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Old 03-21-05, 12:09 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Thermalright XP-120 review

I thought I would share my experience with the Thermalright XP-120 with everyone. When I bought my Athlon FX-55 and put the stock cooler on it, my monitoring caused me some alarm. At idle, I was running at 50 c and under a load I was running at 58 c. Although that is within tolerances it was to hot for me.

After I installed the XP-120, I immeditely noticed a 12 c drop in my idle temperature and under a load it went to 43 c. This would give quite a bit of room for overclocking but my goal was a cooler running CPU since heat is it's worst enemy, I'm very happy with a 43 c operating temperature under load.

I would highly recommend this heat sink to any looking to cool off their CPU.

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Old 03-24-05, 08:52 AM   #2
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what fan did you put on it
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Old 03-24-05, 08:56 AM   #3
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Glad to hear about your good results. I'm not surprised, the XP-90 and XP-120 are excellent coolers. It's worth mentioning that the XP-120 will not fit in some motherboards so double-check on that before purchasing. The XP-90 doesn't have any fitting issues that I'm aware of and now there is a solid copper model (XP-90C)..it weighs about twice as much as the aluminum XP-90 though.
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Doesn't the Zalman 7000cu actually have more copper to it than the XP-90C?
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Old 03-24-05, 09:39 AM   #5
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Doesn't the Zalman 7000cu actually have more copper to it than the XP-90C?
Yes, the 7000cu is around 755g while the XP-90C is 690g...although that 690g is about twice as heavy as the 360g of the XP-90 aluminum. That's all I was getting at.
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/me wonders how much an all Cu XP120 would weigh.
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Old 03-24-05, 12:02 PM   #7
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what fan did you put on it
I put a 120mm Panaflo Ultra High Output (115cfm) fan on it. The fan works great and the only bad thing I can say about the fan is no rpm sensor. I have no idea how fast it is running but I really don't care as I am only interested in CPU temperature. It would be nice to have it and I may replace the fan when if I find one.
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NVNEWS is suppose to receive a XP-90C by next week to review. Will probably use the P4 3.4E Prescott to test it and compare against the Prescott's HSF.
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