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Old July 31, 2008, 10:56 PM
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Sorry all this comment thread is not made by AkG but the review is. I thought AkG may have forgot, so I made one instead. Oh ya, another great, detailed, and unbiased review again from AkG.

Review: Thermalright TRUE Black 120 CPU Cooler Review
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Old July 31, 2008, 11:25 PM
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considering it took two fans to keep the temps down below the OCZ ... that doesn't impress me much.
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Old July 31, 2008, 11:32 PM
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very impressive review...

only i dislike is

- no fanless test... i want to know how well does fanless it works? i know it wont impressive us... but i (or we) have to know...
- you should add "single fan" on first testing... first moment i thought its fanless but i re-read it to make sure...


<< already bought True black 120 for 65 cdn as regular U120 extreme version...
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Old July 31, 2008, 11:42 PM
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Excellent review! Well written, excellent documentation, and you kept yourself from swaying an opinion.

The downside is that the product is hardly worth half its cost.
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Very nice! Although, it doesnt look much different than a standard TRUE. Have you got a Side by Side shot with a standard TRUE? The way they make the metal black isnt really black at all.....Just like those bitspower "black" chromed fittings. More like a hint of black.
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i have a second thought... do i really should return TB120 and get OCZ with noctua p12 for less than 60cdn?

according to two tests

OCZ Vendetta with noctua p12 = 60cdn
Q6600 (2.4ghz) = 35.2 / 37.1 (stock)
Q6600 (3.4ghz) = 49.2 / 51.9 (stock)

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Thermalright TRUE Black with dual noctua p12 = 105cdn
Q6600 (2.4ghz) = 35.9 / 39.1 (single)
Q6600 (3.4ghz) = 49.5 / 53.7 (single)


BUT is it big different between Q6600 (65nm) and Q9450 (45nm)?



edit: i start to research on OCZ... like crazy... anyway i found new frostytech...

according to rank... Top 5 Intel & AMD Heatsinks on Frostytech

regular ultra 120 used 120mm Martech D712025125Z2N fan at 3rd place
extreme ultra 120 use 120mm Mechatronics G1225S12B fan at 1st place

now my brain is overloading... i mean i am confusing... why different fans? how do i know if they are good... not very helpful site...


i also read many sites.. i heard that ultra 120 is the best cpu cooler in the market...
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You have to take some things in context. Personally, I would find the OCZ cooler a better option if it wouldn't have that lame push-pin mounting kit. That right away means that I would have to include the price of a bolt-through kit if I would buy it.

As for you CTA, I think you are splitting hairs a bit. Looking at your specs, I highly, highly doubt that an overclock on your processor would be held back by heat since you are working off of a motherboard that doesn't like high FSBs on quad chips...heck, no mobo does. Your Q9450 has an 8X multiplier which means that even if you happen to somehow get your mobo stable at 450Mhz FSB, your processor will be running at 3.6Ghz. This would not generate enough heat to really see much of a difference between the TRUE Black 120 and the Vendetta 2.
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Thanks FreakGeek1337, the review was posted overnight and when I woke up this morning I saw this excellent thread! Good catch.

CTA If I had already purchased a TRUE I probably wouldn't return it to get a Vendetta as a couple degrees is neither here nor there unless you are going for serious OC'ing. As SKY said w/ the 9450 heat is not going to be the limiting factor, FSB will be. Up until very recently the TRUE was considered "the best" but as with most things time marches on, but that doesn't make it a bad choice either, just not the best of the best.
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Great review. Can you justify the price of it over the TRUE just because it's black. It performs the same as the TRUE. Is the black nickle plating worth the extra $15.00?

I don't think it is. Yes it would be a cheaper solution than water cooling with almost near water cooling results with 2 fans on it, but $80 (without fans) is a hard price to swallow.
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I think, I'll save some money and get the OCZ Vendetta II, I was wondering which one to get, either Ultra 120, or the OCZ. Now I got my answer.
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