Attn: Am2 owners 10/04/2007
This review is from: Thermalright Ultra-120 CPU Cooling Heatsink
This is rated as the top air cooler (other than the extreme, which no longer seems to be listed here) at anandtech.com. It actually beats a couple of the best selling all-in-one water kits. At least for Intel. It has a great mechanism for attaching to the motherboard. Much easier than the old Push-down-as-hard- as-you-can-until-you're-afraid-your mobo-will-break-and-somehow-manage-to attach-the-clip method of installing the heatsink. I used a pair of pliers to squeeze the springs until they were a little more flexible to fit through the clamp and MOBO to the back plate.
Required a lot of lapping. Although I should mention that Anandtech.com states that the Ultra 120's and 90's are designed to be concave as it seems to provide the best cooling this way. Having said that, I really wanted to get past the nickel plating and down to the copper which shined up nicely. But this took several hours, my poor hand is cramped as I write this. (c'mon everyone, sad sigh for the poor, crippled modder!)
I also have concerns about the hanging weight issue, but being a modder I am happy to look for ways to address this!
Also, with my Apevia x-navigator mid tower case, I can not fit the side panel on with the included fan. Might be possible with a thinner fan, the 120 is about a half inch too tall to close the side.
AM2 owners, please see other thoughts!
AM2 Owners! It is not shown here but if you install this product it will not be facing the exhaust port on your case! As someone else has mentioned here, (I had to search for it) you may purchase an additional S-clip to be able to twist the heatsink 90 degrees so that it faces the exhaust fan. Currently, my 120 faces the fan on my power supply, which is going play havoc w/airflow in my case. I see the price for the s-clip is five bucks on thermalright's website. This is why I give 4 stars for this great product, the total expense will include a fan and any other gadgets as your situation requires.
May not be the best available for AM2. Other specs: AMD fx-62, Crosshair MOBO, crucial ballistix 2G pc6400, Hiper 580W PS, Apevia X-navigator w/fans, Thermaltake 120 CCFL exhaust smart fan. NO issues with clearance between ram and cooler. :)
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