|Thermalright Ultra-120 Heatpipe CPU Cooler
Thermalright has been one of the premier heatsink manufacturers for years, and as such they have been the top choice of many overclockers and enthusiasts. The competition in this market has heated up lately, with many manufacturers coming out with new products to challenge for the honor of being the cooler of choice.
Thermalright has stepped up with a new offering, the Ultra-120, and they are quite confident in its performance and its ability to concrete Thermalright's position as the number one heatsink manufacturer. Don't believe me, check out this quote from their website...
"We at Thermalright never for one second thought we were ever anything but Number One. There have been many commendable contenders for the top spot as number one heatsink manufacturer…some came close and one or two may have succeeded in claiming the top honor for that one brief shiny moment but no more."
Thermalright is quite confident in the ability of the shiny tower of fins and heatpipes shown above. The Ultra-120 looks sharp, and its universal design is prepared to cool just about any modern CPU, including the new AMD AM2 and Intel Core 2 Duo processors.
Before checking out the Ultra-120 and how well it lives up to Thermalright's boasts, let's check out some published data on this cooler.
» Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme Ready
» AM2 compatible with Ultra-120 AM2 adapter kit, sold separately.
» Quiet and powerful cooling due to multiple heat pipes and large aluminum fin area
» Proprietary bent winglet design to minimize airflow resistance
» Heat pipes soldered to base (nickel plated) and fins for optimum heat transfer
» Include both bolt-thru-board retention brackets for Intel and AMD
» Dimension: L63.5 x W132 x H160.5 mm (heatsink only)
» Weight: 745g (heatsink only)
» Recommended Fan: All 120mm Fan
» Intel: All Intel P4 LGA775 processors
» AMD: Athlon64 / FX / X2 / Opteron all models
Once you have seen one Thermalright package, you have pretty much seen them all. They may be slightly different shapes and sizes, but they are all fairly non-descript, brown cardboard boxes. You get the company and model name on the outside, but that is it... Definitely not designed for a retail setting. Inside, the box is well designed to keep the components in place and well protected during shipment.