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Thermalright XP-90 - Page 4 of 4

  

CONCLUSION

The Thermalright XP-90 continues to impress months after its release. It goes to show that aluminum cooling solutions are very much alive and well. This is great news to those of us that aren't too keen on mounting a 700+ gram copper monster compared to this relative featherweight at only 360g.

Also impressive is that you really need not be too picky about what kind of fan you mount on the the XP-90. Any fan approaching 40CFM should yield good results while higher CFM rated fans will likely only bring modest results. Of course, a Tornado 92x38mm @ 119CFM screamer will net you some even cooler temperatures. Since we're already under 40°C in most every case, though, the added cooling will probably only be sought out by the most avid air-cooled overclockers.

Maybe you're not concerned about overclocking. Quiet, (but still impressive) cooling may be most important to you. If so, the Thermalright XP-90 is a very good choice in that respect as well.
 

PROS

  • Excellent cooling
  • Can be paired with a quieter fan and still obtain good cooling
  • Benefits with various fans
  • Light for it's size in volume
  • Very thin fins paired with heat pipes
  • Easy installation
  • Fan retention wires allow for easy fan changes
  • Wide range of motherboard compatibility

CONS

  • Must take care with thin fins as they bend easily
  • A bit pricier than some but you get what you pay for

CrazyPC.com has the XP-90 listed for $39.99. They're currently offering UPS Ground shipping for only $3 as well. Other well-known sites have the XP-90 listed for over $50 or have twice the shipping costs.

Please feel free to ask any questions or post any comments in this thread of our forums.

 

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