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View Poll Results: Which cooler would you suggest?
Thermalright "Limited Edition" TRUE Copper Ultra-120 Extreme 1 5.26%
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme 14 73.68%
Other- please post what cooler you recommend and why. 4 21.05%
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Old 08-06-09, 03:57 PM   #1
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Okay, so through work I was able to acquire an i7 920 + Intel DX58SO mobo for rather cheap. I fully intend to over clock the chip, but would like some recommendations on a HSF.

I've heard so many good things about the Thermalright Ultra 120 that I'm really leaning towards getting it. Money is tight however, so if I am to spend money on an expensive cooler I want it to be worth every penny (yes, penny ).

Here's the delimma: Newegg doesn't stock the Ultra 120 while FrozenCPU does. Infact, FrozenCPU has two version- the "extreme" which is an all aluminum design and a fan, and then the pure copper version which does not include a fan.

You'll notice I've made this a poll- figured that would be easier to keep track of who is in favor of which cooler. What I'd like to hear is some actual experience with either of these coolers. I'm including a 3rd option in the poll for "other" coolers. Please, if you choose this post what cooler you recommend and why.

I have the SilverStone Raven RV01 case. I've heard that the True Copper can strain the motherboard, even with the backplate on the mobo. Back in the day with my AXP 2800 I used the Thermaltake Tower 112 Pure CU cooler in an upright tower and to this day it's yet to strain or warp the mobo any. So I'm thinking that the Ultra 120 Pure Copper might not warp the mobo either. But I'd obviously like some feedback.

Thanks for your time and input!
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Old 08-06-09, 04:05 PM   #2
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Have no experience with either but after having read xbitlabs' review of the copper I'd say it's only marginally better and thus not worth the extra $(especially if you're on a tight budget).

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Old 08-06-09, 05:14 PM   #3
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IFX-14 and lots of big fans (because of a good review...)

If you cant install the backside cooler then the "regular" 120 eXtreme.


Ive just seen the case, Would the HR-10 work in there? If it does it would be pretty good maybe.
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Go with the standard TRUE120...I believe its now available with fan and fan bracket instead of having to use the wire clips.

Reason i say the standard is as Toss3 said, the extra performance 'as little as it is' isnt worth the extra dough...also the copper and black version of the TRUE120 are actually heavier so easing your mind of the warping motherboard factor.

I have a TRUE120 and im very impressed with its cooling compared to stock or most of the alternatives.
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Old 08-06-09, 06:25 PM   #5
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Thanks for the feedback ya'll!

X-Danger- to go with that cooler plus fans would put me out over $100. And it doesn't seem to do a significantly better job than the Ultra-120 extreme.

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Go with the standard TRUE120...I believe its now available with fan and fan bracket instead of having to use the wire clips.

Reason i say the standard is as Toss3 said, the extra performance 'as little as it is' isnt worth the extra dough...also the copper and black version of the TRUE120 are actually heavier so easing your mind of the warping motherboard factor.

I have a TRUE120 and im very impressed with its cooling compared to stock or most of the alternatives.
If I may ask, what are the ambient temperatures (room temp) where you live? And what are the idle/load temps of your proc at it's current OC?

I'm merely asking so I'd have a better idea as to how the cooler would perform for me. If your temperatures are comparable to mine, then I'd assume cpu temps would be comparable as well. Also, what thermal compound did you use?

Thanks again you guys!
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Old 08-06-09, 06:32 PM   #6
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I got the extreme with the fan. However I also bought a 2000rpm case fan. After finding out the TRUE comes with is a 1600rpm, i switched them around (very easy to do, just slide it out of the little casing) and now i have the 2000rpm one cooling the cpu. Noise is not an issue for me.
I really like the true, just make sure you have room with the mosfets around the cpu.
The true is very heavy, so you gotta make sure everything is bolted on very securely and tight.
I used the paste that came with the cooler, and my stock temps are pretty decent, nothing mind blowing, but also nothing horrible.
I also suggest you get the latest bios for overclocking, 99% of the time it helps with stability.
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Yea mine came with the fan bracket.
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If I may ask, what are the ambient temperatures (room temp) where you live? And what are the idle/load temps of your proc at it's current OC?

I'm merely asking so I'd have a better idea as to how the cooler would perform for me. If your temperatures are comparable to mine, then I'd assume cpu temps would be comparable as well. Also, what thermal compound did you use?

Thanks again you guys!
Ambient temp is around 24c, CPU idle temp is 32c and load temp after running prime for an hour is 65c.

Thats with a 1400rpm fan on the TRUE120 and Artic Silver 5 TIM.
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Ambient temp is around 24c, CPU idle temp is 32c and load temp after running prime for an hour is 65c.

Thats with a 1400rpm fan on the TRUE120 and Artic Silver 5 TIM.
24c would be roughly around 60*F, correct? That's about how hot it gets during the day around here. At night it gets around 48*F (about 14*C) and I could just turn the fan on in my window to really cool things down if I wanted to.

I plan to use a silver-based thermal grease as well. Don't think it's AS5 though... think I ran out of that stuff a while ago.

Hmm... the over whelming numbers are going in favor of the standard Ultra-120 extreme. Do to an odd turn of events, I just might be purchasing a new monitor as well. Thinking about the 28" Hanns-G monitor. But that's a different topic entirely.

Thank you for the feed back ya'll! Though I am curious- how does the Tuniq Tower stack up to the Ultra-120 extreme? I know not too long ago it used to be the top cooler. Is it comparable? It's near $25 cheaper. Would I be wise to spend the extra $25 on the Ultra-120 extreme?
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24c would be roughly around 60*F, correct? That's about how hot it gets during the day around here. At night it gets around 48*F (about 14*C) and I could just turn the fan on in my window to really cool things down if I wanted to.

I plan to use a silver-based thermal grease as well. Don't think it's AS5 though... think I ran out of that stuff a while ago.

Hmm... the over whelming numbers are going in favor of the standard Ultra-120 extreme. Do to an odd turn of events, I just might be purchasing a new monitor as well. Thinking about the 28" Hanns-G monitor. But that's a different topic entirely.

Thank you for the feed back ya'll! Though I am curious- how does the Tuniq Tower stack up to the Ultra-120 extreme? I know not too long ago it used to be the top cooler. Is it comparable? It's near $25 cheaper. Would I be wise to spend the extra $25 on the Ultra-120 extreme?
24C is 75F

All I have experience with is the Xigmatek Dark Knight on a Q9550 but it is a great and pretty damn cheap heatsink/fan. Right now it is 75F (24C) and my cpu is idling at 34C and after Prime 95 for an hour it gets up to 60C
I used Arctic Silver 5 paste also.
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Old 08-07-09, 01:14 AM   #11
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I wouldn't get a solid copper heat sink these days.

The sinks are just too massive. I think the copper TRUE weighs several pounds... which is completely insane. I'd never hang anything that heavy off of my motherboard.

The aluminum version is excellent and weighs about one third as much as the copper.

EDIT: Also, I don't see the copper one even listed on their site under socket 1366. They probably aren't making them anymore, so you'd have to buy the 775 model plus a 1366 adapter and a fan. That'd probably cost you like $120+ total.
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http://ncix.com/products/index.php?s...e=Thermalright

got this identical package. fan is a 1600rpm model. Like i said, i switched it out for a 2000 rpm model.
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