Thermalright Venomous X CPU Cooler Review

Author: AkG
Date: May 12, 2010
Product Name: Thermalright Venomous X CPU Cooler
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For a long, long time, Thermalright’s Ultra 120 Extreme was considered the best of the best when it came to air based CPU coolers. However as time marched on, new contenders with new ideas and cutting edge designs entered the fray and literally changed the way we look at the ubiquitous air cooler. New cooler designs come and go, but very few have the staying power of the original TRUE. While the TRUE is still considered one of the greatest coolers made, it hasn’t quite been able to retain its title as the best of the best. Thermalright has been itching to reclaim their title and has released a brand new cooler aptly named the Venomous X.

The Venomous X is the heir apparent to the venerable TRUE and makes use of a number of age-old features while adding new elements and s you will see, it is not just another prettied-up version of the TRUE (like our True Black for all intents and purposes is). Rather, Thermalright took what worked from previous generations, tweaked the living daylights out of it and than add in a few new twists just to spice things up some more.

One of the most interesting of these tweaks we are referring to is the fact that the amount of pressure between the base of the Venomous X and the CPU is not a static amount. Thermalright gives users the ability to tweak and adjust the amount of pressure from 40lbs all the way up to 70lbs. This is still within the safe pressure limits Intel specifies but if our hunch is correct, it should certainly help boost the efficiency of this cooler. This of course is just the theory behind it and as we have seen many times in the past, paper theories don’t always work out the way they are supposed to in the real world.

Since the Venomous X has been out for a little while now it is widely available at various e-tailers and retailers throughout North America. As of this review, the lowest price point we have seen this cooler offered at is about $60 CAD. This certainly puts it in the “enthusiast” end of the spectrum so it will be interesting to see if this new design is worth your hard earned dollars.


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