Thermalright Shaman 140mm Fan GPU Cooler

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Thermalright Shaman 140mm Fan GPU Cooler

December 19, 2010 by Lawrence Lee

Product Thermalright Shaman
GPU Cooler
Manufacturer Thermalright
Street Price US$70~75

The recently reviewed Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme Plus impressed us greatly with its superb performance when tasked with cooling a 215W overclocked HIS Radeon HD 5870. There is no big secret to its success — it's a massive three-fan heatsink that blows air against the the entire circuit board. As a consequence of its heft and length, Xtreme Plus also caused the board to list to one side and occupied the space over two expansion slots below the card.

Thermalright's latest VGA heatsink is a monster as well, though it takes a slightly different approach to deliver premium GPU cooling. Instead of three 92 mm fans, the Thermalright Shaman has a single 140 mm model blowing through an eight heatpipe heatsink — that doesn't look as ridiculous as it sounds — extending over the side of the PCB rather than along its length. It also takes up more vertical space, assuming a typical ATX tower layout, three extra slots worth.

The box.

Included accessories.

As usual, the cooler ships in a plain brown cardboard box with styrofoam padding inside to protect the heatsink and fan. The provided accessories include mounting hardware, thermal compound, fan clips and anti-vibration strips, and a set of memory and VRM heatsinks.

Thermalright's TY-140 fan.

Thermalright is not well-known for their fans as most of their heatsinks do not include one. For those that do, the fans are generally nothing special, simple and nondescript. The Shaman's stock fan, on the other hand, is distinct, with a unique gun metal blue and olive color scheme, and almost dodecagonal housing. Thermalright is actively marketing the TY-140 as a cooling accessory.

Thermalright Shaman: Key Features
(from the product web page)
Feature & Brief
Our Comment
World’s First VGA cooler that supports the compatibility with 14cm fan with the dissipating area of 140mm * 130mm. A 12 cm fan cooling a graphics card was unthinkable at one time, let alone a 14 cm beast.
World’s First VGA cooler with 8 * 6mm heatpipes, easily cools the hottest VGA in the Market. More is usually better.
All new installation methods, provides easy mounting and gives better overall compatibility. Good.
Supports both 12cm or 14cm fan. Unless the stock fan sounds terrible, we probably won't replace it.
Includes one Thermalright TY-140 PWM fan, Ultra low noise at 21 dBA at max rpm (50cm testing distance) A fan with an interesting color scheme and 12 cm mounting holes.
Multiple support back-plate, to provide the best protection for your GPU. A backplate is absolutely necessary given the size of the heatsink.
Mirrored Copper base, with quality craftsmanship. Like all their heatsinks.
Supports GTX460 470 GTX 480/ HD5870/5850/4870/4850 No official support for the HD 6000 series; should be a formality.

Thermalright Shaman: Specifications
(from the product web page)
Dimension: Length 160mm x Width 132mm x Height 38mm
Weight: 500g (Excluding fan and Mounting brackets)
Heatpipe: 6mm heatpipe*8 units
Copper Base: C1100 Pure copper nickel plated with mirror shine
Dimension: Length 160mm x Height 140mm x Width 26.5mm
Weight: 140g
Fan speed: 900~1300RPM (PWM)
Noise: 19~21dBA
Airflow: 56~73CFM
Connector: 4 Pin (PWM Connector)

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