Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme: Heir to the CPU Cooling Throne
Since the body of the cooler is virtually identical to the Ultra-120, we refer
you to our
Thermalright Ultra-120 review rather than repeat the majority
of our observations.
Smooth, polished base with no visible machine
marks. The heat pipes are staggered to maximize airflow around them.
An impressive looking cooler with numerous
tightly spaced fins.
The Ultra-120 eXtreme towers over the Scythe
Ninja and dwarfs the Ninja Mini.
Installing the Ultra-120 eXtreme on our LGA775 test bed was straightforward.
On the back side of the motherboard, the four nipples on the backplate align
with the four mounting holes around the socket. The heatsink is goes atop of
the processor (with thermal compound applied of course) and the mounting bracket
slips between the heat pipes above the base. At the center of the base there
is a notch to line up the mounting bracket properly. To be perfectly clear, there's no way to install this heatsink without access to both sides of the motherboard. It cannot be done with the motherboard mounted in a case.
comprises two "arms", pivoted at the center like a pair of scissors. It must be first put through the the space between the heatpipes, and then the ends pulled part apart
until they are 90 degrees to one another, forming a large "X." Finally,
four spring-loaded bolts screw through the bracket and into the nipples of the
backplate on the otherside of the board. Once tightened, there is very little
wiggle room for the heatsink. This bolt-thru scheme is one of the most secure
we've encountered and it is miles ahead the stock LGA775 approach.
go on the edge of the face of the heatsink to prevent vibration from being transferred
from the fan. On each side of the cooler there are tiny holes at the top and
bottom to facilitate the fan clips which slip inside. The clips hook into the
screw holes of a 120mm fan. Note: you will need a fan with open corners or the
fan clips cannot hook onto them. Some Nexus and Yate Loon fans, most notably, have
Mounted and ready to go in just a few minutes.
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