
Antec P280.
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