Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme-775 RT

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triegsecker

I took my I7 920 processor and overclocked it to 3.8GHZ and it is still running cooler than the stock cooler at normal speed!

 

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triegsecker

I took my I7 920 processor and overclocked it to 3.8GHZ and it is still running cooler than the stock cooler at normal speed!

 

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Wolfgang

I've always trusted MaxPC's reviews and KickAss Awards (back in 2005 when I discovered MaxPC Mag) and hope this acquisition yields similar results. Although I am sure it will.

The cooler is certainly beautiful and imposing; the fact that it is big is just a hint of its supposed performance. I aesthetically love it if you ask me!

Installation on an AMD platform seems pretty easy and straightforward, just researching the best way to apply thermal paste since boht Thermalright and the Thermal Paste vendor have different instructions/methods. I will go with MaxPC's method which after extensive research is what most pro's do.

 

Will try to benchmark and post results later on...

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K0BALT

I got the solid copper edition of this from FrozenCPU.com and they included the 1366 kit with it. along with 775 and AM2's. For some reason, FrozenCPU offered optional bolt-thru kits at checkout, but it still comes with all of them. I opted out, obviously. Its for my Phenom II 955BE. I pushed it past 4ghz on water, so we'll see how this does.....

Is it weird that I'm upgrading from my custom watercooling system to the solid copper version of this? I'll post back with temp results :D

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john65001

I haven't tried to install it yet, but I'm having trouble tracking MPC's instructions for mounting, because their mounting parts don't seem to match what came with mine.  In the 9/09 issue MPC uses an X bracket like the 775 part.  But my 1366 part has two straight brackets and a crossplate.  The brackets anchor the backplate, and the crossplate holds the cooler to the brackets.  It looks easier to mount than what MPC has.  I guess I will find out, but it looks like they had some old mounting parts maybe..

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Bustout

There are several versions of this product sold out there. The main difference for most of them is the mounting hardware. Make sure you purchase the version that is appropriate for your motherboard.

 

The right one for the 1366 processor would be this one:

 

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8444/cpu-tri-57/Thermalright_Ultra-120_eXtreme-1366_RT_Rev_B_CPU_Heatsink_Socket_LGA_1366.html 

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K0BALT

Just got my full copper version of this and FrozenCPU.com included a 1366 mounting kit for this cooler. It also comes with all the rest of AMD/Intel kits.

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vfxcorp

Maximum PC is telling you the truth about the installation. I own this cooler and it is a little tricky to hold the X-brace while trying to get the spring screws aligned and put in. It takes a few tries and a possible bloody knuckle, but you eventually get'em in.

I previously had the Cooler Master V-8 and this Ultra-120 beats it easily. I would also highly recommend using the OCZ Freeze thermal compound as it has been tested several times to beat Artic Silver and many others.

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K0BALT

The "Rev. B" model of this heatsink IS compatible with socket 1366 mobos...... nothing is overboard when it comes to cooling your CPU! ;D

"The Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme-1366 RT Rev. B CPU Heatsink is the
ever so popular Ultra-120 eXtreme heatsink with out of the box
compatibility for Intel's latest socket type, the LGA 1366 Socket."

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Digital-Kid0101

Can this go on a LGA 1366? When I get some $$ I'm gonig to build a rig and Iwant to make sure my CPU is cold as ice, is this over board?

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K0BALT

I wanted the full copper version because it's made in limited quantities and because it does look that cool. I'll be using it for my Phenom II 955 BE @ 4ghz

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SpazzAttack

The solid copper version of the TRUE is just a gimmick.  It weighs a ton, so many vendors post warnings to not install it on an upright-standing motherboard.  In the end, the copper version only drops the temps around 2C lower than the standard version anyway. It does look nice though!

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vistageek

Its about time!!! Every time you crwn a new campion cooler, i think, well, they haven't tried the thermalright ultra 120 extreme. lol now you ahve. Thanks guys!!!

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K0BALT

I just ordered the full copper version of this. i'll post back with the temp differences from my current liquid setup.... :D WOOT!

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WFUJay

Obviously you've never used a Prolimatech Megahalems. It's been proven to be a better heatsink than a TRUE in benchmarks.

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WFUJay

This comment was supposed to be in response to drizzle but I clicked the wrong button. Oh well, you get the point.

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K0BALT

I'm tempted to try and switch from my dual 120mm rad liquid setup, to the solid copper version of this.... depending on the temp differences, I can always switch back and use the TRUE in another build. I love the looks of this and the ease of owning an air cooled PC. Liquid cooling is a pain when I'm upgrading crap all the time.

I'd throw an Antec fan on it cuz they push LOTS of air. Noise isn't an issue for me. I'm already running (9)120mm Antecs at full speed....amongst a few other random fans. My PC sounds like a wall air conditioner!

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DriZzLe

If you want a good fan that is quieter & pushes more air, go with a Noctua or Xigmatek, or Panaflo. The TRUE is a great cooler that just cannot be beat.

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snapple00

Whats the ambient temp in the tests?

Without that temperature the results are useless. Was the Zalman tested at the same time? What if it was a few degrees hotter when testing the Zalman? Did Will Smith fart in the room while testing? COME ON!

How can anyone live with such un-thorough tests?

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SEALBoy

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029

The Xigmatek S1283 is basically a copy-cat Ultra 120 eXtreme, but it's an extremely good and inexpensive copycat. I've looked up some benchmarks and it performs right up there with the Ultra 120.

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SpazzAttack

I'll support Thermalright, the inventors of the TRUE, and pass on the knockoffs.

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nekollx

The real question.

 

How muck blood do you have to sacrifice to mount it?

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dag1992

In my experience Max PC seem to like exaggerating the difficulty sometimes, they made the Cooler Master V8 sound scary to install, when it wasn't all that bad, of course I could be wrong on this one.

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Bustout

I installed one of these and while the install was a chore because I had to remove the mobo to put in the bottom plate, it wasn't too bad. However, once I had the mobo back in and was trying to reconnect all of the cables I kept scraping my knuckles against it. I didn't think much of it, it didn't really hurt at first, but once I was done and I looked at it, the whole side was red. I then realized I had slowly scrapped off a layer of skin a little at a time. I cleaned it off some, but not wanting to go through the removal process again just to clean it, I didn't remove everything. This machine was definitely built with my blood and sweat! (No tears though)

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Bustout

I forgot to mention that in combination with a thermal paste upgrade (went from arctic silver 2 to arctic cooling mx 2) the Ultra 120 dropped temperatures by 40 degrees celcius. Really can't beat that without switching to water cooling.

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AntiHero

Well, soon enough, when something (hopefully doesn't) break down, and you need to replace it, you'll cry over it because you've gotta get around one of those insanely sharp objects.

I don't like Microsoft, I associate with it.

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nekollx

 AND now we know why Gondon always has the blue surgons gloves on. It's not to protect us for the horific vision of his gnarled geek hands as he said, it's to keep from feeding these vampiric components.

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dag1992

My Silverstone TJ09 left me with a few cuts, and I payed $250 so it wouldn't cut me like other cheaper cases I've worked with =/ .

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nekollx

 Blood! It's the new 'liquid' cooling.

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K0BALT

Fantastic cooler, but for the extra $$$, I'd splurge on the Limited Edition solid copper model here...

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8335/cpu-tri-55/Thermalright_Limited_Edition_TRUE_Copper_Ultra-120_eXtreme_CPU_Heatsink_Socket_LGA_775_LGA_1366_AM2_Xeon.html?tl=c373s966b34

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erolsipar

If your fan is powerful and has a big airflow your cpu can be like liquid cooled.

It's a nice fan on my Core i7 920 C1 @ 3.2 Ghz. 25 Idle 45 Load (Celcius)

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